Does the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact have a plastic back instead of a glass one?
posted by Alan F. / Feb 08, 2014, 10:20 PM
But there could be another difference, one that Sony has not announced and has only hinted at. It seems that while the front and back panels of the Sony Xperia Z1 are made of glass, as is the front of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, the back panel of the latter device could be made of plastic. One reviewer wrote that the phone has "a polished polycarbonate back and Gorilla Glass front." Sony has recently responded to an inquiry about the back panel of the Xperia Z1 Compact by stating clearly that the rear panel of the device is made of glass. And that is where the story would die except for something interesting.
Based on a White Paper released about the device, Sony originally said that both front and back of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact are made of glass. But the Japanese based manufacturer has recently changed the wording of a line in the White Paper from "Both the front and back are made from durable tempered glass," to now read, "The front side of the phone is made from durable tempered glass." Hmm. The White Paper for both the D5503 and M51w variants were changed on February 6th. The only change made to the White Paper was the removal of the words in the sentence stating that the back panel is made of glass.
Hopefully, Sony will clear up this issue by telling us the reason for the change in the White Paper. If it is not a convincing answer, what else can we conclude except that the back panel on the Xpeira Z1 Compact is made of plastic? The fact that we are even entertaining this possibility also tells us how far plastic has come as a material in the mobile industry.
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Somebody smash theirs so we can find out.
posted on Feb 08, 2014, 10:26 PM 18
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If it's not broken, then it's not glass. I prefer plastic back.
posted on Feb 08, 2014, 10:36 PM 11
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You are not going to ruin this for me!!!! I already knew about the glare in low light photographs + led flash... and I already knew about the possibility that the back cover is some sort of plastic instead of glass... BUT I will get this phone!!! (hopefully revised version)
posted on Feb 08, 2014, 10:44 PM 7
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I'd hold off. MWC is around the corner.
posted on Feb 08, 2014, 11:20 PM 0
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Plastic with Sony? NO it can't be! Sony only uses glass unlike Samsung! I like how they changed their wording though.
posted on Feb 08, 2014, 11:19 PM 3
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Maybe they need to cut down the production cost to give the device a lower selling price. Knowing that the Z1 Compact costs almost the same as the original Z1 is quite shocking to me. I was really looking forward to own the device, replacing my Nexus 4..
posted on Feb 09, 2014, 12:41 AM 0
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How is it shocking? It got the same specs but smaller screen. Waterproof and dust proof. Something many phones doesn't get. If smaller screens should cost less then tablets should cost even more. They are cheaper than most phones.
posted on Feb 09, 2014, 12:46 AM 1
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Plastic is a more durable material than glass since it won't break on dropping. Even if the Z1 Compact is made of plastic, its still a great phone as it offers high end specs on a compact/smaller size, hence appealing to people who prefer small screen phones (like me).
posted on Feb 09, 2014, 5:45 AM 3
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So suppose my phone takes a tumble down some stairs. The phone is ruined because the front glass LCD breaks but hurray at least the plastic back will still be intact... I think most of the anger is directed at Sony's false advertising. If they didn't claim the back was glass there would be fewer angry people right now. Of course "Hi, we're Sony, check out our new premium phone with a plastic back (just like Samsung!)" doesn't make very good advertising...
posted on Feb 09, 2014, 9:13 AM 0
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