IFA 2013: Sony unveils Xperia Z1 smartphone

It was leaked as the Honami and the Xperia i1, but now Sony has officially launched its sexy new flagship smartphone at IFA 2013, and it's known as the Xperia Z1. This gorgeous five-incher boasts a crisp 1080p HD screen, one of the best we've seen on a mobile phone to date, as well as a 20-megapixel rear-facing lens

That snapper is the biggest upgrade over Sony's Xperia Z phone, launched at the beginning of 2013, along with a bigger battery for hopefully all-day use.

 

Xperia Z1 design & display

Sporting a very similar design to the original Xperia Z, the Xperia Z1 is another rectangular slab of one-piece aluminium loveliness rocking the iconic circular power button. And just like the Xperia Z, it's completely waterproof.

The Triluminos five-inch display is covered with uber-tough shatter proof glass and powered by Sony's X-Reality engine, providing a wide variety of vivid colours. We're expecting it to be a stunner as usual - check out our impending Xperia Z1 hands-on preview for more info.

 

Xperia Z1 camera

But the biggest talking point is the 20-megapixel Exmor RS camera, rocking a Sony G lens. Time Shift Burst mode allows you to shoot 16 frames over 2 seconds, perfect for capturing action shots. You also get a Xenon flash, powerful enough to light up a darkened room.

And when you're dne snapping, you can upload your collection to the Play Memories online album, which can be accessed via all of your Sony devices. And Sony also announced a new camera lens which can be connected to the back of your Xperia Z1, to add a full optical zoom similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom - except you have the freedom to disconnect it any time you like. Best of all, the lens will work with older Sony smartphones such as the Xperia Z and even non-Sony mobiles.

 

Xperia Z1 power and battery

A powerful quad-core 2.3GHz processor is backed up by 2GB of RAM, making this one of the most powerful smartphones around. However, we're more excited by the bigger 3000mAh battery. The original Xperia Z's main weakness was its iffy battery life, so we're hoping that the Xperia Z1 will keep on going all day without emergency panic charging sessions.

 

Xperia Z1 features & software

The Xperia Z1 is of course 4G LTE compatible, and has on-board NFC for connecting up to Sony's impressive range of accessories. Sony bigged up its One Touch system which allows you to pair your phone with your TV, music system, camera, backup server and more just by tapping them together. You also get an IR sensor for mucking around with your TV if you've lost your remote.

Onto the software, the Xperia Z1 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sony's usual Xperia UI overlaid. The likes of Social Live allows you to stream from your camera straight to the Internet, allowing you to show friends what you're seeing and receive feedback from them. Info Eye is another new feature which gives you information of anything you snap - the example given was shoot your wine and it'll tell you what food it goes with. We're hoping it does the same for beer.

 

Xperia Z1 UK release date and pricing

Expect to see the Xperia Z1 hit UK providers on September 24. Pricing is not yet known but should be announced by providers soon.

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