Sony Xperia Z1: all there is to know

Sony Xperia Z1: all there is to know

Sony has lifted the veil off of its long-awaited Xperia Z1, and those of you who were hoping for a surprise, despite the massive amount of leaks that we got our hands on prior to the company's announcement, were probably left disappointed. We had almost everything spot on. Of course, the aforementioned disappointment is the price we all chose to pay for an early tip off.

The more relevant than ever trade-off involved with leaks aside, Sony has launched a worthy successor to the Xperia Z that builds onto the Japanese company's existing smartphone in an entirely new (and very trendy) direction – the camera. The camera, precisely, is what really gives the Xperia Z1 a real tool capable of persuading consumers to join Sony's camp. Like any smartphone, however, there are trade-offs, and those may appear more significant to some than to others. Namely, not only is the design on the Z1 almost identical to that of its predecessor, but the new, bigger snapper, along with the phone's water and dust resistance have both added up to a bulkier, more heavy device.

Sony Xperia Z1: the essentials

The aforementioned shortcomings considered, if you're looking to make a truly informed decision on whether the Sony Xperia Z1 is worth your hard earned coins, then the content below is sure to prove relevant to you.

How does the Sony Xperia Z1 stack up against the competition?

Alright, there's no escaping facts -- the Sony Xperia Z1 is a top of the line smartphone with great capabilities. But how does it fare when pitted against the merciless competition? 

Missed the show?

We won't shame you for missing out the official unveiling of the Sony Xperia Z1 -- you probably had your reasons. That being said, you should probably consider doing something about it. Our liveblog with selected highlights is a good start; watching the full presentation embedded below will score you extra points, though!

DSC-QX10/QX100: Sony's lens-style attachable cameras detailed

Sony's lens-style cameras are real and are packing some serious punch for those of you on the go, but unwilling to settle for the considerable trade-off of dumping your bulky, but trusty DSLR.

Sony SmartWatch 2 now official. For real.

Sony actually announced the SmartWatch 2 back in June, along with its monstrous Sony Xperia Z Ultra phablet. For whatever reason, Sony deemed IFA 2013 fit for another (re)announcement of the company's second generation smartwatch. Read more about it below.

Last update: 14.09.2013

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Xperia Z1
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(15h 3G talk time)



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

All you need to know: it\'s the best.

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

At least for today. :)

6. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

That's all that matters ;)

18. philansel7

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Its the best ! haters gonna hate ! Best of everything that you want in a single phone !

25. sapibuntinx

Posts: 61; Member since: May 08, 2013

really? I think it's got the best dimension and weight too, the best, no phone can beat, lol...

2. jb4674

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

All I need to know is when the phone will be available in the US and how much it is going to cost. Come on PA, quit slacking and get some real answers!!!!

4. gazmatic

Posts: 808; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

it is not going to be cheap i love sony products, vaio, but they are never cheap and sometimes you can just get a better device at a lower price i really love sony design and build quality but all their devices are premium and carry the premium price make no mistake... if i had money to burn all my devices would be sony

7. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Well said!

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I agree with you Sony like to put high price on theyr electronics, but talking about the smartphones in most parts of Europe (don't know about situation in U.S.), Sony's flagship smartphones has similar price to the other manufacturers flagships such like a Smasung, HTC, LG or Nokia, of course apart Apple.

13. ammarnadim93

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

The place where i live. sony costs less compared to the S4 and HTC one. Xperia Z - 600USD HTC One -742USD S4- 686USD

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

In my country Sony Xperia Z also costs less compared to the Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One or Nokia Lumia 925.

19. ammarnadim93

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

SO where do u See a high price there ? Tablet Z 4G costs less than Ipad 4 LTE variant

20. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

So where I say that Sony smartphones has high price?

23. amirad

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

but If I Had money to save all my devices would be sony. and if want to burn my money I'll go for Samsung.

5. tyger11

Posts: 291; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I haven't seen anything on which U.S. carriers are going to be carrying the Z1 or when. Anybody?

10. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

You know everything looks great as for Sony and to go after a giant like Samsung they have to make their phone available for every carrier still waiting til december so maybe I\'ll get lucky to see Sony join sprint.

15. wrm2013

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Uh where\'s the mini?

16. papss unregistered

I really want to know the carrier and price of this phone.

17. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

The sony xperia z went just T-Mobile how are you going to compete like that and tease the rest of us.

21. KashAli

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

Soon it will be World War 3 of (fan boy/fan girl) fight fight fight!!! morons fighting over smartphone get a life!

22. TMach unregistered

Better than fan boy/fan girl fighting over dumb (i)Phone

24. KashAli

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

you do not make sense.

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