Sony is starting to tease the Xperia Z1 regularly as we get closer to the IFA launch in under two weeks. Previously called the Honami, we originally thought this would be an entirely new branch of smartphones from Sony, but it seems it will be a continuation on the Xperia range.
The newest leak comes straight from the source, Sony’s Twitter account, showing a zoomed in shot of the Xperia Z1 G-Lens, set to come on the 20MP camera. Sony has added some niceties onto the camera to make it a competitor against the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Galaxy S4 Zoom.
Other features on the camera include optical zoom, we are not sure how much zoom will be available, the Galaxy S4 Zoom came with x10 optical zoom. OIS will be added onto the Sony Xperia Z1 reportedly, this is also available on the Nokia Lumia 1020.
Aside from the camera, the Xperia Z1 is just a revamp on the Xperia Z in terms of specs. It is expected to be waterproof just like the previous model, this may once again affect the display colour, many reviewers called Sony out on the screen for looking bog-standard compared to the HTC One and Galaxy S4.
The Xperia Z1 will come with a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 2800mAh battery and all the usual wireless connections, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, LTE, NFC and possibly wireless charging. Design will be similar to the Xperia Z but with a 5.2-inch screen.
Interestingly, Sony is also developing a smaller variant of the Xperia Z1, named the Xperia Z1 Mini. Unlike previous “mini” editions to smartphones, the Xperia Z1 Mini will apparently have a 4.3-inch display, Snapdragon 800 CPU and 20MP camera, just like the larger variant.
If this smaller variant can be pushed down to the price of the HTC One Mini and Galaxy S4 Mini, that would be great for Android consumers who dislike the larger screen sizes.