though it wasn’t exactly a well-kept secret, Sony on Wednesday took the wraps off of its next-generation Xperia Z1 smartphone. A sequel of sorts to this year’s Xperia Z, the Xperia Z1 combines a sleek, waterproof body with a whopping 20.7-megapixel camera sensor.
The Xperia Z1 features a 5-inch 1080p TFT display, powered by Sony’s Triluminos technology. A 2.2GHz Qulacomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Adreno 330 graphics should keep things moving along nicely. And 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (along with a microSD card slot) and a 3,000mAh battery round out the spec list.
The most interesting new feature here is the camera, which Sony claims is the “world’s leading camera in a smartphone,” and has apparently confirmed as much through “independent testing.” I can’t be sure of that yet, but on paper the features are promising. Sony is using a 1/2.3-inch 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, as well as Sony’s 27mm f/2.0 G Lens and Bionzimage processing engine. Sony is also mobilizing a fleet of Xperia camera apps with the phone.
While the Xperia Z1 looks nearly identical to its predecessor, the phone is rated IP58, which makes it waterproof, as opposed to just water resistant.
Running on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), the Xperia Z1 will be available in black, purple or white. The handset will go on sale later this month, so Sony is certainly making good on its promise to shorten product lead times. So far price and carrier availability have not been announced.
Thanks to a wealth of pre-release leaks, there’s not much we haven’t seen of the Sony Xperia Z1 (or “Honami”) at this point. But now there’s an official-looking render of the device to confirm what we’ve been seeing for the past few months — a phone very similar in design to the older Xperia Z, complete with hefty bezels.
The image from Chinese forum Digi-Wo shows the Z1 in the standard Sony tricolore — black, white and purple — the same colors used by the Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra. The back of the purple device shows off one of the Z1’s most talked-about features, its 20-megapixel rear camera with Sony G Lens. On the inside, the Xperia Z1 is rumored to pack similar hardware to the Z Ultra — a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2 GB of RAM and microSD expandability.
The Sony Xperia Z, which was earlier codenamed C660X Yuga, makes its presence felt yet again. This time it has surfaced in the form of a press shot by @evleaks on Unwired View, sporting a gigantic 5-inch 1080p display. The Xperia Z shows a skinned Android version, known to run on Jelly Bean; it flaunts a new set of on-screen navigation keys. Falling into the high-end Sony-branded phone category, it is expected to be unveiled at CES this year at Sony’s conference on January 7. However, looking at the CES leaks already making rounds, we may know much more about the phone before its launch.
Some other reported specs of the Xperia Z are a 13 megapixel camera and quad core processors. But the key selling point of the device is believed to be the 5-inch screen with a 1080p resolution that sports 443ppi. It also features the OptiContrast technology, which is usually found in Sony televisions. However, earlier report also points out that though the screen shows good colour reproduction for multimedia apps using the Sony Bravia engine, other apps don’t fare as well. Viewing angles are lower and the backlight is visible in the black areas of pictures. Measuring about 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm, this Xperia device has also put in thought at rigidity and robustness as it is said to support Ingress Protection (IP) rating of IP55 and IP57, making it both dust and water resistant.
The spec sheet of the Xperia Z will also show some other basic features such as Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi on the a/b/g/n networks, LTE and a microSD slot. Also, C660X Yuga is said to support SDXC format cards, effectively pushing the maximum memory card size up to 128GB.
The Xperia Z has been making headlines right from November last labelled with its codename. Earlier reports revealed that it would be integrated with a 1.5GHz processor and 2GB RAM. Then we also heard about the device sporting a back glass panel. Now, this would put it in line with other devices with glass back panels like the iPhone 4/4S and Google’s Nexus 4. The advantage of having a glass back is that it makes the design of the smartphone really good. However, there are many disadvantages that can outweigh that sole feature. Having a glass panel at the back makes the handset susceptible to cracks and damages. One will need to be extremely careful while handling this device.
As predicted by industry experts, the year 2013 could truly be “a year of the smartphone” and 1080p displays could be the next fad among manufactures to deliver high-class viewing experience and usability.
Sony’s spanking new Android smartphone Xperia Ion has now reached Indian shores. The launch comes after the phone was showcased in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year. The Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) handset is priced at Rs. 35,999 on Snapdeal.com.
The Xperia Ion ships preinstalled with the outdated version of Android OS, but an upgrade to Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is in the pipeline. This NFC-ready phone is available in red and black variants. The price is quite a premium for a phone that ships with a really old implementation of Android. However, the handset makes up for it in the specs department. At any rate, you are still left at Sony’s mercy for the ICS update, especially since there’s no word on whether the Ion will receive Jelly Bean at all.
The Xperia Ion toes to the current trend of smartphones bearing large displays, with its 4.6-inch LCD screen and sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The phone is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and an Adreno 220 GPU. It features a 16GB expandable memory expandable upto 32GB with its microSD card slot. The primary camera is rated at 12MP and is capable of 1080p video recording. The device is also equipped with a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video conferencing at 720p resolution. Its 1900mAh battery is well endowed and should offer decent battery backup time considering its hardware specs. The manufacturer claims a standby time of upto 400 hours with 2G and up to 350 hours with 3G, radio-enabled. Being a Sony product, the Ion is PlayStation certified and carries the Walkman branding as well.
Other specifications include:
4.6-inch TFT LCD supporting 1280 x 720 pixel resolution