Sep 04 AT 10:23 AM Nick Gray 21 Comments

Sony Xperia Z1 unveiled; 20.7 megapixel camera, 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 800


Sony has unveiled the new Xperia Z1, powered by a  2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot, which allows for an additional 64GB of movies, music and whatever else you want to throw at it. The Sony Xperia Z1 is enclosed in a waterproof (IPX5 and IPX8) aluminum frame with tempered glass covering the phone’s 5-inch TRILUMINOS 1080p display.  The 20.7 megapixel camera paired with the Snapdragon 800 is capable of capturing 61 images in just two seconds. Sony’s Exmor RS technology allows for improved image quality in low light situations, and the new G Lens for mobile gives the Xperia Z1 3x optical zoom.

The hardware of the Xperia Z1 is certainly impressive, but Sony will be adding value with a bounty of software features (check the press release below) and nearly 100 Euros worth of Sony entertainment media, including a digital copy of Elysium as soon as it’s available.

While the Xperia Z1 measures in at 144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm, Sony has managed to cram in a 3,000 mAh battery. This gives the phone up to 14 hours of talk time or 5.5 hours of video playback. The Sony Xperia Z1 will be available later this month in black, white and purple.

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Sony introduces Xperiaâ„¢ Z1 — a stunning waterproof smartphone with a groundbreaking camera experience

04 September 2013
  • Combines the very best of Sony’s technology in a slim, waterproof and beautifully designed Android smartphone
  • True compact camera performance through combination of Sony’s award-winning “G Lens”, large 1/2.3-type 20.7MP “Exmor RS for mobile” CMOS image sensor and “BIONZ for mobile” image processing engine
  • Innovative suite of Xperia Camera Applications that deliver unique experiences including live social broadcasting
  • Immersive viewing experience via Sony’s TRILUMINOS® Display for mobile and X-RealityTM for mobile
  • Discovery of online and offline content through the integration of Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited with Sony’s media applications
  • Premium and exclusive out of the box entertainment offer from Sony Entertainment Network
  • Unrivalled ecosystem of accessories and companion products

4th September 2013, IFA, Berlin; CET 16:45 — Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces Xperia Z1, a premium waterproof smartphone that combines the very best of Sony’s technology, entertainment and wide range of companion products with a unique and groundbreaking camera experience. Xperia Z1 will launch globally from September 2013.

“Xperia Z1 represents a significant milestone for Sony in our continued efforts to deliver unforgettable experiences to our consumers,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications. “Not only by bringing the power of Sony to the smartphone and through close collaboration with our partners but by setting a new standard in premium smartphones.”

The world’s leading camera in a smartphone

The elegant, 5” Xperia Z1 is the latest addition to Sony’s premium Z series of products and brings Sony’s proven world-class technologies to the smartphone like never before - including the very best of Sony’s camera expertise. Xperia Z1 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. The combination of these technologies delivers the same level of quality and performance as a conventional compact digital camera in a slim, waterproof smartphone. Indeed, independent testing has confirmed that Xperia Z1 provides the best overall image quality of all leading smartphones.* This means that Xperia Z1 captures beautiful, sharp and bright images even in lowlight conditions. High shutter speeds and 3x clear image zoom also prevents shots from being blurred while enabling them to be captured at distance.

Innovative suite of Xperia Camera Applications

Xperia Z1 takes the conventional camera experience to a whole new level by including an innovative set of Xperia Camera Applications that deliver new experiences. Applications at launch include:

  • Social live: Broadcast precious moments live from Xperia Z1 to Facebook and get your friends’ comments right on your screen.
  • Info-eyeâ„¢: 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.

This experience is supported by a robust ecosystem of established and up-and-coming developer partnerships who are working to create Xperia Camera Applications. Many more apps will be available through the Sony Select recommendation store after launch.

Beautiful design with high power and performance

Xperia Z1 also includes all of the features consumers have come to expect of a Sony smartphone. Its stunning looks combine Sony’s acclaimed OmniBalance design with premium materials and precision engineering in a slim waterproof and dust resistant smartphone (IP55 & IP58). A solid one-piece aluminium frame with tempered glass on the front and back ensures beauty and durability as well as a consistent viewing experience from any angle.

