Sony officially announces the Xperia Z1

Kaz Hirai took to the stage at the IFA today to officially announce the Xperia Z1. The device will feature a 5-inch full-HD display and Snapdragon 800.

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The Xperia Z1 is styled similar to the Xperia Z, and is waterproof. The device will be available in black, white, and purple color variations. The Xperia Z1 has a 5-inch full-HD display, and uses the same Triluminos display technology that was used in the Xperia Z Ultra, along with the X-Reality engine. It comes with Snapdragon 800 on-board, which includes a 2.2 GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330  for the visuals.

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The imaging section is where the Xperia Z1 excels in. Sony used the BIONZ image processing engine, which it normally features in its DSLRs, in the device. The 20.7 MP camera comes with a G Lens, and a 1/2.3-inch camera sensor. The Xperia Z1 offers 3x image zoom without any loss in quality. Kaz Hirai reiterated that the loss in quality isn’t negligible, it is non-existent.

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The device also lets you livestream images to Facebook using a new utility called Social live. Another new feature is Info-eye, which is basically an augmented reality software that gives you contextual information on images you’re taking. Another new feature in the camera is a Time Shift burst mode that takes a total of 61 images in two seconds. In this mode, 30 images are taken one second before the shutter is pressed, a single image when you press the shutter, and 30 images after.

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The camera UI also features an AR effect utility that lets you add elements to the images, like a dinosaur. Sony is also making its camera software freely available so that new features and additional functionality can be added to it.

Also, all Xperia Z1 devices sold in Germany and other European markets will come with 100 euros worth of free content from Sony Entertainment. A digital version of the movie Elysium will also be available for free as soon as it launches. Sony mentioned that the device will be launching later this month.

Harish Jonnalagadda is an avid reader of science-fiction novels. A long-time Arsenal fan, his other interests include gaming, basketball and making music. He also likes tinkering with hardware in his free time.