Sony Xperia Z1 shown at IFA 2013

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At IFA 2013 Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) introduced Xperia Z1, a premium waterproof smartphone that combines the very best of Sony’s technology, entertainment and wide range of companion products with a unique and groundbreaking camera experience. Xperia Z1 will launch globally from September 2013.

 “Xperia Z1 represents a significant milestone for Sony in our continued efforts to deliver unforgettable experiences to our consumers,”

said Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications.

“Not only by bringing the power of Sony to the smartphone and through close collaboration with our partners but by setting a new standard in premium smartphones.”

The world’s leading camera in a smartphone

The elegant, 5” Xperia Z1 is the latest addition to Sony’s premium Z series of products and brings Sony’s proven world-class technologies to the smartphone like never before – including the very best of Sony’s camera expertise. Xperia Z1 features Sony’s award-winning “G Lens” with a 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture, custom made large 1/2.3-type CMOS image sensor Exmor RS for mobile with 20.7MP and a BIONZ for mobile image processing engine. The combination of these technologies delivers the same level of quality and performance as a conventional compact digital camera in a slim, waterproof smartphone.

Indeed, independent testing has confirmed that Xperia Z1 provides the best overall image quality of all leading smartphones1. This means that Xperia Z1 captures beautiful, sharp and bright images even in lowlight conditions. High shutter speeds and 3x clear image zoom also prevents shots from being blurred while enabling them to be captured at distance.

Innovative suite of Xperia Camera Applications

Xperia Z1 takes the conventional camera experience to a whole new level by including an innovative set of Xperia Camera Applications that deliver new experiences.

Applications at launch include:

Broadcast precious moments live from Xperia Z1 to Facebook and get your friends’ comments right on your screen.

Innovative visual search function that provides related information on landmarks and on items such as books or wine simply by capturing them with the camera.

Capture the perfect shot every time – Xperia Z1 takes 61 images in 2 seconds – a second before and after pressing the shutter – so you can scroll back and forth to find the perfect image.

Overlay a selection of fun, customizable animations to create pictures using Sony’s SmartARTM augmented reality technology.

This experience is supported by a robust ecosystem of established and up-and-coming developer partnerships who are working to create Xperia Camera Applications. Many more apps will be available through the Sony Select recommendation store after launch.

Beautiful design with high power and performance

Xperia Z1 also includes all of the features consumers have come to expect of a Sony smartphone. Its stunning looks combine Sony’s acclaimed OmniBalance design with premium materials and precision engineering in a slim waterproof and dust resistant smartphone (IP55 & IP58). A solid one-piece aluminium frame with tempered glass on the front and back ensures beauty and durability as well as a consistent viewing experience from any angle.

Xperia Z1 features the fully integrated Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and 4G LTE to provide a seamless connected entertainment experience, industry leading battery performance and amazing speed. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor features the latest GPU and dual ISP for incredible graphics, 3D games and videos. The Xperia Z1 also includes a 3000 mAh battery for a high battery performance. Sony’s Battery STAMINA Mode automatically turns off functions to save power when you don’t need them and restarts them when you do.

Incredible out of the box entertainment with Sony’s media applications and technologies

Xperia Z1 integrates PlayMemories Online2, a cloud-based image and video service that is integrated into the Album application. A new ‘All Sync’ feature enables users to instantly auto-upload all of their photos without storage limitation3. Sony’s “WALKMAN” and Movies applications are also included and provide access to more than 22 million songs on the “WALKMAN” app through Music Unlimited and more than 150K movies and TV series on the Movies app through Video Unlimited2 from Sony Entertainment Network.

Thanks to the inclusion of Sony’s BRAVIA TV technology, Xperia Z1 features Sony’s unique TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, creating a wider palette of rich natural colours for an immersive viewing experience. It also includes X-Reality for mobile – Sony’s intelligent super resolution technology which analyzes each image and optimizes the quality to deliver super sharp videos. Xperia Z1 also brings Sony’s audio expertise to play with Sony’s ClearAudio+ which automatically optimizes the audio experience without the need to adjust individual settings.

