Sony today launched its Xperia Z smartphone in India at a price of Rs. 38,990. The company had earlier, at MWC 2013, announced that the Xperia Z will rollout in 60 countries starting this month. India has been lucky to get the Xperia Z today. Even the price tag is somewhat sugary, especially after the BlackBerry Z10 pricing fiasco.
Sony’s flagship device – Xperia Z – is a powerful smartphone targeted at the high end market. Xperia Z features a gorgeous 5-inch display at a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels powered by Sony’s Bravia engine. At its heart lies the Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro CPU clocked at 1.5GHz. The quad-core processor is supported by 2GB of RAM and the smartphone comes with 16GB of internal memory. There’s a microSD slot in case you need more storage.
The Xperia Z will seem more relevant in a market like India with its dustproof and waterproof features. The phone is housed in a highly protective unibody case, covered with Corning’s Gorilla Glass that adds to the phone’s durability. In a country like India, it makes all the sense in the world to buy a phone that doesn’t get easily damaged in a little rain or a splash of water and prevents dust from screwing things up.
The Xperia Z is priced at Rs. 38,990 in India. We’re pretty sure the price would have been somewhere close to that comfortable 35,000 mark if the excise duty on mobile phones in India wasn’t hiked. The smartphone will be available in the market by 12 March, 2013. Several online retailers will start accepting pre-orders starting today (Flipkart is already taking pre-orders for Rs. 38,990).
While we can’t find a reason why one should purchase the Xperia Z, you might want to wait for a few weeks. Samsung is announcing the Galaxy S4 on March 14. The Galaxy S4 might just be tempting enough. We can only wait and watch.