Sony confirms September 4 announcement date in teaser video for new Xperia smartphone

Xperia Z1 water

Apparently social media is the place to be if you want to get the latest in Sony smartphone leaks straight from the source. Last week the company posted images of an upcoming Xperia smartphone to its Facebook page. Now, on Tuesday of this week, Sony tweeted a 30-second video clip showing the purported Xperia Z1 in the flesh. The video confirms the phone will become official with a September 4 announcement.

After showing some familiar images of the phone, the video ends with the phrase “The best of Sony is about to get better,” an Xperia logo, and the hashtag #Sept4. Now, other than a release date, there isn’t anything in this video we haven’t seen before. Physically, the phone looks nearly identical to its predecessor, the Sony Xperia Z. The video clip shows the phone being immersed in water, which suggests that, like the Xperia Z, it too will be water resistant.

The only other information I’m seeing here is some G-lens branding on the back of the phone, which fits in line with the rumors. The Xperia Z1 is expected to feature a 20.7-megapixel camera with f/2.3 aperture and the ability to capture 4K video at 30fps. Also expected is a 5-inch, 1080p display, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and 3,000mAh battery.

We’ll know all the details for sure next week. September 4 will be a busy day in the mobile world, as Samsung has also confirmed it will reveal the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch on the same day.


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