Sony Xperia Z1 launches at IFA 2013

Sony takes the wraps off its latest flagship smartphone – and its 20.7MP camera
Sony Xperia Z1

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

The Xperia Z1 delivers incremental improvements over the previous Xperia Z model, with a similar glass and aluminium build and 5in display. Weighing in at 170g, the Xperia Z1 features improved water- and dust-proofing over its predecessor, being bumped up to IP55 and IP58.

Under the hood, the Z1 comes packing a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with Adreno 330 GPU, plus 2GB of RAM. You also get 16GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 64GB via microSD) and a 3000mAh battery.

Round the front, there's a 5in 1080p screen with the same Triluminos and X-Reality tech found in the Xperia Z Ultra.

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Sony Xperia Z1
Sony Xperia Z1

The big improvements come with the Z1's camera, though – it features a 1/2.3in 20.7MP Exmor RS CMOS sensor, with F2.0 aperture – plus a host of new camera apps.

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. And AR Effect lets you add augmented reality images and characters to your pics and video.

Sony's PlayMemories Online app has been tweaked with a new All Sync feature, allowing 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 land running Android 4.4.2 Jelly Bean. Exact pricing and release date info have yet to be revealed, though it will hit store shelves in September. Stay tuned for the latest news and our hands-on review.