We've seen a lot of info on the Xperia Z trickle in and here's some more. According to Engadget, the phone was spotted earlier than originally planned during the ongoing CES 2013. While the phone is going to be announced tomorrow, we can rest assured that the device does in fact exist, as is evident by the picture.

While there aren't any confirmed specs to go along with the picture of the phone, this is as good an indicator as any of the phone's upcoming launch.

Spotted on the show floor early

Spotted on the show floor early

Just last week, we saw a bunch of images get leaked from what appears to be a promo video for the phone. Going by these pictures, the Xperia Z's display seems to be its main selling point. It will have a 5-inch full HD Reality display with a resolution of 1080p. Other things showcased in the pictures include the 13 megapixel camera and the device's water resistant body. It's speculated to also feature the OptiContrast technology, which is usually found in Sony televisions.

However, we've heard that though the screen shows good colour reproduction for multimedia apps using the Sony Bravia engine, other apps don't fare as well. Viewing angles are lower and the backlight is visible in the black areas of pictures. Measuring 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm, this Xperia device is said to have an Ingress Protection (IP) rating of IP55 and IP57, making it both dust and water resistant.

The Xperia Z is said to run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a skin on top and flaunts a new set of on-screen navigation keys. Falling into the high-end Sony-branded phone category, it is expected to be unveiled at CES this year.

The spec sheet of the Xperia Z will show Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi on the a/b/g/n networks, LTE and a microSD slot. Also, it is said to support SDXC format cards, effectively pushing the maximum memory card size up to 128GB.

The Xperia Z is rumoured to be integrated with a 1.5GHz processor and 2GB RAM. We've also heard about the device sporting a back panel made of glass. Now, this would put it in line with other devices with glass back panels like the iPhone 4/4S and Google’s Nexus 4.

The advantage of having a glass back is that it makes the design of the smartphone really good. However, there are many disadvantages that can outweigh that sole feature. Having a glass panel at the back makes the handset susceptible to cracks and damages. One will need to be extremely careful while handling this device.

As predicted by industry experts, the year 2013 could truly be “a year of the smartphone” and 1080p displays could be the next fad among manufacturers to deliver high-class viewing experience and usability.

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