For a while now there have been whispers about a new device called Xperia Honami, the device was finally launched and is called the Sony Xperia Z1. As many Sony user would know there is already Sony Xperia Z available in the market, but honestly it could use some updates. Sony has heard your suggestions and the new Xperia Z1 is an improvement, and comes with extra added features. It was predicted that we would see high price tags on the new devices, which was mainly because of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. The main focus of improvements from the Xperia Z were the hardware, camera, and display, which have been taken care of. Below we will discuss the changes that the new device carries.
In sight the new Xperia Z1 looks a lot like Xperia Z, but there are a few minor changes. It looks tidy, with a simple glass covering its front and back. The camera is located on the top left back, with an LED flash just below the lens. There is a large aluminum power button, which is placed on the right side of the device. Moreover, it has an aluminum bezel flowing around the device, which is made with a single piece of metal. It not only makes it look better, also makes it easier to hold the device. Z1 is slightly fatter than Z, but its a change hard to tell. The Z1 is a large device, and one handed operation are not easy. The device is waterproof and dustproof, and can survive under water for 30 minutes, in 1.5 meters depth.
The paper details of Z1 led us to believe that the display has not changed, but we were informed that the display has been updated. The device comes with a 5 inch HD display, and amazing pixel density. Sony Xperia Z1 display boasts the Bravia technology found in Sony TV’s. The technology claims it boosts color, contrast ratios, and sharpens the display. Different viewing angles are not as good as AMOLED, but are not all that bad. The White and black colors tend to turn grey when viewing the display at a large angle.
Inside the design runs the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, a quad core processor at 2.2 GHz, the Adreno 330 GPU, and 2 GB of RAM. The combination of these can handle anything you throw at it, and lags are out of question. Until now only S4 and HTC One was able to set a high benchmark score, but this device can steam them out easily. A hardware this powerful is not easy to slow down, and needs a lot of power. To ensure that they have put together a 3000 mAh battery.
This device runs on Jelly Bean 4.2.2 which is not the latest software, which does not make much of a difference as the changes are minor. The device might get an update to 4.3 soon, or they will directly offer you the 4.4 Kit Kat in a few months. Sony has made a few modifications on this android, and the most prominent feature is the launcher. This way users can easily add or remove home screens, and organize the icons. Sony did not stop there, and have also modified some applications. For instance there is no stock gallery any more, now they have added Xperia gallery. Furthermore, they have added their own music player, which is amazing and add a lot to the device.
The device comes packed with a 20.7 megapixel camera which is amazing, and has a sensor 1/2.3 inches which is better than most smartphones. The camera uses a wide angle of 27 mm f/2.0 G lens, and to kill the noise in low light photos they have added Bionz image processor. The outdoor performance was good, and the difference in low light photos are prominent, and each image has great detail to it. The camera software is smarter than ever, you can now load applications in the camera. The camera software also allows you to stream videos live to Facebook, and you can pick between modes like HDR and panorama.
The Z1 is surely amongst the most powerful devices today, and it mocks the S4 in many ways. The device will come with a huge price tag, but it holds a lot more than Z. In simple words they have made it worth the price, as it has all the pros of Sony to make it a great device.