Xperia Z1 features the fully integrated Qualcomm® Snapdragonâ„¢ 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and 4G LTE to provide a seamless connected entertainment experience, industry leading battery performance and amazing speed. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor features the latest GPU and dual ISP for incredible graphics, 3D games and videos. The Xperia Z1 also includes a 3000 mAh battery for a high battery performance. Sony’s Battery STAMINA Mode automatically turns off functions to save power when you don’t need them and restarts them when you do.

Incredible out of the box entertainment with Sony’s media applications and technologies

Xperia Z1 integrates PlayMemories Online**, a cloud-based image and video service that is integrated into the Album application. A new ‘All Sync’ feature enables users to instantly auto-upload all of their photos without storage limitation***.

Sony’s “WALKMAN” and Movies applications are also included and provide access to more than 22 million songs on the “WALKMAN” app through Music Unlimited and more than 150K movies and TV series on the Movies app through Video Unlimited**** from Sony Entertainment Network.

Thanks to the inclusion of Sony’s BRAVIA TV technology, Xperia Z1 features Sony’s unique TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, creating a wider palette of rich natural colours for an immersive viewing experience. It also includes X-Reality for mobile – Sony’s intelligent super resolution technology which analyzes each image and optimizes the quality to deliver super sharp videos. Xperia Z1 also brings Sony’s audio expertise to play with Sony’s ClearAudio+ which automatically optimizes the audio experience without the need to adjust individual settings.

Xperia Z1 comes with an incredible entertainment offer that includes five great movies plus an exclusive movie access pass to the digital release of Sony Pictures’ summer blockbuster Elysium as well as a two month free trial of Sony’s Music Unlimited streaming service plus much more.*****

Xperia Z1 also features a new application called TrackIDTM TV that enhances your TV-viewing experience. It lets users search, share and explore information from broadcasted TV shows such as cast & crew, biographies, filmography or show related Tweets.******

Unrivalled ecosystem of companion products and smart accessories

Xperia Z1 is supported by an ecosystem of innovative companion products and accessories. All are underpinned by Sony’s one-touch functions with NFC technology which will number approximately 100 compatible products by the end of the year including TVs, headphones, audio speakers, tablets, and more. Key products include:

Companion products to enhance the camera experience

  • QX10/QX100: High-performance ‘lens-style’ cameras designed for mounting on smartphones and operated through the smartphone screen — a perfect partner for the Z1.
  • Smart Imaging Stand IPT-DS10M: An intelligent accessory that helps Xperia Z1 detect smiles and capture special moments without the need to hold the handset
  • Smartphone Tripod SPA-MK20M: A versatile tripod perfect for extra stability when taking pictures or capturing video

A host of other companion products and smart accessories that enrich your smartphone experience.

  • SmartWatch 2 — Use as a second screen for Xperia Z1. Read messages, handle calls, easily access notifications — all from your wrist. Trigger the Xperia Z1 camera shutter. Download other camera apps to enhance the Xperia Z1 experience. Sony is working closely with developers for even more optimised apps
  • SBH52 Smart Bluetooth Handset — Splash proof wireless audio accessory that enables you to listen and talk without taking out your smartphone.
  • MDR-10BT NFC headphones and SRS-BTS50 wireless speaker - New, high quality NFC enabled headphones and wireless speaker.
  • SmartTags NT3 — Create a unique experience for your tag and share with a friend via NFC.
  • Continually update the experience over time with the Bluetooth Music Receiver BM10 — stream music and audio from Xperia Z1 to your home Hi-Fi system
  • Miracast Wireless Display IM10 — Mirror your smartphone display on your HDTV or projector
Xperia Z1 key features
  • Sony’s G Lens: A lens with F2.0 and wide angle 27mm as well as 3x clear image zoom.
  • BIONZ for mobile: Image processing engine with the algorithm from Sony’s leading digital compact cameras. It ensures pictures have less noise, fast auto-focus as well as high stable images for video shooting, preventing shots from being blurred.
  • 1/2.3-type Exmor RS for mobile CMOS image sensor with 20.7MP: high sensitivity sensor capturing huge amounts of detail for sharp, crisp images, even in low-light conditions.
  • Dust and water resistant (IP55 & IP58), with acclaimed OmniBalance design featuring durable tempered glass and solid one-piece aluminium frame
  • Qualcomm Snapdragonâ„¢800 quad-core 2.2 Ghz processor, 3000 mAh battery, 4GLTE
  • Xperia Camera Applications such as Social live which broadcast to Facebook. More applications will be available to download from Sony Select.
  • Memory – RAM 2 GB, Flash memory up to 16 GB, Expansion slot microSDâ„¢ card, up to 64 GB.
  • Available in black, white and purple colour variants
  • Available globally from September 2013

