Sony Mobile launched its Android flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z at a press conference in Lagos today with style and glitz.
The Japan-based electronics manufacturer which, not until last year, decided to focus on aggressively pushing its Xperia device sales in the Nigerian market would have to compete with leading phone manufacturer, Samsung.
Techloy was at the event to get a first-hand experience of the device which is making its debut into the Nigerian market at a retail price of N110,000 (about $700 USD) and currently available at Sony’s retail outlets across the country and other partner retail stores such as SLOT.
Our first impression was that the 5″ touch screen Xperia Z has a great design build and interface. Although, the smartphone’s front and back is made of glass, so you may need to wear the guy a cover to prevent it from cracking in case it drops on the floor.
Its camera technology is second to none, making it the only smartphone of its kind to feature a 13 megapixel camera, after of course Nokia’s 42 megapixel camera. The device’s battery is awesome too and features what it calls Stamina mode which optimises battery life when phone’s on standby.
Lastly, I found the Xperia Z’s water-resistant capability to be amazing. While under water of 1 meter level, you can take photos and shoot videos with the device, although it is advisable that this shouldn’t be more than 30 minutes.
We only got to spend about 15 minutes with the Xperia Z, so we can’t say much until we do get to use it extensively, but I think that the device offers a great value for money for its specs and features.
Also on display was the Sony wireless speaker which supports bluetooth music streaming and call handling as well as its Android-based SmartWatch which keeps you informed hands-free and connects easily with the Xperia, even allowing you to find your phone easily.
See the gallery for the hands-on photos: