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Sony Xperia Z1 Android Phone Officially Launched

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Behind the 5-inch Full HD Screen lies Sony's latest advances in mobile camera technology, claiming "World's leading camera in a smartphone."

In the recent flood of new Sony Products, the Xperia Z1 has been revealed at the company's IFA Conference in Berlin. Apart from being a followup to the Xperia Z, this new flagship phone is to be Sony's representative of its new focus on camera capabilities in mobile phones. Released with grand claims of being the "world's leading camera in a smartphone" and offering "best in class imaging," Sony appears to be very confident about their new technology. 

The 5-inch phone has a 1080p Triluminos display, which according to Sony, allows for the viewing of a greater range of natural colors, and comes with the company's X-Reality technology to improve the viewing of low-res media. Along with the screen comes the latest development in touch screens that can also be found in the Xperia Z Ultra, as well as 4G support in both devices.

Behind the attractive display sits the quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2.2 GHz, along with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage space, which can be expanded through a microSD slot by another 64 GB. Measuring 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm and weighing only 170 grams, we are impressed that the phone holds a 3000 mAh battery. Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 initially comes with the phone, but we are hopeful for a later update to Android 4.4 KitKat.

While the phone itself is rather standard, the defining difference between this and previous Sony phones is the camera capabilities. A 20.7MP Camera is located on the back of the phone, which uses a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, while the lens itself is Sony's G Lens which is a wide angle 27 mm lens with an aperture of f2.0, and can apparently deliver 3x optical zoom without any distortion at all. The actual hardware processor of the image comes courtesy of a Bionz unit that Sony uses in many of its Alpha DSLRs. 

However, to uphold the bold claims of the phone's photographic excellence, the standard Android Software just won't do. Consequently, many apps have been preloaded onto the phone to extend the camera's capabilities, such as Social Life (camera streaming to social media), Timeshift (a burst capture mode to select the best of the images), Info-Eye (uses photos to search online for relevant info), and AR Effect (augmented reality to overlay custom animations onto images). Not withholding, the company has designed the hardware with an open SDK, so that developers can also take full advantage of the hardware available. 

While the collection of camera hardware in the phone is impressive, we have noticed a distinct lack of Optical Image Stabilization being mentioned in the press release. While this might not even be a problem for the camera's photo capabilities, we reserve judgement until we can objectively verify the company's claims ourselves. With Nokia's PureView line-up and its Lumia 1020, the Xperia Z1 has its work cut out for it. The phone has IP55 certification (limited dust ingression protection) and a surprising IP58 label (as opposed to IP57), which means that the phone is water resistant up to a certain pressure for long periods of time, as opposed to limited time between depths of 15 cm to 1 m (between half a foot and 3 feet). If you plan to go diving with your Black, White, or Purple Xperia Z1, you will unfortunately have to wait until it hits the shelves "later this month."

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    rwinches , September 5, 2013 11:30 PM
    Nice features the source link says 5 movies included and more.
    Definitely worth a look, Sony is coming on strong.
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    halcyon , September 6, 2013 12:08 AM
    Yes they are. I'm glad to see them making strong mobile products. There Xperia Tablet Z is sharp too.
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    cRACKmONKEY421 , September 6, 2013 1:01 AM
    Looks good. I like how we're starting to see more of a focus on the camera quality. I feel the same way about phone cameras as I felt about mp3 playing phones before the iphone came out. Lots of them can do it, but none of them do it well. I hope more follow Nokia and now Sony with these improvements. Average picture quality has gone way down. Larger pixel count means nothing to image quality when the optics can't keep up, yet they love to boast those numbers. Just gives you more pixels of a bad picture. I can pull out a 1 megapixel camera from 12 years ago and take better pictures than the latest iphone. They should have been working shrinking down those good lenses and flashes for a long time now.
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    Anonymous , September 6, 2013 1:51 AM
    Guessing that they forgot the Lumia 1020 in terms of cameras? Although this probably is 2nd best in the world
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    dark_lord69 , September 6, 2013 7:01 AM
    "quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2.2 GHz"
    Whoa... Not bad!
    That's gotta be the highest clock frequency and number of cores I've heard of on a phone. Might be decent for gaming...

    Too bad it's not like a playstation phone or something, that'd be pretty kick*$$
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    nino_z , September 6, 2013 7:42 AM
    It was a good phone to begin with, now they made a change on it, giving them something which is much better than the rest of the competition - this is how you make a proper flagship and this is what will force the rest to also step up their game. In other words - we as consumers always win!
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    stevejnb , September 6, 2013 7:51 AM
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    Too bad it's not like a playstation phone or something, that'd be pretty kick*$$


    Now there's a though. Nintendo built the Wii U around having an extra device working with games as you play, MS has obviously taken steps to make devices interact with their console through Smartglass and whatnot, though I wouldn't say they've been hugely successful with it. Maybe Sony should be trying to do something in the same direction. Even though I'm not overly blown away with these types of supporting-device formats yet, they do have potential for both gaming and using consoles for purposes beyond gaming, and Sony has a solid all around console service.
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    juuh , September 6, 2013 10:31 AM
    I passed galaxy S4 for this phone, been waiting for it a quite a while now. Aaaaand it has integrated battery... I wish to use my phone for more than a year. Hello note 3...
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    genz , September 6, 2013 3:01 PM
    In b4 Apple lawsuit.
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    nevilence , September 9, 2013 3:20 PM
    got the regular xperia z like two weeks ago, had i bloody known this was coming out i would of waited >< even if only for the battery, son of a bitch