Megapixel wars come to Android world

Megapixel wars come to Android world

Another IFA release, the Sony Xperia Z1, despite looking very similar to the one-year-old Xperia Z, it has one very significant difference - a 20.7 megapixel camera.

Like Nokia's 41-megapixel PureView on Windows Phone, its oversampling allows a smaller size image stored on the phone.

Sony's Z1 does the same, taking an 8-megapixel image in automatic mode, which is wise because, do you really want a full size 20.7 megapixel image? Half of the pro DSLR cameras don't even give you that.

Hardware

The hardware specs are flagship-worthy, clocked at 2.2GHz with the quad core Snapdragon 800 processor but a 2GB RAM, lag will probably be the last thing on your mind.

It also has the ever-so-important microSD expansion slot, which is probably 20 times more important than a fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC connectivity.

The screen is a standard 5-inch full HD 1080p with Sony's Bravia Engine, and Triluminos technology making videos and pictures crystal clear.

Viewing angles can get tricky on the Z1, but I've never been crazy about sharing what I'm looking at with people. So if you're like me, then it's not going to be an issue.

The Z1 also has a very generous 3,000mAh battery which should have no problem going a full day for a heavy user.

Lighter users can probably see the phone run more than a day with one charge.

Of course, the best feature of Sony's smartphones are two things: the design and its water- and dust- proof capabilities that have both been beefed up with the Z1.

Sure you won't tell the difference between the Z, Z1 and even ZR, but the Z1 has an improved frame, making it more solid with a nice piece of glass on both sides.

Its headphone jack no longer comes with the annoying flap, and you are still able to submerge it under water with no problems.

The bad thing about it looking so good is that because it's a perfect rectangle, is the way it sits in your hands.

Full of edges, the Z1 is somewhat hard to hold, but regardless, looks beautiful in your hand.

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