Sony Xperia Z1

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Key Specs
  • Display 5.00-inch (1080x1920)
  • Processor Qualcomm MSM8974
  • Front Camera 2MP
  • Rear Camera 20.7MP
  • RAM 2GB
  • Storage 16GB
  • Battery Capacity 3000mAh
  • OS Android 4.2
  • Market StatusReleased
  • Release DateSeptember 2013

Sony Xperia Z1 Review

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Excellent build quality
  • Dust and waterproof
  • Great performance
  • Solid battery life
  • Bad
  • Poor screen viewing angles
  • Expensive

The Xperia Z1 is Sony's latest flagship smartphone. It's one of the first phones powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and features a 5-inch full-HD display in a form factor which is in line with Sony's OmniBalance philosophy, but much sturdier, as it's flanked by an all new metal frame. We try to find out if this latest generation Android smartphone ticks all the right boxes, in our Xperia Z1 review.

Sony Xperia Z1 Summary

Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone was launched in September 2013. The phone comes with a 5.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels.

Sony Xperia Z1 is powered by a 2.2GHz one-core Qualcomm MSM8974 processor. It comes with 2GB of RAM.

The Sony Xperia Z1 runs Android 4.2 and is powered by a 3,000mAh non-removable battery.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Sony Xperia Z1 on the rear packs 20.7-megapixel camera. It sports a 2-megapixel camera on the front for selfies.

Sony Xperia Z1 based on Android 4.2 and packs 16GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 64GB). The Sony Xperia Z1 is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Micro-SIM card.

Connectivity options on the Sony Xperia Z1 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 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 Z1 measures 144.40 x 73.90 x 8.50mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 169.00 grams. It was launched in Black, White, and Purple colours.

As of 19th August 2019, Sony Xperia Z1 price in India starts at Rs. 56,699.

Sony Xperia Z1 Price in India

Product Name Price in India
Sony Xperia Z1 (Black, 2GB RAM, 16GB) 56,699

Sony Xperia Z1 price in India starts from ₹ 56,699. The lowest price of Sony Xperia Z1 is ₹ 56,699 at Amazon.

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Sony Xperia Z1 Full Specifications

General
Brand Sony
Model Xperia Z1
Release date September 2013
Form factor Bar
Dimensions (mm) 144.40 x 73.90 x 8.50
Weight (g) 169.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000
Removable battery No
Colours Black, White, Purple
Display
Screen size (inches) 5.00
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080x1920 pixels
Hardware
Processor 2.2GHz one-core
Processor make Qualcomm MSM8974
RAM 2GB
Internal storage 16GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 64
Camera
Rear camera 20.7-megapixel
Rear flash LED
Front camera 2-megapixel
Software
Operating system Android 4.2
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
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 Z1 User Review and Ratings

