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IFA 2013 | Sony officially unveils the Xperia Z1 smartphone

The new flagship device comes loaded with camera apps and features

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Rumors have been flying around the internet for months about Sony's upcoming smartphone codename Honami, but it's finally here – the Xperia Z1.

The new device features a 5-inch Full HD Triluminos display, a blazing fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, a microSD slot (up to 64 MB cards), NFC, 4G LTE, and a 3000 mAh battery.

Like many recent mobile devices, the Z1 stands out because of its camera. Sony has managed to squeeze a very respectable 20.7 MP 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor into the handset with a Sony G F2.0 lens that offers both 27 mm wide angles and a 3X “clear image zoom”. The camera also promises to perform well in low light conditions, and is further boosted by a long list of software features such as burst shot (up to 61 shots in 2 seconds), unlimited cloud storage for photos and videos, and Social live which broadcasts images to Facebook.

The Z1 is essentially a remake of the Xperia Z that has been drastically improved across the board. Even the water resistance has been upgraded to IP55 & IP58 (now water and dust resistant).

The Xperia Z1 is expected to be available globally later this month in black, white or purple. Pricing has not yet been announced.

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Craig Munro, 2013-09- 4 (Update: 2013-09- 7)