Sony sparked our interest in the Xperia Z1 by showing use some teasers of its upcoming 20.7 megapixel camera phone, also known as Honami, while the spy shots that hit the web lately were not of what you can call high-quality. As the IFA Berlin 2013 tech fair approaches, the place were the Sony Xperia Z1 will see the light of day, it’s not a surprise that the first high-resolution leaked photos of the smartphone emerged.
The guys at Xperia Blog have posted a new batch of Sony Xperia Z1 leaked photos that come to confirm what we already knew: the smartphone will come with a 20.7 megapixel camera with 1/2.3 inch sensor, bigger than the most of the ones used for the modern high-end smartphones and comparable to the ones implemented on the compact cameras. As you can see in the gallery below there’s also a confirmation for the Sony G Lens, while the rumor mill speculates that Honami will be capable of shooting 4K videos.
Reports are indicating that the Xperia Z1 will not only have a great camera, but it will also pack an impressive hardware platform that will make it one of the most powerful smartphones of the second half of the year. It looks like the Sony camera phone will sport a 5-inch Triluminos display with full HD resolution, while the processing tasks will be handled by Qualcomm’s mighty Snapdragon 800 chipset based on four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU.
Sources close to the Japanese phone maker claim that the Sony Honami will arrive with 2 GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery, and 16 GB of internal storage, expandable with up to 64 GB courtesy of the microSD card support.
As you can see in the photos below, the Sony Xperia Z1 will follow the Omni Balance design language that was used for the Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra, borrowing elements like the rubber lids used for covering the SIM and microSD slots or the metallic power button placed on the right hand side of the terminal. It seems though that Sony decided to relocate the speaker at the bottom of the handset.
The race of the best camera phone of the year 2013 is heating up and Sony’s Xperia Z1 will definitely be one of the main competitors. The biggest rivals of the Sony handset will be Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom, which comes with a 16 megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom, and Nokia’s Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia 1020, which features an impressive 41 megapixel camera with PureView sensor, Carl Zeiss optics, and Xenon and LED flash.
The Sony Xperia Z1 will be officially introduced to the public on September 4, when the Berlin-based IFA 2013 tech event will open its gates for the media.