I have to admit, I loved to be teased, and in that area Sony is not letting me down when it comes their new Z1 (i1 Honami) smartphone – they have certainly captured my attention. The first tease was of the power button, which looks like the precision-milled Aluminum power button that debuted with the Xperia Z.
The next tease let us know that this new beast will be water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes with no damage, allowing for those underwater still shots or videos to WOW your friends.
The third tease on Sony's Facebook page confirms that the new Xperia Z1 will indeed have Sony's famous G Lens technology to combat the Nokia 1020s and Samsung Galaxy Zooms of the world. The superiority battle in smartphones has taken a decided turn towards camera quality, with each company trying to lure you to buy their new smartphone based on its photographic capabilities – and being a photo bug, I am happy to see some real quality lens going into the newest smartphones.
The new Sony flagship Xperia Z1 is looking more exciting every day. We already know it will have other top-notch specs:
- Water-proof, shock/dust/shatter-resistant via IP 55/58 standard
- Carbon fiber frame, Dragontrail tempered front glass, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on back
- 20.7MP rear camera, f/2.3 with 4K video recording
- 2MP FFC (front facing camera) with 1080p video recording
- Physical shutter button
- 5-inch 1920 x 1080 Triluminos display
- 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU
- 16GB internal storage and microSD card support
- 3100 mAh battery with STAMINA mode
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- IR Blaster/Remote, Dual (Stereo) Speakers, and Support for MHL and Miracast
- NFC and Bluetooth 4.0
- LTE and WiFi b/g/n/a and ac
- 144 x 73.9 x 8.3mm
The addition of the G Lens will only add to our anticipation of getting our hands on this new Sony Z1 device. The concepts behind the "G" stand for:
Grace – Painstakingly designed with great attention to the detail of materials used as well as photo quality
Gather – The light gathering capabilities with wide apertures for superb low light and wide-angle photos
Gratify – To gratify the photographer with results that truly fulfills that treasured moment captured with today's technology.
The Z1 is said to be launching September 4th in Berlina, at the IFA Conference. I am sure we shall see a few more teases before that day, so keep them coming Sony, as our interest continues to peak. Are you looking forward to this new Sony smartphone or do you already have another phone in your sites.