CES 2013: Sony Xperia Z UK release date set for 1 March, headed to Vodafone, O2, Three

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sony-Xperia-Z-Press-01.jpgSony’s flagship Xperia Z handset will be coming to the UK on March 1, according to Phones4U.

The mobile retailer has beat Sony to the punch when it comes to revealing a launch date, with Sony so far only confirming a Q1 2013 launch, which Phones4U’s own launch date lines up with.

However, Carphone Warehouse have gone one better, claiming they’ll be stocking the handset from mid-February. It’s unclear yet whether or not they will be fulfilling pre-orders that early too, or whether customers will have to wait until March to get their hands on the device.

Neither retailer has revealed pricing information yet, and Sony has yet to confirm either claim.

When it comes to networks, Vodafone, Three and O2 have all confirmed they will be carrying the handset, but again none have revealed pricing yet, nor specific release date information. O2 have set up a registration page for those looking to register their interest in the device however, revealed in a tweet earlier today.

Sony claim the Xperia Z delivers the “ultimate viewing experience”, packing in a 5-inch full HD Reality Display, running at a full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920. Using Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2, it even employs some of the same technology that goes into Sony’s TV sets too.

The Xperia Z is also the first handset from Sony to use a quad-core processor, using a 1.5GHz variant backed up with 2GB of RAM.

Running Android Jelly Bean 4.1, the Xperia Z also sports a 13.1MP camera with 1080p video recording capabilities, with a 2.2MP front facing camera onboard too.

All the usual conenctivity options are onboard too (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS) as well as super-fast 4G data connectivity and NFC capabilities. 16GB of storage comes as standard which can be expanded via the microSD card slot.

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By Gerald Lynch | January 8th, 2013