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Sony Xperia Z1 Announced, Packs 5-inch Display and 20.7MP Camera

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Sony has a new flagship Android device officially named Xperia Z1, an update to the previous flagship phone which is the Xperia Z.  The Sony Xperia Z1, leaked extensively as the Honami, has imaging chops that make it a true alternative to full-fledged digital cameras.

The Sony Xperia Z1 packs a 20.7MP rear camera which is a huge improvement to the 13MP camera on the Xperia Z.  The Xperia Z uses a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and Sony’s G Lens with 27mm wide angle and f2.0 aperture.   It also features a Bionz image processing engine which is seen on Sony cameras. The phone also provides 3x optical zoom that Sony proudly declares to result in “zero distortion”.

In terms of hardware specs, the Sony Xperia Z1 has a 5-inch 1080p Triluminos display with Sony’s X-Reality technology.  It is powered by a 2.2Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage  which is expandable via microSD card slot.  The device packs a 3,000mAh battery.  The Xperia Z1 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.

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Sony Xperia Z1 Specs

  • 5-inch 1080p Triluminos Display (441ppi)
  • 2.2 GHz Krait 400 Quad-Core CPU
  • Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  •  Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 20.7MP rear camera, Sony G Lens, F/2.0 aperture
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 16GB storage with microSD card slot up to 64GB
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS receiver with A-GPS
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 4G LTE, NFC
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • IP58 certified
  • Form factor: Water-resistant camera phone
  • Dimensions: 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm, 170g

The waterproof Xperia Z1 looks like the rest of the Xperia devices from Sony, although it distinguishes itself for having a one piece aluminium casing instead of the all-plastic finish on the previous Xperia Z.

On the software front, Sony’s focus is on imaging as it loaded the Xperia Z1 with enhancements like Social Life, a camera streaming app, Timeshift burst mode, a visual search app called Info-Eye, and an augmented reality app called AR Effect.

The Sony Xperia Z1 is due for release this September.  Official pricing is still unknown but expect this to retail in the Philippines for at least P28,000 at launch.

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