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Sony Xperia Z1

Specifications

Sony Xperia Z1Notebook: Sony Xperia Z1 (Xperia Series)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 330
Display: 5.0 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.169kg
Price: 649 euro
Average Score: 86.46% - good
Average of 24 scores (from 44 reviews)
price: 70%, performance: 86%, features: 80%, display: 80% mobility: 95%, workmanship: 86%, ergonomy: 76%, emissions: 92%

Reviews for the Sony Xperia Z1

89% Review Sony Xperia Z1 Smartphone | Notebookcheck
Freshly polished. Sony presents their updated Xperia Z with the latest hardware and a Full HD screen. The Japanese company's new family member has much more to offer than just a processor update, so we took a closer look for you. Read on to discover how Sony freshened up their smartphone...
80% Sony Xperia Z1 review
Source: Expert Reviews English
The Sony Xperia Z1 is a definite improvement over the Sony Xperia Z, but smartphones are still improving rapidly and it's actually lost ground the competition in the intervening six months. It has a great screen and a fast processer, while the arrival of Android 4.4 KitKat has improved things markedly. The camera on the Z1 is hugely dissapointing and lets the phone down badly, especially compared to the amazing cameras on the HTC One (m8) and Samsung Galaxy S5.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Metallic and waterproof
Source: Inside HW English
All in all, Xperia Z1 is a noticeably improved version of the predecessor. Sony implemented a lot of suggestions, and with the new hardware platform they have a powerful device that can deal with other top models. Owners of Xperia Z are in the clear, for them there’s not too much need to think about Z1, and the others who want a top Android smartphone with a 5-inch diagonal, Z1 is a device to be considered.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/04/2013
Getting it right on the second attempt: Sony Xperia Z1
Source: Reg Hardware English
If I’d bought an Xperia Z six months ago, I’d be a wee bit peeved that the new Z1 is so much better, but such are the perils of buying a smartphone these days. But be that as it may, the Z1 is a very fine bit of kit and is now my personal first choice Android dog’n’bone.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/18/2013
75% Sony Xperia Z1 Review
Source: Techspot English
Ultimately, it’s the camera that will sell the Xperia Z1, as it’s clearly the best aspect of this device. For users where the camera is less of a concern, I wouldn’t go so far to say the Xperia Z1 is the best device you can get. It’s certainly good, but the Samsung Galaxy S4, LG G2, Apple iPhone 5s, Google Nexus 5 and HTC One are arguably more complete devices across the board and are worth considering on the quest of finding a handset to get you through the next year or more.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/14/2013
Rating: Total score: 75%
Sony Xperia Z1 vs Nexus 5 comparison review: two high-end Android smartphones slug it out
Source: PC Advisor English
If you want to buy a SIM free smartphone, then we'd strongly advise you chose the Nexus 5, it's an amazing smartphone with top of the range specs with a ridiculously low price tag. However, if you want to take out a lengthy contract then it really is a closer contest where neither the Nexus 5 of Xperia Z1 will disappoint you.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 11/01/2013
70% Sony Xperia Z1 Review
Source: Ubergizmo English
With that said, the Xperia Z1 does have a nice 20.7MP camera with some interesting applications available that can possibly help make the device worth your time and money. If you need an Android device with a large megapixel camera and powerful specs, then the Xperia Z1 should be up your alley. Just don’t expect it to have anything else to set it apart from the rest of the pack.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/08/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Sony Xperia Z1 Review
Source: Tech2.in.com English
With the Z1 retailing online for Rs 41,700, it’s hands-down a better option than the Xperia Z Ultra and worth the premium over the Xperia Z. Within the Xperia family, the Z1 is Sony’s best offering yet as it fixes most of the nagging issues from its predecessor, which is always a good thing. The Z1 excels in the media department, is waterproof and dustproof, has a powerful chipset and good battery life. The new camera is also pretty impressive for macros but fails miserably in low-light, which is a real disappointment considering all the hype around its imaging prowess. It does have some very interesting apps for the camera though, so we’ll give Sony credit for that. The heating issue and the poor sunlight legibility are the other two major niggles we had with the phone.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/07/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Sony Xperia Z1 review
Source: Techradar English
The Xperia Z1 is another all-round great phone from Sony, just like the barely-out-of-short-trousers Xperia Z it replaces. It has a superb display at times, a large battery that easily sails through a day of hardcore use, and one of the best cameras we've seen on a mobile phone for both stills, 1080p capture and clever AR and live streaming toys. It's a Range Rover for the school run. A gold toilet seat. Having all the sport and film channels on a telly in the shed. You'll feel awesome with one in your pocket, but for an all-round device, it feels like Sony has dropped the ball on design and screen technology and gambled too hard on camera and screen tech - a move that didn't pay off fully.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/30/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 80% workmanship: 90%
80% Sony Xperia Z1 Review
Source: Think Digit English
This is essentially the Xperia Z's form factor, with the power of the Xperia Z Ultra. Simply put, the successor to the Xperia Z is on paper the most powerful smartphone available in India. It carries on with almost the same design tone, the water and dust resistance capabilities, but improves on the display, battery life and to a certain extent, the camera as well. It does cost a lot of money, which may make the potential customer think about the investment.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/27/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 90% features: 90% workmanship: 70%
