Waterproof Sony Xperia Z1 (Honami) gets official, will be available this month

As expected, today Sony has announced the Xperia Z1 (codenamed Honami) – a new Android handset which, according to the Japanese company, is “setting a new standard in premium smartphones.”

Most of the things that we have already reported about the Z1 are true. The handset has a 20.7MP rear camera with Sony’s G Lens (F2.0 aperture, wide angle 27mm, “3x clear image zoom”). The sensor is a 1/2.3-type CMOS Exmor RS one. There’s also a new set of Xperia Camera Applications, including 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”) and Timeshift burst (can capture 61 images in 2 seconds). Al these should allow the Z1 to try and take on Nokia’s Lumia 1020 – which is widely regarded as the best camera phone available at the moment.

Made from a “solid one-piece aluminum frame” and durable tempered glass, the Z1 is dust and water resistant (IP55, IP58). The rest of its features include: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, 5 inch Full HD Triluminos display, LTE, NFC, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, and a 3000 mAh battery.

Sony confirmed that the Z1 will be available globally starting this month. Pricing details haven’t been unveiled, but we know that the handset will have three color versions: black, white, and purple.

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An official video preview of the Xperia Z1 can be watched below:

Sony has also announced the QX10 and QX100 optional lenses. These are compatible not just with Xperia handsets, but with almost any other smartphone (it must run Android or iOS – Windows Phone doesn’t seem to be supported at the moment). Their aim is to transform your phone into “a power-packed specialist camera.” You can read more about the two lenses here.

Via Press release

Author: Florin

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