Sony Xperia Z1 Overview

The Sony Xperia Z1 is a mobile device like no other combining the best smartphone and camera technology in one, compact unit.

Following the success of the Sony Xperia Z, the Z1 takes all the great elements and improves them to form a faster, even more powerful and desirable phone.

TRILUMINOS technology

The Z1 has a 5” Full HD 1920 x 1080 (441PPI) touchscreen display that has the latest Sony BRAVIA technology built into it for super crisp and rich on screen images.

TRILUMINOS technology uses a wider palette or colours to give a more realistic and natural image on screen, whilst the X-Reality for Mobile analyses images to optimise colours, sharpness and contrast.

Fully waterproof

Sony have improved on the water and dust resistant qualities of the original Xperia Z. With an IP55/58 rating, the Z1 can sit in water up to 1.5 metres deep for 30 minutes and still operate normally during and after its removal. This is a perfect feature if you live in wetter climates or operate your phone regularly near water.

Unlike the Xperia Z, the Z1 has no cover on the headphone jack; this has been completely waterproofed; so you need not worry if the jack gets wet.

Intelligent design

Even when it comes to charging there is no need to open the cover over the microUSB port, because there are magnetic pins on the side of the device for docking into a desktop cradle (sold separately).

Sony have continued the premium look on the Z1 with tempered glass on both the front and the back of the Z1 and the OmniBalance design that is consistent across the Sony smartphone range. The Z1 looks clean and stylish from all angles.

Top of the range power

Powering the content that you see on the 5” display is the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz quad-core processor backed up by 2GB of RAM for super fast performance and excellent multi-tasking opportunities.

Running Android version 4.2 you get the ability to customise and personalise your phone in the way you choose. There is full access to Google services such as Gmail, YouTube, Navigation and much more. You can also download all your favourite apps through Google Play Store.


Sony also include a few of their own value added applications including WALKMAN, Movies, Video/Music Unlimited and much more to enhance your user experience and access to great content on your mobile.

With PlayStation Mobile certification, you can play lots of games on the move and experience excellent audio thanks to 3D surround sound further enhanced by ClearAudio+ and xLOUD volume technology. You can even connect a PlayStation3 DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller to further enhance gameplay.


There is no let up in specification in terms of connectivity, microUSB for power and data as well as MHL video out too.

The most up to date specifications adorn the Xperia Z1 including Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi & WiFi direct / Miracast, DLNA and NFC.

Sony have also confirmed total octaband 4G LTE support too, making the Xperia Z1 the first truly global modern flagship device. Wherever you go, you should be able to remain connected.


With the Z1 you will want to be connected to share the media you capture through Sony’s killer feature, the 20.7 megapixel camera.

This is the most impressive camera on an Android device to date and you will be able to stunning images and video like never before! If you ever contemplated getting rid of your dedicated point and shoot camera you carry around at times with you, then the Z1 will be the phone to persuade you to do so.

The Z1 features a large 1/2.3” 20.7 megapixel Exmor RS mobile sensor which captures more detail than we have ever seen before on a smartphone. The result is sharp, crisp images.

Sony’s G Lens provides a wider angle to allow more light into the sensor than the current competition to deliver superb results.

BIONZ for mobile is an image processing engine that makes sure pictures and video contain less noise and better focus. The BIONZ engine includes motion detection technology, that chooses a higher shutter speed to capture blue-free images when your subject is moving to give all round better stabilisation for video recording.

Superior Auto, seen on previous Xperia devices reduces blur and matches the scene type to produce the best images with no additional changes to the settings. Sony's optical image stabilisation Steadyshot will always be in play too, further compensating for shaky hands and allowing for smooth movement when recording video.

Many camera applications have a variety of shooting modes and that is the case with the Z1, but there are a few new ones that we will draw your attention too.

Social Live

Record with Social Live and broadcast every moment directly to Facebook. Useful for group meetings or realtime sharing with friends. Social Live also includes a conversation feed with all participants.


Take a picture of an object and have the Z1 scour the web for information on your subject. This could be details on books, wine, local landmarks or a simple barcodes!


1 picture isn't enough, especially when the action is quickly developing. Timeshift-burst lets you take 61 frames in just 2 seconds - all you need to do is pick the best one. Perhaps you like them all? No problem, keep every one and save 2 second flipbooks of your action shots!

AR Effect

A little bit of fun for you and the little ones. Include short animations and effects to your pictures and share the results with your friends!

