At IFA 2013, Berlin, Sony has opened a series of keynote for its extensive products’ catalog. The CEO of the Japanese company has unveiled new cameras, new VAIO, new Bravia TV with 4K resolution, new Walkman, but the highlight is undoubtedly the new Xperia Z1 that Sony considers the best Android cameraphone on the market, thanks to its 20.7-megapixel rear camera.

The Sony Xperia Z1 is a smartphone with 5-inch full HD display, housing in a water and dust resistant (IP58 and IP55 certifications) aluminum frame. The CEO and President of Sony Corporation, Kazuo Hirai, equated the photographic quality of the cameraphone to a real camera. Xperia Z1 features Sony’s award-winning G Lens imaging technology – a large 1/2.3-type 20.7MP Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with 27mm wide-angle and f/2.0 aperture. Sony has also integrated a BIONZ image processor that lets you take pictures with no loss of quality at 3x zoom level.


For the display, Sony uses a Triluminos panel for Xperia Z1, which is found in Bravia TV offering a wider range of colors than traditional screens. Externally, the device is similar to the Xperia Z model, while improved components are within: 2.2 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory expandable up to 64 GB with micro SD, LTE chip, NFC and 3000 mAh battery.


Surprisingly, Sony Xperia Z1 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean tailored with the addition of various photographic applications: Social Live allows you to transfer real-time shots on Facebook; Info-eye performs a search showing visual information about objects framed by the camera; Timeshift bursts 61 images in 2 seconds, in which 30 before pressing the shutter, giving you the ability to choose the best; Effect AR overlaps customizable fun animations to create images using the augmented reality technology Sony‘s SmartAR.

Xperia Z1 integrates PlayMemories Online, a cloud service built into the album. The new All Sync allows the user to upload photos and videos automatically without any limit of space. To cheer the smartphone, Sony will offer five films, an exclusive pass to access the digital launch of Elysium and a two-month free trial of streaming service – Music Unlimited. Xperia Z1 will go on sale in October while the price of the device hasn’t disclosed thus far.