Parade: Sony Xperia Z1

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Sony packs major imaging upgrades into the much-awaited successor of the Xperia Z and the Xperia Z Ultra—a 20.7-megapixel sensor, BIONZ image processing technology, a G Lens, and loads of nifty apps to enhance your mobile photography experience and make your pictures look better than  ever. Its Timeshift function captures 61 images in just two seconds—30 frames before hitting the shutter, one upon shutter-press, and 30 more after. The camera app also has an integrated AR effects function that lets you overlay animations on your pictures. You also get Social live, a function that lets you livestream videos to Facebook, and Info-Eye, which gives you information on whatever item you shoot. Like its flagship predecessors, the Z1 is waterproof, has NFC capabilities, and 4G LTE support. On top of all these, you’ve got Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD) and a gorgeous five-inch, 1920 x 1080 screen with Triluminos and X-Reality technology to make pictures appear crisp, vivid, and lifelike.

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First published in Gadgets Magazine, October 2013