There’s some interesting activity going on if you head over to the Sony Mobile Facebook page right now. Two new smartphone images have been posted, along with some cryptic messages leading me to believe that we’re getting our first real glimpse at the rumored Xperia Z1.
The first picture, posted on Thursday, is of a side-mounted power button, which Sony has been hoping to make an iconic feature of its Xperia line. There’s a hashtag in the corner that reads #bestofSony and the only accompanying text says “It’s the smartphone everyone’s been talking about… not long now.” The second image, posted on Friday, shows a phone immersed in water, again with the same hashtag, but this time with the message “About to make a splash…”
All signs point to the Xperia Z1 (codenamed Honami), which has been rumored for a few weeks now. Sony provides no other information on its Facebook page, but the phone is believed to feature a 5-inch, 1080p display and be powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. More interesting is the rumored 20.7-megapixel camera, with G lens and f/2.3 aperture, capable of recording 4K video at 30fps. And the image of the phone underwater gives credence to the belief that it will be dust, shatter, shock and waterproof with an IP55/58 rating.
Physically, these images look quite similar to Sony’s most recent flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z. That phone also features a 5-inch, 1080p screen and meets IP55 and IP57 ratings for dust and water resistance. So the Xperia Z1 might wind up looking a lot its predecessor, though if the rumors prove to be true, its specs are a significant upgrade.
Sony is holding an event on September 4 where it is believed to be launching its new DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lenses for mobile handsets. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Xperia Z1 makes an appearance that day as well.