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

Sony smartphone suiters, start your engines: the eagerly anticipated Xperia Z1 is set to be unveiled at IFA (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), the set of snaps outed by Chinese website 365dian (as first spotted by the unofficial Xperia blog (opens in new tab)) 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 (opens in new tab)), 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 (opens in new tab) and be sure to bookmark our dedicated IFA hub (opens in new tab).

All images: 365dian (opens in new tab)

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