Xperia Z1 comes with an incredible entertainment offer that includes five great movies plus an exclusive movie access pass to the digital release of Sony Pictures’ summer blockbuster Elysium as well as a two month free trial of Sony’s Music Unlimited streaming service plus much more.

Xperia Z1 also features a new application called TrackIDTM TV5 that enhances your TV-viewing experience. It lets users search, share and explore information from broadcasted TV shows such as cast & crew, biographies, filmography or show related Tweets.

Unrivalled ecosystem of companion products and smart accessories

Xperia Z1 is supported by an ecosystem of innovative companion products and accessories. All are underpinned by Sony’s one-touch functions with NFC technology which will number approximately 100 compatible products by the end of the year including TVs, headphones, audio speakers, tablets, and more. Key products include:

Companion products to enhance the camera experience

QX10/QX100: High-performance ‘lens-style’ cameras designed for mounting on smartphones and operated through the smartphone screen – a perfect partner for the Z1

Smart Imaging Stand IPT-DS10M: An intelligent accessory that helps Xperia Z1 detect smiles and capture special moments without the need to hold the handset
Smartphone Tripod SPA-MK20M: A versatile tripod perfect for extra stability when taking pictures or capturing video

A host of other companion products and smart accessories that enrich your smartphone experience.

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SmartWatch 2 – Use as a second screen for Xperia Z1. Read messages, handle calls, easily access notifications – all from your wrist. Trigger the Xperia Z1 camera shutter. Download other camera apps to enhance the Xperia Z1 experience. Sony is working closely with developers for even more optimised apps
SBH52 Smart Bluetooth Handset – Splash proof wireless audio accessory that enables you to listen and talk without taking out your smartphone]
MDR-10BT NFC headphones and SRS-BTS50 wireless speaker – New, high quality NFC enabled headphones and wireless speaker.

NT3 – Create a unique experience for your tag and share with a friend via NFC.
Continually update the experience over time with the Bluetooth Music Receiver BM10 – stream music and audio from Xperia Z1 to your home Hi-Fi system
Miracast Wireless Display IM10 – Mirror your smartphone display on your HDTV or projector

Xperia Z1 key features
  • Sony’s G Lens: A lens with F2.0 and wide angle 27mm as well as 3x clear image zoom
  • BIONZ for mobile: Image processing engine with the algorithm from Sony’s leading digital compact cameras. It ensures pictures have less noise, fast auto-focus as well as high stable images for video shooting, preventing shots from being blurred.
  • 1/2.3-type Exmor RS for mobile CMOS image sensor with 20.7MP: high sensitivity sensor capturing huge amounts of detail for sharp, crisp images, even in low-light conditions.
  • Dust and water resistant (IP55 & IP58), with acclaimed OmniBalance design featuring durable tempered glass and solid one-piece aluminium frame
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon™800 quad-core 2.2 Ghz processor, 3000 mAh battery, 4G LTE
  • Xperia Camera Applications such as Social live which broadcast to Facebook. More applications will be available to download from Sony Select
  • Memory – RAM 2 GB, Flash memory up to 16 GB, Expansion slot microSD™ card, up to 64 GB.
  • Available in black, white and purple colour variants
  XperiaTM Z1
Colours BlackWhite

Purple

Facts Size 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm
Weight 170 grams
Operating System Google™ Android™ 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Processor 2.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad Core
Camera 20.7 megapixel camera8x digital zoom

Auto focus

Burst mode

HDR for photos and movies

Face detection

Flash/Pulsed LED

Flash/Photo light

Front-facing camera (2 MP)

Geotagging

HD video recording (1080p)

Image stabiliser

Object tracking

Picture Effect

Quick Launch

Red-eye reduction

Scene recognition

Self-timer

Send to web

Smile Shutter™

Sony Exmor RS® for mobile

Image sensor

Superior Auto

Sweep Panorama

Touch capture

Touch focus

White balance

Music 3D Surround Sound (VPT)Album art

APT-X

Bluetooth® stereo (A2DP)

