Sony launched its latest flagship, the Xperia Z1, in India on Wednesday. The 5-inch handset will cost $710 (₹44,990) in the country and will be available in stores starting today.

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Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 3 in India yesterday, and Sony has followed suit a day later by launching the Xperia Z1 in the country. Both devices were unveiled earlier this month at the IFA in Berlin. The Xperia Z1 comes with a 5-inch full-HD screen featuring Sony’s Triluminos technology and the X-Reality engine.

The device looks similar to the Xperia Z, and is IP58 certified, meaning that it is dust and water resistant. The device comes with Qualcomm’s 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory that can be extended to 64 GB via the Micro-SD card slot.

Imaging is where the Xperia Z1 excels at, thanks to the 20.7 megapixel 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor and the inclusion of a BIONZ image processing unit, which is usually found in Sony’s DSLRs. The camera features Sony’s own G Lens, and comes with a lot of new features, like the timeshift mode, which takes 61 images in two seconds. The device also comes with a 3,000 mAh battery and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Sony India has announced that the Xperia Z1 would cost $710 (₹44,990) in the country. Sony is throwing in a few freebies with the device that include a cover, an additional 5,000 mAh battery and free insurance that covers damages. Sony has also mentioned that it would allow interest-free financing schemes for the device. In addition, customers on the Vodafone network in India get 8 GB of 3G data free for two months.

Source: Sony India