Sony Xperia Z1 

Released September, 2013
  • Android 5.1
  • 4G
  • 5"
  • Quad core 2.2 GHz
With the quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 CPU, overall system performance is simply great, with no visible hiccups or slowdowns.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2013)
Internet and connectivity Chrome is the browser of choice for the Sony Xperia Z1, and it tends to perform lovely on this device.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2013)
7.9 Out of 10
  • 16 GB
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Internet and Connectivity Chrome is the browser of choice for the Sony Xperia Z1, and it tends to perform lovely on this device.

In good lighting, the Xperia Z1 will give you some lovely results, but there's little real advantage to the full resolution over the some of the lesser settings: zooming in to 100 per cent reveals the much of the detail is mushy so we'd be tempted to stick to the 8-megapixel offering to save storage space anyway.

Your own photos look great on the screen, the icons are sharp, web text is readable.


8.0 Out of 10

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With its decent characteristics, the 5" 1080x1920 display of the Z1 may not be a state-of-the-art LCD panel (it's TFT, not IPS), but it is still very good looking.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2013)
Your own photos look great on the screen, the icons are sharp, web text readable.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2014)
Sony's heaped the tech spec bullet points on the Xperia Z1, suggesting the screen features a thing it calls a Triluminous Display - which makes it the perfect media machine, right?
by TechRadar (Jun, 2014)


Meanwhile, the aperture is also quite wide (f/2.0), which should help the camera achieve good results in low-light conditions, as it will allow more light to reach the sensor.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2013)
Display The Xperia Z1 is making full use of Sony's so-called Triluminos screen technology, and the improvement in image quality since the Xperia Z is obvious.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2013)
It has a 27mm f/2.0 lens and is fast to focus and capture the shot.
by PocketLint (Sep, 2013)


That's where X-Reality really comes into its own, boosting colours to bring your pictures and videos to life.
by PocketLint (Sep, 2013)
Video playback is fantastic, colours are deep and the images clear.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2014)
You can easily run every game out there and you'll enjoy sky-high frame-rates.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2013)


It's free to use Play Music with your own music, plus there are two other ways to access music from Google – buying albums and tracks, or paying a £9.99 subscription to activate an unlimited music streaming service that's quite a bit like that offered by current streaming darling Spotify.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2014)
It's probably worth sticking with Music Unlimited if you're a keen fan of new music.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2014)
Once a day you click on the Music Unlimited widget to play a song, and are told there are 'No songs available' – which actually means you have to open the app and sign in to make it work again.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2014)


The 1080p display is impressive.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2014)
The Sony Xperia Z1 is a 1080p phone that delivers clips that look like they're 1080p, not the usual upscaled mush other phones try to pass off as HD material.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2014)
1080p video is smooth and effortless, too.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 5"
Resolution 1920 x 1080
PPI 440 ppi


Clock speed 2.2 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
Internal storage 16 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD

photo & video

Camera 20.7 MP
Resolution 20.7 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown


Generation 4G
  1. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  2. LTE Cat3
  3. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  4. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  5. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  6. LTE (20 Mb/s)
  7. HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
  8. LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
  9. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  10. LTE Cat 4 (150/)


Talk time (3G) 900 min
Standby time 52,848 min
Standby time (3G) 50,976 min
Capacity 3,000 mA·h

form factor

Weight 170 g
Thickness 8.5 mm
Size 73.9 x 144.4 x 8.5 mm


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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