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-We have a hot announcement from CES inside this box. Probably, the strongest competitor, I would say, to some of these like really hero smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4, this name may surprise you--Sony. -Sony-- -Yes. -Xperia. -The Xperia Z, right here. Let's get it out. So, this is, no question, a high-end smartphone. One of the other things about it is that, supposedly, it's waterproof. -We get the international unlocked model. So, we get an extra little charger. -Sony. -There may be slight differences, not usually, but just like, you know-- That's a good-looking box. -Yeah. -Xperia Z. Not to be confused with the Sony Xperia Tablet Z that did confuse me. That's one's coming later. All right. Ooh. -[unk] the shammy. -And now, it's-- Oh, shammy! That's a nice touch. I like a shammy. -On the back and front things. -Oh, so, these could totally like protect it. -Yeah. -Wow. How nerdy! That is very thin and light, in fact. Also, in the box, we have-- -Wow. -That's not normal. -Beast. -That's a-- I assume that's not. I mean, this is our international charger thing. That is nice. And you know what? That weight is with the battery. -Yeah. -Battery is in there. -It's light for something so big. -Yeah. All right. -Oh, it's pretty. -So, then, inside the box, we got our little charger which is, yes-- -Look at the cool power button. -mini-USB. Ooh, I love that! Okay, can I just say that my current complaint about all consumer electronics is that the power button is virtually invisible and flushed with a plastic and I do not understand that because why would you wanna make the device harder to turn on. I want to turn it on, and therefore, use it! -Wow. I really feel like we've come to something here. -I think so. -You needed to get that out clearly. Yeah. -That's really, really bothered me way more than I thought. Here's a Molly wrath for you. All right. Also-- -Should I turn it on? -headphones. Yes, please, turn it on. And a bunch of different earbuds. -Does it need to be charged, maybe? -We're hoping not. -Oops, it vibrated. -That's a nice, big display. I heard it has a fast processor. Maybe, it can get through startup faster. [unk] -Here we go. -Awesome. All right. We're gonna play with it for a little bit and get it all set up. While we do that, let's run down the specs. -The Sony Xperia Z has a 1.5-gigahertz quad-core Snapdragon processor and 2 gigs of RAM. So, it's snappy. -It has a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Sony is calling it a "Reality Display." Not retina. Reality. The pixel density, though, is 443 pixels per inch compared to the iPhone 5's 326. -The phone is thin at 7.9 millimeters and also extremely light, weighing only 146 grams. -It comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but Sony says it will be upgraded to 4.2 very soon. -It features a 13.1-megapixel camera which is very nice. -16 gigs of built-in storage, but it's expandable using microSD. It supports 4G connectivity. -And it's got NFC as well. Sony claims the phone is water resistant with submersion up to 30 minutes. -It's available now in the UK for 450 euros. I gotta say, I think Sony has kind of a winner with this phone. -I'm surprised. It's really nice looking. The camera is awesome. -Camera is awesome, which is a huge selling point. I don't know why more manufacturers aren't going after the iPhone on camera alone. -Yeah, and we both love that power button. -I love the raised power button. My only complaint right out of the gate is that it is loaded with Sony crapware-- -Yeah. -which is not my favorite. I assume you can delete it and it's still Jelly Bean, so it's gonna be plenty customizable, but I really do think that this is a strong competitor. It could be a great seller. -It's really surprising. Yeah. -Good job Sony! [unk]