What do you think of CES 2013 so far? Overwhelmed? Underwhelmed? Or perhaps just whelmed? Decorate our comments sections and Facebook page with the full spectrum of your emotions. Sony launches the Xperia X and a 4K OLED TV, as robot tanks with lasers roam the halls on press day at CES 2013. CES may be the world's largest tech show, but phones rarely get top billing in Vegas, preferring instead to step out along the balmy Barcelona boulevards during Mobile World Congress in February. Sony has decided to jump the gun, however, and yesterday unveiled the much-rumoured Xperia Z.
Other networks will no doubt follow, but Vodafone, O2 and Three are the first out of the gates for the new phone, Unveiled at tech-stravaganza CES in Las Vegas, the Xperia Z is a giant 5-inch Android behemoth packing Jelly Bean and more, The Z is no Z-lister, with a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor keeping things ticking, It sports a 13-megapixel camera, and the 5-inch screen pumps out eye-popping 1080p video, As a bonus, the 7.9mm body is waterproof, making this one of the highest-specced phones that can survive a dunking in your jacuzzi, cocktail or commode, Up until now, the toughness to survive an unscheduled swirlie or any drop greater than the distance from your pocket to an red telephone box booth phone box iphone case inch below your pocket is a feature only found on mid-range phones, It's good to see manufacturers making more expensive phones more robust -- more of this sort of thing please..
The Xperia Z does have 4G, so it could appear on the UK's first 4G network, EE. It's not clear whether it'll support future 4G networks from other companies, as Sony hasn't revealed which bands it's compatible with. EE is formed of a merger between Orange and T-Mobile, who may well still offer the Z on their 3G networks. Prices and contracts are yet to be revealed, but Carphone Warehouse says the phone will launch in February, while Phones 4U says it will have the Xperia Z on 1 March. A smaller variant, the Xperia ZL, which has much the same specs but in a more compact chassis, will not be coming to the UK.
Is the Xperia Z the phone to revive Sony's phone fortunes? Can it take on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page, and keep it CNET for the coolest gadgets and most powerful kit unleashed at CES, Update: A previous version of this story claimed the Xperia Z did not offer 4G at all, This has been corrected in the text above, The waterproof, quad-core Sony Xperia Z is coming to Vodafone, O2, Three and Phones 4U on 1 March, The first smart phone contender of the year has been unveiled, and phone networks are falling over themselves to get it in your pocket, red telephone box booth phone box iphone case The Sony Xperia Z is coming to Vodafone, O2, Three, Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U in March..
TVsTV technology is always one of the most exciting areas at CES, and so far this year is no different. And the hot TV tech of today is 4K, also known as Ultra HD. Sharp showed off two Ultra HD displays, the 60-inch Purios due this summer and the Aquos Ultra HD TV due in the second half of the year. Panasonic introduced its new line of smart TVs, including features like My Home Screen, which lets every individual in a home make his own personal home screen; Swipe and Share 2.0, which lets people share content by tapping an NFC smartphone against the TV; and Voice Interaction/Guidance, through which people can control a TV by speaking commands into a Panasonic remote or smartphone. Samsung trotted out the S9 series, including an 85-inch Ultra HD TV that comes with its own easel-like floor stand.
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