Sony has announced a new flagship smartphone at the IFA 2013 electronics trade show today. The Sony Xperia Z1 is a waterproof and dustproof handset with a 5-inch screen and a 20.7 megapixel image sensor. It’ll run Android on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2 GHz processor.
Camera applications include live broadcasting to Facebook and an image-based search engine.
Kazuo Hirai, President and Chief Executive Officer for Sony, said “Xperia Z1 is a watershed moment for Sony. It marks the first time we’ve concentrated so many leading technologies, together with our full suite of entertainment content services, all in a single, beautifully designed mobile product. Only Sony has the broad and deep technology, plus the consumer electronics experience and most of all the benefit of customer dialogue to bring this sort of smartphone to market.”
The handset will be available later this month in a choice of black, white and purple.