Power and Smartness in a Premium Smartphone Sony Xperia® Z1 Smartphone Coming to Canada in October 2013

Power and Smartness in a Premium Smartphone Sony Xperia® Z1 Smartphone Coming 
to Canada in October 2013 
--  Combines the very best of Sony's technology in a slim, 

        waterproof and beautifully designed Android smartphone

TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Sony Mobile Communications ("Sony Mobile") 
today introduced that the Xperia Z1, a premium waterproof1 smartphone that 
combines the very best of Sony's technology with a unique and groundbreaking 
camera experience, will launch in Canada with multiple carriers including 
Bell, Rogers and TELUS in mid-October 2013.

"Xperia Z1 delivers Canadians a powerful and sophisticated waterproof 
masterpiece crafted from premium metal and glass as we bring unforgettable 
experiences to life for our customers," said Tim Hernquist, Vice President of 
Marketing for North America, Sony Mobile Communications. "By bringing the 
power of Sony to the smartphone we are setting a new standard for premium 

Capture compact digital camera quality pictures and video

The elegant, 5" Xperia Z1 is the latest addition to Sony's premium Z series of 
products and brings Sony's proven world-class technologies to the smartphone 
like never before - including the very best of Sony's camera expertise. Xperia 
Z1 features Sony's award-winning "G Lens" with a 27mm wide angle and bright 
F2.0 aperture, custom made large 1/2.3-type CMOS image sensor Exmor RS for 
mobile with 20.7MP and a BIONZ for mobile image processing engine. The 
combination of these technologies delivers a similar level of quality and 
performance as a conventional compact digital camera in a slim, waterproof 

Independent testing has confirmed that Xperia Z1 provides the best overall 
image quality of all leading Android smartphones(2). This means that Xperia Z1 
captures beautiful, sharp and bright images even in lowlight conditions. High 
shutter speeds and 3x clear image zoom also prevents shots from being blurred 
while enabling them to be captured at distance.

Enjoy more than just taking photos and videos with a smart, social camera

Xperia Z1 takes the conventional camera experience to a whole new level by 
including an innovative set of Xperia Camera Applications that deliver new 
experiences. Applications at launch include:
    --  Social live: Broadcast precious moments live from Xperia Z1 to
        Facebook and get your friends' comments right on your screen.
    --  Info-eye™: Innovative visual search function that
        provides related information on items such as books or wine
        simply by capturing them with the camera.
    --  Timeshift burst: Capture the perfect shot every time - Xperia
        Z1 takes 61 images in 2 seconds - a second before and after
        pressing the shutter - so you can scroll back and forth to find
        the perfect image.
    --  AR effect: Overlay a selection of fun, customizable animations
        to create pictures using Sony's SmartAR(TM) augmented reality

Imagery on a smartphone screen has never looked so real

Thanks to the inclusion of Sony's BRAVIA TV technology, Xperia Z1 features 
Sony's unique TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, creating a wider palette of rich 
natural colours for an outstanding, immersive viewing experience. It also 
includes X-Reality for mobile - Sony's intelligent super resolution technology 
which analyzes each image and optimizes the quality to deliver super sharp 

Beautiful design with high power and performance

Xperia Z1 also includes all of the features consumers have come to expect of a 
Sony smartphone. It combines Sony's acclaimed OmniBalance design with premium 
materials and precision engineering in a slim waterproof and dust resistant 
smartphone (IP55 & IP58). A solid one-piece aluminium frame with tempered 
glass on the front and back ensures beauty and durability as well as a 
consistent viewing experience from different angles.

Xperia Z1 features the fully integrated Qualcomm(®) Snapdragon™ 800 
processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and 4G LTE to provide a seamless 
connected entertainment experience and amazing speed. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 
800 processor features the latest GPU and dual ISP for incredible graphics, 3D 
games and videos. The Xperia Z1 also includes a 3000 mAh battery for a high 
battery performance. Sony's Battery STAMINA Mode automatically turns off 
functions to save power when you don't need them and restarts them when you do.

