xperia-Z1 The Xperia Z1, announced at IFA in Berlin yesterday will be available in South Africa mid-October.

The smartphone is similar to the Xperia Z, but with advanced camera capabilities and G Lens, normally found in Sony’s compact camera range.

As you’d expect, the handset is waterproof, and features Sony’s award-winning G Lens with a 20.7-megapixels CMOS image sensor. The lens is a 27mm wide angle with bright F2.0 aperture and a custom made large 1/2.3-type CMOS sensor. You can expect the same camera qualities from a regular compact camera, encased in the same slim design as the Xperia Z, with no protruding lens. The handset can capture images in lowlight conditions, and a higher shutter speed means no blurry photos.

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The Xperia Z1 also comes with its own camera applications that will enable the user to do things like broadcast videos live via Facebook; make use of Info-eye, which is a visual search function that provides you with info after taking a picture (on books, etc); AR effects which add an overlay of animations using Sony’s augmented reality technology. Another cool feature is Timeshift burst, which takes 61 images in 2 seconds so you can choose the best image. A live demo of Info-eye, Timeshift burst and AR effects at the media event in Sandton earlier today, showed exactly how these functions work, with no glitches.

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As for specs, the Xperia Z1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, with a 2.2GHz quad-core CPU, has 4G capabilities, a 3000 mAh battery, 2GB RAM and 16GB of memory, expandable up to 64GB via microSD.

Pricing is TBA.

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