Preview: Sony Xperia Z1

Preview: Sony Xperia Z1

The Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone includes a 20-megapixel camera with an f2.0 apeture

The Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone includes a 20-megapixel camera with an f2.0 apeture.

The Xperia Z1 is obviously all about imaging. 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.

Sony says the 20-megapixel sensor has been designed to work better in low light conditions.

A "Timeshift burst" mode will capture 61 images in just two seconds — a second before and after pressing the shutter. There's also an "Info-Eye" feature that uses augmented reality to provide a visual search function on any captured landmarks or items.

The Xperia Z1 follows a similar design to Sony's previous smartphones. It's a long rectangle shape with flat sides, square corners and a sheet of tempered glass on both the front and the back.

The frame of the Xperia Z1 is a single piece of aluminium and that contributes to a rather hefty 170g weight.

The Xperia Z1 is waterproof, not just water resistant. The phone will handle fresh water at up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes, and is also dust resistant, provided the flaps are all sealed.

However, Sony has warned that the Xperia Z1 won't guard against salt water, liquid chemicals, sand, or mud.

The Xperia Z1 has a 5-inch, full HD "Triluminos" display. The phone is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, has 2GB of RAM and comes with 16GB of internal memory.

A microSD card allows for memory expansion, while the phone is also 4G capable. Other features include a large 3000mAh, non-removable battery and NFC-connectivity.

The Xperia Z1 runs Google's latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system but is once again skinned with Sony's own UI.

The Xperia Z1 will be available in black, white, and purple colour variants. The device will be sold through major Australian carriers Telstra, Optus and Virgin Mobile from late September.

It will also be available outright for $779 through Sony Centres, Harvey Norman and Dick Smith Electronics retail stores.

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