It’s IFA week, and companies are announcing smartphones and gadgets left and right – and Sony is no exception. Today’s announcement is a pretty exciting, as it represents, on paper at least, a return to form for Sony Electronics. Sony’s last-generation smartphones were critically underwhelming, thanks in no small part to poor viewing angles, mediocre battery life, and more.
The Z1 fixes all of the Z’s shortcomings – and then some. Inside of the new Z1 is a Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.2GHz, one of the most powerful mobile processors available today. It’s partnered with an Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a whopping 3000mAh battery.
These are married to two more impressive specifications: screen and camera quality. The Xperia Z1 features Sony’s new Triluminos HDTV writ on a 5-inch, 1080p display. It’s also employs a 1/2.3-inch backlit camera sensor, as well as a new, high-quality ‘G’ lens. The camera can capture images at 20.7MP at F2.0 – the 27mm sort-of-wide-angle lens means that you’ll be able to capture a large field of view, even when close to your subject.
Those who were concerned about the fragility of the all-glass Xperia Z may be buoyed by the new Z1, which uses a sturdier, all aluminum unibody backing. Similarly, enthusiasts will no doubt enjoy the micro-SD card slot inside of the Z1, a choice which separates the smartphone from many of its contemporary flagships.
Wireless support includes 802.11 b/g/n and even next-gen 802.11ac, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, and just about every LTE standard you can imagine.
Like its forebears, the Xperia Z1 is waterproof, rated at IP55 and IP58 for water and dust. It will arrive later this month in shades of purple, black, and white, for an as-yet undisclosed price.