The 'Honami' is real: Sony's 20MP Xperia Z1 superphone launches at IFA 2013

The long-rumoured smartphone is official – it's the Xperia Z1, and it's got an incredible spec list

Sony has unveiled its latest flagship phone, the Xperia Z1, at the IFA tech show in Berlin.

Formerly leaked about a billion times under the codename 'Honami', the Xperia Z1 looks a lot like its predecessor, the Xperia Z, with an aluminium and glass build and a 5in display – but under the hood it's been given a substantial spec boost. A 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with Adreno 330 GPU provides the grunt, which coupled with the phone's 2GB of RAM should keep Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean ticking along nicely. You also get 16GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 64GB via microSD) and a 3000mAh battery.

Round the front, the Xperia Z1 rocks a 5in 1080p screen with the same Triluminos and X-Reality tech found in the Xperia Z Ultra, wrapped up in a 170g frame that features new and improved IP55 and IP58 water- and dust-proofing. But the real news is the camera.

That 20MP camera

The Z1's camera features a whopping 1/2.3in 20.7MP Exmor RS CMOS sensor, with f/2.0 aperture – alongside a host of new camera apps.

Sony Xperia Z1

They include Social Live, which lets you livestream video to your Facebook page, along with the Google Goggles-a-like Info Eye. Timeshift Burst lets you snap 60 frames in a row, buffering 30 frames in advance so that you can pick shots from before you even pressed the shutter. A more playful AR Effect app lets you add augmented reality images and characters to your pics and video.

Sony's PlayMemories Online app has also been tweaked, adding a new All Sync feature that allows you to auto-upload all of your pics, Dropbox-style – without any cap on storage.

Available in the standard Xperia hues of black, white and purple, the Xperia Z1 will hit shelves in September, although exact pricing and release date info have yet to be revealed. Stay tuned for the latest news – and check out our hands-on review.

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