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Sony Xperia Z 5-inch Jelly Bean handset appears at CES 2013


Sony’s much rumoured and much leaked Xperia Z Android smartphone has reportedly been spotted in the wild at the CES show in Las Vegas as part of the Sony booth. The handset has yet to be made official and up until last week it was still being called the Sony Yuga, which has long been its codename.

Engadget are reporting the handset being on the show floor at CES and it’s looking like Sony is going to take some time to announce the super handset tomorrow at the Sony Media Event that will be airing at 1am UK time on January 8th.

The Sony Xperia Z has been leaked several times over the last few months, with tech blogs being littered with information about the smartphone formerly known as Yuga. What we know already is that it’s a 5-inch, Full HD Reality 1920 x 1080 device which runs off a powerful quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 chipset with Adreno 320 graphics.

The Z also has a whopping 13-megapixel Exmor RS camera which is capable of recording HDR video and photos and it all comes in a stylish water-resistant chassis that makes the handset all-out tough smartphone.

The handset will be a direct follow-up to the Xperia T which is currently the leader of Sony’s pack, but the Xperia Z is looking to be the new king in town. It is also said to come sporting the latest Android Jelly Bean OS with the Sony Timescape user interface, plus the phone is looking like it might come in with a slightly lower price point, selling for around £400.

Additionally, Sony is rumoured to be announcing the Xperia ZL at the event, which appears to be a more-compact version of the Xperia Z with a shorter and wider body. The Japanese electronics giant should be taking to the stage in a few hours to announce the smartphone and hopefully some shiny new features.