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

The Sony Xperia Z1 is expected to launch in India on September 18. Plus, we have some more information on the Sony attachable lenses for smartphones.
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.