Sony Xperia Z1 launching in India on September 18, plus more information about the Sony attachable lens

August 28, 2013

Sony Honami

As the rumors surrounding the upcoming Sony Xperia Z1, codenamed Honami, continue to grow, there’s some great news for Indian fans who are eagerly waiting for the device. According to a BGR India report, the Sony Xperia Z1 will launched in India on September 18 during a press event in New Delhi.

Considering the fact that the device is expected to be announced at a pre-IFA event on September 4, such an early release date means that India is going to be one of the first countries where the smartphone will be available. According to the report, Sony has roped in Katrina Kaif to be the brand ambassador for the Xperia Z1 once again.

As a reminder, the Xperia Z1 is expected to feature a 5-inch 1080p (Full HD) Triluminos display, 2.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a 3,000 mAh battery, and of course, the highly anticipated 20.7MP rear camera featuring a Sony G Lens, BIONZ image processing, and 4k  video recording capabilities. Unfortunately, due to current foreign exchange rates, the Xperia Z1 is expected to cost around Rs 50,000 (~$800), so unless things better soon, the device is going to be quite expensive.

sony attachable lens

In other news, a lot more information is now available about the previously rumored smartphone attachable lens from Sony has now come to light, including a possible September 4 announcement during Sony’s press event. According to another BGR India report, there will be two lens attachments. One is the DSC-QX100, which features a 20.2-MP sensor, f/1.8 aperture, and 3.6x optical zoom, similar to the recently launched RX-100 2 point and shooter camera. The other version, the DSC-QX10 will feature an 18MP CMOS sensor and a f/3.5-3.9 lens, similar to the WX-150 camera.

Both lenses will feature a dedicated power button, microphone, display panel for battery life and SD card status, a tripod mount, dedicated shutter button, and zoom lever, and will connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth. The more expensive of the two, the DSC-QX100, will also feature manual ring controls. Finally, the attachable camera lenses, which can be used with both iOS and Android devices, is expected to be called EspressOn.

What are your thoughts? Are Indian fans of Sony excited about the release of the Sony Xperia Z1? Are the Sony attachable lenses a product you’ll consider buying? Let us know in the comments section below.

Comments

  • Arr rupee..

    50k?!?.. Hope it’s not true.

    • K.

      I have no idea what the usual indian prices are but AA has given a lot of misleading information about the xperia prices. For instance, they keep saying that the xperia Z ultra’s price in the UK is £800 based on a price they saw on Amazon UK (the new price on Amazon UK is now £499) while Clove and Expansys had it on pre-order for ~ £600 (now the prices are £612 and £485 respectively). Moreover the current Amazon.com price is $655. This Honami’s price should be below the price of the Z ultra. I have just looked at the indian price on flipkart.com and it is available at 44,599. I think the Honami will be priced the same as the Xperia Z when it was released.

  • thejus

    Awesome……..
    Now Only if they work on reducing the price tag.

    • weed

      Can’t blame Sony for the fall in value of India’s currency.

  • End in sight

    Love those lenses!

    If Katrina is selling the Z1, who will be settling the ExpressOn, I wonder?

  • Vishal Khedkar

    Too much excited but the rupee-dollar battle has upset me… :(

    • K.

      Wait for the phone to be available before being upset. The price should be lower than the Z ultra’s which is available for Rs 44,599 (on flipkart).

      • Vishal Khedkar

        Ummm… can’t be sure about the rupee. Today it fell by 4 rupees and reached 68. Who knows what will happen till Sep 18?

        • K.

          OK! Maybe the dollar or the pound prices are more relevant then. Right now on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, the Xperia Z Ultra is retailed at $650 and £499 respectively. Therefore, the Honami/Z1 will never sell for ~$800. In the Z Ultra review, AA said that the phone was going to be available for ~$800 based on a price of £800 on Amazon UK (which was never a realistic price). At the same time (of the review), the price on other UK website has ~£600 but AA never bothered to look at other stores (even after the comments on the review).

          Anyway, I can’t wait for this phone to be available.

  • Balraj

    Guys in coming weeks smartphone prices in India will go up by 15% !!!!
    My dream of buying lg g2 is also shattered…. :’(
    Wait until elections get over ppl..until then govt won’t do anything ;-)

  • RADZIE

    Yugatech reported, Sony will held Xperia Z1 press launch in Malaysia on September 5.

  • Tony Torres

    That’s messed up I just got the Xperia this week

  • Manjunatha Koppal

    What will be the price