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Sony Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia Z1

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Sony upgraded its flagship Xperia Z smartphone with a better camera, a faster processor and new sets of companion devices.

The Xperia Z1 is still water and dust proof, and now it comes installed Sony's "G Lens" with 27mm wide angle and F2.0 aperture, paired with 1/2.3-type CMOS image sensor Exmor RS for mobile with 20.7MP and a BIONZ mobile image processing engine. What this means in plain English is that, according to Sony, the Xperia Z1 can take pictures with "the best overall image quality of all leading smartphones."

Sony upgraded the Z1 with the latest processor from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 800 with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU. It is a significant improvement over the predecessor Xperia Z's 1.5 GHz quad-core.

Lastly, Sony has introduced a whole set of companion devices for its mobile phones. Sony has made a strategic decision to go NFC on all of its products, and by the year-end, the Xperia Z1 will have over 100 companion devices, including the SmartWatch 2, headset, headphones, speakers, and the latest Cyber-shot QX.

Sony was somewhat late to the market in the smartphone arena, but now they are full-force back. Sony's products look better than ever. The Z1 will hit the stores worldwide by the end of September.

2.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad Core

Operating System
Google Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Flash memory: Up to 16 GB
Expansion slot: microSD card, up to 64 GB (SDXC supported)

Talk time: Up to 14 hours
Standby time: Up to 550 hours
Music listening time: Up to 40 hours
Video playback time: Up to 5.5 hours

5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 in

Camera and video
20 megapixel camera with pulsed LED flash and auto focus
Burst mode
HDR for both picture/film
8x digital zoom
BIONZ for mobile image processor engine
Front-facing camera (2 MP 1080p)
HD video recording (1080p)
Sony G Lens
Image stabiliser
Object tracking
Red-eye reduction
Scene recognition
Send to web
Smile shutter
Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
Superior Auto
Sweep Panorama
Touch focus
Touch capture
White balance
Image capture, supported format: JPEG
Image playback, supported formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WebP
Video recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4
Video playback, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4, M4V, MKV, AVI, XVID, WEBM
Face detection

Design and display
5", 16,777,216 colours, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Full HD TRILUMINOS Display for mobile
X-Reality™ for mobile picture engine
Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
Face Unlock
Gesture input
Touch gesture - multi-touch, up to 10 fingers supported
Screenshot capturing
Pan & zoom

UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20)

Connectivity and communication
3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
DLNA Certified
MHL support
Native USB tethering
Screen mirroring
Smart Connect
Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Facebook, Google and SyncML
USB charging
USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support
Xperia Link
Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality
Noise suppression
Voice enhancement
Xperia Socialife

"Movies" application
3D and motion gaming
Google Wallet
PlayStation Certified
FM Radio with RDS
SensMe and SensMe slideshow
Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
TV launcher
"WALKMAN" application
Facebook application
3D surround sound
Bluetooth stereo (A2DP)
Clear Audio+, Clear bass and Clear stereo
TrackID music recognition
xLoud Experience – audio filter technology from Sony
Audio recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4, AMR
Audio playback, supported formats: MP3, 3GPP, MP4, ADTS, AMR, SMF, XMF, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, iMelody, WAV, OGG, FLAC

Pre-loaded applications
Google Chrome
Google Play
Google Voice Search
Google search
Google Maps for Mobile with Street view and Latitude
Google Talk application
Sony Select
Web browser (WebKit)

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