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Sony Introduces the Xperia Z1, a Waterproof Smartphone with a 20MP Camera

Sony Introduces the Xperia Z1, a Waterproof Smartphone with a 20MP Camera

Sony has just announced the Xperia Z1, a waterproof Android smartphone with a 20MP camera.

The Z1 comes with a Sony G f/2 lens with a wide 27mm focal length, a large 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor which is the same size as those found in most digital compact cameras, and a Sony BIONZ image processing engine. To augment the camera, the smartphone comes pre-loaded with new Sony Xperia camera apps, and a 5" TriLuminous display to view those 20.7MP captures.

The Z1 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPUs, 4G LTE and a 3000 mAh battery. Like the Xperia Z, the Z1 is dust and water resistant.

The new Xperia camera apps include:

  • Social live: Broadcast video live from the Z1 to Facebook. Availability depends on region.
  • Info-eye: A visual search function which provides information on landmarks, and items like books or wine, simply by capturing the object with the camera.
  • Time-shift burst: Takes 61 images in 2 seconds in Full-HD resolution, a second before and after pressing the shutter.
  • AR effect: Overlays a selection of animations on photographs.

The Sony Xperia Z1 will come in black, white and purple, and will be available globally from September 2013.

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