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<a href=""> Sony Xperia Z1 </a>


The Sony Xperia Z1 builds on the history of its maker, with the firm being a long-standing, trusted name that has had a slew of recent successes with its Xperia range. The Xperia Z1 is a high-end smartphone that shows the Japanese manufacturer isn’t content with resting on its former glories.

Sony’s new flagship is a stylish and powerful handset that features a 20.7 megapixel camera, and joins a line up that includes the massive Xperia Z Ultra phablet and the earlier Xperia Z. The latter smartphone only emerged in January this year and still stands amongst the best handsets available, proving to be a strong contender in the battle against Samsung’s range and the popularity of the iPhone.

In fact rumours are already circulating about the Xperia Z2 smartphone, with the handset being pencilled in for a high-profile 2014 release. The firm has only just unveiled its latest device, the excellent Xperia Z1, but its clearly not letting the grass grow under its feet where its mobile range is concerned.

Smartphone style

What is most distinctive about these devices is that they all look very similar, but with their own small, unique touches they’re easy to tell apart. Sony’s designers have created a basic idea for their handsets that is taken in a slightly different direction as each one emerges.

Featuring a minimalist, square-edged design and sleek frame, each handset is also water resistant, something that has made for some really impressive demo videos as they are launched. While many people avoid dunking their smartphone in water, this extra level of defence could prove very useful if the handset gets splashed accidentally.

Being water resistant doesn’t come without drawbacks though, and we’ve found that the plastic flaps that cover the Xperia Z1’s external ports look very fragile. It would be a nightmare if they broke off, since not only would the device no longer be water resistant but it would make a big difference to how good it looks too.


Distinctive design

Sony has certainly created a distinctive range of smartphones that stand out from the crowd. You can spot a Sony device now in the same way that you can recognise those made by other companies, just from the shape of the bodywork. This could well make people who buy them feel more proud of their handset.

If the Xperia Z2 emerges as suggested it will no doubt be an incredibly powerful device that will reach a standard not yet seen in the flagships of 2013. The camera could be even better than that on the Xperia Z1, and other features will no doubt be improved too.

However, it could be a safe bet that Sony will stick with the distinctive and stylish design trend that has been seen on all its latest flurry of Xperia smartphones, continuing the huge success predicted for the new Xperia Z1 flagship.

This guest post was written by Chris Helsby of Phones 4u, the mobile upgrade experts and home of #project upgrade