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Sony Xperia Z1 at a glance
Screen size 5 inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 1920
Camera 20.7
Navigation GPS

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Colour Name: Black | Size Name: 16GB

Product details

Colour Name: Black | Size: 16GB
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.5 x 73.9 cm ; 168 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 299 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 1276-0471
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 July 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,795 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Colour Name:Black  |  Size Name:16GB

Product Description

Size: 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

Sony Xperia Z1

Best of Sony for the Best of You

The same quality and performance as our compact digital cameras. The same screen technology as our high–end BRAVIA® TVs. A masterpiece crafted into the most elegant package ever. And that's just scratching the surface. Because with Xperia Z1, we've created a smartphone that truly encompasses the very best of everything. The world's most compact ultra high–resolution camera in a smartphone*, it combines a large 1/2.3” 20.7 MP Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor, Sony's award–winning G Lens and intelligent BIONZ™ for mobile processing engine. The result? The same quality and performance as in a real compact digital camera, allowing you to take pictures like never before with a smartphone — in any light, weather, fast–moving and zoom-friendly environments. And there's more. Use Xperia Z1 to enjoy a range of smart applications and social sharing, for a camera that goes far beyond image–making as you know it. The unique design is slim, sleek yet waterproof** and dust resistant, for a stunner of a smartphone that can go anywhere. The icing on the cake? A superior 5” Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile with X–Reality™ for mobile, creating rich colours and razor sharp image quality, always. So say hi to a smartphone like never before. To an experience like never before. To the best of Sony, for the best of you.

** In compliance with IP55 and IP58, Xperia Z1 is protected against the ingress of dust and is waterproof. Provided that all the covers for the micro USB port, the micro SIM slot and the memory card slot are firmly closed, the phone is (i) protected against low pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP 55; and/or (ii) can be kept under 1.50 metre of freshwater for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP 58.

waterproof smartphone

The world's best camera in a waterproof smartphone*

Sharper. Clearer. Brighter. Thats what Sony's industry leading compact digital cameras give you. And now with Xperia Z1, we have created a groundbreaking smartphone built with the very same components, giving you the most stellar picture and video quality possible. By combining the large 1/2.3”; 20.7 MP Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor, Sony's award-winning G Lens, and intelligent BIONZ™ for mobile image processing engine, the results are nothing less than amazing. The light-sensitive 27 mm wide angle lens with bright F2.0, allowing the lens to capture more light in dark conditions. The large high sensitivity sensor is made exclusively for Xperia Z1 and is equivalent to the sensor size used in Sony's Cyber-shot™ digital still cameras, which together with the intelligent noise reduction capabilities of the image processing engine and the sensitive ISO 6400 enables incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail. The high pixel resolution, aspherical lens and BIONZ™ for mobile super resolution technology enables zoom without quality loss — just like an optical zoom, while the high shutter speed prevents any risk of blurry footage. Images are delivered with super sharpness, clarity and brightness — always.

*The Z1 features a bespoke camera combining the world's largest image sensor (1/2.3 inches) with the highest resolution (20.7MP) in a waterproof smartphone. It also includes the brightest lens (F2.0) available in a slim (8.5mm) waterproof (IP55/IP58) smartphone. Specifications verified by Strategy Analytics' SpecTRAX service as of 5th of August 2013.

social live

Social live — broadcast your precious moments live

Your best friend's wedding. Your son's first steps. Or your husband's cooking skills. With Social live, you can broadcast every precious moment as it happens live via Facebook. Get your friend's response right on the screen and keep the conversation going, all in real-time. So go ahead and let Xperia Z1 erase the distance and bring together the people that matter to you most.

Info–eye™ — an innovative way to gain information

What meat should you eat with that bottle of red? What is that book all about? And how tall is the Eiffel Tower? Photograph the object and Info–eye™ will instantly give you all the relevant information you need. An innovative way to search information on all the things that interests you — right through your camera viewfinder.


Timeshift burst always get the best picture

You no longer have to worry about Dad accidentally blinking at the wrong moment, or spend hours taking that perfect Hadoken picture. With Xperia Z1, you get a camera so intelligent that it captures 61 frames over 2 seconds — starting 1 second before you press the shutter. So scroll back and forth to find the perfect image.

AR effect — give your shots a funny angle

By switching your camera to AR effect, fun animations will instantly appear, allowing you to create pictures with a playful touch. Choose between themes ranging from dinosaurs to ocean–life. The best part? These themes are fully customizable, so if you do not want too many fish in the ocean, then just remove a few of them.

AR effect

Album app

Built with the latest Sony BRAVIA® technologies optimized for mobile, Xperia Z1 incorporates a large high-resolution 5” Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile, for a wider palette of rich, natural colours — just like having a broader range of colour pencils to draw from. With Sony's exclusive X–Reality™ for mobile picture engine, everything you watch — from HD movies to web videos and photos — is analysed and selectively processed to deliver clean, clear, and lifelike pictures. In addition, the Intelligent Super Resolution technology finds and reproduces lacking pixels, so you'll always be able to enjoy the sharpest videos, preventing your entertainment from being spoiled by low resolution videos. The display comes with a 1920 x 1080 progressive scan, for incredibly crisp pictures free of jagged edges. Paired with a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch, you get pictures that are razor sharp and incredibly bright.

