After numerous leaks and many teases from Sony, the Xperia Z1 (previously code-named “Honami”) has just been announced at the IFA event in Berlin. It’s basically a revamped version of the Xperia Z. But make no mistake, this is a worthy upgrade from Sony’s flagship device. So what exactly is new and when can we expect it to be available here in Singapore? Click in to find out.
Measuring just 8.5mm in thickness, the Xperia Z1 houses a large 1/2.3″ sensor – that’s about 70% larger than the sensors on most phones and Sony achieved it without a hump on the back like most other handsets with large sensors.
The camera uses all-Sony tech – an F/2.0 Sony G Lens, a Sony Exmor RS sensor and a Sony BIONZ image processor.
The camera shoots 20.7MP stills and records 1080p video (sorry, no 4K). Sony has developed a custom camera app that offers manual controls and impressive augmented reality features. Third-party devs will be able to use the advanced features of the camera to make their own apps as well.
The Xperia Z1 justifies its name by borrowing the best features of the Xperia Z – slim, water resistant body with OmniBalance design, a sharp 5″ 1080p screen and powerful Snapdragon chipset. However, the Z1 is certified to go deeper underwater, it has a new, higher-quality screen and it packs the latest Snapdragon 800 chipset running a Sony-customized version of Android 4.3. And the battery capacity has been bumped up to 3,000mAh.
The new flagship has 4G LTE connectivity, along with Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and NFC, which are used to connect with the next couple of gadgets.
The Sony Xperia Z1 will be available this month in Singapore for Black, White and Purple.