Sony announced its newest flagship smartphone during a press conference at IFA in Berlin on Wednesday morning. The new Sony Xperia Z1 is the successor to the Xperia Z , which was announced in January back at CES. Like the Xperia Z, Sony will stick with the same 3 color options of white, purple and black. With the launch of the Z1, Sony looks to overtake LG in terms of global smartphone market share.

One of the most talked about features of the Xperia Z1 is its camera. The 20.7-megapixel camera includes a F2.0 Sony G Lens with a 27mm wide angle and a 3x zoom. The camera on the Z1 will be powered by a BIONZ, a mobile image-processing engine, which will allow for quick image capturing and processing. This will allow you to take very fast shots with very little lag time between them.

A 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor will power the Z1, which is the latest offering from Qualcomm. The device will also sport 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 3,000mAh battery. Essentially these specs make the new Xperia Z1 one of the fastest and most powerful smartphones currently on the market. Sony has also carried its waterproof and dustproof design from the Xperia Z, Xperia Ultra and Xperia ZR smartphones to the new Z1. The new phone will ship with Android 4.2.2 at launch. I would have loved to see Android 4.3 version at launch, however.

The display of the Z1 will be very similar to the current Xperia Z but with a few additional upgrades. The Z1 will sport 5-inch, 1080p Triluminos touchscreen with 441 PPI (pixel per inch) display. This type of display will allow you to see much brighter colors and more details. The Bravia Mobile engine 2 will also be on board, which brings the Bravia TV clarity to your smartphone.

The Xperia Z1 should be available in stores and from carriers across Europe starting the week of September 16th. The average retail price of the device is said to be around €679 depending on country and carrier. There is still no word on any carrier support for the Xperia Z1 here in the United States yet. T-Mobile does have a good relationship with Sony as they brought over the Xperia Z two months ago, so I would suspect this would be the first carrier you may see it on.

Stay tuned for a complete hands-on video review of the Z1 as soon as I can get my hands on one. In the meantime check out the official Z1 promo video below.

(image courtesy of Xperiablog)


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