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  • Excellent Make by Sony
    Ragaventhar Balasubramani (Mar 8, 2016) on Gadgets 360
    Even Sony is one of the biggest and quality product in all over the world, yes Sony was proved again the perfect quality through Sony Xperia Z1... Mobile was awesome (Camera, music,display quality,speed,performance overall is very good thanks to sony )
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  • Xperia Z1, a fantastic smartphone with all you need in a smartphone.
    GM SALES (May 6, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    I have been a proud owner of Z1 since September 2013. I bought it after exchanging my a month old Samsung Galaxy S4. I bought this phone as I have used a lot of other Sony Ericsson earlier. By buying SG4 I thought for a change but since SG4 looked quite like Samsung Grand, often people would ask about it as for Grand because it didn't had that premium look. Z1 looks a premium phone with glass front and back. Ok it is a fingerprint magnet but that doesn't mars the looks of the phone. The sleekness, the symmetry and the perfect weight for a phone of that size makes Z1 the best phone to look at and hold. The device runs on Android Kitkat which has been updated recently but with the goodness of the latest Android Kitkat came a few bugs which are being regularly taken care by Sony through minor updates. The interface is very fluid and user friendly. The display is quite crisp with a high pixel density of 440 ppi. But the viewing angles are narrow which is a bit of disappointment. The camera is fantastic with 20.7 megapixel although it may disappoint sometimes with the superior auto mode but nonetheless the results are wonderful. As a normal user the Superior Mode returns with fantastic results be it day or night. The performance is fantastic, thanks to the 2.2 GHz processor. No lags or drops during the running of any demanding game or apps. The call quality and reception is very good thought it sounds a bit muffled may be due to the water and dust proofing. Now coming to this, I had lost two mobiles due to drenching in bad weather but Z1 is best for people who are afraid of losing their phone to water. Absolutely fantastic, twice water spilled on my phone and drenched it but nothing happened. The battery is 3000 mah. lasts more than 24 hours with average duration of calls, browsing, music and games. The music quality is as legendary as Sony goes for its love of music. A treat for music lovers like me, but the stock earphones are average and it sounds better with other good earphones like Sennheiser CX400II which I use. Overall I love this phone as it has all that I need in a smartphone, premium, good camera and best music and best performance. Amit Chauhan
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  • Water, Camera, Looks, UI feel and Back hot surface.
    Lukesh Nimkar (May 17, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    Premium looks catches every eye specially the black and purple model. Back surface of the black model is so glassy that you can use it as mirror. Its side with aluminum and curvy edges make is look very royal. Z1 screen with high ppi & HD resolution will make you not to use Samsung mid-range phones. Its user interference and touch response is high and you can experience it while playing subway surf. But yes, sometime when I show picture or video in Z1 to my 5 or 6 friends at the same time, they complaint that they cant watch properly, its like watching LCD TV from side. As SONY says "Best camera ever", i feel its true for at the phone level. Taking pictures with 20.7 Mp camera with Superior auto makes it very easy. Also AR effect, Info-eye and now Background defocus is distinguishable. Taking photos at low light with exmore is good thing to do. Shooting video and taking photos underwater helping me to take my fish photo in fish tank. Its 2mp front camera is better than any nokia's front camera even samsungs in many model cases. But opening camera takes a nano second which you will feel little strange because non of other apps take even a nano second. When it come to the sound quality z1 do not disappoints. Its ClearAudio+ gives really a nice touch up to sound. Also its premium headset with 2 more earplug cushion is very good. Using this headset at full volume you can have difficulty to hear train horn. I also love its dock connectivity port, its easy to set up with dock. Battery of 3000 mAh with Stamina Mode, Low battery and wifi location based mode runs z1 a day and a half. Although it take slight long time to recharge. Its 2.2 GHz processor and 2gb RAM makes z1 really a super smartphone. You can experience its power while playing NFS. Although while playing you will find that back surface gets so hot that you can make omelet. Its huge internal storage can make you travel with 3 4 HD films. Also its dust resistance can make it up with place like construction site. I also experienced it in desert safari. Yes the phone is expensive but i feel its value to the money you pay, its better to buy any flagship after 8th months of launching. I would love to recommend to the gamers and the hobby photographers. A rating of 4.7 will be perfect for this phone, 0.3 just because of hot surface.
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  • High spec/ high performance phone
    aayush agarwal (May 10, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    The Sony Xperia Z1 is a powerful, luxury phone for those who have to have the biggest and best. PROS 1) Comfortable stylish design 2) Speedy performance even while multitasking 3) Superb long lasting battery life 4) Waterproof CONS 1) Bulky 2) Camera not as impressive as stated 3) Average viewing angles 4) Expensive To sum it up, stylish, responsive and powerful smartphone.
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  • Overall a good package.
