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Key Specs
  • Display 5.00-inch (1080x1920)
  • Processor Qualcomm MDM9215M
  • Front Camera 2.2MP
  • Rear Camera 13.1MP
  • RAM 2GB
  • Storage 16GB
  • Battery Capacity 2330mAh
  • OS Android 4.1
  • Market StatusReleased
  • Release DateJanuary 2013

Sony Xperia Z Review

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Brilliant HD screen
  • Excellent build quality
  • Dust and Water proof
  • Great performance
  • Decent battery back-up
  • Bad
  • Gets hot even after limited usage
  • Screen viewing angles could have been better
  • Low light photos appear grainy

Sony launched the Xperia Z, its new flagship smartphone in the Indian market in the first week of March. The USP of the phone is its 5-inch 1080p HD display, in addition to its water and dust resistant build, and a 13.1-megapixel camera. It's the second phone after the HTC Butterfly, to feature a full-HD display. However, it's priced about Rs.7,000 cheaper than the Butterfly at Rs. 38,990. Sony is also trying its best foot forward in promoting the phone in the Indian market with a star-studded marketing campaign. But does the phone stand out among other phones of the top strata of the high-end smartphone segment? We try to find out.

Sony Xperia Z Summary

Sony Xperia Z smartphone was launched in January 2013. The phone comes with a 5.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels.

Sony Xperia Z is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm MDM9215M processor. It comes with 2GB of RAM.

The Sony Xperia Z runs Android 4.1 and is powered by a 2330mAh non-removable battery.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Sony Xperia Z on the rear packs 13.1-megapixel camera. It sports a 2.2-megapixel camera on the front for selfies.

Sony Xperia Z based on Android 4.1 and packs 16GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 64GB). The Sony Xperia Z is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Micro-SIM card.

Connectivity options on the Sony Xperia Z include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.00, NFC, FM radioWi-Fi Direct, Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), 3G, and 4G. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and compass/ magnetometer.

The Sony Xperia Z measures 139.00 x 71.00 x 7.90mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 146.00 grams.

As of 15th November 2019, Sony Xperia Z price in India starts at Rs. 32,490.

Sony Xperia Z Price in India

Product Name Price in India
Sony Xperia Z (2GB RAM, 16GB Storage) - Black 32,490
Sony Xperia Z (2GB RAM, 16GB Storage) - Purple 32,490
Sony Xperia Z (2GB RAM, 16GB Storage) - White 32,490

Sony Xperia Z price in India starts from ₹ 32,490. The lowest price of Sony Xperia Z is ₹ 32,490 at Amazon.

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Sony Xperia Z Full Specifications

General
Brand Sony
Model Xperia Z
Release date January 2013
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 139.00 x 71.00 x 7.90
Weight (g) 146.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2330
Removable battery No
Display
Screen size (inches) 5.00
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080x1920 pixels
Hardware
Processor 1.5GHz quad-core
Processor make Qualcomm MDM9215M
RAM 2GB
Internal storage 16GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 64
Camera
Rear camera 13.1-megapixel
Rear flash LED
Front camera 2.2-megapixel
Software
Operating system Android 4.1
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
NFC Yes
Infrared No
USB OTG No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 1
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) Yes
SIM Type Micro-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No
Sensors
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No
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Sony Xperia Z User Review and Ratings

