Sony Xperia Z Philippines Price and Release Date Guesstimate, Complete Technical Specifications, Unique Features : What Sets It Apart from Other 2013 Flagship Android Smartphones?

Now, this is the kind of fight I've long been waiting for from Sony!

Last year, we got several flagship releases from the Japanese company flaunting diverse main selling points. The sleek Sony Xperia S came with top-notch internal specifications albeit still not enough to match that of handsets from other brands in its price category. Steel-clad Sony Xperia ion, on the other hand, was practically the first LTE-capable smartphone to reach the Philippines while the IP57-certified Sony Xperia Acro S brought ruggedness to the high-end echelon.

Sony's flagship handset this 2013, the ultra-svelte Sony Xperia Z, offers a stunning combination of all the amazing features of the company's pricey smartphones from 2012 and a whole lot more.

Update as of March 17, 2013: Sony Philippines has just confirmed that Sony Xperia Z will be released in the country within the first week of April with official suggested retail price of Php 32,490! Tell your friends!

In terms of internal specifications, Sony Xperia Z could very well the phone to beat when it hits the market within this quarter. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system right out of the box with its 1.5 GHz Quad Core Krait processor and handles multitasking with 2 GB of RAM. As expected of a smartphone from a legendary multimedia company like Sony, Z features a 13.1 MegaPixel autofocus camera with back-illuminated sensor and LED flash, Full HD 1080p video recorder, and 16GB of expandable internal storage for all of your captured content. Of course, you'll also get Sony's very own Mobile Bravia Engine 2, which instantly enhances photo and video viewing experience.

As for connectivity, the handset supports WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, HSPA+, and LTE. As I've explained earlier, LTE is the latest generation in mobile connection standards capable of delivering speeds of up to a whopping 100mbps! Both Smart Communications and Globe Telecom have already started offering such service to Pinoy consumers and are now prepping to launch their mobile LTE plans. Here's to hoping they could take a look at Sony Xperia Z and offer it as a bundled handset.

Sony Xperia Z will enter the market with a lot of terrifying competitors - including Samsung Galaxy S IV, LG Optimus G, and the HTC One, among others - but if there's one that sets it apart from all of them, it's definitely the 'life-proof' features. Just like Sony Xperia Acro S, Z is IP57 certified, which means that it's dust-proof and water-proof even when immersed in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. If you're a power user who also lives a very active, sporty lifestyle, Sony Xperia Z is made specifically for you.

For me, though, what makes this handset truly special is that it gives you all of those incredible features in a package that's just a joy to behold. Sony Xperia Z flaunts a truly remarkable and eye-catching shatter-proof glass-sandwich design, similar to the iPhone 4S, giving it not only that solid feel in the hand but also an air of corporate sophistication and elegance. Also, it's amazing that although the phone has a massive 5 inch 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution display and a rather large 2330 mAh Li-Ion battery life delivering extended uptime, Z only measures 7.9 millimeters at its thickest point, making it one of the thinnest smartphones in the world today.

So when will it be available in the Philippines and how much will it cost? As of writing, TechPinas hasn't received any official word from Sony Mobile Philippines about Sony Xperia Z. Nonetheless, I believe the flagship handset will reach our shores in March 2013 with price tag of around Php 33,000 to Php 35,000. Note that it is just our TP Guesstimate.

To wrap this up in true TechPinas fashion, I present to you the complete technical specifications and value added features of Sony Xperia Z, the Japanese giant's 2013 Android flagship release.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Sony Xperia Z
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category High-End (Flagship Level)
Dimensions139 x 71 x 7.9 mm
Weight 146 grams
Available Colors Purple, White, Black
Operating System Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, planned upgrade to 4.2 Jelly Bean
Display 5 inches (~441 ppi pixel density), 1080 x 1920 pixels, TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad Core 1.5 GHz Krait Adreno 320 GPU Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064 chipset
Internal Storage 16 GB, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB
Camera 13.1 MegaPixels, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus and LED flash, 2.2 MegaPixels front camera
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second
Audio and Video Playback MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV/MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps, LTE, Cat3, 100 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - C6602, C6603, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyro, Proximity
Ports microUSB 2.0 MHL A/V link, 3.5mm Audio Jack
Battery Li-Ion 2330 mAh non-removable battery
Uptime Standby of up to 550 hours, Talk time of up to 14 hours, Music play of up to 40 hours
Value-Added Features Flagship Release, latest version of Timescape UI, Shatter Proof and Scratch-Resistant glass touchscreen, IP57 certified Dust and Water resistant, Water proof up to 1 meter and 30 minutes, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
Announcement Worldwide: December 2012
Availability Q2 2013, TP Guesstimate for the Philippines: March 2013
Official: First Week of April
Price TP Guesstimate: Php 33,000 - Php 35,000
Official SRP: Php 32,490