We've just witnessed the conclusion of the Sony press conference and can now officially confirm the specifications we reported on last night for the Sony Xperia Z1, the smartphone formerly known as Honami. For a picture gallery of the new flagship device from Sony, just check out our previous article (linked in the text above). There's also some cool new aspects, like the option to stream live feeds directly to Facebook and snap 61 images in less than two seconds to ensure you get the best picture possible. As expected, the new Lens G attachment (which is actually called Cyber Shot DSC-QX10/DSC-QX100) was also pushed as the perfect accessory for the Xperia Z1 (but it will work on almost any smartphone).
What else can we tell you? Well, the device was so thoroughly leaked in recent weeks that we saw everything accurately revealed before the main event: press renders released by Xperia Blog, the press release last night also from Xperia blog, along with various leaked pics, videos and the usual mishmash of other information. But the cake turned out just as we expected – there were no surprises when it was finally pulled out of the Sony oven. And that's a good thing because we expected quite a bit.
Just for confirmation's sake, here's the officially confirmed specs for the Sony Zperia Z1, aka Honami i1:
|Display||5-inch LCD, 1920 x 1080 pixels, TRILUMINOS Technology|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2.2 GHz, Adreno 330 graphics|
|RAM / Internal Memory||2 GB / 16 GB + microSD (up to 64 GB)|
|Camera (Rear)||20.7 Megapixel, "G Lens", Sensor 1/2.3-inch, Aperture F2.0, Focal Length 27 mm, LED Flash|
|Camera (Front)||2 Megapixel|
|Connectivity||LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi (Miracast), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB2.0 with MHL|
|Dimensions||144 x 74 x 8.5 mm|
|Operating System||Android 4.2|
There's a few nifty camera features that will come standard, like:
- Social live: Broadcast precious moments live from Xperia Z1 to Facebook and get your friends’ comments right on your screen.
- Info-eye: Innovative visual search function that provides related information on landmarks and on items such as books or wine simply by capturing them with the camera.
- Timeshift burst: Capture the perfect shot every time - Xperia Z1 takes 61 images in 2 seconds - a second before and after pressing the shutter - so you can scroll back and forth to find the perfect image.
- AR effect: Overlay a selection of fun, customizable animations to create pictures using Sony’s SmartARTM augmented reality technology.
You'll also get PlayMemories Online, a cloud-based image and video service that is integrated into the Album application. More applications will be available to download from Sony Select.
Living Up To Expectations
With the confirmation in the bag, it's safe to say Sony have forced their way back into the playing field for high-end smartphones and may, with a bit of luck, manage to put a dent in the Apple/Samsung duopoly. If the Xperia Z1 mini also lives up to expectations there's going to be some serious purchasing choices on offer for anyone in the market for a new flagship smartphone with a super-impressive camera. As other devices are announced and their specs confirmed today and in the coming IFA week, we'll get some comparisons up for you quick smart.
To summarize, the Sony Xperia Z1 will feature a 5-inch Triluminos LCD display at 1,920x1,080 pixels, pack a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset pounding away at 2.2 GHz and come with 16 GB on-board memory with expandable microSD slot. There's 2 GB RAM to push your phone through its paces as well and the pièce de résistance: a 20.7 MP main camera with ''G Lens,'' BIONZ Image Processing Engine and Exmor RS image sensor. It's also dust and water resistant (IP55 & IP58). The pretty package rounds out with a 3,000 mAh battery and Android 4.2 straight outta the box!
The Sony Xperia Z1 will be available this month.
[Update: 20:15 Berlin time 04.09.2013]
Andreas' first impressions
The Xperia Z1 feels a bit more refined than the Xperia Z, due to small but subtle differences, like the chassis being made from billet aluminum. Otherwise, the phones are similar but large and heavy and from the front you can barely tell the two apart. Sony retains its OmniBalance design line very faithfully.
The Android 4.2.2 operating system responds as expected without delay and the interface looks basically the same as on other high-end models from Sony. When you enter the camera menu though, you can tell the difference: it has been completely redesigned and offers a wealth of new features (Info-Eye, Timeshift burst, AR effect, etc.). The quality of the photos I can not really test on-site, but I'm already sure that Sony will not make any mistake in this department.