Sony Xperia Z1 with 20.7MP camera launched

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Sony  Xperia Z1    has been launched by Sony. The new device wasunveiled  in India recently amid big hopes that it will perform better than any of Sony past devices, bringing its latest handset to the country within two weeks of its global unveiling. The smartphone maker unveiled Xperia Z1 at IFA 2013 in Berlin. The phone’s key feature is its 20.7MP camera, which will help it take on the likes of Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom. The company has priced the new Xperia Z1 at Rs 44,990.

Xperia Z1 takes over as the new flagship smartphone from Xperia Z, which was launched six month ago. It has a faster processor, sturdier body and higher camera resolution as compared to its predecessor. This is the Japanese manufacturer’s seventh product launched in India since April this year.

The company is also offering free 8GB data download on Vodafone, free accidental insurance for six months and EMI scheme with the device. Xperia Z1 comes with free access to movies, songs and TV shows with Xperia Z1. Only content under Sony Music, Sony Entertainment and Sony Pictures brands will be available to users as part of this scheme.

Xperia Z1’s 20.7MP camera has 27mm wide-angle G Lens optics – similar to the Carl Zeiss lens – and a Bionz image processor, which is a first for any smartphone. The device has a large 1/2.3-inch sensor, which is used in Sony compact cameras, and F/2.0 aperture that helps improve photo quality under low light conditions. The phone is capable of streaming live videos to Facebook as well.

Other features of the Xperia Z1 include a 5-inch LCD display with 1920x1080p resolution and Triluminous technology. The device runs on the 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, paired with 2GB RAM. It runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and comes with 16GB internal storage and supports microSD expansion up to 64GB. Connectivity options in the device include 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 and NFC.

Just like other top-end Sony smartphones, the Xperia Z1 is resistant to water as well as dust and features shatterproof and scratch resistant glass. Its 3,000mAh battery delivers talk time of up to 15 hours, says Sony.

The Japanese manufacturer also unveiled its range of QX Smart Lens snap-on camera lenses in the country. The QX 10 and QX 100 lenses have been priced at Rs 12,990 and Rs 24,990, respectively. The former has 18MP resolution, while the latter has resolution of 20.2MP. Both these camera lenses can be clipped on to the back of any smartphone and take high resolution photos using the handset.

Sony unveiled its waterproof SmartWatch 2 at the event as well. Priced at Rs 14,990, this smartwatch has a 1.6MP camera, pairs with other devices via NFC and make calls, recieve notifications like text messages, emails and social media updates from paired Android devices. Samsung has also unveiled its Galaxy Gear smartwatch at Rs 22,990 in India.