Sony Xperia Z1 video tease confirms IFA September 4 reveal, plus waterproof features

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Looking to drum up some interest ahead of next month’s IFA showcase, Sony have just tweeted a teaser video, showing off a few more moodily-lit glimpses of the company’s next flagship phone, rumoured to be called the Xperia Z1.

The video sees the handset get a good slow-mo water dunking, as well as focussing in on the smartphone’s camera, revealing a dedicated shutter button and suggesting that the snapper onboard should be something special.

At the close of the clip, Sony also give the hashtag #Sept4, all-but-confirming that the handset will be making its debut at IFA 2013 on September 4.

Leaked specs so far suggest that the Xperia Z1 will feature a 5-inch 1080p display, and make use of the speedy Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, backed by 2GB of RAM. 16GB of internal storage is thought to be onboard, expandable with microSD cards, while 4G LTE, NFC and a 3,000mAh battery are also set for inclusion.

As for that camera, it’s rumoured to be a 20MP number. With Nokia already touting a 41MP unit in the Lumia 1020 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 said to be capable of 4K video recording, Sony’s better have some tricks up its sleeve if (as the teaser suggests) its going to be a headline feature.

Gerald Lynch