There weren't many smartphone announcements at CES 2013, but most of them were for Android phones and here they are, including one phablet. Pantech, Sony and Huawei all announced phones some exclusively for the Chinese market and Intel released a CPU and reference platform optimized for Android and also designed for low cost in emerging markets.
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Sony Xperia Z
Sony's new smartphone offerings for Android, the Xperia Z and the similar Xperia ZL, sound impressive. The Xperia Z boasts a 5" screen that displays 1920x1080 full HD and a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 quad-core chip with 2GB of RAM running Android 4.1. The company also says the phone will come standard with a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera. It also has 16GB of built in storage and supports NFC.
At 7.9mm (.31 inch) the body is 0.3mm thicker than an iPhone 5 and weighs about 146g (5.15 oz), making it slightly heavier than the iPhone.
What caught our eye was the water resistance technology. Sony says an owner can submerge the phone for up to 30 minutes in about three feet of water. That means you can drop it in the toilet. [EDITOR'S NOTE: BYTE DOES NOT RECOMMEND THAT YOU DROP YOUR PHONE IN THE TOILET!]
Even with the waterproofing, it doesn't sound like Sony made any compromises. The Micro USB, MicroSD, and SIM card openings are all under panels and flap doors.
The Xperia ZL, Sony's other offering is a different form factor. The smartphone isn't as tall or as wide as the Z, but it is a bit thicker at 9.8mm. The ZL also isn't waterproof.
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