Sony Xperia Z1: A Waterproof Badass with a Killer Camera

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We heard rumors about a mysterious "Xperia i1" a while back, but now it showed up for real. Sony's new Xperia z1 is the biggest Xperia yet at 5 inches, but more importantly, it's got a killer 20.7 MP camera on it too.


The Z1 packs its blazing 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 brain, 1080p display (exact resolution unknown), 3,000mAh battery, and 20.7 megapixel camera all into a slim waterproof (up to 5 feet!) body, made out of one piece of aluminum. The Xperia Z1 will launch with Android 4.2.2, complete with Sony's typical UI slathered on top.

The camera boasts a 1/2.3-inch sensor, roughly on par with the one in the Galaxy S4 Zoom. It's no Nokia 1020, but then that's a high bar to jump. Still, it's one of the beefiest cameras we've even seen on an Android phone. And it's got some fun features too, including a burst option which lets you fire off 30 shots with a single press of a button.

There's no word on the price, but Sony will be releasing the Z1 sometime later this month.



This phone has one ups the 1020 twice.

1) Waterproof up to 5 feet. While I don't typically dip my phone in glasses of water, I do sometimes take into the bathroom before taking a shower. The steam tends to trigger water indicators in most phones which basically negates any possibility of a replacement by the carrier. The fact that it wouldn't happen with this, seems promising. Plus I enjoy the added security of knowing my daughter could drop it in the toilet without damage.

2) It runs Android. As much as I want to like Windows Phone, its suffering from the same thing WebOS suffered from. The app store is limited and its user base is small. Unfortunately, both of those depend on the other. Without users, the app store will never grow. Without a flourishing app store, users will never join Windows Phone. I loved WebOS and I would probably love Windows Phone, but I can't see the latter working out any better than the former unless this issue is addressed.