Sony Xperia i1 Does Flagship Smartphone Imaging Right

Even as Samsung's idea of flagship imaging-focused smartphones revolves around stripping down everything else and strapping an overpowered camera to an otherwise mediocre device, Sony's isn't. The new Xperia i1 from Sony could see the company bettering the feature-set of its current flagship, the Xperia Z, with both better imaging, and a better processor.

The Xperia i1 could look a lot like the Xperia Z, albeit slightly thicker (10 mm vs. 7.9 mm), to accommodate the camera's optics, and probably a better battery. The device could embed a Sony Exmor 1/1.6" sensor in the 16-20 megapixel range, backed by Xenon flash, and post-processing secret sauce from Sony's Cyber-shot division. Now that the Xperia brand is firmly under Sony's control, it can freely marshal IP across its divisions.

It's not just better imaging, Xperia i1 could one-up Xperia Z with faster processing. There's talk of the device running Qualcomm's fastest chip, the Snapdragon 800, which tucks in four Cortex A15 cores clocked at 2.30 GHz, and Adreno 330 graphics. The current Xperia Z runs Snapdragon S4.

To support the fast processor, imaging, and xenon flash, Sony could drop in a fatter battery, in the range of 2,700 and 3,000 mAh. Xperia Z caps out at 2,330 mAh. Every other possible feature is identical to the Xperia Z, making the Xperia i1 imaging-enhanced flagship smartphone done right. One of kind, bravo!