Sony's Xperia Z1 (nee "Honami") made a bit of a splash at IFA in Berlin a few weeks ago. The phone's focus on high-quality imaging via a 20.1 megapixel camera, combined with the undeniably slick high-end industrial design that Sony has been putting out for the last few years, has already earned it a few fans. As usual, Sony has posted the required open-source kernel files for the new device to their developer website, this time before the hardware is actually available for purchase.

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The Z1's other charms include a 5" 1080p screen, Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage plus a MicroSD card slot. The battery is relatively spacious at 3000mAh (a full 30% larger than the older Xperia Z), and the body uses the same waterproof aluminum and glass design with the mid-mounted power button and physical camera shutter. The phone is set to go on sale worldwide later this month; a price hasn't been set yet, but "high" is a pretty safe bet. You should check out our hands-on with the Xperia Z1 from IFA.

Sony has never made its phones difficult to root or modify, with the exception of a few carrier variants. On the contrary: they've actually encouraged developer tinkering, even building custom AOSP ROMs for some of their devices and releasing them publicly. If the pattern keeps, the bootloader in the Xperia Z1 should be unlockable by end users without too much difficulty. The kernel files posted here will allow developers to create custom ROMs and the like. Since the Xperia Z already has a healthy modding community behind it, you can expect the Z1 to follow suit.

Source: Developer.Sonymobile.com

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Herman

    I've never read so many puns in the first couple of sentences of an article before...
    Well done

  • Tony Sarju

    I was dead set on upgrading my GS3 to the next Nexus handset but the Z1 is such a gorgeous device that I'm considering it now.

  • fonix232

    The Z1 is already available in Denmark, I've held it in my hands O.o What do you mean by "upcoming"?

    • bozs13

      Indeed. I'm curious though. My dad lives in DK and I'm wondering if the Z1 there will be the same Z1 with same antennas etc. here. If so I'll have him pick one up for me.

      • fonix232

        Given that the whole of Europe has the same regulated frequencies, I'd say yes, it will work in Switzerland too. But it wont be cheap, it is 6000DKK on contract (a bit more than 800EUR).

        • bozs13

          I live in the US now ;) Forgot to mention that. But yeah, it would probably be smarter to just wait until it comes over here.

          • fonix232

            Ah okay. Well as long as it is a GSM network, it *SHOULD* work. As far as I see, there are no carrier customizations like with the LG G2, though for LTE it has two different radios for the two different bands.

            Phew, why can't we have ONE standardized set for each type of mobile network? Seriously... Is it that hard?

    • Andrew Wood

      I bought mine in the UK on Saturday.

      • cavalli

        Hi Andrew,
        In which country has your mobile been made??

  • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

    Um you know that if you unlock the bootloader without backing up the TA partition on the z1 you will break the camera functionality right? Sony says they are coming up with a fix though.
    It's just at your last paragraph.