BERLIN: JAPANESE HARDWARE MAKER Sony unveiled its latest flagship smartphone at IFA on Wednesday, the Sony Xperia Z1, and we got some hands-on time with the phablet sized device.
As the sequel to the Sony Xperia Z, which is the firm's best-selling smartphone to date, the Sony Xperia Z1 features the same 5in full HD 1080p display as its predecessor, but has a nippier quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Google's Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, with an update to Android 4.3 likely to be rolled out shortly after release.
The smartphone's main feature is perhaps its Exmor RS 20.7MP rear-facing camera, which will work alongside Sony's snap-on lenses, the QX10 and the QX100, which were announced alongside the Xperia Z1 on Wednesday.
Supporting the device width of 54mm-75mm with a thickness of up to 13mm, these two optional external lenses can either be mounted on the phone or work on their own to capture images, with the photos stored on a microSD card inside the lens itself.
The Sony Xperia Z1 will arrive in the UK in black, white and purple colour options later this month. µ
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