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Sony Xperia Z


Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z (Xperia Series)
Graphics adapter
2048 MB 
5.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, capacitive, multi-touch, 10-finger, TFT, 5-inch display, Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2, mineral glas, 443 DPI, glossy: yes
16 GB SSD, 16 GB 
, onboard
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 millimeter headphone jack (CTIA), Card Reader: Micro-SD up to 64 GB, Sensors: A-GPS, Glonass, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, Micro-USB (2.0, MHL)
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0 (A2DP), UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1.900, 2.100 MHz), LTE (800, 1.800, 2.600 MHz), GSM (850, 900, 1.800, 1.900 MHz), NFC
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.9 x 71 x 139 ( = 0.31 x 2.8 x 5.47 in)
Lithium-Ion, 2330 mAh, integrated, 4.2 volt
Operating System
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Webcam: Rear camera: 13 Megapixel, 3920 x 2940, Autofocus, 1080p, 16x digital zoom, Geotagging, LED flash, Front camera: 2 MP
Additional features
Keyboard: virtual, QWERTY, Smartphone, modular power supply, USB cable, MicroSD card (2 GB), In-ear headset, documentation, Google Chrome, Google Play, Google Maps, Google Talk, PlayNow, TrackID, Walkman, xLoud, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, 24 Months Warranty, color options: black, white, and purple, dustproof and waterproof according to IP55/IP57, DNLA, HDMI via MHL (USB 2.0 adapter not included), Micro-SIM
146 g ( = 5.15 oz / 0.32 pounds), Power Supply: 61 g ( = 2.15 oz / 0.13 pounds)
649 Euro



Average Score: 88.91% - very good
Average of 11 scores (from 14 reviews)
price: 90%, performance: 76%, features: 67%, display: 79% mobility: 97%, workmanship: 97%, ergonomy: 76%, emissions: 89%

Reviews for the Sony Xperia Z

88% Review Sony Xperia Z Smartphone | Notebookcheck
Razor-sharp. The new Sony Xperia Z features a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and a corresponding pixel density of 443 ppi. In addition to the high-resolution display, the phone offers plenty of performance. The fairly substantial price of 650 Euros (~$850) raises expectations.
100% Sony Xperia Z review
Source: Expert Reviews English version
The Sony Xperia Z has the looks and the high-resolution screen to make it a worthy high-end smartphone. Currently, at least until the Samsung Galaxy S4 is released, its main competition is the similarly huge-screened HTC One. We prefer the HTC One's aluminium body, but if you don’t like the sweeping changes HTC has made to Android with its new Sense interface, you may prefer the more lightly-customised Xperia Z.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 100%
95% Sony Xperia Z review
Source: Techradar English version
There is so much to love about the Sony Xperia Z - and while there are some annoyances, they pale in comparison. Yes, we think it's a bit shoddy that we encountered software bugs, but we suppose they can be fixed easily enough, and they weren't bad enough that we had crashes or lost data. The only problem is, by the time that's happened, the competition from fellow Android manufacturers will have grown even fiercer. For now, for those who can afford it, we recommend it heartily.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/18/2013
Rating: Total score: 95%
80% Review: Sony's Xperia Z is the Aquaman of phones
Source: English version
The Xperia Z is a great phone—the waterproof feature is incredibly fun to play with, the camera is solid as long as you have enough light, and the screen is both beautiful and responsive. Sony couldn’t help but slap its logo on the front of the phone and its mediocre software all over the home screens, but since the hardware is so high quality, it’s hard to mind much. The HTC One’s superior speaker and low-light photography give it an edge, but the Xperia Z is right up there with the top-tier Android phones, especially for fans of Sony’s other products—or butterfingers who want a stylish phone they can drop in the toilet once in a while.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/10/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z Review
Source: Slashgear English version
The Xperia Z is a surprise. From our original review, we knew it was a solid performer, but even with the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One on the scene, it’s impressive how well it holds up to – and, in some cases, out-performs – its newer rivals. In fact, with all three flagships having shown their best side, we’re leaning toward judging the Xperia Z as the best all-round Android phone of the moment. At $99.99 down and then $20 per month – on top of service charges – for the duration of a two-year agreement, the Xperia Z is well priced, too. Great battery life, a highly capable camera, usable durability without the normal addition of heft, and sophisticated, discrete styling add up to a smartphone that rightly deserves the attention Samsung and HTC have been getting.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/10/2013
T-Mobile Sony XPERIA Z Review
Source: Ubergizmo English English version
If you decide to decide that T-mobile can become your carrier of choice (the WiFi calls would be my reason to switch), the XPERIA Z is a fine choice. It may not have the fastest hardware on paper, but it does possess a particularly responsive user interface which has nothing to envy from the fastest phones out there, on the contrary quite a few would gain to be as snappy. Overall, this is a very good phone that I think shouldn’t be judged on its hardware platform alone. Its design and relative ruggedness make it quite unique. We can’t give it an excellent rating because of the slightly slower hardware, but Sony came up with an excellent design and did a lot of great things in the software.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/10/2013
70% Sony Xperia Z
Source: Laptop Mag English version
The LG Optimus F3 packs some cool features like floating apps and Home button LED notifications into a lightweight design. However, while this Android phone is $29 with a 2-year contract, there are other devices in the same price range (or cheaper) that are much better. If you prefer compact smartphones, the 4-inch Samsung Galaxy Victory ($49) lasts longer on a charge than the F3.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/10/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
90% Sony Xperia Z review: stylish Android smartphone with robust design
Source: Tech Advisor English version
The Xperia Z is the first smartphone which Sony has really nailed. We love the stylish, desirable and rugged design. The combination of excellent performance, a stunning screen and great cameras make the Xperia Z a force to be reckoned with. There is very little to say about this phone that is negative.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 100% features: 90% workmanship: 100%
Sony Xperia Z
Source: IT Reviews English version
It’s not every day that you use a smartphone in heavy rain without a care, but the Sony Xperia Z is not an everyday phone. The Xperia Z is Sony’s current flagship android smartphone featuring IP55/IP57 dust and water resistance with toughened glass on the front and back. Overall we thought Sony's software layer on the Xperia Z was very helpful, perhaps the best interface and usability of the current batch of high-end smartphones.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/27/2013

