Sony Xperia Z1 Specs
The Sony Xperia Z1 has a 5 inch full HD 1080 x 1920 display with a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch, complete with Sony’s Triluminos and X-Reality technologies, to deliver richer colours and sharper detail. It also has a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2 GB of RAM, so it should have absolutely no problem blazing through any task you care to throw at it.
The handset includes 16GB of built in storage but has micro SD card support to add up to another 64GB. It comes with Android 4.2 and has a massive 3000 mAh battery, which should keep it powered for a long time. Once you do run low on battery there’s also a ‘STAMINA’ mode, which turns off functions when you don’t need them to keep things going even longer.
The Sony Xperia Z1 also has a very impressive 20.7 megapixel camera with an Exmor RS sensor equivalent to the sensor found in the Sony Cybershot HX50. It also has a variety of shooting modes such as HDR, ‘Social Live’ which lets you live broadcast straight to Facebook and get friends comments on your screen, ‘Info Eye’ which highlights landmarks and provides information on your surroundings or on a product and ‘Timeshift Burst’ which takes 61 images in just 2 seconds, giving you the scope to capture the perfect one every time.
That’s all backed up by 1080p video capabilities and a 2 megapixel front facing camera. All in all that puts the Sony Xperia Z1 in a position to compete with the very best smartphone cameras out there, including the 41 megapixel monster on the Nokia Lumia 1020. In fact Sony goes so far as to claim that the Sony Xperia Z1 provides the best overall image quality of all leading smartphone cameras.
Rounding out the package, the Sony Xperia Z1 supports Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and 4G LTE, so it should be future proofed enough to see it through the next few years.
Things are just as impressive on the outside, thanks to a glass back and metal edges, which gives it a truly striking look. The Sony Xperia Z1 is also dust and water resistant so you can use it out in the wild (or in the rain) without fear of damage and unlike the original Sony Xperia Z, the Z1 is always water resistant, rather than requiring you to cover the headphone port with a protective flap first. That should both make it less clunky and decrease the chance of accidents proving fatal for the phone.
Sony Xperia Z1 Price
While most retailers haven’t confirmed pricing for the handset yet, the Sony Xperia Z1 is about as high end a phone as there is and is bound to carry a similarly high price. The smartphone is available to buy for £549.99 on Pay As You Go from Three - so presumably that's pretty close to the SIM-free price.
On contract EE has already announced that it will carry the handset at prices starting from £41 a month with 2GB of data and a £29.99 one off charge or from £46 a month with 10GB of data and just a £9.99 charge, while those who pre-order the handset will get a Sony SmartWatch 2 thrown in for free as well.
While , Three are offering the smartphone free on contracts starting at £34 a month - with an upfront cost of £99. Those who pre-order will also get a free Sony wireless headset worth £99. You'll also be able to upgrade to 4G at no extra cost when Three's 4G network lands later this year.
Sony Xperia Z1 Release date
The Sony Xperia Z1 is expected to arrive in stores later this month. An exact date hasn’t been confirmed, but one retailer (Clove) claims to expect stock from the week commencing 16th September, although we've also heard September 24th being banded around - either way it's not long to wait.
Based on first impressions the Sony Xperia Z1 looks like a hugely impressive handset, with specs that match or in many areas exceed just about everything else out there and a premium build quality. Right now there’s very little to pick fault with and we can’t wait to get our hands on one for an extended period so that we can really put it through its paces.
The Sony Xperia Z was a great handset, but with the Sony Xperia Z1 it looks like the best of Sony really did just get better.
By Simon Thomas on 05th September, 2013