Sony Xperia Z1 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone comparison review - which is the best Android phone?
Source: PC Advisor English
It's a close run thing, and we'd recommend you handle both of these handsets before you buy. The Note 3 is the better performer, but we're talking about a level of performance on both phones which is more than adequate for everything you need to do. It has a bigger, more colourful screen - but not everyone wants a huge screen and the Xperia Z1 has a sharper display anyway. Camera wise we'd err toward the Z1, but neither is earth-shatteringly good. And battery life is about even, albeit with the Z1 again marginally on top. They run similar software similarly well, and although only the Z1 is waterproof, they are both built to last. You pays your money you takes your chance. Two great phones that show how far Android has come.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 09/27/2013
90% Sony Xperia Z1 review: Xperia Z gets tuned but puts on weight
Source: PC Advisor English
Sony has upgraded its fantastic Xperia Z. The Xperia Z1 feels nicer but is unfortunately bigger and heavier. It's a powerhouse with an all-round impressive specification. Easily one of the best Android handsets around but the high price tag taints this slightly.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/25/2013
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% performance: 100% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
a high-spec cameraphone without the hump
Source: Engadget English
If we were being cynical, we'd say that the Xperia Z1 risks falling into the same trap as its predecessor. Sony has thrown everything it has into the new 20-megapixel camera module, and yet it hasn't managed to beat Nokia's flagship Windows Phone.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/24/2013
80% Sony Xperia Z1 review
Source: V3.co.uk English
The Xperia Z1 is the best smartphone Sony has ever released, proving that the firm is getting better at developing good, sturdy and stylish smartphones that are built to last. Thanks to its excellent touchscreen display, 20.7MP camera and slick performance, we think the Xperia Z1 handset gives the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and the Apple iPhone 5 – although it remains to be seen whether it can beat the new iPhone 5S – a run for their money, even if it does annoy those who have just invested in the now old flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/19/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Sony Xperia Z1 review
Source: T3 English
There’s a lot to this phone, and its high-end credentials are not in doubt. It looks good, feels great in your hand and the Sony speciality of waterproofness remains a key, if gimmicky, feature. The camera is good, though Nokia’s Lumia 1020 will give it a hard run. And though this phone is too big to suit every hand, if the size isn’t a problem this is a very powerful, fast, highly enjoyable handset.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Sony Xperia Z1 hands-on review: new flagship smartphone with 20.7MP camera
Source: PC Advisor English
On the face of it the Sony Xperia Z1 looks and feels just like the Xperia Z; the Xperia Z1 is still dust and waterproof like it’s junior, the real difference can be found in the impressive 20.7 Mp camera, as well as some minor internal hardware upgrades.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/07/2013
Sony Xperia Z1 review: Hands-on
Source: T3 English
At first glance, the Sony Xperia Z1 is an impressive phone. The camera spec alone is enough to tempt a photography enthusiast. Add to that the nifty creative features, the speedy processor and the pin-sharp screen and it seems Sony has again served up a smartphone to look- out for and one that can take on the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and Nokia Lumia 1020.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/06/2013
Sony Xperia Z1
Source: Gadgetmix English
Sony’s custom version of Android 4.3 with Xperia UI much like in Xperia Z. The new Sony Xperia Z1 should be in stores by the end of September in purple, black and white. Price it yet unknown, but we can assume it would move around the current Xperia Z prices, that is around $500.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/06/2013
Hands on: Sony Xperia Z1 review
Source: Techradar English
The Sony Xperia Z1 is definitely another step forward from the brand that's going from strength to strength in the smartphone market. Given it's not likely to command the mega cost of the Lumia 1020, the Z1 is a decent phone that will rival the Galaxy S4 on the shop shelves - so if you can get over the bulk, it's one of the most exciting smartphones to check out this year.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/04/2013
Sony Xperia Z1 preview
Source: Stuff TV English
As for other specs, the Z1 offers NFC, 16GB of expandable storage (a microSD slot supports up to 64GB cards) along with a large 3,000mAh battery to keep everything running for at least a day of use. Sony's familiar power saving features are also baked into Android, promising to squeeze out every bit of juice by turning off updates and connections when the device is idle.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/02/2013
100% Sony Xperia Z1 review
Source: Stuff TV English
A beautiful slab of smartphone, the Xperia Z1 improves on the great start made by the Xperia Z. It’s great-looking, fast and has a lovely screen - if you ignore the narrow viewing angles. Sony’s light skinning of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean works well (an update to 4.4 Kit Kat is rumoured to be coming in early February), with some useful own-brand apps such as Video Unlimited, although you can certainly bin a couple of others. We love a smartphone that’s designed to resist the punishment of everyday use, and while it’s not the most rugged of phones, the 1.5m waterproofing is the sort of feature that we’d like to see more manufacturers adding as standard.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/20/2013
Rating: Total score: 100%

