Sony Xperia Z 

Released February, 2013
  • Android 5.1
  • 4G
  • 5"
  • Quad core 1.5 GHz
Fans of the Xperia line and Sony's software will no doubt love the phone, with the possible exception of battery life, but those who aren't loyal to the brand may find the durable metal casing and better display on the HTC One and the myriad features and replaceable battery on the Samsung Galaxy S4 more captivating.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)
The addition of the Bravia Engine 2 here is is amazing though - the upscaling it can do to standard definition videos is jaw-dropping - providing you're watching sweeping panoramas or underwater scenes.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
7.3 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Xperia Z


Processing power and speed

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3D and 2D graphics

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Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time (3G), Standby time and 1 more


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Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Xperia Z

geekbench Processor and memory performance

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passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

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SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

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1,336 ms
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804 ms
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915 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

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GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

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15 fps
iPhone 5
6.7 fps
Galaxy S4
17.2 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

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173 min
iPhone 5
126 min
Galaxy S4

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Xperia Z

That quad core S4 Pro CPU was hot stuff in the fourth quarter of 2012, but in Q2 of 2013, the world has already moved on to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 that's clocked a bit higher and benchmarks even faster.

That sounds pretty good, but keep in mind that if you regularly use your phone for more “advanced” stuff like camera, GPS, video playback or gaming, the battery life will quickly drop to one full day.

Sony itself claims you'll get up to 11 hours of talk time and 550 hours of standby time.


8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Tunes are presented fantastically with amazing album art, which looks so vibrant on that screen.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
The screen size and resolution are the same too.
by GSM Arena (Feb, 2013)
The resolution is also quite extreme at 1080x1920 pixels, which makes for a super-high pixel density of 441 ppi.
by PhoneArena (Feb, 2013)


1080p video capture is sharp, bright and image stabilization works well.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)
This is something we're used to seeing in still camera modes, but on videos, it's pretty rare and a great addition.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
The 1080p video recording of the smartphone isn't quite the best we have seen, but it fares pretty well.
by GSM Arena (Feb, 2013)


It did excellently on the first two charts, taking advantage of the superior resolution of its sensor to comfortably beat the 8MP sensor.
by GSM Arena (Feb, 2013)
We'd love to make excuses for the lens, but even in daylight, pictures are hardly sharp.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
The 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and EXMOR RS sensor takes superb photos and has HDR for both photos and 1080p video.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)


Email is handled in two ways - Gmail and Email.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
When you plug the Xperia Z into a computer via USB, a message pops up on the screen of the phone, telling you it will install the relevant sync software on your machine.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
When you're listening to music with that headset, make sure that it fits tightly, because otherwise you won't be enjoying any bass.
by PhoneArena (Feb, 2013)


And when you turn on the Full HD screen, well, the clarity is almost mind-melting.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
The Sony Xperia Z's video capabilities are impressive (on paper), with that 13.1MP camera able to give Full HD 1080p recording at 30 frames per second.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
Option three is YouTube - the fantastic native Google app is included and shows here, once again, why it's head and shoulders above the competition, and the sheer clarity of HD video on this screen (when it's something worth watching, like a movie trailer) had our friends agog at the power of the handset.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 5"
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 440 ppi


Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
Internal storage 16 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDHC
  2. SD

photo & video

Camera 13.1 MP
Resolution 13.1 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 2.2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G
  1. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  2. Unknown (100 Mb/s)
  3. LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
  4. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  5. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  6. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  7. LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
  8. LTE Cat 3 (100/)
  9. LTE (20 Mb/s)
  10. HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
  11. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time 660 min
Talk time (3G) 840 min
Standby time 32,976 min
Standby time (3G) 31,824 min
Capacity 2,330 mA·h

form factor

Weight 146 g
Thickness 7.9 mm
Size 71 x 139 x 7.9 mm
Is waterproof Yes


Has an assisted GPS Yes


Supports FM radio Yes


Operating system Android 5.1
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
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