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Just yesterday we shared leaked photos of the upcoming but unannounced Sony Xperia Z1, otherwise known as the Honami. The folks at XperiaBlog shared a collection of official rendered press photos, and now they've got their hands on a full press release and specs ahead of tomorrow's planned unveil at IFA. Altogether, it's nine pages of material reminding us that Sony's successor to last year's Xperia Z flagship should be quite the impressive piece of tech.

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It's a lot to sift through, so if you're not interested in skimming through all the nitty-gritty yourself, here's what's interesting, including a few things we already knew. The Xperia Z1 will ship with a 2.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 16GB of internal memory, and a micro SD card slot. On the back, this phone rocks a 20.7MP camera with 8x digital zoom. A 2MP camera sits on the front. The phone comes with Android 4.2.2 and pushes pixels to a 5-inch 1080p screen. All of this is powered by a 3000mAh battery. Oh, and the phone's waterproof. It will be available in black, white, and purple.

The press release mentions the QX Lens camera that has also leaked ahead of tomorrow's announcement. If the included 20.7MP camera isn't enough, you might want to give that attachment a look.

Via: XperiaBlog

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Chris

    I want this to be the next Nexus... lol Too bad it'll probably be made by Moto.

    • Elliot Kotis

      New nexus is an LG again, some stupid Google employee was taking pictures with it at the Google Kitkat announcement, got caught on video.

      • Chris

        I know, i posted this before that happened lol I'd love to have a Sony Nexus, their phones are way underrated! I'm cool with LG again, my current phone is LG, not the N4 though, I hated the screen on it.

  • Remo

    How much does it cost to have the battery replaced in a Sony phone like this or the xperia Z?

  • Farkas Gergely

    FM+RDS in a flagship phone. I hope Samsung will hear about this...
    Btw so many camera innovations come until Xmas, I will wait for the tests before I decide.

  • mlj11

    "Up to" 16gb is super disappointing...

    • Dayne Salt

      16GB isn't too bad with an sd slot. Mind, I'm going off sd cards in favor of bigger internal memory so this probably isn't for me.

      • mlj11

        I'm doing the same - the latest games take up huge amounts of storage nowadays, and an sd card isn't going to help with those.

        • Phil

          I guess it's perfect for me, as I don't play games on my mobile device

  • Garry DeWitt

    4.2.2 and not 4.3
    So close to perfection
    Who am I kidding I'll still buy one.

    • http://www.whatupgoingon.com Greg Macek

      Ha. Let's be honest with 4.4 just announced (timing TBD) can we fault anyone for not having 4.3 on a device yet? It was just announced at the end of July.

      And yes, I want one too even though I just bought a ZL.

  • brick

    Best phone out, to bad it looks like crap, this in the ones body is a perfect phone

  • Joshua

    I'd like to point out that it states "minimum 3000 mAh" battery. Speculation: could they be releasing different models with different battery sizes in addition to the traditional internal memory sizes, or do these things usually say "minimum" battery size?

    • Herman

      Or the battery is simply replaceable.

      • Joshua

        Well, it says "Battery (embedded)," so I'm willing to throw that possibility out right off the bat.

        • Herman

          Well...
          Yeah, I can't argue with that.

    • Jared Kaczynski

      In the sense of there being variation and at the minimum, you get 3000mAh. It's odd wording.

      • Joshua

        Hmm, I see. As in, your battery may actually be 3010 mAh, but it certainly won't be 2990? I suppose that makes sense. I've never seen a release like this before, so I'm unfamiliar with all the practices.

        • Ambroos

          It's always like this in Sony specs, the Xperia Z was listed as 2370mAh typical, 2300mAh minimum.

          • Joshua

            Awesome, thanks. I didn't know that.

  • Ishimaru

    No 4K recording, and the LCD is listed as TFT, not IPS. I only mentioned 4K, because that was part of the rumor. ;)

    • Ambroos

      4K recording was present in an early firmware, but it might have been dropped since there is little to no use for 4K footage at this point and it'd probably just cause issues.

      The display isn't IPS exactly, but a variant. It's the same tech that's in the Xperia Z Ultra, so you can have a look at the reviews to see how good it is!

      • Joshua

        If I remember correctly, the Android Police review of the Ultra actually lamented that it had terrible viewing angles. Of course, I could be thinking of an entirely different device, in which case I apologize to the Ultra!

    • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

      Acer has phone for you if you want 4K recording

  • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

    I loved Xperia designs... but Sony's new design language just isn't my favorite....
    Good phone with weird design... well at least GSMarena should be happy they usually have a dedicated camera button!

  • Artelltyx

    So no S-Master... and I thought it was part of the "One"... it will just be a cameraphone now... But I still love it....

  • Nelson

    Phone specs on this is absolute perfection. For the most part, it either ties or surpasses every high end phone out right now in every spec category. My one intangible I need though is wireless charging. I just modded my night stand and embedded a Qi charger in the wood. Now I won't give up wireless charging on any phone I buy.

    • dave birney

      i was thinking the same thing myself! that the only reason ill ever be upgrading after this would be to get wireless charging, but at least there is the power thingymajig on the side so thats enough for me.
      im gonna get a case that the phone will clip into and make up something that will hold the case on my desk. and then attach some wires and one of them thingymajigs onto the case. so its the next best thing at least, just pop it in and out, no usb cables to be messing with

  • Jason Bailey

    Does it have a standard LED or Xenon flash? I just don't think the LED flash will cut it!!! Other that that it looks like a fantastic device.

  • Andreas Larsson

    No ois? Dissapointed :(

  • troph

    Absolutely nothing to complain about here, well played Sony.

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