Sony unveils Xperia Z1 smartphone

Sony's Xperia Z1 (image: Sony)

Electronics maker Sony today unveiled the Xperia Z1, their new flagship model, which is expected to be made available globally in later in September.

Electronics maker Sony today unveiled the Xperia Z1 (image: Sony)
Electronics maker Sony today unveiled the Xperia Z1 (image: Sony)

“Xperia Z1 represents a significant milestone for Sony in our continued efforts to deliver unforgettable experiences to our consumer. 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,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications.

According to the company, the device features a 5-inch screen and is the latest addition to the company’s Z-series of devices, following in the footsteps of the Xperia Z smartphone, and the Xperia Z tablet.

The Xperia Z1 will be made available in three colours (image: Sony)
The Xperia Z1 will be made available in three colours (image: Sony)

The newly-unveiled Z1 makes use of Sony’s G Lens for it’s camera, and features a 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture, custom made large 1/2.3-type CMOS image sensor Exmor RS for mobile with 20.7 mega-pixels 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,” Sony said in a statement.

In terms of computing power, the device uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU, is 4G LTE capable, and includes a 3000 mAh battery for a high battery performance.

The newly-unveiled Z1 makes use of Sony’s G Lens for it’s camera, and features a 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture (image: Sony)
The newly-unveiled Z1 makes use of Sony’s G Lens for it’s camera, and features a 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture (image: Sony)

Mark Fenzel, Sony Mobile Communications Sales Director, Middle East and Africa said that brings a quality camera to the smartphone market. This comes after Finish maker Nokia unveiled their Nokia Lumia 1020, with a 40 mega-pixel camera.

“Xperia Z1 combines unique Sony expertise and intelligent technology and for the first time ever, bringing real digital camera quality into smartphone. We are excited to launch this new flagship premium waterproof smartphone in South Africa from October 2013.”

Sony Mobile South Africa is having a launch event on 5 September, and IT News Africa will be there to cover the event.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor