Sony reveals new Xperia smartphone

Latest device integrates PlayStation Mobile games and offers TV mirroring

Sony has revealed its latest high-end smartphone range at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


The Xperia Z packs a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5 MHz processor, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 320 GPU and a five inch 1080p HD screen. The flagship Sony phone also boasts a 13-megapixel camera, and supports LTE and 4G technologies.

For games, Sony will be integrating the PlayStation Mobile portion of its PlayStation Store into the device - giving players access to titles such as Super Crate Box, Alien Breed, You Are the Ref and Lemmings. Once purchased, these titles can be downloaded for free on PS Vita too.

Xperia Z also features Near-Field Communication (NFC) tech, which will allow it to communicate with other high-end Sony devices such as Bravia TVs and, in all likelihood, the PlayStation 4.

Currently, the NFC tech is mainly used for mirroring, allowing mobile games to be played on Sony TVs.

Sony's new handheld carries Android, allowing access to the Google Play store.

The corporation also claims that the phone is also water-resistant, and can survive more than thirty minutes submerged in shallow water. It's battery provides up to 11 hours talk time, though that number can be significantly increased with a new power-saving feature called Stamina mode, which disables most background processes aside from aside from phone and SMS communications.