Sony announces a new flagship, the 20.7 megapixel Z1

After weeks of speculation about the device Sony finally took the wraps off of its new flagship mobile, the Z1. The phone features the latest technology in mobile phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC paired with 2GB of RAM and an LTE radio. The 5 inch full HD display ditches the lacklustre OptiContrast panel of the Xperia Z it replaces with a new Triluminos display courtesy of the Sony television division that will hopefully make for a better viewing experience. It retains the dust and water resistance of its predecessors and has a 3000 mAh battery that will hopefully see it lasting longer than the competittion.

The big story of the Z1 though is the new 20.7 megapixel Sony Exmor RS camera sensor with an f2.0 lens and  a BIONZ for mobile image processing engine the combination of which Sony says “delivers the same level of quality and performance as a conventional compact digital camera in a slim, waterproof smartphone.”

Along with improved hardware Sony is touting an improved line up of camera applications including Timeshift burst which takes 61 images in 2 seconds, 30 from a second before you push the shutter and 30 after letting you scroll through to find the best image. The other interesting feature is Social live which allows you to broadcast a video live from the Xperia Z1 to Facebook and have your friends comment in real time which then show up on the Z1’s display.


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