Sony to release Xperia Z1 smartphone in the UK this month


Latest premium device from the manufacturer, which features a 20.7-megapixel camera, will go on sale through UK sales channels before October 

Sony Mobile is to release its new high end premium smartphone, the Xperia Z1, in the UK before the end of the month.

The water and dust proof Z1 is powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz processor and will run the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.

Its standout feature is its 20.7-megapixel camera that has the manufacturer’s ‘G Lens’, which comes with wide angle 27mm and 3x image zoom. It also features the ‘Exmor RS for mobile’ image sensor, as well as the ‘BIONZ for mobile’ image processing engine, which Sony said ensures has fast auto-focus and highly stable images for video shooting.

A suite of Xperia applications for the camera will be available at launch, including ‘Social live’, where users can post photos Facebook and receive comments directly to the screen, as well as ‘Info eye’, which is a visual search function that provides related information on landmarks and items by capturing them with the camera.

The Z1 has a five inch full ‘TRILUMINOS’ HD display made from durable tempered glass, which Sony claims creates a wider palette of rich natural colours, as well as its ‘X-Reality for mobile’ technology, which the manufacturer said analyses each image and optimises quality to deliver sharper videos.

The smartphone has an aluminium frame, as well as 16GB of internal memory that can be expanded by 64GB with a microSD card, a 3,000 mAh batter that provides 14 hours talk time, and features Battery STAMINA, which automatically turns off functions to save power when they’re not needed and restarts them when the user does need them. It will be available in black, white and purple.

Sony Mobile Communications president and CEO Kunimasa Suzuki said: “Xperia Z1 represents a significant milestone for Sony in our continued efforts to deliver unforgettable experiences to our consumers. Not only by bringing the power of Sony to the smartphone and through close collaboration with our partners but by setting a new standard in premium smartphones.”