Play Memories

For the really keen photographers out there, there is also the option of the attachable DSC-QX100 or DSC-QX10 lens cameras (sold separately). These are incredibly compact dedicated cameras in the shape of attachable lenses.

Connecting to the Xperia Z1 with one-touch NFC pairing and WiFi direct, you can use the PlayMemories app on the Z1 to control the lens camera, taking the best pictures ever seen on a smartphone, ready to store and edit on the 16GB internal memory or share with the world. PlayMemories also provides an online cloud backup.

If the camera was not good enough already, further features include an F2.0 aperture, a focal length of 27mm (wide angle), a max ISO of 6400 (in auto mode), SteadyShot, HDR for photo and video as well as 3x Clear Image Zoom.

All this high end camera technology built into a smartphone that is just 8.5mm thin.

Powering such a smartphone is a built in 3000mAh battery that should get you though a full day's usage, but if you find you are exhausting the battery Sony have STAMINA mode technology built into the Z1 that tweaks the settings of your phone to maximise the potential standby and usage time.

As if all of the above was not enough, Sony are offering customers an added value entertainment package. Through Video Unlimited you’ll get to own 5 movies plus an exclusive movie access pass to a new summer blockbuster, and through Music Unlimited you’ll get 60 days of free music streaming. Available in selected countries* up untl 31st December 2013.

Reasons to buy Sony Xperia Z1

  • 5" Full HD touchscreen
  • 2.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 16GB internal storage
  • MicroSD memory card slot
  • 3000mAh battery
  • NFC
  • 4G
  • 20.7 megapixel camera
  • Multiple camera modes
  • Optional lens attachements
  • MHL video out via microUSB
  • Just 8.5mm thick
  • IP55/58 rated
  • Waterproof headphone jack

Sony Xperia Z1 Box Contents

  • Sony Xperia Z1
  • Screen protectors with cloth and applicator card
  • MicroUSB Cable EC801
  • 3 pin UK mains charger EP880
  • In ear headphones MH70 with replacement buds & clip
  • Documentation


Sony_Xperia_Z1_User_Manual.pdf Sony_Xperia_Z1_User_Manual.pdf (2828KB)



SIM Free & Unlocked Yes
Operating SystemAndroid
Version4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Custom Skin
Dual Core
Quad Core Yes
Make/ModelQualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad Core (MSM8974)
Expansion Slot Yes
Capacity (Up to)64GB
Internal Storage Yes
Capacity16GB (~11B user-accessible)
Touchscreen Yes
TypeFull HD TRILUMINOS™ Display with X-Reality for mobile
Resolution 1920 x 1080, Pixel Density 441 PPI
Other16,777,216 colour TFT, Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display with X-Reality for mobile
Frequencies850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
Frequencies850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz
4G Yes
FrequenciesBands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20
Bluetooth Yes
WiFi Yes
DataMicroUSB 2.0
Video OutHDMI via MHL supported microUSB port
Facebook Yes
Device Controls
Optical Trackpad
Hardware ButtonsPower button, volume up & down, dedicated camera button
Antenna TypeInternal Glonass
Built-in SoftwareGoogle Maps
Camera Yes
FlashAuto Focus and LED Flash
Camera LensSony G Lens
Other8 x digital zoom, Front-facing camera (1080p for video 2MP for image capture), HD video recording (1080p), Sony Exmor RS® for mobile image sensor, HDR for both pictures and movies, Smart social camera: Social live, Info-eye™, Timeshift burst, AR effects, and more.
Front Facing Camera Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Proximity Sensor Yes
Digital Compass
Gyroscope Yes
Light Sensor Yes
Near Field Communication Yes
FM Radio Yes
Call Time
GSMUp to 830 minutes
3GUp to 900 minutes
Standby Time
GSMUp to 880 hours
3GUp to 850 hours
Dimensions144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm
Weight 170g
SoftwareGoogle Chrome™, Google Play™, Google Voice™ Search, WALMAN app
Other3D Surround Sound, XLoud Experience, ClearAudio , PLayStation Certified, Sony Entertainment Network
Warranty24 months



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Do you ship internationally?

Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world.

Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No - There is only the manufacturer’s branding.

Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?

Yes – this phone supports up to 64GB of external storage

What SIM card does this phone use?

This phone takes a micro SIM card

Is this handset LTE compatible?


Does this phone have a removable battery?


Does this phone have video out?

Yes, via the microUSB port, but a MHL adapter is required. This is sold seperately.

Is the phone water resistant?

Yes, it has an IP55/58 rating. It can be immersed in water up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes.

What languages does the phone have?

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