Xperia Z1 frame bending for no reason, claim users

Xperia Z1 frame bending for no reason, claim users
Sony might be getting into the business of bendable smartphones before Samsung or LG, it seems, as a bunch of users are reporting that the metal frame of the flagship Xperia Z1 handset has allegedly bent for no reason, leaving their phone in the state that can be observed in the pictures below. The circumstances vary, but some common theme seems to be heat (from leaving it on the wireless charging dock to using it in the African sun).

Now, there's no way to confirm whether the "bent" effect wasn't also a result from sitting on the phone while in your back pocket, which happens too many times when out on the town, than people care to admit, but it's an interesting phenomenon to observe nonetheless. 

We've had no such problems after perusing our office unit for a couple of weeks already in various conditions, and have been thorough fans of the premium feel that the metal and glass design leaves in the eye (and hand) of the beholder. Have you experienced something similar to the situations below with your own Xperia Z1 unit?

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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

So they claim it just suddenly bends while it's sitting on the table? Hmmmm OK...

10. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Processor does this happen. i guess

19. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Snapdragon 800 doesn't heat up enough to melt aluminium. Or to just make it soft enough to bend "for no reason".

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

News flash - Sony is found to be using liquid metal in the frame of its flagship smartphone! Apple and MIT file suit for patent infringement.

22. haney.alsaaidy

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

Probably This is because the expansion in one side of the phone

27. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

go back to high school

25. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Another reason to go for the Compact model instead of the big framed one.... Compact with have a better structure specially for being thicker...

28. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Agreed. That bending looks horrible. Really waiting for Compact.

33. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Or they claim thinking they are trying to bend the phone trying to look like the G Flex. I have my Z1 since OCT no problems here.

35. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I KNEW Sony was selling that magic self bending metal. That's why I ordered a Z1S yesterday.

2. Diego!

Posts: 871; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Sony Xperiz Z1 Flex LOL xD

6. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Ahaha I thought people wanted a phone lig the LG G flex or galaxy round xD

20. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Experience the best of flexibility on a Sony smartphone.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Kind of unlikely.

4. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

I wondered who paid them to comment that their phones bend on their own on the table... Just out to ruin Sony's name

37. Sauce unregistered

The same people who keep trying to ruin Apples name lol xD

5. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Not just waterproof Its also a a bendable

12. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

They water and dust resistant, But not B#t resistant yet. Hmmmmmm, Better patent this idea

7. adjou

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 06, 2010

Wait, let me get this right. So they prolly sat on the phone which was in their back pocket to make it bend, so they decided to blame the manufacturer for making a phone that bends on its own... Wow... -_-'

8. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

But if you sit on it , the glass would probably crack

9. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Then again , aluminum phones aren't very durable ! Plastic FTW ! All my devices except my now broken iPod touch 4G are plastic

11. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

What kind of reasoning is that?

24. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Are you new to the idea that aluminum dings and dents way easier than polycarbonate? My HTC One got a pit in the aluminum while inside of a Seidio Surface case from a tiny piece of sand getting caught inside the case. Needless to say screw aluminum, I'll stick with polycarbonate.

13. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

from Xperia blog's comments kevinlow • 14 hours ago (I am an engineer) To debunk the heat argument: We can rule out heat and heat alone as the cause, because heat cannot permanently deform aluminium as long as it stays below melting point. Yes, below melting point things still deform, but they bounce back after the heat is removed, like the spring in your thermostat needle. Heating aluminium enough so that it is bendable by smaller forces than usual is also ruled out, because the amount of heat needed to do this is at the level of a blowtorch. The fact that the phone still works, and the undamaged plastic bits in the areas where the aluminium is bent show that this level of heat was not reached. So we can conclusively say that a force, not temperature, caused this deformation (forces can be external or internal). The only source of large internal forces in a smartphone that I am aware of is from failed Lithium ion batteries expanding. The pictures supplied clearly show that this is not the case, since there is no evidence of the phone bulging in the area where the battery is installed. This only leaves me to conclude that the most likely cause of the damage is from external forces, the sources of which I leave to your imagination.

32. deeson22

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Ah,? It does not take a blow torch to melt Aluminum,Aluminum will turn to liquid Aluminum at 1350* Degrees,And it depends on the Alloys in the Aluminum as to weather it will bend and stay with a certain amount of heat,(5052) Aluminum will bend with low heat,(6061) Aluminum will not bend with low heat,(6061) Will Break before it bends Because of the Greater amount of Titanium,Silica,and Magnisium,So unless you know the exact Grade of Aluminum that is used to build the Frame of the device you cannot determine the tinsile strenght,bending point,and breaking point....

38. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

As far as I remember from "strength of materials" course, materials can have internal stress due to bad cooling in the first place. It may be the cause. It is not my field of study, just suggesting.

14. kalalemuhammad

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

I owned an xperia z and it really bended suddenly on me and the glass cracked. I am now using HTC One and nexus 4.

15. kalalemuhammad

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

By the way I am from Nigeria where I can't claim Sony warranty.

16. aranauser

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

the same problem was reported by even xperia z users

17. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

So, they claim that their Z1 suddenly bends itself automatically when it's sitting on the table? :P Sigh...paid shills.

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