Sony Xperia i1 Rumour Round Up
Sony Xperia i1 Render
We loved the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia Tablet Z and the Xperia ZR , which all standout from the crowd because of their all-glass waterproof design. While Sony have been ensuring you can dunk their smartphones other manufacturers have been launching new camera phones.
Nokia have unveiled the Nokia Lumia 1020 with a 41 mega-pixel Pureview camera, while Samsung have released the Galaxy S4 Zoom , which has an optical zoom. Sony's current range of devices have great cameras, but none of their devices can truly be classified as "a genuine camera phone", but that's all about to change with the launch of the Sony Xperia i1.
20 Megapixel 4k Camera with OIS
Back in July we reported on rumours suggesting that the Sony Xperia i1 will have a 20 mega-pixel camera. The camera sensor will include a dual-LED flash and optical-image stabilisation (OIS). That would make it the first Sony mobile to include support for the "camera-shake" reduction technology.
Excitingly , it's also expected to be the first device to support 4k video recording. That means you'll be able to record video at 4000*2000 pixels , around five times the clarity of 1080p video. Later this year the first Ultra HD 4k TV's will land, so the Xperia i1 should be the first of many 4k-enabled smartphones launching in the next year.
Sony Xperia i1 / Honami Specs
Okay, it's got a great camera , but what about the rest of the Sony Xperia i1 specs ?
Well, the retailer ePrice have leaked details of the smartphones specification. It'll have a 5 inch full HD TRILUMINOS display , which is a new technology that draws on a wider colour range - improving the vividness and accuracy of the colours displayed. While, it's X-Reality engine ensures that the picture is optimised on the fly - reducing noise, increasing sharpness and optimising saturation.
Sony's smartphone is rumoured to be powered by a Snapdragon quad-core processor running at 2.2 GHz, backed up by 2GB of RAM. On-board memory will come in at 16GB that will be expandable using microSD cards. Battery life should be kept at a reasonable level thanks to the inclusion of 3000 mAH battery, while it'll be a fully connected device support NFC, WiFi, 3G, 4G LTE and Bluetooth.
The Sony Xperia i1 will adopt a similar design to the Xperia Z, which has an all-glass design. However, the thickness of the device is expected to increase to around 10mm to incorporate the new 20 mega-pixel camera. We don't know whether it'll be waterproof, but we don't see any reason why it wouldn't be.
A render of the smartphone , posted above, has been leaked by Swedish site Svartling. We can't be sure it's authentic, but everything looks right - it's got the quality finish and style you expect from a Sony smartphone. We'll find out for sure on September 4th when Sony are expected to unveil the smartphone.
As soon as we hear more about the Sony Xperia i1 you'll be the first to know.
By Simon Thomas on 19th August, 2013