    Ragul Sankar (May 6, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    It's flagship phone by Sony... Display: Excellent display despite having TFT LCD display.. Though lower than the Super AMOLED of Samsung..not easily differentiated by ur eyes... + triluminous display with Bravia 2 engine having x reality ...simply great... Design: No one can put like this,man..awesome...front-back glass material with framing of aluminum...that's the premium looks you have with it...very slim...water proofing design-none other phone company have it.. It has been improved water proofing than Sony Z...No chance of water getting Z1 from you...!!!!!! Camera: Best thing of phone manual mode: 20.7 mpx auto mode:8 mpx ( more detailed than Samsung note 3 -13 mpx...surprisingly ) Having 1/2.3mm sensor size more than any other phone in the world....people surprised by megapixels but that's not thing to be amazed.. But it's the sensor size to be looked upon... Having G lens from DSLR professional camera..it's award winning...great integration.. Music system: it's done good work.. having many options... Similar level achieved to Samsung note 3..just external speakers the thing U won't be satisfied..but that can be ignorable.... Performance: Sat before in Bullet train????....!!!! very fast speed..with out any hangouts....u can't make difference from Samsung note 3...main feature of phone...must to be looked upon... Battery : large 3000mAh with highest duration of talktime than any other phone in market... Slightly weighty thing with 170gm becoz of incorporation of large size battery and High level G lens hardware... User interface is quite good.... Dust resistant , scratch resistant display... But some carefulness needed because of glass display..not a major thing.... Very user friendly..good customization options... Video quality quite well with full HD recording.... For extra codec support needs application from market... Expandable memory option...
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  • 1.5 years on still works like charm
    Gogol Mukherjee (Apr 8, 2015) on Gadgets 360
    Though I am writing this after buying this phone 1.5 years ago but that's purely due to the fact that how good the phone has been. Super stylish, a carefree phone with top notch specs inside. The phone had never let me down and still continues to impress my friends. Battery backup is superb. I have had days when it went 2 days without the need for charging despite keeping me updated over the social media and google. A true companion in your journeys and trips and you surely will fall in love with the phone.
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  • xperia z1
    Edam Sandeep (Mar 6, 2015) on Gadgets 360
    good
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  • I'm Loving It.....:)
    yashwanth vijay (May 30, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    Xperia Z1 is wonderful mobile from Sony... In love with Sony products. Z1 is elegant, beautiful, its a marvel. Waterproof property of Z1 is fantastic. Battery lasts good, more than a day 3000mAh. Camera is the most attractive of the mobile 20.7 mp, G lence is Awesome. Shatter proof glass in front and back and Aluminium frame give a rich look and feel. Triluminious display is a mini Bravia tv. Its the best of Sony for the Best of u....
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  • Aqua King!
    Rohit Rohit (Nov 15, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    Multimedia consumption, top-notch specs and a good camera sensor were in my list of prerequisites for a new phone, it was November, 2013. Being a galaxy S(I-9000) user I never thought about an other brand except Samsung, my choice then was Note 3! I went to Reliance Digital, Bhubaneshwar just to use it first before buying, I was disappointed with the exynos version, I wanted a snapdragon version of note 3 which they refused to give, they said this is the only model we have, sir take it or don't your wish. With bit of googling I came to know that Samsung had chosen not to sell SD version of phones in INDIA, Huge disappointment! Then and there I met a person, he asked me to check out other phones Sony and LG I went to those departments used LG G2 and Sony xperia Z1, Except for the display I had nothing to complain about in Z1 and with added design bonus and waterproofing ability the choice was obvious! I bought it Home. I was very excited which was short lived! On peeling off the screen guard layer I realized that colors were off white they were Yellowish. I googled and found out that lot of other people were facing the same issue! I searched about replacement and user reviews showed that replacing sometimes gets you old device and many had worse screen than mine! I was more scared to replace! I wanted to, I tried to love the screen as it was, because 44 grands was lot for me(It still is)! I started checking out games and apps I tried slowing down my phone installing apps transferring music installing many antivirus at once but nothing worked phone was butter smooth except for some minor glitches, which is of course due to the virtual run time environment, an android fault not Sony's so It was all good camera flash people had flash issues, waterproof issues bending issues but I was lucky I didn't have any of those just the yellowish screen! I went to many places seeing the phones testing them and I figured out a small something, mark this, The phones with good screen also had weird screen which could be noted by maximising and unchecking auto brightness and opening dispay test(visible most under grey color) in service test menu which can be accessed via ussd code *#*#service#*#*, The bottom part,(where navbar lies, looks dull). I must say Sony has learnt a lot in a very less time! They fixed bugs quicker than I had expected, though few of them like sound coming out from earpiece instead of external speaker and while playing song if you call someone(earphones plugged in) the mode changes to mono from stereo and doesn't switch back to stereo even after you hang up the phone unless you stop the music player and start it again it stays in mono mode, those still remained till my phone was stolen. The company has also been irresponsible in a way that it has refused to repair or replace waterlogged devices due to manufacturing defect making silly excuses and those bent phones, I'm complaining yes because I love that company and I'm sure if it realizes those mistakes it'll be a better company than it is today! Talking about the kind of usability it offer now, I must say that anyone scared to spend too much for new phones should go for it sd800 is adequately fast, good for gamers glass lets the heat escape out in a better manner, waterproof so no worries about rain and bad weather, casual photo shoots, music lovers.. anyone who needs top notch performance at a little sacrifice of money and performance too(just a lil bit) should go for this phone, of course we have moto x 2014 at the same price but choice is a choice, I personally would not recommend this over moto x so unless you hate moto this ain't the dev. for you. And this aint a story it's real I lost my phone and the company couldn't do anything about it okay keep the company aside, I lodged an fir and police did nothing too! why do we have imei no's then? what use is it if we can't retrieve our costly phones? I'm sorry if it went personal!
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  • Xperia Z1 review
    amit r (May 3, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    SONY XPERIA Z1 is a blend of beauty nd performance.... It's only negative bt negligible side is Display angle..bt in right angle Display is awesome....NDTV is sometimes biased in their review....Z1 gets 8/10..
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