Sony Xperia Z1 Official Specs Unveiled: ‘Honami’ Release Is Waterproof, Features A 21-MegaPixel Camera

Sony aired their IFA 2013 press event earlier than they originally intended, unveiling the Xperia Z1 smartphone and accessories.

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The Xperia Z1 smartphone is now official. Sony (NYSE:SNE) unveiled the Xperia Z1 (the official name of the waterproof smartphone nicknamed "Honami") on Wednesday at the IFA 2013 Trade Show in Berlin. Sony confirmed the device’s 20.7-megapixel camera sensor will go head to head with the Nokia Lumia 1020, with a waterproof body like its predecessor the Xperia Z, or the Samsung Galaxy Active. 

The Xperia Z1 specs include a 5-inch “Triluminos” Full HD display (1980 x 1080p), a 2.2GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via a micro SD card), and a 3,000 mAh battery. The Sony Xperia Z1 is also the first smartphone capable of shooting video in Ultra HD, or 4K resolution.

Sony’s new, waterproof flagship, known as the Xperia Z1, has leaked in a few press shots from a press release that the Xperia Blog leaked Tuesday. A trial run of Sony’s press event appears to have accidentally aired Wednesday morning, confirming the Xperia Z1 (Honami) specs, prior to the actual event, which the company will live stream here.

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Sony also announced the QX10 and QX100 lenses, attachable to “almost any smartphone,” and the Smart Imaging Stand -- a smartphone stand that allows users to automatically take photos. Sony also announced that the SmartWatch 2 would have a release date “across the globe, later this month.”

Here is a teaser video, released prior to Wednesday's unveiling:

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