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The Xperia Z1 Is Coming To Canada This October

Posted In News, Reviews - By AndroidPress on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 With No Comments »

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These next few weeks are going to be some exciting times for tech enthusiasts in Canada as new high end phones will be a plenty.  Apple just launched their new devices, the iPhone 5s and 5c, LG’s new flagship is just days away, the Note III, Galaxy Gear, S3 Mini and S4 Mini are just around the corner and now we’re learning that Sony’s new flagship, the Z1 will be coming this October (did I miss anyone?)!

Just in case you forgot what the Xperia Z1 brings to the table, here’s the spec rundown for you:

  • 5″ 1080p TRILUMINOS Display
  • 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 Processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal Storage
  • microSD Card Slot
  • 20.3 MP Camera
  • 2MP Camear
  • 3000 mAh Battery
  • IP58 Certified (Dustproof and Water Resistant up to 1 Meter and 30 Minutes)
  • Android 4.2

This phone is the first of Sony’s new One line which encompasses the best of all of their divisions into one glorious piece of technology.  And as you can see from the spec sheet, they’re definitely on the right track as this phone is a beast!  Despite my love for the phablet, this is may be the one phone that might pull me away from the phablets this year.

In terms of an exact release date, nothing was given in the press release but it does appear that the Z1 will make it to all the major carriers.  White, Black and Purple will be available but the the release says that colour availability may depend on the carrier.

So any of you saving up for the Z1?

Power and Smartness in a Premium Smartphone Sony Xperia® Z1 Smartphone Coming to Canada in October 2013

  • Combines the very best of Sony’s technology in a slim, waterproof and beautifully designed Android smartphone

TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2013 /CNW/ – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduced that the Xperia Z1, a premium waterproof1 smartphone that combines the very best of Sony’s technology with a unique and groundbreaking camera experience, will launch in Canada with multiple carriers including Bell, Rogers and TELUS inmid-October 2013.

“Xperia Z1 delivers Canadians a powerful and sophisticated waterproof masterpiece crafted from premium metal and glass as we bring unforgettable experiences to life for our customers,” said Tim Hernquist, Vice President of Marketing for North America, Sony Mobile Communications. “By bringing the power of Sony to the smartphone we are setting a new standard for premium smartphones.”

Capture compact digital camera quality pictures and video

The elegant, 5″ Xperia Z1 is the latest addition to Sony’s premium Z series of products and brings Sony’s proven world-class technologies to the smartphone like never before – including the very best of Sony’s camera expertise. Xperia Z1 features Sony’s award-winning “G Lens” with a 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture, custom made large 1/2.3-type CMOS image sensor Exmor RS for mobile with 20.7MP and a BIONZ for mobile image processing engine. The combination of these technologies delivers a similar level of quality and performance as a conventional compact digital camera in a slim, waterproof smartphone.

Independent testing has confirmed that Xperia Z1 provides the best overall image quality of all leading Android smartphones2. This means that Xperia Z1 captures beautiful, sharp and bright images even in lowlight conditions. High shutter speeds and 3x clear image zoom also prevents shots from being blurred while enabling them to be captured at distance.

Enjoy more than just taking photos and videos with a smart, social camera

Xperia Z1 takes the conventional camera experience to a whole new level by including an innovative set of Xperia Camera Applications that deliver new experiences. Applications at launch include:

  • Social live: Broadcast precious moments live from Xperia Z1 to Facebook and get your friends’ comments right on your screen.
  • Info-eye™: Innovative visual search function that provides related information on items such as books or wine simply by capturing them with the camera.
  • Timeshift burst: Capture the perfect shot every time – Xperia Z1 takes 61 images in 2 seconds – a second before and after pressing the shutter – so you can scroll back and forth to find the perfect image.
  • AR effect: Overlay a selection of fun, customizable animations to create pictures using Sony’s SmartARTMaugmented reality technology.

Imagery on a smartphone screen has never looked so real

Thanks to the inclusion of Sony’s BRAVIA TV technology, Xperia Z1 features Sony’s unique TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, creating a wider palette of rich natural colours for an outstanding, immersive viewing experience.  It also includes X-Reality for mobile – Sony’s intelligent super resolution technology which analyzes each image and optimizes the quality to deliver super sharp videos.

Beautiful design with high power and performance

Xperia Z1 also includes all of the features consumers have come to expect of a Sony smartphone. It combines Sony’s acclaimed OmniBalance design with premium materials and precision engineering in a slim waterproof and dust resistant smartphone (IP55 & IP58). A solid one-piece aluminium frame with tempered glass on the front and back ensures beauty and durability as well as a consistent viewing experience from different angles.

Xperia Z1 features the fully integrated Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and 4G LTE to provide a seamless connected entertainment experience and amazing speed. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor features the latest GPU and dual ISP for incredible graphics, 3D games and videos. The Xperia Z1 also includes a 3000 mAh battery for a high battery performance. Sony’s Battery STAMINA Mode automatically turns off functions to save power when you don’t need them and restarts them when you do.

Out of the box entertainment with Sony’s media applications and technologies

Xperia Z1 integrates PlayMemories Online3, a cloud-based image and video service that is integrated into the Album application. A new ‘All Sync’ feature enables users to instantly auto-upload all of their photos without storage limitation3.

Sony’s “WALKMAN” and Movies applications are also included and provide access to more than 22 million songs on the “WALKMAN” app through Music Unlimited and more than 150K movies and TV series on the Movies app through Video Unlimited2 from Sony Entertainment Network.

Xperia Z1 comes with an incredible entertainment offer that includes five great movies plus an exclusive movie access pass to the digital release of Sony Pictures’ summer blockbuster as well as a two-month free trial of Sony’s Music Unlimited4 streaming service plus ten games from PlayStation Mobile.

Xperia Z1 also brings Sony’s audio expertise to play with Sony’s ClearAudio+ which automatically optimizes the audio experience without the need to adjust individual settings.

Xperia Z1 key specifications

  • Dust-resistant and waterproof (IP55 & IP58), with acclaimed OmniBalance design featuring durable tempered glass and solid one-piece aluminium frame

  • Sony’s “G Lens”: A lens with F2.0 and wide angle 27mm as well as 3x clear image zoom.

  • BIONZ for mobile: Image processing engine with the algorithm from Sony’s leading digital compact cameras. It ensures pictures have less noise, fast auto-focus as well as high stable images for video shooting, preventing shots from being blurred.

  • 1/2.3-type Exmor RS for mobile CMOS image sensor with 20.7MP: high sensitivity sensor capturing huge amounts of detail for sharp, crisp images, even in low-light conditions.

  • Xperia Camera Applications such as Social live which broadcast to Facebook. More applications will be available to download from Sony Select.

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon™800 quad-core 2.2 Ghz processor, 3000 mAh battery, 4G LTE

  • Memory: RAM 2 GB, Flash memory up to 16 GB, Expansion slot microSD™ card, up to 64 GB.

  • Xperia Z1 will launch on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean).

  • Available in black, white and purple colour variants.  Check with your carrier for colour availability at launch.


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