Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE) (TYO:6758) has just launched its latest high end smart phone, the Xperia Z1. The new smart phone has the specs to be one of the best Android phones out there, particularly as it launches in between the Samsung and HTC upgrade cycles. The Xperia Z1 has a bunch of features Galaxy users can only dream of, including waterproofing and a “supercharged” processor.

Sony xperia z1

According to Cnet, the Xperia Z1 will feature a 20.7 megapixel camera. The camera will have a sensor size of 1/2.3-inch. That makes it much bigger thn the iPhone 5 or the HTC One, and comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S4. The sensor size still trails behind the Nokia Lumia 1020, which boasts the biggest sensor at 1/1.5-inch.

Sony Xperia Z1 design

The waterproofing in the Sony Xperia Z1 is similar to the technology used in its predecessor, the Sony Xperia Z. According to Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE) (TYO:6758) , the phone can be completely submerged to a depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes without any damage. That’s something no other major smart phone boasts, and it could be a big driver of sales for the Sony Xperia Z1.

The new phone is about the same size as the Xperia Z1. Its screen is 5 inches, and it has a resolution of 1080*1920, the same found in most HD televisions. The phone’s display technology has also seen an update, with Sony importing some of the tech that makes its Bravia screens so good at color accuracy and contrast.

Sony Xperia Z1 pricing and availability

The Sony Xperia Z1 will be released in the United States later this month according to Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE) (TYO:6758) . The price of the device was similarly left out of the specs driven launch event. Given the pricing of the previous Xperia line, this device is likely to be priced as a premium model at launch.

The Sony Xperia Z didn’t actually launch in the United States until June, when T-Mobile announced that it would offer the device. The phone is available from the carrier t $579.99, or as low as $99 with a contract.