Sony launches Xperia Z1 Android flagship phone at IFA event

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In-line with rumors, Sony's (SNE +1.2%) Xperia Z1 (codenamed Honami) sports a 20.7MP camera, replete with a high-end sensor and large aperture, and Qualcomm's (QCOM +0.9%) top-of-the-line Snapdragon 800 CPU (quad-core, 2.2 GHz.). (live blog)

It also features a 5" 1080p display (similar to the Xperia Z, but the LCD panel has been upgraded), a unibody aluminum case (very iPhone-like), waterproofing, a giant 3,000 mAh battery, and Facebook livestreaming support.

Sony has also launched its anticipated QX10/100 "lens camera" accessories (previous), which are compatible with 3rd-party Android and iOS hardware, and a second-gen SmartWatch. The Verge calls the latter device an improvement over its predecessor, but doesn't like its €199 price tag.

4K-capable projectors, camcorders, and Bravia TVs are also being shown off, as are new VAIO PCs.

Thanks to healthy Japanese/European demand, Sony's smartphone sales have grown rapidly this year in spite of having a strong high-end tilt at a time when industry growth has been shifting towards low-end/mid-range devices. The company is counting on the Z1 and the 6.4" Xperia Z Ultra to help maintain that momentum.