Sony unveiled their latest flagship Xperia Z1 (codename Honami) at IFA in Berlin today. The Z1 has a very sleek design and is only 8.5mm thick. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz. Other specs include a 1080p TRILUMINOS display and X-Reality Engine, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, expandable using microSD card. The whole package is powered by a 3000mAh battery which should last a day with moderate usage. The Z1 is also water resistant like Xperia Z and with IP55/IP58 rating.
Coming to the camera, the Z1 packs a 1/2.3″ BSI-CMOS sensor which is bigger than the standard 1/3″ sensor used in almost all the latest flagships (except Lumia 1020). The tradeoff here
is that Sony decided to pack in more megapixels thereby
gaining very little advantage from the bigger sensor. 20MP sounds good on paper but the tiny pixels means that this cameraphone will give sub par performance in low light. Still the bigger sensor means shallow depth of field atleast while taking close-ups.
Sony has included a f/2 Sony G-lens and Bionz for Mobile image processor. Anyone using a Sony cybershot will be familiar with these names. Sony also announced the PlayMemories Online app, basically a cloud storage solution and comes with an unlimited storage for Z1 users.
Few other notable features include Social live that lets you broadcast videos from phone in realtime. It comes with Facebook integration foe comments. Info-eye is an augmented reality app integrated into the camera. The Timeshift burst mode lets you capture 61 images in 2 seconds!!!
The Xperia Z1 will be available this month in black, purple and white colors.