Sony outs the new Xperia Z1, an uptake from the Xperia Z in every way
Sony’s Xperia Z was last years flagship model, and a very good looking handset it was. Sony has promised the world with it, and on paper it looked like a good bet to be the best phone on the market, but alas, that was not the case when the screen and camera were quite poor in comparison to high end models. Despite it’s good looks, it couldn’t walk the talk. So Sony tried again, put their mind to it and came out with a monster phone called the Xperia Z1, which they announced this week. Why a monster? Well just take a look at the specs below:
- Processor – Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 Quad-core processor
- Display –
- 5” full HD TRILUMINIOUS display with X-Reality for mobile with 1920 x 1080 resolution (441 PPI)
- RAM – 2GB
- Storage – 16 GB with Micro SD Card slot (up to 64GB)
- Camera – 20.7 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom, HDR, Sony Exmor RS, (1080p HD video recording at 30fps), 2 Megapixel Front Facing Camera
- Battery – 3,00 mAh
- Weight – 170 grams
- Size – 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm
- OS – Android 4.3
- Colours – Glossy White, Black, Purple
So as you can see, the biggest draw seems to be Sony’s 20.7 megapixel camera on the back of the Z1 which is no doubt meant to not only compete with the likes of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, but also surpass them with the higher megapixel count and quality. Also on it’s horizon is the 42 megapixel Lumia 1020, giving people another option on the big picture front. One thing that does take it down a notch is we don’t feel the Z1 looks as pretty as the Xperia Z, which was quite a pretty device in it’s own right (and in my humble opinion, one of the best looking Android phone’s hands down). The Z1 is similar in style, but with more rounded edges. On the weight front, it seemed to have gained some heft going up to 170 grams, but that expected when you have a huge 20.7 megapixel camera, and general good Sony build quality.
Furthermore, the phone throws in Playstation Certification (which was a failure with the PS3, we hope they’ve got something good for the PS4 and/or Vita lined up with that). It’s also waterproof up to a depth of 1.5 meters for at least 30 minutes, while the frame is supposed to be shatte rproof and the glass scratch resistant. Really what Sony is doing is making a good looking outdoor device, but we still suggest you take extreme care of the device because there aren’t any guarantees with the breakage. Let’s not forget that Sony is really pushing the low light capabilities of this phone, once again trying to compete with Nokia’s Lumia line up on this front, but we’ll see how well it really does in real world situations when it’s out.
Other than than, feel free to watch the video below to get a better idea of the phone.
As for release date, expect a late September to October release in selected key markets, and also expect a price as we get close to the release date. Clove UK pegs the phone at about £470.00 (roughly $800) putting it on a very pricey slope when Sony desparately requires a win on the mobile front. For now, we’ll see how the price plays out.