Whilst CES may not be known for many smartphone reveals, most manufacturers tend to wait until MWC in February, it is still heartening to see the Sony Xperia Z come away in such high regard from the media. To prove the point, the handset has won a number of ‘Best of CES’ awards from various publications.
We had already seen the positive vibe from our recent Hands-On roundup, so the news isn't entirely surprising. However, the number of awards won shows that the Xperia Z is probably one of the most popular from the show. Obviously, competition at the top-end is fierce and we’ll most likely see what Samsung and HTC have up their sleeve in the not too-distant future. But for now, Sony is on a high and it just needs to get their new handsets into shops as soon as possible.
CES 2013 Awards for Sony Xperia Z -
Cnet – CES finalist - “I have to say I’m impressed with the Sony Xperia Z. It’s the slickest and most compelling handset I’ve gotten my hands on from the company.”
Engadget – Best in Smartphones - “The Sony Xperia Z’s 5-inch 1080p display and the new Exmor RS sensor for HDR video capture plus the fact that it is waterproof helped it shine in our opinion. The overall look and feel of the device is head and shoulders above anything else we’ve seen from Sony; they’ve stepped from wobbly plastics to a premium feel.”
Gizmodo – Top Pick of CES 2013 - “This Xperia is thinner than the ZL, but a little wider and longer. There’s also no IR blaster or physical camera button, and the battery is a hair smaller at 2330 mAh. It’s just a gorgeous piece of hardware and it performed really well, so we decided to give it the nod over its brother, but it will come down to personal preference. The bottom line: Both of Sony’s new phones are looking good.”
GottaBeMobile – Best Phone - “The combination of great hardware and almost-Vanilla Android software make the Xperia Z an easy choice for our Best Phone of CES 2013.”
Laptop Mag – Best Smartphone - “Sony made a big statement at CES with a flagship phone that delivers all of the best technologies the company has to offer–plus a very pleasant surprise. The real kicker is that the Xperia Z can withstand being dunked in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes and even stream your favorite tunes to a nearby Bluetooth speaker while submerged. Add in a quad-core processor, a new stamina mode for improved standby time and easy one-touch sharing with NFC devices, and you have a winner.”
PC World – Best of CES 2013 - “Sony’s latest Xperia smartphone looks top-notch. The handset’s svelte design, ultra-high-resolution display, and excellent 13-megapixel camera make it one to watch as we head toward Mobile World Congress in late February.”
PC Pro – Best Smartphone - “The Sony Xperia Z. Water resistant, dust protected and simply stunning to look at – it’s only 7.9mm thick yet packs in a 5in Full HD screen – this is a deceptively rugged phone and already contender for phone of the year.”
Popular Mechanics – CES 2013: Editor’s Choice Awards - “Sony’s newest smartphone is a model of corporate synergy done right, incorporating the company’s display and image capture technology into its stunning 5-inch 1080p touchscreen display, and also including the world’s first smartphone sensor that can take HDR video.”
Stuff – CES 2013 Hot Stuff Award winner - “With its gorgeous 5in 1080p display, blistering quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and waterproof construction, the Xperia Z has all the makings of a true Android king. Little touches like the ability to shut off data to extend battery up to five days and a really effective camera interface are just the icing on the already achingly tempting cake.”
TechnoBuffalo – Best of CES 2013 - “There weren’t a ton of new mobile phones on the CES showfloor this year, but Sony’s Xperia Z has the muscle to compete with the biggest players right now.”
The Verge – Best Phone - “Apart from a few exceptional years, CES has never been a major show for mobile news, but of the few phones announced this year, the Sony Xperia Z was the standout.”
Via Sony Mobile Blog