Sony Xperia Z Boasts Sleek, Water-Resistant Design
The Consumer Electronics Show features the world's major electronics manufacturers showing off the latest in gadget designs, from high-definition televisions to wireless routers to notebooks, tablets and smartphones. Sony used this year's CES to make a literal splash with its flagship Xperia Z smartphone, which is highly water-resistant. (It can be kept under 3 feet of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.) Aside from its water-resistance capabilities, the handset is manufactured using tempered glass and anti-shatter film on the front and back, and features rounded edges and smooth, reflective surfaces on all sides, as well as a battery with Stamina mode, which boosts the battery life by shutting down applications when the screen goes dark and booting them up again when the phone is in use again. The Xperia Z also features a 5-inch high-definition screen, 13-megapixel camera and near-field communication (NFC) technology, which allows it to connect to Sony Bravia TVs and other Sony accessories like headphones. The operating system is Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform, and the phone comes preloaded with a variety of entertainment and social networking applications.