IFA 2013: Sony launch Flagship Xperia Z1 smartphone


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G Lens tops the bill

To absolutely nobody's surprise, Sony has just officially announced the launch of their new top of the shop smartphone with the Xperia Z1.

“Xperia Z1 represents a significant milestone for Sony in our continued efforts to deliver unforgettable experiences to our consumers,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, “Not only by bringing the power of Sony to the smartphone and through close collaboration with our partners but by setting a new standard in premium smartphones.”

The 5-inch Xperia Z1 features Sony's “G Lens” with a 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture, custom made large 1/2.3-type CMOS image sensor Exmor RS for mobile with 20.7MP and a BIONZ for mobile image processing engine.

The combination of these technologies, says Sony, delivers the same level of quality and performance as a conventional compact digital camera in a slim, waterproof smartphone.

Sony is aiming the Xperia Z1 to take the conventional camera experience to a whole new level by including a set of Xperia Camera Applications that deliver new experiences.

One of those applications, Social live will even let you broadcast videos from the Xperia Z1 straight to Facebook and get your friends' comments right on your screen. We can imagine some fun will be had with that!


The Xperia Z1 features a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and 4G LTE and a 3000 mAh battery for good battery life.

Sony's “WALKMAN” and Movies applications are also included and provide access to more than 22 million songs on the “WALKMAN” app through Music Unlimited and more than 150K movies and TV series on the Movies app through Video Unlimited.

The Z1 also features found in the Company's BRAVIA TVs, including TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, which creates a wider colour palette by use of Quantum Dot tech. It also includes X-Reality for mobile - Sony's super resolution technology which analyses each image and attempts to optimises the quality to deliver super sharp videos and we've found that this generally works pretty well with the TVs.

The Xperia Z1 should be hitting a provider near you soon.


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