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  • THE BEST OF THE LOT.
    Aj D Hunk (Jun 1, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    The Xperia Z is one of the main pillars of Sony's new plan to focus on mobile, gaming and imaging. The handset ushers in a new design language, one Sony's decided to bring to its new tablet too. It's called omnibalance design, but it's best described as a combination of 90-degree angles, even weight distribution and flat glossy sides. Once you get to look at the phone in person, all Xperias that came before it pale in comparison. The phone feels solid and you'd be hard-pressed to describe any part of it as plasticky. Between those mirrored sides, you'll find Sony's first 1080p phone display, measuring five inches and benefiting from the company's new Bravia Mobile Engine 2. Improvements to the Xperia line aren't merely cosmetic, though: Sony's added a 13-megapixel camera (featuring the HDR video-capable Exmor RS sensor) and a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro -- Qualcomm's most potent mobile processor currently available.These precious electronics are protected by a shell that's water- (IPX5/7) and dust-resistant (IP5X). Its the best of the lot.
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  • Sony Z7 is better!
    Ken Wong (Jun 4, 2016) on Gadgets 360
    I personally tired Sony, it is definitely better than SamSung. Especially the photographs! I believe Apple IPhone 6S and 7 is good too. Sony is extremely excellent in photographs (camera feature) and there are other new features. Check it out!
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  • excellent phone Since price is much less than the launch price now.
    Ashish Sharma (May 31, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    I got this phone as a gift from my brother so I din't have any previous knowledge about this device before using it although I was amazed by the phones look and built and I liked it when I saw it in ads. The phone in my hand felt perfect. the build quality is great and the first highlight is the back of phone which has a safety glass like sheet over it. the corners are sharp but do not pinch when you hold it because of the plastic used. 1.camera in the phone is the best and clearest I have seen in any device yet 13 mp camera has LED flash and image stabilization, touch focus. 2. it is called the first big phone from sony so the 5 inch screen is the big achievement, it has very vivid colors and pixel density of 440 ppi is too good. full Hd displays makes watching video an amazing experience. 3. the phone is quick and snappy and never experiences a lag. 4. battery is not that impressive i have to charge it atleast twice a day but i use it vigorously. now i checked the price online and it is reduced upto 26K in some sites so this is a great buy for sony lovers but don't forget the phone is a bit older now in this era of latest gadgets so choose wisely.
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  • average phone
    Jatin Mehta (May 8, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    This is an average phone according to me because it has that features but still it sucks The camera quality is good but there is a problem of overheating and some times when you call someone then it does says does not exists but after sometime it would call the contact on its own
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  • worst phone ever sony is the biggest cheater
    RANJAN CHEF (Sep 9, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    I bought new Sony Xperia Z six and half months back from Flipkart.com now by paying Rs 31000 from my day and night hard work earned money; thinking it is one of the best phones, but I was wrong. According to the company policies I was said as such- 1 year warranty,6 months accidental coverage - wherein your whole phone will be replaced within the time period...i took Sony Xperia Z as it is a water resistant phone; which are really fake promises. Never trust them. Recently my power button has stopped working so when I went for the same to service centre,they said your warranty period is over since this is the 7th month running so we will send your phone to the company providing you with a discount of 20% or 50% on new purchase depending on your phone's conditions. I was traumatized to hear that. After realizing this many issues of the phone why the hell will I go for the same brand again. The Sony company is blindly cheating on people like us and bluffing too. They are not trustworthy. Why we spend so much of money on a phone so as to use it for lifetime. Worst experience and a very very bad decision of buying a Sony phone. Dont even do a mistake of going on its name as I did. At this point of Time there's only one thing that can be done is that just go and file a complaint against this under the 'Customer Court'.
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  • Great Phone!
    Sagar Bijapur (Nov 18, 2013) on Amazon
    Great specs and performance. Stylish design and good glass body.There is nothing I dislike.I would recommend this phone for the above points.
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  • One word-aWeSoMe!!
    Navin Dalal (Mar 16, 2019) on Flipkart
    before i review this, let me tell u that I personally hate sony. Still i couldnt take my eyes off this beautiful beast. Pros: 1. Fastest smartphone available at the moment. 2. extremely strong glass on front and back....shatterproof! 3. Very slim waistline, attractive design, pleasant to hold. 4. 5 inch display...441 ppi...thats 1.5 times the iphone 5. 5. Amazing camera and camera gestures. 6. New custom sony ui to go with android 4.1 soon to be followed by 4.2 update. 7. amazing battery life, 9 hours of video ...that is 4 movies in a single stretch! 8. Priced very well...i know 38k is a lot but if u look back, s3 was launched at same price and this beast is twice as powerful to that one. 9. Waterprood and dustproof! Cons: 1. no android 4.2 but that is soon to follow. 2. medium sound volume in loudspeaker. 3. non-removable battery but that isnt a problem to many. so if u are eager to buy a smartphone with roaring power, style and elegance...xperia z should be your top preferance. COMPETETION: 1. Galazy s3/htc one x: this two phones are current market leaders but xperia z is capable enough to show them their age...it beats both of them in every possible department. 2. Galaxy S4: this is a good alternative as it has an octa core processor but that is not really an advantage because that model wont be launched in india. Indian model will have snapdragon s3 that is a little powerful than xperia z cipset but trust me u wont need that power....and s4 is poorly designed as compared to xperia z. The only advantage is out of box android 4.2. And s4 will cost much more than xperia Z. 3. Htc One: this is the best smartphone designed till date. Its snappier than xperia Z, comes close to or even beats xperia z in looks. Beautiful sense UI on andoid 4.1. Excellent camera gestures. BUt... 1.its not available yet. 2. no memory expansion . 3. 4 ultrapixel camera....its very good but new to the market and we cant be sure about its performance. 4. A little smaller display 4.7 inches...but 469 ppi makes up for it and one has the best display in mobile world. So at the moment....Xperia Z should be the top preference if u dont wanna wait and spend a little extra cash on s4 or htc one. Kudos to sony for this amazing product!
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  • Get more than axcept
    Dinesh Kumar (Mar 19, 2014) on Amazon
    Sony Xperia Z C6602 (Purple) is awesome mobile with all the thinks with nice futures... Also i like very much amazon support, that is supporb...Thanks a lot for everything !!!
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  • Good phone, good service by amazon....Impressed
    Rohit Krishna (Sep 20, 2013) on Amazon
    BEST OF SONY, easy to use, handle with a nice battery back up and not to forget a splendid display..
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  • Sony Xperia Z
    Nitin J (Nov 12, 2013) on Amazon
    Best of Sony in this device.What I likedGreat DisplayEasy inerfaceSuperior processing capabilitiesWhat did I MissSound of internal speakers is very Low...Battery Life could be improved
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