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • R.S

    Now all Sony has to do is release (in the U.S.) in a timely manner and on more than one carrier and they’ll have a winner on their hands.

    • yowanvista

      Americans should instead buy regular unlocked devices like people from the rest of the world. No need for all this carrier locked bloated devices. It ain’t really that hard.

      • redraider133

        Well if we didn’t have cdma we could but that doesn’t work for those on Verizon or sprint

        • xtrimsky

          Well you could also not get a plan with Verizon or Sprint, there are plenty other non-cdma carriers!

          I left Verizon a year ago, and I’m the happiest man alive since then!

          • redraider133

            That isn’t an option for everyone. I know you can if they have good coverage in your area but for me and with traveling verizon is hands down the best.

      • Nick Gray

        The problem is there are very few places to buy unlocked devices here in the US. You also have issues finding phones that work on specific carriers. Verizon and Sprint phones have to be approved by the carrier in order to work on their networks and T-Mobile and AT&T operate on different frequencies.

        If we could, we would.

        • Jon

          It’s not rocket science to find a GSM phone that works on both T-Mobile and AT&T. The addition of 4G LTE made that trickier than normal for a bit, but all is well again as all new phones pretty much support both LTE bands just fine if your getting a GSM phone.

      • Joshua

        Yes, this is just a blanket statement that’s horribly erroneous. I don’t even live in the US anymore and many places I have lived unlocked phones WON’T work. Carriers have frequencies and you have to have certain hardware in them if you want LTE. So unlocked phones only work in a small part of the world, most of the world is not compatible with this “unlocked” philosophy.

  • Eli Gaffke

    Yes please!!! Verizon?!? And I just ordered my 7000 mAh battery for my GS3…

  • uknowme

    I’m stoked! Dropping Sprint to go to T-Mobile if this drops soon.

  • pekosROB

    If this comes to Verizon without being gimped in some way (yeah right) it just might compete with the Note 3… and now we play the waiting game…

    But seriously, I don’t care for the cloud service that Sony is doing but I like the camera, the aluminum body, an the IPX8 stuff.

  • ken

    Sweet! Sold :D

  • Nate B.

    I hope the display isn’t bad like it was on the Z. It was also 1080 but it was a horrible screen. It looked dead and washed out. The viewing angles were terrible.

  • HolidayNC

    Dude this looks incredible; if I’m not impressed with the Nexus 4 successor, I’d definitely consider this.

    • Jon

      huh? Have you seen something the rest of us haven’t yet?

      • Joshua

        The rest of us? I think everyone has seen something that you don’t see. Maybe rereading would work?

        Sony’s awesome camera technology paired with a beautiful screen and their wealth of media content in a waterproof device with the newest processor? Seriously, I have to recap it for you?

  • MrMrMan

    Geez! I hope this thing comes in 32/64 gb versions. Or less this is a no buy.

  • Sanjay Kumar Negi

    I like it better than galaxy S4.

  • donger

    Impressive. Maybe my next phone.

  • kitty

    I hope T-Mobile gets this soon in the us. And offer the purple color!!! Something different than the standard black n white…

  • Deepak

    Finally I can say that Sony launched its best handset now which can beat samsung Galaxy s4 and Note 2. really awesome phone with best picture quality.