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Liveblog: Sony unveils Xperia Z1 aka Honami

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Liveblog: Sony unveils Xperia Z1 aka Honami

The moment has come. After months of constant leaks, rumors and whispers, Sony will finally unveil the Xperia Z1 today at IFA 2013. We are already in Berlin, the place where Europe’s biggest technology show takes place and will bring a liveblog of the exciting announcement.

We expect a short and concise event, focused on the Xperia Z1, the company’s new flagship. Sony has already unveiled that it’d feature a 20-megapixel camera that aims to bring a small revolution to smartphone photography, and that it’d be a water-resistant device with a design similar to the Xperia Z.

Ever since Kaz Hirai took over the role of Sony President and chief executive on April 1, 2012, the Japanese company has been undergoing a renaissance with renewed focus on mobile. Now, we’re about to see the ripest fruits of its efforts. Follow us below!

Sony’s IFA 2013 press conference will start at the following times:

07:00AM — Pacific (PT)
09:00AM — Central (CT)
10:00AM — Eastern (ET)
03:00PM — London
06:00PM — Moscow
11:00PM — Tokyo

Live event tracker

09:56This was Victor with PhoneArena, thanks for tuning in!
09:56Sony's event is over, but Samsung's huge keynote starts shortly. Stay tuned!
09:55And that's a wrap - last promo video is playing now, and we're off to get sweet hands on time with the Xperia Z1.
09:54"Sony is poised to lead."
09:54"We hope that every products moves you in powerful, relevant and meaningful way."
09:53Kaz just confirmed the Xperia Z1 will launch this month! No word on carriers.
09:53Video is over - a lot of its features come from Sony's cameras.
09:51Sony shows us the design process behind the Z1
09:50Back to Xperia Z1 and it's video time. Remember that leaked promo?
09:50The cameras/lenses will work with iOS and Android. Oops, no Windows Phone in the mix.
09:4910x zoom on QX10, 1" image sensor on QX100, Wi-Fi, NFC, BIONZ image processors
09:49Kaz is not letting down other phone users.
09:48With an adapter you can attach these cameras to almost any smartphone.
09:48Impressive. "It really completely transforms your mobile shooting experience."
09:47Kaz just simply snapped it on and the camera was ready to use with the Z1!
09:47QX10 and QX100 camera will work with Z1
09:46Kaz seems to set the stage ready for the new lenses for Z1!
09:46"As I've demonstrated, the Xperia Z1's camera is unlike anything ever seen before in a smartphone."
09:46Ha! And that was Samsung's text message ringtone interrupting Kaz for a short second!
09:45"Every Xperia Z1 sold here in Germany" and other European countries will get some 100 euros' worth of free Sony entertainment
09:44"Outstanding screen."
09:44"Extended battery life" is also confirmed on the Xperia Z1.
09:43The PlayMemories cloud service will be supported in major European markets, expanding to other markets quickly
09:42"Access this library from anywhere."
09:42Kaz unveils Play Memories online - all your photos stores in the cloud
09:4161 images in 2 seconds - blazing fast burst shot mode on the Z1!
09:40InfoEye is next - recognizes what you shoot
09:393X lossless zoom on a 20MP camera with G lens and BIONZ tech.
09:39"A product that's not only beautiful, but fully waterproof."
09:39"The Xperia Z1 is the absolute embodiment of that one Sony ethos."
09:39Time for specs
09:38It's zed one, not zee one, says Kaz.
09:38Yes! Xperia Z1
09:37"A product that could only come from Sony."
09:37One Sony. Is it time for the Xperia Z1?
09:36Improved signal to noise ratio.
09:36Multitude of high-quality audio products are coming up: "packed with latest Sony tech"
09:35"Let's focus on high-resolution audio now." Okay, Kaz, we're all ears.
09:354K Home Cinema Projector!
09:34"There are some of you for whom even 84" is not enough." Something big is coming.
09:34Pretty awesomely, they will come with a 7.1 channel sound bar
09:33Sony adds two new Bravia models, a 55" and 65" ones
09:33Time for 4K TVs!
09:32Or Lucky Charms.
09:32Sony is lightning fast, going through devices faster than you can eat pop corn!
09:31Vaio Tap 11 is here
09:31The device is named VAIO Fit

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posted on 04 Sep 2013, 08:10 4

1. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


posted on 04 Sep 2013, 08:58 1

6. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:11 1

14. rihel_95 (Posts: 301; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

Still some music is going on! FTW

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 08:13 2

2. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

If Sony's stuff is priced ok it may lure me away from a N5.
I don't expect that but do hope they buck their own trend some an appeal to more people that way.

Otherwise its a Fabergé egg phone to me.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 08:17 2

3. mottykels (Posts: 387; Member since: 15 May 2013)

I cant wait >.<

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:02 1

8. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1524; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

Yup also waiting for official camera samples...

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:34

22. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

ok try to use time machine :D

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 08:22 3

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Just waiting eagerly for Z1 announcement and then Z1 mini, because I want it.........

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 08:47 1

5. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

So excited!!!!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:01 1

7. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

No pop corn for me lol. It's early in the morning: Lucky Charms.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:07 2

11. Victor.H (Posts: 785; Member since: 27 May 2011)

Cool, keep it healthy :)

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:04

9. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

still not watchable /yawn

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:07

10. ghassangs7 (Posts: 9; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)

Yeah there is my favorite brand let's goooooo!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:08

12. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Epic fail haha. Lags more than your average Xperia.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:10

13. special4u (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 May 2013)

OMG! I expect REAL Beast from Sony, not the fake beast from Samsung

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:11

16. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

The last fake from Samsung man-handled Sony, so will the Note III 3 hours from now,

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:11

15. GMS85 (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:14

17. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

I can see those press phones running out of juice.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:16

18. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

We are sorry to report that Sony Music Services are stopped working. Sorry for the inconvenience.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:22

19. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Haha, it's falling apart from that broken engrish.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:23

20. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

i think sony europe president is having banana in his mouth...

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:28

21. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Not sure if this is more boring or the black screen when the stream was broken.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:39

23. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Okay, getting more interesting.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:54

24. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

watch it here


posted on 04 Sep 2013, 09:56

25. nxl2610 (Posts: 49; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)

That it ? i'm a bit disappointed -_-

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:45

27. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

For me, it wasn't "disappointment", just, underwhelming.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 10:02

26. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

you can see from the audience. nobody was awed. they were just like introducing stuff. unlike nokia's production introduction with actual demonstrations.

well, i'm disappointed. i've always been a sony fan. that presentation wasn't good.

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