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IFA 2013 | Sony officially unveils the Xperia Z1 smartphone

The new flagship device comes loaded with camera apps and features

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: 2021-05-18)