The Sony Xperia Z1 (nee Xperia i1, codename Honami) has been leaked to high heaven over the past few months, so much so that there’s very little the Japanese manufacturer could tell us today that we didn’t know already.
Still, that’s not to say it’s not worth talking about, and indeed the Sony Xperia Z1 has just laid its claim as having “the best overall image quality of all leading smartphones”.
The Sony Xperia Z1 builds on the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra from earlier in the year, providing what’s arguably the best of both worlds – and all topped off with that monstrous rear camera.
For starters, the Sony Xperia Z1 display measures 5in diagonally, with a full HD 1080p resolution and Sony’s patented Triluminous technology. There’s also X-Reality for super-sharp video playback.
Powering the show is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, as found on the larger Xperia Ultra (and one step up from the Snapdragon 600 on the Xperia Z), with 2GB of RAM, while operating system duties are assigned to the latest version of Android, namely Jelly Bean 4.3.
As for Sony Xperia Z1 storage, it’s a modest 16GB internal, though the microSD slot will happily welcome cards up to 64GB in stature.
The headline Sony Xperia Z1 feature is of course the 20.7MP rear camera, which – as I mentioned before – claims to be the best among “all leading smartphones”. That’s according to Strategy Analytics, and research conducted on August 23.
Lifting a paragraph from the press release (in the interest of quickness, ahem), we’re told that the Xperia Z1’s rear camera features “Sony’s award-winning ‘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.”
In layman’s terms, Sony is offering what it describes as “the same level of quality and performance as a conventional compact digital camera in a slim, waterproof smartphone.”
Incidentally, speaking of waterproof, the Sony Xperia Z1 boasts full IP55 and IP58 classification for protection against water and dust. Splendid.
Getting back to the Sony Xperia Z1’s camera, the handset has a few tricks up its sleeve, including Info-Eye, which uses augmented reality to tell you what you’re pointing your 20.7MP shooter at, and Timeshift Burst, which claims to capture 61 images in two seconds. Cripes.
Other Sony Xperia Z1 specs include a 3,000mAh battery and LTE compatibility, while the beast itself is comprised of a solid one-piece aluminium frame with tempered glass front and back.
Sony says the Xperia Z1 will be available globally from September 2013 (er, this month), with the handset dropping in – as we knew already – black, white and purple variants.
For what it’s worth, Clove is taking Sony Xperia Z1 pre-orders for a whopping £564, with first stock expected in the week commencing September 16.
Right, who’s buying one? Any takers?