Germany_Gadget_Show_Sony_Xperia__systems@deccanmail-1_0_0_0_0_0 Sony-Xperia-Z1-Specifications xperia-Z1-gallery-03-1240x840-7d3dbfe4986436b7f56e2252c3114236Sony recently unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z1. The imaging-centric smartphone, in the last few months, generated quite a lot of buzz under the codename Honami. Now, Sony’s latest offering may be coming to India, possibly as soon as next week. there is confirmation that a launch event in Delhi is definitely in the pipeline. Sony’s latest smartphone comes with a host of features with the latest and best featured on the list. Sticking to the same OmniBalance design seen in its predecessors, the Z1 comes with an aluminium frame and is water and dustproof

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  • 5-inch full HD Triluminos LCD with a pixel resolution of 1920 x 1080
  • quad core 2.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8974
  • Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of built in storage, plus a microSD card slot upto 64GB
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  •  20.7 megapixel Sony Exmor RS camera, plus a front facing 2 megapixel Sony Exmor R camera


  • The most powerful mobile device I’ve ever tested
  • Fully waterproof
  • Sleek, glass and aluminium design
  • Razor-sharp, bright screen


  • Camera doesn’t particularly impress
  • Disappointing battery life
  • Pricey


  • the Z1 comes with an aluminium frame and is water and dustproof
  • Sony has also packed in its OptiContrast and X-Reality Engine technology
  • Users in the mood for a splash of colour can opt for the Z1 in a purple avatar, apart from the standard black and white colour variants

With its sleek glass front and back and new aluminium frame, the Xperia Z1 is an undeniably beautiful piece of kit. The waterproof design helps keep it safe from all manner of liquids that would put an end to most other phones and its screen is better than ever. Its searingly mighty processor also makes it the most powerful phone I’ve ever tested.

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With only a glance, you might not immediately be able to tell much difference between the Z1 and its predecessor. It’s roughly the same physical size, the sticking-out power button is in the same spot and the Sony and Xperia logos sit in the same place. The noticeable difference is the addition of a dedicated camera shutter button and an aluminium band around the edge.

The use of metal gives the phone a noticeable, luxurious feel as well as apparently strengthening it. The previous Z had slightly harsh edges, but the rounded aluminium feels much more comfortable. The downside is that the similar aesthetic makes it difficult to really show off that you have the latest technology in your hand. You’ll likely have to actually point it out if you want someone to notice, and in my experience, “look at the metal parts on my phone” is a pretty awful conversation starter.

It maintains the same glass front and back which looks every bit as beautifully stark as it did on the previous model. Although they’re toughened, any glass will scratch and break if you treat it brutally enough. You’ll want to keep it in a case if you’re clumsy, not to mention always carry a cleaning cloth to polish the fingerprints off.

Like the Xperia Z, the Z1 is completely waterproof, surviving at a depth of 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes. Even if you’re not a diver who likes to Tweet among the corals, waterproofing for a phone is undeniably handy. Ever dropped your phone in the bath, splashed something on it in the kitchen or taken a call in the rain? The Z1 will cope fine with all of that.

It achieves total waterproofing by covering its main ports with rubberised flaps. It improves over the Z, however, by waterproofing the internal chamber of the headphone jack, meaning that it doesn’t need to have its own cover. You’ll no longer have to unclip a flap each and every time you pop in your headphones and, crucially, you don’t have to worry about re-sealing afterwards — something I found rather annoying on the Z.

With a 5-inch screen, it was bound to be a big blower, but the Z1 doesn’t do itself any favours. It has a very wide bezel around the display, meaning that the body is very large. It’s noticeably bigger than the Galaxy S4, even though they have the same size screen. The wide bezel also doesn’t look particularly good — it’s worlds apart from the razor-thin bezel on LG’s new G2 smart phone.



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