JAPANESE HARDWARE MAKER Sony has teased a smartphone ahead of its IFA press conference in Berlin next month, likely the rumoured Xperia Z1.
The teaser posted on Twitter on Thursday doesn't give much away. Instead, it shows off the firm's signature power button - the same one found on the Sony Xperia Z - a hint that the firm is offering up a glimpse at the handset's sequel.
While Sony isn't offering many clues as to what we can expect from the Xperia Z1, the online rumour mill has churned out plenty of details about the firm's next flagship smartphone.
According to these leaks, the Sony Xperia Z1 will feature a 5in full HD 1080p touchscreen display complete with Sony's X-Reality Engine, and will arrive powered by Google's Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system and a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Benchmarks for the handset have already appeared online, with the handset racking up a score of 30,625 in Antutu, higher than both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One smartphones.
Sony clearly is looking to challenge Samsung and Nokia in the camera market too, with the Xperia Z1 tipped to feature a 20MP rear-facing Exmor R sensor capable of capturing Ultra HD 4K video.
Other rumoured specifications include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card, NFC and a front-facing camera. It's unclear whether the Xperia Z1 will boast the same IP57 certification as its predecessor.
Sony is likely to launch the Xperia Z1 at its IFA press conference on 4 September, just hours before Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 3 and its Galaxy Gear smartphone. We'll be there to bring you all the latest.
UK mobile operator EE has retweeted Sony's cryptic tweet, suggesting that the Xperia Z1 will be offered on its 4G network when it arrives on British soil. µ
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