Foreign Reviews

91% Sony Xperia Z
Source: Audio Video Foto Bild - Heft 5/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 91%
88% Sony Xperia Z
Source: PC News - Heft 01/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 88%
Sony Xperia Z
Source: Connect Freestyle - Heft 1/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
89% Sony Xperia Z
Source: PC News - Heft 1/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 89%
87% Sony Xperia Z
Source: Connect - Heft 2/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 87%
100% Primus der 2013er Generation
Source: German DE→EN version
Positive: very good hardiness; water- and dustproof
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/14/2013
Rating: Total score: 100%



Samsung is all you hear when it comes to high-end Android smartphones these days. However, Sony along with some others have tried their best to break this tradition. Just like HTC, Sony have tried to focus more on design and build quality rather than pure specs. The Sony Xperia Z is a good example for this. It is covered with an IP55/IP57 dust and water resistant glass on the front and back. The quality of this material gives an above premium feel and the only direct competitor to it might be the HTC One. All the outside ports including SIM slot, headphone port, and USB charger, are covered with rubber-like flaps and have to be closed to attain water and dust protection. The phone is able to detect if one or more of the flaps are open and reminds you to close them.

It is not only about the outside though. The Xperia Z is on-par with its main competitors, the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, in terms of specs, too. The front part is occupied with a 5-inch display featuring a full-HD resolution. The brain inside this device is a quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor, which has a native support for LTE networks. It handles multitasking just as well as the Galaxy S4 which is powered with a Octa-core processor. In terms of memory, this flagship device comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. The storage capacity can be expanded by using a memory card with up to 64GB. On the back of the Xperia Z there is a 13 MP camera with LED flash, which is capable of taking 1080p resolution videos. The Sony Xperia Z is still the best choice for a high-end Android smartphone if you’re looking for something that is tough both on the outside and inside.

Qualcomm Adreno 320: Integrated graphics card using unified shaders and supporting OpenGL ES 3.0

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

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

S4 Pro APQ8064A: High-end quad-core SoC for Android devices that includes four Krait cores and a Adreno 320 GPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


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0.146 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.

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.

From 2014, Sony has reduced the production of Vaio laptops and finally discontinued them. Sony is still present in the smartphone and tablet market, yet not among the Top 5 manufacturers.

88.91%: 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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Current Prices
Stefan Hinum, 2013-05-24 (Update: 2013-05-24)