Sony announces the Xperia Z1, a waterproof smartphone with a 20.7-megapixel camera

Gigaom

Though it wasn’t exactly a well-kept secret, Sony(s sne) on Wednesday took the wraps off of its next-generation Xperia Z1 smartphone. A sequel of sorts to this year’s Xperia Z, the Xperia Z1 combines a sleek, waterproof body with a whopping 20.7-megapixel camera sensor.

The Xperia Z1 features a 5-inch 1080p TFT display, powered by Sony’s Triluminos technology. A 2.2GHz Qulacomm(s qcom) Snapdragon 800 processor and Adreno 330 graphics should keep things moving along nicely. And 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (along with a microSD card slot) and a 3,000mAh battery round out the spec list.

The most interesting new feature here is the camera, which Sony claims is the “world’s leading camera in a smartphone,” and has apparently confirmed as much through “independent testing.” I can’t be sure of that yet, but on paper the features are promising. Sony is using a 1/2.3-inch 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS…

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