Out of the box entertainment with Sony's media applications and technologies

Xperia Z1 integrates PlayMemories Online(3), a cloud-based image and video 
service that is integrated into the Album application. A new 'All Sync' 
feature enables users to instantly auto-upload all of their photos without 
storage limitation(3).

Sony's "WALKMAN" and Movies applications are also included and provide access 
to more than 22 million songs on the "WALKMAN" app through Music Unlimited and 
more than 150K movies and TV series on the Movies app through Video 
Unlimited(2) from Sony Entertainment Network.

Xperia Z1 comes with an incredible entertainment offer that includes five 
great movies plus an exclusive movie access pass to the digital release of 
Sony Pictures' summer blockbuster as well as a two-month free trial of Sony's 
Music Unlimited(4) streaming service plus ten games from PlayStation Mobile.

Xperia Z1 also brings Sony's audio expertise to play with Sony's ClearAudio+ 
which automatically optimizes the audio experience without the need to adjust 
individual settings.

Xperia Z1 key specifications
    --  Dust-resistant and waterproof (IP55 & IP58), with acclaimed
        OmniBalance design featuring durable tempered glass and solid
        one-piece aluminium frame
    --  Sony's "G Lens": A lens with F2.0 and wide angle 27mm as well
        as 3x clear image zoom.
    --  BIONZ for mobile: Image processing engine with the algorithm
        from Sony's leading digital compact cameras. It ensures
        pictures have less noise, fast auto-focus as well as high
        stable images for video shooting, preventing shots from being
    --  1/2.3-type Exmor RS for mobile CMOS image sensor with 20.7MP:
        high sensitivity sensor capturing huge amounts of detail for
        sharp, crisp images, even in low-light conditions.
    --  Xperia Camera Applications such as Social live which broadcast
        to Facebook. More applications will be available to download
        from Sony Select.
    --  Qualcomm Snapdragon™800 quad-core 2.2 Ghz processor, 3000
        mAh battery, 4G LTE
    --  Memory: RAM 2 GB, Flash memory up to 16 GB, Expansion slot
        microSD™ card, up to 64 GB.
    --  Xperia Z1 will launch on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean).
    --  Available in black, white and purple colour variants.  Check
        with your carrier for colour availability at launch.

(1) In compliance with IP55 and IP58, Xperia Z1 is protected against the ingress of dust and is
    waterproof. Provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone is (i) protected against
    low pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP 55; and/or (ii) can
    be kept under 1.50 metre of freshwater for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP58. The phone is not
    designed to float or work submerged underwater outside the IP55 or IP58 classification range that may
    lead to your warranty will being void.

(2) Based on consumer research conducted by Strategy Analytics conducted on 23(rd) August 2013

(3) Subject to market availability

(4) Sony Entertainment Network services are subject to availability by region. Please visit
    for more details. Additional fees may apply
    Also the number of tracks available from this catalogue varies by country and may be fewer than

About Sony Mobile Communications

Sony Mobile Communications is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, a 
leading global innovator of audio, video, game, communications, key device and 
information technology products for both the consumer and professional 
markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online 
businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and 
entertainment company in the world. Through its Xperia™ smartphone and 
tablet portfolio, Sony Mobile Communications delivers the best of Sony 
technology, premium content and services, and easy connectivity to Sony's 
world of networked entertainment experiences. For more information: 

1) Facts and features may vary depending on local variant. 2) Operational 
times are affected by network preferences, type of SIM card, connected 
accessories and various activities e.g. playing games. Kit contents and colour 
options may differ from market to market. The full range of accessories may 
not be available in every market. 3) Icons displayed are for illustrative 
purposes only. The homescreen may appear different in your product. Some 
features may not be available in your country or area.

Sony, make.believe, WALKMAN, WALKMAN W logo, Sony Entertainment Network, 
PlayMemories Online, Exmor RS, G Lens, BIONZ, SmartAR, BRAVIA are trademarks 
or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. Xperia, TrackID are trademarks 
or registered trademarks of Sony Mobile Communications AB. PlayStation is a 
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