One of the most notable features of Sony’s new Xperia Z smartphone is that it will work under water for up to 30 minutes.
This water-resistant feature is relatively common in Japan, but has not been included in many top-end smartphones released elsewhere. The Xperia Z can also record HDR (high dynamic range) video, a facility borrowed from its camera division.
One analyst said it was evidence of Sony Mobile making progress but added “it still had a mountain to climb”. The Android-powered device was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
One of the features that makes the Xperia Z unique is that despite the device being only 7.9mm thick, and built with durable reflective surfaces, it is also water and dust resistant.
The LTE-enabled smartphone is powered by Google’s Android 4.1 (Jellybean) operating system and Sony has promised to upgrade the devices to 4.2.
In terms of content the Xperia Z will come pre-loaded with a Walkman application that provides access to music. Pricing for the smartphone is unclear, but expectations are that it will be comparative to devices like the Samsung Galaxy SIII, HTC One X, and the Apple iPhone 5.