Complete Sony Xperia Z1 Review, Specs, Features and Price

Sony flagship smartphone Xperia Z1 was one of the headliners of IFA 2013. The company has tried to take into account the past mistakes and equipped the device with an interesting set of characteristics. Let’s see what Sony has managed to beat the competition.

Sony Xperia Z1 design

Sony Xperia Z1

At first glance, Z1 is not much different from its predecessor. Their design is almost identical. The front and rear of the new smart phone is also made of tempered glass. On the right side of the device is a slot for memory cards microSD, key lock / unlock the screen and directly beneath the volume rocker. And there is a separate button for the camera.

On the left side of the Sony Xperia Z1 casing can see the microphone connector, microUSB, as well as contacts for the magnetic charger. As a result, you can charge your smartphone in two ways. At the top of the device you will find a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and the bottom – the external speaker. The dimensions of Sony Xperia Z1 are as 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm vs. 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm of Xperia Z.

Sony Xperia Z1

In general, despite the weight of 170 grams, the Xperia Z1 in the hand is very comfortable and good. In this case, the unit felt lighter than it actually is.

As for the design, then in my opinion, the Xperia Z was very successful, and its repetition in the Sony Xperia Z1 is natural. In the case of glass, this smartphone looks very stylish.


Waterproof and dust resistant

According to the manufacturer, Xperia Z1 has a degree of protection to the classification IP55/IP58. This means that the smartphone is fully protected against ingress of water, but its body be exposed to a small amount of dust, which should not affect the performance. In water, Z1 may be located at a depth of 1.5 meters is not longer than 30 minutes. Thus, the smartphone can be washed, swim with you, but not diving.

General idea is to make the device protected from dust and water, and thus does not reflect this in the design is just great.
Xperia Z1 is equipped with a 5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (because of the navigation keys on the screen, in fact, the resolution is 1776 x 1080 points), and support technology X-Reality.

Sony Xperia Z1 display came out sharp and very bright, sometimes it seems that the colors are too loosened and non-natural look. At the same time, the screen has excellent viewing angles and a wide dimming range.

At the core of Sony Xperia Z1 is the platform 4-core processor Snapdragon MSM8974 800, clocked at 2.2 GHz and Adreno 330 graphics system. RAM is 2 GB for the device (after the system is available 1750 MB) and built-in – 16 GB (in fact – 12,072 MB), it can be expanded by another 64 GB through cards microSD. This set of characteristics allowed the Xperia Z1 in AnTuTu benchmark to score 26,288 points, which is an excellent result.

Sony Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia Z1 the smartphone has a 20.7-megapixel camera with a 1/2 ,3-inch sensor Exmor RS CMOS, BIONZ processor and high-aperture wide-angle Sony G (F2.0, focal length 27 mm). The camera can do 2, 3, 8 and 20-megapixel photos. Maximum photo size is 5248 x 3936 points.

In addition, the camera settings feature different shooting modes. You can take photos in automatic mode or switch to manual settings. Among the features of the camera, there are unusual, for example you can take a photo and immediately send it to Evernote.


Operating system

Xperia Z1 works under the operating system Android 4.2.2 with its own shell of Sony. Company is not heavily modified the system so it is running fast, smooth and beautiful effects.

Sony Xperia Z1


In Sony Xperia Z1 installed 3000 mAh battery. This batter is enough for nearly 7 hours of continuous video playback, and 110 hours of music backup.


The Sony has turned a smartphone with a good set of features. On one model of the company is trying to meet the demands of an increasing number of users. But whether it is, it can be said only after full review of Xperia Z1 and soon we will publish complete review, stay tuned with us.

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