Yesterday at pre-IFA event, Sony officially unveiled it's most anticipated smartphone called Xperia Z1 (better known as Honami from rumors). Sony also unveiled Cyber-shot QX100 and QX10 lens-style cameras.
Xperia Z1 (The Man of Sony's show)
Sony Xperia Z1 sports 5.0 inch FULL HD TRILUMINOS display with resolution of 1920x1080p. On back panel, it's equipped with 20.7 MP camera with pulsed LED flash and auto-focus capable of recording FULL HD videos (not 4K) but Sony has developed it's custom camera application which offers it's users manual controls and impressive augmented reality feature. The Rear camera uses all Sony tech - F/2.0 Sony G lens, Sony Exmor RS sensor and a Sony BIONZ image processor.
The best part of this custom camera app comes here - Third-party developers will be able to use the advanced features of the camera and make their own app.
On front, it comes with 2 MP FULL HD. Other specifications include - 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal Storage (expandable up-to 64 GB via MicroSD card slot), 3,000 mAh battery and it's powered by Qualcomm's most powerful Snapdragon 800 chipset clocked @ 2.2 GHz with Adreno 330 GPU running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Regarding connectivity, it supports - aGPS, ANT+, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, MHL, NFC, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Wi-Fi hotspot and 3.5 mm audio jack.
It comes with some per-loaded applications, such as - Google Chrome, Google Play, Google Voice Search, Google Maps, Google Talk, Sony Select and Web browser (webkit).
Sony Xperia Z1 will be available in three different colours - Black, White and Purple starting it's sales from this month (date not specified) and for pricing we expect it to cost between $600 - $700.
Cyber-Shot QX100 and QX10
The Sony Cyber-shot QX line of lens-style cameras launches with two models – the QX100 and QX10. Both have their own optics and image sensor and can use an Android or iOS device as viewfinder (pairing is done with NFC if available then the image is streamed over Wi-Fi).
The QX100 comes with 20.2 MP resolution camera with 1 inch Exmor R sensor, F/1.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonar T* lens, 3.6x optical zoom and stabilization.
The QX10 is more compact and features a longer zoom range – 10x – and has a Sony G Lens coupled with a 1/2.3" 18.2MP Exmor R sensor.
Both lens-style cameras shoot 1,440 x 1080p video @ 30 fps and can shoot 230 images for their battery (or 55-65 minutes of video recording depending on the model). The QX cameras can be attached to smartphones of various sizes and some Xperia phones will get dedicated cases protecting the phone and offer an attachment point for the camera.
Both QX100 and QX10 can work separately from the phone, while still streaming to the viewfinder, which makes framing in tight spots a breeze.
Sony Cyber-Shot QX100 and QX10 are available for pre-order in UK starting from today followed by Europe by end of September. The QX100 will cost you $500 and the QX10 is half that at $250.
Sony Xperia Z1 Key Specifications :
- 5.0 inch FULL HD TRILUMINOS display
- Qualcomm's most powerful Snapdragon 800 chipset clocked @ 2.2 GHz
- Adreno 330 GPU
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- 20.7 MP Rear camera with pulsed LED flash and auto-focus capable of recording FULL HD videos
- 2 MP Front facing FULL HD
- 2 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of internal Storage (expandable up-to 64 GB via MicroSD card slot)
- 3,000 mAh battery
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