As expected, Sony of Japan has launched its much-anticipated flagship smartphone Xperia ZI in Berlin. This smartphone sports 5-inch full-HD display powered by Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. The Xperia Z1 is equipped with the 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor and pulsed LED flash. It also includes a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
The highlight of the Xperia ZI is its 20.7 megapixel camera and a G Lens designed to take clear and colour-rich photographs, and its new Social live feature, which lets users stream videos being recorded on the phone straight to Facebook, in real-time. The Xperia Z1′s Timeshift Burst feature takes 61 images in two seconds – a second before and after pressing the shutter – so you can scroll back and forth to find the perfect image. Its Info-eye visual search lets users take photos of items and landmarks, for example, and get related information. For example,with Info-eye users could take pictures of food, and get wine recommendations.
The other significant features include Social Live, that lets users broadcast videos live from their Xperia Z1 to Facebook, and see their friends’ comments and likes in real-time.
Running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, this smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and features 4G LTE. The device has 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 64GB via microSD card. The device is packed with 3000mAh battery. It is waterproof and dust-proof smartphone, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, Xperia Link and 3G.
The Xperia ZI will be available in black, white and purple colourS, and will be available globally from September 2013.
Alongside the Xperia ZI launch, Sony also announced a range of detachable camera lenses- The Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lenses, which can be attached to any smartphone running Android or iOS, with a width of between 54-75mm and a 13mm thickness.
Sony said the lenses were: ‘a dream come true for anyone who loves their smartphone but wants the photo quality that only a dedicated camera can deliver. ’And whilst they look like lenses, the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 are complete cameras in their own right.’