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Sony Xperia Z1

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Product Type: Android Phone | Network Standard: 4G | Size: 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm | Display Resolution: 1080 x 1920 Pixels | Display Type: LCD | Internal Memory (GB): 16 |
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4th November 2014

Expert Review

  • PricePanda Product Quality Expert
    written on 17/11/2014

    “Stunning” is the right word to explain the Xperia Z1. Offering still the best camera on a smartphone market (20.7MP), full package of entertainment features such as livestream video to Facebook and beloved WALKMAN, the device is also equipped with the latest technology.

    Quad core processor for lack of errors, 3200mAh battery for long working hours and huge expandable storage of 128GB for your preferences - Z1 is strong on all fronts.

Hands on Review

  • PricePanda Product Quality Expert
    written on 10/11/2014
    Considered as Sony’s best smartphone during its release, the Z1 is an all-around device that happens to be waterproof and well designed. It didn’t want to drown in the Android flood and it definitely succeeded in standing out. It has all the qualifications of a premium flagship device plus the added bonus of having Sony’s entertainment features and a pretty powerful 20MP camera. It is one of the most well built handsets upon its release (and still is) thanks to a solid piece of aluminum between two glass panels. It has well designed and non-obtrusive internal seals that ensure its survival even when submerged to up to 1.5 meters of water for half an hour. Dip it in beer, splash it with soda, and you can still be confident that it will let you plays mobile GTA within seconds. Sony’s entertainment heritage is very much present in the Z1. Its 5 inch 1080p (441ppi) LCD display comes with the X-reality picture engine, a mobile version of the brand’s Trilumious Bravia technology making it perfect for viewing HD videos and playing graphic intensive games. Gamers will be very pleased to know that they can play some PlayStation games on their Z1, save it and then continue playing it on their console. As for its camera, well, it may not be as amazing as the Nokia Lumia 1020’s camera but Sony supports this by preinstalling various photo and video enhancing applications which includes the “downsample” app which produces 8MP stills from 20MP images. It has sufficient battery to power all its features (connectivity, entertainment and camera) and its call quality is excellent and not carrier sensitive. The Z1 is an all in one device that not only excels at being a smartphone but also in being a mobile entertainment device and compact camera.

User Review - Sony Xperia Z1

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  • Amazing hardware
    written on 18/11/2013
    The quality of materials is great and is very ergonomic.
    The smartphone is fast: You can feel the 2 GB of ram and quadcore processor.
    The camera and screen resolution are very good, but can be improved.
    The battery has a duration suited for one smartophone with its characteristics.

A new addition to the Xperia family! Sony Xperia Z1

At a big event on the 4th of September Sony announced the highly anticipated successor to the successful Sony Xperia Z, the Z1 model. The new device is Sony’s latest and greatest flagship smartphone that is well poised for any smartphone battle with some impressive features. The design of the whole phone follows the characteristics of the previous Xperia smartphones, but the Z1 is overall an improvement. The new flagship is a great looking device and packs everything that is best from Sony.

Variants of the new Sony Xperia
Front view

The hardware

The new Xperia has some seriously powerful and performance enhancing internal specifications. The processor in the Z1 is a Snapdragon 800 from Qualcomm, which clocks in at 2.2 GHz, more than enough to provide the new smartphone with all the processing power you'll need. Another impressive internal specification is the 2GB of RAM that Sony has placed in the new product, to power all the multitasking users will throw at the device, including running several applications simultaneously without a drop in performance. The Z1 is also equipped with all the regular sensors and connectivity features on modern smartphones like NFC capabilities, accelerometer and gyroscope etc.

The waterproof feature

The Z1 has both front and back panels made entirely out of reinforced glass that are connected by an aluminum strap in the middle, which essentially makes the phone both water and dust proof. Sony takes great pride in the fact that the Xperia Z1 has such a defining feature - it can withstand being dropped and submerged in water.

Z1 waterproof
Xperia Z1 display

The screen of the new smartphone

Sony has always had brilliant screens in their Xperia series smartphones, and the Z1 is no exception. The new flagship has a 5 inch display that takes up the entire front of the phone, with an impressive pixel density of 441 ppi and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 px. This gives the user true FULL HD capabilities. The LCD technology from Sony has really made the display of the new device really breathtaking. Sony has used their knowledge in making television sets into their smartphone display development, and that effort really shows in the Xperia Z1. The technology that Sony uses in their displays is comparable to Samsung.

Breathtaking camera

The camera of the new smartphone is the biggest upgrade from the previous versions of the Xperia line. Sony is calling the camera in the Z1 the G lens, and the camera has some impressive features and specifications. It has a whopping 20.7 megapixels which is right at the top of smartphone camera market. Sony has also borrowed some specs from its camera department and equipped the Xperia Z1 with an Exmor RS sensor and BIONZ image processor, features that will make the new device a superior photo taker.


The software

Sony’s new smartphone will run on the Android JellyBean 4.2.2 software with a customized skin to provide the users with all the software features unique to the Sony experience. The Timeshift feature for example, takes 30 frames before you press the shutter button and 30 the second after, so the user can create cute, funny animations out of their photos. Another cool software feature built right into the operating system of the Xperia Z1 is the ability to livestream video directly to Facebook, a feature that will surely produce some interesting situations and clips.

Xperia Z line

Sony's Xperia line is one of the most favorable of all smartphone lines on the market. The Xperia has derived its name from the word “experience”. Every Sony Xperia has a high resolution display, great features and powerful processor - which gives users almost limitless opportunities when creating, gaming, watching and listening. Each of these devices combines the best of Sony achievements in technology and design; that’s why these smartphones are so attractive. A makeover of the Xperia Z device, the Z1 model has its continuation embodied in the Z1 Compact and Z2 models. While the first one is like a more portable version of the Z1 smartphone it’s, surprisingly, as powerful as its predecessor. The second device, Z2 model, does little to alter the image of the line and instead shows that Sony has linstened to customer feedback. Xperia Z2 is simply an ideal smartphone with a slightly bigger screen (5.2 inches) as well as upgraded and improved characteristics: relating to a better front camera, bigger storage expansion via miscroSD (now up to 128GB) and a 3200 mAh battery. As a result regardless the of your choice, every Xperia Z is worth it.

Pricing and availability in the Philippines

The new flagship from Sony, the Xperia Z1, is already available in several online shops in the Philippines. Use PricePanda to get the best Z1 price on the market!

Specification and Features list

  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
  • RAM Memory: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Rear Camera: 20.7 mega-pixels
  • Front Camera: 2 mega-pixels
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
Technical Details
Product Type Android Phone
Network Standard 4G
Size 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm
Display Resolution 1080 x 1920 Pixels
Display Type LCD
Internal Memory (GB) 16
Dimensions (WxHxD) 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm
Camera Resolution 20.7 MP
Megapixels 5248
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Battery Type Lithium Ion
Weight 170 g