Sony Xperia Z1 (Honami) hands-on

Finally, the Honami! Or maybe we're supposed to call it the Xperia Z1 now... Anyways, this phone has made so many appearances in our news section during the last few months that we've gotten used to calling it the Honami. But all leaks and rumors should be put to rest now, as the Japanese company has officially introduced its new flagship smartphone...
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1. lee480 unregistered

Awesome design!

22. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

No, no it isn't. *sigh* It still has that stupid lip around the edge which feels terrible in hand, arguably worse than an iPhail. It looks like a Chinese knockoff of a Lumia 925 with some android and iPhail bits thrown in (FFS, the camera is in the corner, on a device that's touting its camera as a major feature? UTTER FAIL.) No Xenon flash. No OIS. *facepalm* I was really rooting for sony here, I'd much rather see them have android market share over Samsung since they're more truly innovative and appealing, and they make some genuinely good products - especially their laptops - though not phones (yet) Sony was one of the last manufacturers to use Symbian before it became essentially Nokia-only, and I respected them for it.

38. AnukulVcool unregistered

wake up

46. Fluxman

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

What lip? It looks like the lip is gone on the Z1. Even the glass is rounded at the edge. Should feel way better.

62. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

I would say this is the traditional japanese style design. well done!! squary edge like this will last for a long time to get bored.. i wanna see how the Z1 raps the not3 in camera :D

68. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

You still in the BOX!

73. KillgoreTrout

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

I stop reading a comment when the person feels the need to use a word like "iphail". It is not smart or witty. I am guessing you are just copying what other people said. It is like you are the very thing you hate. No sammy, no iphail, no xbone. Let's act like adults, shall we?

84. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Especially when your use of word play iPhail on a product that turned a company into being the most profitable in the world. I'm not a fan of the locked down and overly simplified iOS, but certainly not too ignorant to realize it is as far opposite of a fail as possible.

43. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

it is priced at £599 in the UK sony store, which is quite high

55. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

56. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

What design? It looks like the first xperiaZ.. only with a silver line, of material on the sides..

66. Droiderr

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Woah!!! looks like you completely missed earlier xperia z phones. Can you tell me what exactly is diferent in the desiagns? I can predict that this phone sucks. Apart from the camera i don't why was this device made any way. And they will charge INR 40K+ for this for sure.

2. lee480 unregistered

it will definitely sell more than Lumia 1020/925. Good job Sony!

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I thought it was clocked at 2.2GHz instead of 2.3GHz...

4. ila420

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

This will be my first sony device and the first with capacative buttons, goodbye Sammy.

6. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

In my eyes this is the true Sony flagship, not the Z.

7. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

WOW, that LED notification looks gorgeous but i think Sony's stock background makes the display look cheap. Use another background Sony!

8. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

This is nothing compared to the Lumia 1520

31. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013


51. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

The Lumia 1520 will be released in Oct/Nov: 6 inch of pure Full HD 128GB internal storage 4GB ram 21 megapixel much more to be revealed soon

54. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Just a rumour not confirmed yet.

67. Droiderr

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Dude you need to set you expevtations low. Dunno about other things but you are never going to see a 4 gig RAM in a windows phone. They are still to take up 2 gigs 1st.

71. g2a5b0e unregistered

The 1020 has 2GB of RAM. Not any time soon, but never say never.

75. Gamefreakz1994

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 06, 2013

Actually it just takes one thing to beat this....... ANDROID

10. gazmatic

Posts: 808; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

you can smell the bias of reviewers this device feels "premium" while the l920 is "heavy"

11. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

no video hands on?

12. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

see that wallpaper really ruins the beauty of the display. it really does not translate well in photos. i've seen a lot of video previews and photos today and it's obvious that stupid wallpaper is destroying sony's marketing for that triluminos display. they should've changed that wallpaper. really really really awful wallpaper for marketing.

48. TMach unregistered

Buy it and use a different wallpaper! Called choice, I believe....

63. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

True! If Sony had used a wallpaper with a combination of deeper dark and light colors, then it would easily show the improvements in the display. :

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I think I can over look size for the over all package.

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