ClearAudio+

Clear bass

Clear Phase™

Clear stereo

Dynamic normaliser

Low power audio playback (only through WALKMAN app)

Music tones (MP3/AAC)

PlayNow™ service1

SensMe™

TrackID™ music recognition5

“WALKMAN” application

xLoud™ Experience

Internet BookmarksGoogle Chrome™2

Google Play™2

Google™ search2

Google Voice™ Search2

Google Maps™ for Mobile with

Street view2

Info-eye™2

Pan & zoom

Sony Select

Xperia™ Home

Web browser (WebKit™)2

Communication  Call listFacebook™ application2

Google Talk™ application2

Google+2

Noise suppression

Polyphonic ringtones

Speakerphone

Slow talk

Talk equaliser

Twitter™ application2

Voice enhancement

Xperia™ Socialife2

Messaging  ConversationsEmail

Google Mail™2

Handwriting recognition

Instant messaging

Multimedia messaging (MMS)

Predictive text input

Sound recorder

Text messaging (SMS)

Design  Auto rotationDirect touch

Face Unlock

Gesture input

IPX5 and IPX8 (water resistant)1

IP5X (Dust-proof)

On-screen QWERTY keyboard

STAMINA mode

Screenshot capturing

Throw

X-Reality™ for mobile

Touch screen

TRILUMINOS™

Voice input

Wallpaper

Entertainment 

 

 

 

3D gamesGoogle Wallet™2

Media browser

Motion gaming

PlayMemories

PlayStation® Certified

Radio (FM radio with RDS)

Reader mode

SensMe™ slideshow

Sony Entertainment Network2

TV launcher

Video streaming

YouTube™2

Organiser  Airplane modeAlarm clock

Calculator

Calendar

Contacts

Document readers

eCompass™

Notes

Setup guide

Stopwatch

Tasks

Timer

Connectivity  3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)ANT+ sport fitness

aGPS2

Bluetooth® 4.0 wireless

technology

DLNA Certified®

GLONASS2

MHL support

Media Go™

Media Transfer Protocol support

Micro USB support

Native USB tethering

NFC

PC Companion

Screen mirroring

Smart Connect

Microsoft® Exchange

ActiveSync®

Synchronisation via Facebook™

Synchronisation via Google™2

Synchronisation via SyncML™

USB charging

USB High speed 2.0 support

Xperia Link™

Wi-Fi®

Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality

Display  5”1920×1080 pixels

16,777,216 colour TFT

Memory Internal phone storage Up to 16GB
Expansion slot microSD™ card, up to 64 GB (SDXC supported)
Networks 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, 20)

Battery life6 Battery (embedded) 3000 mAh minimum
Talk time GSM Talk time (GSM) Up to 830 minutes
Standby time GSM Up to 880 hours
Talk time UMTS Up to 900 minutes
Standby time UMTS Up to 850 hours
Music listening time Up to 110 hours
Video playback time Up to 400 minutes
In the kit Xperia™ Z1, battery, charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation.

Sony developing a camera lens with built in sensor

Sony developing a camera lens with built in sensorRumors are circulating the web that Sony is preparing a new cmera lens with a built-in sensor that will be used in smartphones.

The “lens-camera” transmits the images via NFC and WiFi to the Smartphone/tablet! You can mount it on the Smartphone, but also use it separately!!! You will see the live view images on your mobile device. This isn’t Start Trek or James Bond imagination…this is an SR5 confirmed rumor coming via our Top Sources!

This is a complete new kind of photography and probably the smallest camera ever made on a large sensor. I have been told the first lens to be released soon will feature the same RX100MII sensor and same Zeiss lens!!! And, there will be a second model with smaller sensor and larger zoom.

 I don’t know what to think about this, what do you say… what’s the cool thing about that completely new way of taking photos?