Sony unveiled a beautiful, waterproof Xperia Z1 phablet at IFA yesterday. Z1 is a camera centric flagship phone with the biggest camera sensor of all android phones.
Remember the times when there was an iPhone and nothing else? Well, the doomsdays are over. There are plenty of beautiful and capable smartphones out there these days, flagships, or not. Sony took a daring step to differentiate itself from its competition by offering a waterproof top specced Zperia Z a while back. At IFA, Sony just unveiled the successor to this phone, the 20.7 megapixel Xperia Z1, the rumored Sony Xperia Honami.
Design is immaculate. All-glass face, aluminum edge-wrap, two-tone premium finish and yes the camera.
Sony, following up on Nokia’s leading camera focus, equipped the new Z1 with a 1/2.3-inch 20.7 megapixel sensor. This Exmor RS sensor is about 70 percent larger than sensors in most smartphones out there. Xperia Z1 has the biggest pixel resolution camera of all android phones out there. Yeah, no, Nokia Lumia 1020 is a windows phone. 8.5mm thick body of Zperia Z1 features G lens and Bionz processor to output crisp 20.7 megapixel stills and 1080p video. Sony added a 2 megapixel front-facing camera to Z1 for video chatting.
High pixel camera is good for nothing if not backed up by powerful software. Sony adds some cool features to their camera app like the Timeshift Burst, Social Live, AR Effect and the Info-eye function.
Time Shift Burst function takes 30 frames before and 30 frames after you press the shutter button. That’s a lot of pics to choose from.
Social Live allows user to record and live-stream up to 10 minute video linked to a Facebook account so that friends can comment on it in real time.
AR Effect adds effects to your pics while the Info-eye adds interesting info about your surroundings.
Much like Sony Xperia Z, the new Z1 is water-proof and dust-proof. The handset is fully functional for up to 30 minutes submerged in water up to 5 feet in depth. All tiny cracks and crevices are plugged in including the headphone jack.
Full HD ‘Triluminos’ 1080p display of Xperia Z1 is backed by Sony’s X reality engine. The 5 inch display packs 1080 x 1920 pixels, which is about 441 ppi pixel density. Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 is said to increase clarity and contrast.
Sony Xperia Z1 features Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM. The powerful, albeit non-removable 3,000mAh battery is helped with Sony’s power saving features. The built-in storage starts at 16GB expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB).
Being Sony’s flagship phone guarantees an LTE connectivity, NFC, Wi-Fi a,b,g,n and Bluetooth 4.0. Z1 also supports GPRS and HSDPA where 4G isn’t available. Z1 also features Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA for sharing.
Sony’s custom version of Android 4.3 with Xperia UI much like in Xperia Z. The new Sony Xperia Z1 should be in stores by the end of September in purple, black and white. Price it yet unknown, but we can assume it would move around the current Xperia Z prices, that is around $500.
Here is a first look Sony Xperia Z1 video by androidauthority:
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