Meet Sony's new powerhouse flagship Android phone, the Sony Xperia Z. Here's why we're a bit excited about bringing it to Vodafone...

About a year ago, Sony waved goodbye to the ‘Ericsson’ suffix on its phones and decided to go it alone. The range of Xperia phones that followed has been home to some of the finest slabs of Android goodness on our shelves, but with a new year comes time for a new flagship. That’s where the Sony Xperia Z comes in. And it’s a bit of a beauty.

Sony’s new monolithic monster has just been unveiled at the CES 2013 show in Las Vegas – the biggest of all the annual tech expos – and, sharply behind the clicking heels of the Sony press conference, Vodafone’s pretty excited to announce that we’ll be stocking the Sony Xperia Z as soon as it’s released in the UK.

Powerhouse performance 

Right; let’s talk specs. The Xperia Z’s most striking feature is its massive 5-inch display, which beams out full 1080p HD video, spruced up even more by Sony’s unique Bravia Engine 2. That bespoke firmware makes everything that the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS has to offer pop with clarity, and makes every colour shine like it should.

The good news continues backstage: all the extra space gifted by that 5-inch display means Sony’s been able to wedge some serious horsepower in behind it. A 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro processor powers the engine room, while there’s a massive 13-Megapixel snapper round the back taking care of your picture needs.

Our favourite feature? The Stamina battery saving mode, which kills the power to any intensive apps once the screen turns off, and revives them in a snap when it comes back on – that’ll give your standby time a boost to the tune of around 400 per cent. Nice.

All that’s wrapped up neatly in a body only 7.9mm thick, and covered in a protective casing that’s both dust and water-resistant to the highest standards found on any top-end smartphone. We’ll be announcing an exact launch date for the Sony Xperia Z as soon as we can, so keep your browser locked to Vodafone Social.