Sony Xperia Z1 teased again: G lens confirmed

Sony Xperia Z1 teased again: G lens confirmed
The Sony Xperia Z1, the phone we’ve been referring to as the Sony i1 Honami, will indeed feature a new Sony G lens. Sony continues teasing a mysterious device that by all clues is the Xperia Z1 and now we get to see the rear camera with a single LED flash and the letter ‘G’, allegedly standing for G lens. Sony Mobile China also confirms the official unveiling of the device will happen on September 5th in China. In all likelihood, this means Sony will indeed unveil the Xperia Z1 on September 4th in Berlin (the difference in time zones should explain the different dates).

“Have we captured your attention yet...? #bestofSony,” Sony says in a post, playing with words as capture can also refer to the camera on the Xperia Z1. The earlier teasers showed a handset that looks nearly identical to the Xperia Z, but rumors agree that it will have one huge upgrade in the form of a 20.7-megapixel camera.

The G Lens is a name Sony uses for high-quality lenses used in its DSLR camera and it claims they are comparable to Zeiss optics in quality. The company claims G Lenses are known for their Grace (meticulous attention to design, looks and materials), Gather (most G Lenses offer maximum aperture and sufficient brightness even in low-light conditions), and Gratify (minimum flare inside the lens barrel).

We have already seen Sony confirm in its teasers the Xperia Z-like looks of the Z1 and the dedicated camera shutter key. The company also teased that the Z1 will be water-resistant like its predecessor.

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Here is a quick rundown of the rumored specifications for the upcoming Sony flagship:

  • Shock-, dust-, shatter-, water-proof, IP 55/58
  • 5.0-inch 1920x1080 pixel Triluminos display, 16% wider colour gamut
  • Carbon fiber frame; Dragontrail tempered glass front protection; Corning Gorilla Glass 3 back protection
  • 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 (Krait 400) chip
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 16GB expandable memory, microSD card slot
  • 3100 mAh battery, new improved STAMINA mode
  • MHL / Miracast / NFC / Bluetooth 4.0 / LTE / Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n; a/c)
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 20.7 MP rear camera with G lens (using Exmor RS CMOS sensor), f/2.3 aperture, capable of recording 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution videos at 30fps (using BIONZ imaging engine for still photos and X-reality Pro video engine for videos)
  • 2 MP Exmor R front-facing camera capable of shooting 1080p full HD resolution videos at 30fps
  • IR Remote
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • Dual (Stereo) speakers
  • 144 x 73.9 x 8.3mm

source: Sony Mobile, Sony Mea

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