Sony Xperia Z1 'Honami' in crystal clear photo leak ahead of IFA launch

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Sony smartphone suiters, start your engines: the eagerly anticipated Xperia Z1 is set to be unveiled at IFA next week, and now we've got a snazzy round of images to really get things rolling.

Unlike previous hands-on photo leaks of the Xperia Z1, the set of snaps outed by Chinese website 365dian (as first spotted by the unofficial Xperia blog) are seriously glossy stuff, offering a crystal clear glimpse of Sony's next flagship smartphone and potentially confirming a number of its rumoured specifications.

For starters, there's the display, which looks nice and bright - neatly in line with our expectations of a Full HD, 5in screen. There's also a shot of the rear camera in evidence, apparently affirming its 20-megapixel, G-branded lens.

Other chit-chat has pointed to the Xperia Z1 packing a beefy 3,000mAh battery, and while the photos don't confirm or deny this, the forthcoming handset does seems to have a little bit more girth than its predecessor (the Sony Xperia Z), so there should be plenty of room for a powerhouse petrol tank.

Elsewhere, the Z1 is expected to sport a quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC. It's exact unveil is set for 4 September over in Germany, and as we'll be on the ground in Berlin throughout IFA, you can expect full coverage of the Xperia Z1 launch, including a live blog.

For more, check out Will Dalton's preview of IFA 2013 and be sure to bookmark our dedicated IFA hub.

All images: 365dian