updated 11:19 am EDT, Wed September 4, 2013
Sports 5-inch full HD display, new photo shooting tech
Presenting at this week's IFA gathering in Berlin, Sony today announced the Xperia Z1, its next flagship Android smartphone. The phone is waterproof and equipped with a 5-inch display, 3,000mAh battery, and the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the 2.2GHz quad-core 800. Much of the emphasis in the new model however is on its camera, which uses a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor measuring 1/2.3 inches, making it larger than the sensors on rival phones like the iPhone 5 or even the Lumia 1020. The camera also uses an f/2.0 maximum aperture, and the G Lens and BIONZ processing technology from Sony's dedicated camera line.
When shooting, the phone sports features like Timeshift Burst, which snaps 61 photos within two seconds -- 30 before and after, and one at the time of the actual shutter press. From the bunch users can pick the frame they want to use as the final. Other camera options include Info-eye -- a Google Goggles-style function -- and augmented reality-style insertion of digital objects into images. Third-party developers are being encouraged to add on functions for the camera.
Other upgrades include the use of a rigid aluminum frame around the sides, and a new video broadcast function called Social Live. This can broadcast live video to Facebook, something no other phone is currently offering.
The phone will ship with Android 4.2.2, and an assortment of free media bundles. This includes 60 days of free Music Unlimited service, 10 free PlayStation Mobile games, and six movies. Sony is promising that the phone will start rolling out later this month, but hasn't revealed pricing or any regional launch details.