Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.
Sony just announced a doozy of a new phone that could end up on many a wishlist. Called the Xperia Z, this 7.9mm-thin smartphone sports a 5-inch, 1920 x1080p screen , LTE, and a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor. The camera can take impressive 13MP shots, which seems to be the magic number these days, and the phone runs a custom Sony skin on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
What else makes this phone unique? Well, Sony has covered the Xperia Z from head-to-toe with Gorilla Glass, giving it a smooth and sleek appearance (though watch out that you don't accidentally drop it!) In order to maintain its polished appearance, Sony has hidden the ports under panels and flap doors. Sony claims this also helps the phone to withstand being submerged in water for up to 30 minutes at a time; no small feat!
Sony has also introduced a new battery-saving mode called "Battery Stamina" that disables all background apps any time the screen is turned off, which Sony is claiming can extend standby time by up to 4 times. We'll have to test it, though we're a bit wary of any feature which might also disable notifications.
Additionally, Sony announced the Xperia ZL, which packs nearly-identical specs in a s slightly narrower (and likely cheaper) device. There's a plastic back casing on this model, instead of the Gorilla Glass, and no claims that the phone is water resistant.