Sony Xperia Z1 to launch in India on September 18th; interchangeable lens to be called EspressOn?

Sony Xperia Z1 to launch in India on September 18th; interchangeable lens to be called EspressOn?
The Sony Xperia Z1 is expected to be introduced on September 4th in Berlin. Where does it go after there? How about to New Dehli (no, not the new deli that just opened down the street) where Bollywood star Katrina Kaif will reprieve her role as brand ambassador for the Xperia Z1,a position she held with the Sony Xperia Z. The expected launch date of September 18th is just two weeks after the introduction of the phone, which hints that India will probably be one of the first wave of countries to launch the model.

The phone is expected to be priced at 50,000 Rupees ($754 USD). The unit will focus on the rear camera with a 20.7MP sensor, Carl Zeiss optics and a Sony G lens. The latter two parts are what Sony uses for its point and shoot cameras, so you can expect exceptional photographs to be taken by the phone. Additionally, the camera will use Sony’s BIONZ image processing engine and it is expected to be the first phone to be able to shoot video at 4K resolutions. The device will also offer an augmented reality app called Info-eye that will be similar to Nokia's CityLens.

And remember those interchangeable lens we saw for iOS and Android? The magnetic mounted lens will be called EspressOn and are expected to also be unveiled on September 4th. One model is called the DSC-QX100 and it offers the same 20.2-megapixel sensor, f/1.8 aperture and 3.6x optical zoom as the RX-100 II point and shoot camera. The other EspressOn, the DSC-QX10, will be a cheaper model that includes an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor and an f/3.5-3.9 lens. Both models will have a power button, microphone and a display showing battery strength and SD Card status. The two lens will also have a tripod mount and shutter button. The DSC-QX100 will come with ring controls.

source: BGR (1), (2)

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Xperia Z1
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(15h 3G talk time)



1. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

50000? good luck!

6. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

According to source 50000 Rs is the estimated price. You cannot blame Sony for the price tag, Its probably due to depreciating Rupee/$ value.

12. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

True. But phones are pretty costly in India and there is no contract system. We have to pay the full price of the phone . Its sad

15. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I hope they'll price it in 40K range. I was surprise when they price XZ for 38K on release when I expect it to be 43K. I really hope that Sony will surprise me again with the price. I have only 40K for this phone But the depreciating Rupee really bothers me.

21. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Dont worry! Sony's prices fall faster than other brands.

22. sapibuntinx

Posts: 61; Member since: May 08, 2013

lol... gotta to agree with this, the only thing they are good at is increasing their useless bezel...

26. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

that's something loyal sony fans should be sad about. loyal fans buy the products as soon as they're available. a few months later, prices fall and they realize they've just been had.

30. garyyad

Posts: 10; Member since: May 22, 2012

the emi options are way better than contract.

8. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

i really hope that's not the price. compare that to the lg g2 which can be pre-ordered below $600. i believe in sony quality and premium-ness but if they want to capture some market share, they have to be willing to play some price wars first. samsung became what it is now because it marketed itself as the less expensive alternative. see how they won the television market now. they started selling less expensive sets when they were still playing catch up but now their TVs are already more expensive than sony. sony should try luring more buyers to try their products first by offering lower prices. they can adjust later once they already have enough market share.

31. ashdch99

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Seeing value of rupee falling quickly, its going to get priced even higher than that at first... but that simply isnt going to stop people from buying... even me.... :)

2. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

we know the specs, we know how it looks like, we know the launch date. what we need is the date it will be released to public to buy.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

50000 rs??? I probably have to put my house as pledge/pawn !!! but i love the phone though

17. htc_evo_3d

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

let us buy a good DSLR cam at this price . lol :)

4. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

PA did sony official told you about date and this Price?? or just playing simple tricks???

10. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

You definitely need to read the source article before you start pointing fingers.

5. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

GREAT. Sony need to speed up distribution WORLDWIDE to compete with Samsung/Apple.

23. sapibuntinx

Posts: 61; Member since: May 08, 2013

they need to distribute their bezels, lol...

7. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Sony is definitely considering India as a prime market for its Smartphones and Tablets. We were the first to receive the Xperia Z Ultra and now it seems we're gonna get the Xperia Z1 within a few weeks as well.. Great Job Sony!

9. Satnamreg

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

I'd say it's a decent price for this quality.

11. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Its Delhi not Dehli. :)

13. Hassan420i

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 23, 2013

the popularity of Sony Xperia phones is much greater than the other phones in India, with this factor and the size of population in India, Sony chose the right place to make profit :D

14. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

What does xperia Z doing on the photoviewer?

16. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Not New Dehli, it's New Delhi. Sounds good that Sony is launching it in India first, but but but see the price 50,000 Rupees ($ 754) which is very costly. I think they should price it around 35K to 40K Rupees ($ 530 - $600) which would be good to outsell. Bothering about depreciating Rupee value. :(


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24. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

your caps lock is broken...

20. philansel7

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

in this picture the bezels are not that huge compare to the leaked pictures i've seem lately !! love this one !

25. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

If you are looking at first picture then it's of Xperia Z, the Z1 is in second pic having camera with G lens and at top LHS.

27. mecool

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

if the price is between 40000 - 45000 it will help sony... if it is 50000 that will be a great mistake by sony....

29. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Sony has always the highest price. That is why i hate sony much

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