In loving memory of Sony's Z-series: here are some of the most notable and compelling Xperia Z phones


Sony. Despite that it can't boast a formidable market share, lots and lots of noteworthy smartphones can trace their origins all the way back to Sony's factories. Of course, the majority of these are high-end phones, though Sony is catering to all market niches. No, we are not disregarding its mid-range and entry-level devices, as these offer very good value for money, but being the tech geeks we are, it's hard to get really excited by anything else than a high-end flagship.

And in Sony's case, this means a Z flagship. Sadly, this will no longer be the case.Don't worry, despite last year's flurry of speculations, Sony is going nowhere. Sadly, we can't say the same about the Z series lineup. 

Earlier today, Sony's PR department officially confirmed that the Z-series is dead. Nixed. 86'd. Abolished. Scrapped. Eradicated. No more.

For the good or bad, that's the end of an era, an important chapter in Sony's history. However, we shouldn't dramatize - that's merely a name change. Still, nostalgia kicked in, one thing led to another, and here we are, highlighting our most favorite members of Sony's Xperia Z lineup.

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63 Comments

1. Inotamira

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 06, 2016

Well, phonearena is out of material, so what's up with you guys?

5. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

They pretty much just listed each Sony flagship for that year...

6. Inotamira

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 06, 2016

Yeah....so?

25. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Commenting from my still great Z2. But may be it's time to replace it with Mi 5 pro... really love that phone.

66. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

i think z2 is perfectly fine, no need for upgrade

28. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Pa you should have included the z ultra. I jumped from galaxy s5 and galaxy mega 6.3 to Sony z3c and z ultra. I guess with Sony killing of z series I'll be moving right back to galaxy s series

51. Mrinal

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

Is it a right time to buy samsung s6? Caz i am getting it on 12March!

57. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

No its wrong because once S7 hits the shelves, the S6 will be even cheaper .. just wait for one more month

63. Mrinal

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

But this wont happen in India. Still here in India we are waiting for the release date to be announced for S7 and i can't wait more. :( :/ But as i told i am getting it on 12 March and in US its releasing on 11 March, so let me see. And thanx for ur advice killer!

2. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

IMO, Z3 is the best in Sony's lineup. I still use the Xperia Z as my daily driver.

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I loved Z2's white design, with black front, sad that they ditched it in Z3 but on the other hand Z3 is pretty much the same phone as Z2 Anyway, Z3 Compact is best Z for me, I loved everything about it except for camera

55. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Yes that is true but the audio and batterylife on the z3 are worth the upgrade if you meed it.

20. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

for xperia z(first in the lineup) is the best in z lineup. It was first phone who starts good and premium looking flagships.

3. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Seriously? How are they called Z "series" when they all look the same? But whatever, they're going to be forgotten anyway. The business has always been Samsung vs Apple since the beginning.

19. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

the business has not always been samsung vs apple. Motorola,nokia,blackberry were also the big players for their time. I think some new players take down both samsung and apple.

21. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

look galaxy s6 and edge,note 5,s6 edge ,s7and s7 edge.And iphone 6 and6s. they all look same.

40. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

In your dreams.

65. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Truth hurts sometimes, for some people.

38. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Oh, childish hate for japanese guy is back.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Die Sony die...! No... I don't mean it, I'm just deliberately trying to annoy you, PA! But i personally don't care much about Sony... A thousand years ago (give our take) I had a Sony Ericsson T230 and it was a heap. Bought a Nokia 3220 and that thing was miles ahead of that Sony... Never bought a Sony product drive then! I know its an old timer's Old story but still...

9. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Sony has very low tech compared to Samsung, LG or even cheap Chinese startup companies. It has never developed since 90s. Sharp is dead, not too long Sony will join the game. I think the reason behind this is their government limit their budget on R&D, yet pouring more money into their hentai and p*rn industry.

14. tomskytot

Posts: 37; Member since: May 10, 2014

LOW tech? even top brands uses their cameras / sensors... whats low tech with that? seriously? Samsung was even planning in getting their 23 mp camera for their flagship, sony just said no...

26. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

This guy is not aware of what camera sensors are used in 90% of the top level smartphones... it's still Sony.

61. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Not only camera sensors sony make the world's best IPS panels as well. Why does Apple use Sony jdi displays for their iphones in the first place? They could have used Samsung amoleds but they prefer IPS panels. So Sony is no low tech company. They sometimes have better internals which are more durable than Samsung. Well I like Samsung devices as well.this is an honest review.

52. Mrinal

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

I do agree that Sony will die soon. As they don't have much to show for there new products, they just follow others. The worst thing is they always show there so called feature which is "Water resistant(IP67)" Lol.

7. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Since in the alphabet X is before Z, they are making weaker phones.

15. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

With that logic, iphone 2 is better than iphone 6 because 2 comes first before 6 when you count?

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no.. read his comment again.. or make it like this to make it easier (that even toodler can understand) "Since in the alphabet X is before Z, X is weaker phones." replace X with 2 and Z with 6 "Since in the number 2 is before 6, iPhone2 is weaker phones." (If u still cant understand, I cant help you, so please dont ask again, seriously..)

27. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

There's no such device ever existed. "iPhone 2"....

29. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, 5S, 6 and 6S..

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