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Sony Xperia Z and 4 other smartphones of the moment


With the Sony Xperia Z being officially launched in the UAE this week, Kipp takes a look at the major players in the smartphone market.

February 19, 2013 11:26 by


It was with much fanfare that Sony launched its most recent smartphone Xperia Z at Atlantis yesterday. The first phone to be launched since the company dropped the ‘Ericsson’ appendage a year ago. The Xperia Z boasts some pretty impressive specs: from its quad core 1.5 Ghz processor, 2GB RAM and 1920 X 1080 pixel 441 ppi resolution, the 5-inch phone seems to be a decent alternative to the megaphones offered by the top players of the market. But will it be enough to gain the attention of the mature tech-savvy user? We’ll see when the phone launches in the UAE and MENA market this March.


BlackBerry Z10


With a smaller 4.2-inch screen, the Z10 provides its user with a 355ppi and a resolution of 1280 x 768, the new Z 10 has a 8 megapixel rear camera just like the iPhone 5 and the S3. The Z10 actually has a RAM capacity of 2GB, with a dual core 1.5 Ghz processor promises a smoother quicker experience with the new Blackberry 10 operating system. Since its launch, the phone has got charitable reviews at the very least. Here in the UAE, Blackberry fans have scrambled to get their hands on the new device, but limited supply has seen many disappointed. Whether this disappointment will extend to the device’s capability, will be evident by the end of next quarter.


LG Optimus G Pro


More of a phablet than a phone, the LG Optimus G Pro will be released in South Korea later this week, but it is expected to be released in the United States in the second quarter.  With a 5.5-inch display and a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, the phablet promises a much faster processor with a 1.7GHz quad core Snapdragon processor. The 13-megapixel rear-facing camera is a slight towards the paltry 8-megapixel camera offered on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.


Motorolla’s RAZR MAXX HD

A relatively older contender, Motorolla’s RAZR MAXX HD brings significantly lower specs to the table. From its 1 GB RAM to its 4.7-inch AMOLED display, 1280×720 pixel resolution and 8 megapixel camera, the phone doesn’t quite stand out – except for its 3300mAh battery, which has always been Motorolla’s strongest suit.


Samsung Galaxy SIII

It might seem a bit redundant to mention the darling of the smartphone market the Samsung Galaxy III. Launched with a 4.8-inch screen, a 1280 x 720 resolution and 306ppi, a quad core 1.4 GHZ Cortex A9 processor and a 8 megapixel camera, the phone doesn’t quite compare to the others on this list. None the less, with a new release expected next month with much anticipation, the SIII may very well go down as the phone that got Samsung finally got right.


*And just a noteworthy mention of the new launch HTC has up its sleeve, sometime this week.

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