Menu
Sony's 20-megapixel Xperia Z1 coming to Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile

Sony's 20-megapixel Xperia Z1 coming to Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile

Telstra, Optus and Virgin Mobile to sell the Xperia Z1 smartphone

The Sony Xperia Z1 is coming to Australia.

The Sony Xperia Z1 is coming to Australia.

Sony Mobile has today confirmed that its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z1, will be available in Australia through major carriers Telstra, Optus, and Virgin Mobile from early October.

Read our preview of the Sony Xperia Z1 here

The company unveiled the waterproof and dust-resistant Xperia Z1 overnight at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin, Germany. The device has a huge emphasis on photography, boasting a 20-megapixel camera and a "G Lens" that claims to work better in low light conditions.

Sony confirmed that the Xperia Z1 will be sold on contract plans through Telstra, Optus and Virgin Mobile beginning in late September.

Virgin Mobile will begin taking pre-orders from Friday, 6 September and says the phone will go on sale in-store and online from Tuesday, 1 October.

It will sell the Xperia Z1 on a range of plans, headed by $0 per month on the $60 Plan over 24 months. The plan includes $700 worth of calls and MMS messages, unlimited SMS messages, and 1.5GB of data per month.

Virgin also confirmed that the first 300 customers who pre-order the Xperia Z1 will receive a bonus Sony NFC speaker ball valued at $79.

The Xperia Z1, as it appears on Virgin Mobile's Web site.
The Xperia Z1, as it appears on Virgin Mobile's Web site.

Optus will follow suit by opening pre-orders from Monday, 16 September, though hasn't yet revealed when the phone will go on sale, while Telstra is expected to launch the Xperia Z1 in October.

In addition to major telcos, Sony confirmed that the Xperia Z1 will be sold outright for $779 through Sony Centres, Harvey Norman and Dick Smith Electronics retail stores.

Sony describes the Xperia Z1 as "the world's leading camera in a smartphone". The "G Lens" has a 27mm wide angle, an f2.0 aperture, and a 1/2.3-type CMOS image sensor. It also includes 3x zoom.

The camera on the Xperia Z1 also comes with a range of software features, highlighted by a "Timeshift burst" mode that takes 61 images in just two seconds — a second before and after pressing the shutter.

The Xperia Z1 has a 5in, full HD display, is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, and comes with 16GB of internal memory. A microSD card allows for memory expansion, while the phone is also 4G capable and will therefore work on all Australian networks.

The Sony Xperia Z1 will be available in black, white, and purple colour variants.

Follow Us

Join the ARN newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Sony MobileSony Xperia Z1sony

Upcoming

Slideshows

IN PICTURES: Nutanix's .NEXT channel event in Sydney (+20 photos)

IN PICTURES: Nutanix's .NEXT channel event in Sydney (+20 photos)

Nutanix recently held its customer and channel event, .NEXT, in Sydney. The event, held at the Sheraton on the Park saw attendance from more than 150 channel and technology partners and customers. It was the first in a series of events Nutanix is holding in A/NZ in August and September, the objective of which is to brief partners and customers on “what’s next” in the design and management of datacentre technology.

IN PICTURES: Nutanix's .NEXT channel event in Sydney (+20 photos)
IN PICTURES: EDGE 2015 sponsor debrief (+23 photos)

IN PICTURES: EDGE 2015 sponsor debrief (+23 photos)

Some of the sponsors of ARN's inaugural EDGE 2015 event got together at the ARN office for a debrief of the event. Over some drinks and cheese, these attendees got an update on some key statistics that arose from the EDGE event and discussed potential topics and improvements that can be made at next year's event.

IN PICTURES: EDGE 2015 sponsor debrief (+23 photos)
IN PICTURES: ARN Distributor Roundtable, Sydney, 26.08.15 (+26 photos)

IN PICTURES: ARN Distributor Roundtable, Sydney, 26.08.15 (+26 photos)

ARN hosted a distributor roundtable at Cafe Del Mar in Sydney, at which attendees and their partners discussed the changing role of the traditional IT distributor. They spoke about the challenges of digital disruption, the blurring lines of the channel in the age of digital transformation, and examined the ever-evolving business models. This roundtable was sponsored by Distribution Central, Exclusive Networks, Rhipe, and Hemisphere Technologies. Photos by ARN Editorial Director, Mike Gee.

IN PICTURES: ARN Distributor Roundtable, Sydney, 26.08.15 (+26 photos)

iasset.com is a channel management ecosystem that automates all major aspects of the entire sales, marketing and service process, including data tracking, integrated learning, knowledge management and product lifecycle management.

Show Comments