Sony Xperia Z1

Sony offers a worthy successor to the original Xperia Z

We're hot off the heels of Sony's press conference here at IFA 2013 in Berlin where it has just announced its latest flagship phone, the Xperia Z1. Just as the name would lead you to expect the Xperia Z1 is a logical next step from the Xperia Z, which was announced back in January at CES. The Z1 builds on the design language of its predecessor with a similar shape, design elements like a metal circular power button and a glass back.

Inside you'll find much-welcomed spec upgrades with a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 3000mAh battery, 16GB of storage and an SDcard slot. Working to improve on its display technology, Sony has a 5-inch 1080p 'Triluminos" display on the Xperia Z1, which offers a wider palette of colors and better clarity. Naturally the phone is completely water resistant, and can be completely submerged without issue.

The big story here is the camera though, and we're looking at a drastically larger 20.7MP 1/2.3-type Exmor RS sensor here with a f/2.0 aperture, Sony "G Lens" and dedicated image processing engine. Sony claims that the Xperia Z1 also offers 3x digital zoom with no loss in clarity, likely possible because of the raw megapixels at play here.

Backing up the newly improved optics are several camera features, many of which are evolutions of what we've seen in previous interfaces from Sony and other manufacturers. New modes like "Timeshift burst" take 61 images in 2 seconds both before and after you touch the shutter to get just the right shot.

Stick around for a full image gallery and hands-on video of the Sony Xperia Z1.