Foreign Reviews

91% Sony Xperia Z1
Source: Audio Video Foto Bild - Heft 5/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 91%
Sony Xperia Z1
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Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2014
Sony Xperia Z1
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99% Sony Xperia Z1
Source: SFT - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 99%
99% Sony Xperia Z1
Source: SFT - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 99%
89% Sony Xperia Z1
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 89%
Edel-Smartphone mit Anbindung ans Sony-Universum
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/10/2013
91% Sony Xperia Z1
Source: Computerbild - Heft 25/2013 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 91% features: 91%
87% Sony Xperia Z1
Source: Connect - Heft 1/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 87% features: 81% mobility: 100%
80% Sony Xperia Z1
Source: Android Magazin - Heft 1/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
88% Sony Xperia Z1
Source: Android Welt - Heft 1/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 88%
89% Sony Xperia Z1
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 1/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 89% mobility: 88%
Sony Xperia Z1
Source: Connect - Heft 12/2013 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/01/2013
84% Sony Xperia Z1
Source: Connect - Heft 12/2013 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 84%
Sony Xperia Z1
Source: Android User - Heft 12/2013 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/01/2013
100% Sony Xperia Z1
Source: Connect - Heft 11/2013 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 100%
99% Sony Xperia Z1
Source: SFT - Heft 11/2013 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 99%
85% Sony Xperia Z1
Source: Connect - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 85%
High-End für die Hosentasche
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Positive: appealing design; waterproof body; very good performance; good camera; pleasant format Negative: mediocre voice quality
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/05/2014
Sony Smartphone Xperia Z1
Source: Area DVD German DE→EN
Positive: outstanding device
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/30/2013
Edel-Smartphone mit Anbindung ans Sony-Universum
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Positive: premium smartphone; good camera Negative: large and heavy chassis
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/05/2013
Die S-Klasse unter den Smartphones?
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Positive: premium smartphone; efficient CPU; very good display
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/26/2013
Sony Xperia Z1 Smartphone
Source: Allround-PC.com German DE→EN
Positive: successful update; high quality workmanship and design; water- and dustproof
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/25/2013
Neuer Konkurrent für S4 und HTC One
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Positive: elegant design; ragged device; efficient hardware; good camera
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/10/2013

Comment

Model:

Sony has come up with yet another phone to further strengthen its hold in the phone industry. The Sony Xperia Z1 is a flagship phone with excellent specifications. It is powered by a Quad Core Snapdragon 800 2.2 GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM to allow users a smooth and seamless experience in terms of performance. The 20.7 MP camera is probably one of its most attractive features. Since the Z1 is also water-proof, the users can also take pictures underwater!

It comes with 16 GB of native memory and like most other phones, it can be upgraded with a micro SD card. The 3000 mAh battery sounds really large on paper, but since the phone comes with rather high specifications, it's only sufficient for a day of usage. The 5 inch screen has a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels which gives it 441 ppi. Sadly, colors and contrast of the display do not match up to the clear and sharp pictures.

All in all, the Sony Xperia Z1 gives good hardware and software. It isn't the best phone in the market but it certainly does its job. The waterproof feature coupled with the ability to take pictures underwater makes it unique, but whether or not someone will buy this phone purely based on that is another issue altogether.

Qualcomm Adreno 330: Integrated graphics card in some Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs, supports OpenGL ES 3.0

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


800 MSM8974:

High-end ARM SoC with 4 CPU cores up to 2.3 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU up to 450 MHz. Based on Qualcomm's Krait 400 architecture and is manufactured in a 28nm HPM process.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


5.0": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.169 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


Sony: Sony Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Japan. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video game consoles, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its name is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound. The company was founded 1946 with another name and renamed in 1958. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its five operating segments—electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music), financial services and other. Sony is a notebook manufacturer of medium size according international market shares.

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86.46%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.


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» Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
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» Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport
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» Amazon Fire
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» Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
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» Asus PadFone X
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 9.0", 0.514 kg
» LG G3
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.5", 0.149 kg
» Samsung Galaxy S5
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.1", 0.145 kg
» Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
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» Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE-Version
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 10.1", 0.477 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 8.4", 0.331 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 12.2", 0.753 kg
» Sony Xperia Z2
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» LG Optimus G Pro 2
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» Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 4.3", 0.137 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-09- 8 (Update: 2013-09- 8)