Sony unveils Xperia Z1

Waterproof, 20.7MP camera, host of smart accessories

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Sony unveils Xperia Z1 Sony Mobile Communications introduced its premium handset, the Xperia Z1, a waterproof smartphone with a 20.7MP camera.
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By  Stephen McBride Published  September 5, 2013

Sony Mobile Communications today introduced its latest premium handset, the Xperia Z1, a waterproof smartphone with a 20.7MP camera.

GALLERY: Sony Xperia Z1

"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."

Xperia Z1 is the latest addition to Sony's premium Z series. The 5-inch display features Sony's BRAVIA TV technology and TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, a combination geared towards providing a wider palette of rich and natural colours. It also includes X-Reality for mobile, Sony's super-resolution technology, which is designed to analyse each image and optimise the quality to deliver sharper videos.

Xperia Z1 also integrates Sony's ClearAudio+ system, which works to automatically optimise audio without the need to adjust individual settings.

The handset's body incorporates Sony's OmniBalance design and the company has made efforts to deliver a slim frame. The unit is also waterproof and dust-resistant to International Protection standards IP55 and IP58 respectively. A solid one-piece aluminium frame with tempered glass on the front and back is intended to deliver a sleek aesthetic as well as durability and consistent viewing regardless of angle.

Inside the phone is built with power in mind. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with a 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and 4G connectivity. Sony describes the 3000 mAh battery as "industry-leading". Battery STAMINA Mode automatically turns off functions to save power when users have no need of them and restarts them when required.

GALLERY: Sony Xperia Z1

Xperia Z1's camera will no doubt prove a distinctive selling point. It features Sony's own "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.

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