We heard rumours about a mysterious “Xperia i1” a while back, but now it showed up for real. Sony’s new Xperia z1 is the biggest Xperia yet at five inches, but more importantly, it’s got a killer 20.7-megapixel camera on it too.
The Z1 packs its blazing 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 brain, 1080p display (exact resolution unknown), 3000mAh battery and 20.7-megapixel camera all into a slim waterproof (up to 1.5m!) body, made out of one piece of aluminium. The Xperia Z1 will launch with Android 4.2.2, complete with Sony’s typical UI slathered on top.
The camera boasts a 1/2.3-inch sensor, roughly on par with the one in the Galaxy S4 Zoom. It’s no Nokia 1020, but then that’s a high bar to jump. Still, it’s one of the beefiest cameras we’ve even seen on an Android phone. And it’s got some fun features too, including a burst option which lets you fire off 30 shots with a single press of a button.
Xperia Z1 Pricing And Availability
Pre-orders for the Xperia Z1 will be available from Optus on 16 September.
Register your interest with Optus here.
Pre-orders with Virgin Mobile Australia will be available from 6 September here. The Sony Xperia Z1 will be available for $0 per month on the Virgin Mobile $60 Plan (min. total cost is $1440 over 24 months). Customers who pre-order the Sony Xperia Z1 with Virgin Mobile will receive a bonus Sony NFC Speaker Ball.
You can also register their interest for the Xperia Z1 with Telstra here.
More details around pricing and in-store availability are due in the coming weeks.