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Sony Xperia Z hands-on at CES 2013

Sony may have finally its stride with Android handsets with the Xperia Z. One of the few smartphones announced at CES this week, the Xperia Z is Sony’s entry into the big-screen Android handset race.

Judging from my short time with it, it’s also one of the most elegant Android phones I’ve seen. Sony has emphasized premium materials all over the device, from its 1080p 5-inch screen and  iPhone 4-like glass rear, down to the design of its power button (see photos below).

The phone is waterproof and dust proof — so, not surprisingly, it feels solid and high-quality in your hand. There’s no cheap plastic here, so common on other Android handsets.

The Xperia Z felt fast while bouncing around Android’s interface and switching between apps. You can thank its 1.5 gigahertz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2 GB of RAM for that. It’s not the only speedy…

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