Smart, sleek and waterproof*

Building upon the rich history of Sony's craftsmanship, Xperia Z1 has been carefully crafted using only clean lines and premium materials. With OmniBalance design, this smartphone offers balance and symmetry in all directions, creating a smartphone that feels wonderful to hold in every angle. Both the front and back are made of durable tempered glass, reflecting the world around you while allowing you to get so immersed in content that the hardware virtually disappears. The innovative solid one-piece aluminium frame is designed without breaks, creating a completely seamless expression. Paired with the Magnetic Charging Dock DK31, charging is made smooth and comfortable, with no need to open a USB cap. And due to its IP55/IP58 rating, this slim and sleek smartphone is both waterproof and dust resistant. In fact, even the headphone jack is waterproof. For a smartphone that is just as breathtaking as it is tough.

*In compliance with IP55 and IP58, Xperia Z1 is protected against the ingress of dust and is waterproof. Provided that all the covers for the micro USB port, the micro SIM slot and the memory card slot are firmly closed, the phone is (i) protected against low pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP 55; and/or (ii) can be kept under 1.50 metre of freshwater for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP 58. More on www.sonymobile.com/xperia-z1-waterproof.

smart, sleek and waterproof

The largest range of one–touch devices available

How many times have you spent hours setting up connections between various devices in your living room? Sony's broad experience in consumer electronics offers you a whole new level of one-touch experiences. Now, with the largest range of NFC–enabled devices to choose between, you can enjoy a selection of 62 premium and innovative Sony accessories that vary from wireless headsets to BRAVIA® TVs. All of them work seamlessly together, giving you a quick and easy way to connect all your devices with just one touch. See photos or videos from your smartphone on your TV. Or play music through a wireless speaker or wireless headphones. No fiddling with cables or buttons or settings. Just pure entertainment — just so easy.

Blazing fast performance

Performance that never lets you down. Isn't that what we're all craving for? With Xperia Z1, that's exactly what you get. This smartphone supports super–fast LTE networks, giving you access to entertainment anytime and anywhere. With the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 Quad–core 2.2 Ghz processor with 2GB RAM, this smartphone comes with ultra–fast performance and breathtaking graphics. So stream your favourite YouTube clips and download the latest podcasts. With a smartphone this quick and clever, you never have to worry about any hiccups along the way.

blazing fast performance

Better battery life

Smartphones use a lot of power, even when you're not actively using them. All those apps that you have on your phone may still be running in the background, draining your battery. Battery STAMINA Mode saves you wasted battery drain. It recognises when you're not using your display and automatically turns off the functions you don't need, while keeping the notifications you want. As soon as you press the power button to wake up your screen, everything is up and running again. So not only do you have an enormous 3000 mAh battery, Battery STAMINA Mode helps you cleverly maximise every bit of that energy.

PlayStation® Mobile

Take the amazing world of PlayStation® with you wherever you go. Because with PlayStation® Mobile, you're always one step ahead of the game, no matter where you are. This PlayStation™; Certified Xperia smartphone gives you direct access to PlayStation®Store*, where you can browse a catalogue of great games developed for PlayStation®Mobile. So go ahead. Download something today and get your game on.

Box Contains

Sony Xperia Z1 with fixed battery
Setup guide
UBS cable
Premium Sony headphones

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Colour Name: BlackSize: 16GB
I really like this phone, mostly because of the screen: it's beautiful. Really good contrast, good black level. The only issue is the off-axis viewing angles aren't the best, but that is very minor.

This device feels super premium: the metal sides feel fantastic in the hand and the glass front and back add to make this phone feel even more premium than an iPhone in my opinion. The metal also makes this device super tough too. I am sure if you dropped it from a small height it would be fine.

Call quality was excellent: callers could here me loud and clear and the quality on my end was excellent too. No issues with reception: very good on the Tesco Mobile (uses O2) network, but I am sure it would work well on every network.

I wasn't able to test the water-resistant ability (I'm too scared!) but I am sure it would be just fine if you dunked it in the loo, a swimming pool, etc. The flaps used to provide this ability by covering the ports feel really durable so they won't come off when you're in the water.

The camera's very good: 1080p video looks really crisp and the photos it takes are really good quality, with good definition and very little noise. Low light performance wasn't bad, but a fair bit of noise creeped in. However, this is normal for most phones.

Overall, a really excellent phone, that I would certainly recommend. Excellent!
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I have been using iPhones since the 3GS and have rarely looked outside of Apple, having several iPods, an iMac and previously owning a Macbook that lasted for over 5 years. The iPhone 5S showed very few of the signs of innovation that put Apple where it is so I decided to look elsewhere.
The screen is excellent and is certainly a competitor for Apple's retina display. The camera on this phone is excellent, the poor reviews for indoor photos in poor light have some merit, but this is due entirely to the automatic white balance, if photos are taken on manual white balance settings they are still well above what you would expect of a smartphone camera. Battery life is much better than I experienced with previous iPhones, it's still on a device that is exceptionally energy/battery intensive but lasts much longer than I predicted.
The phone doesn't feel as big as it looks, when compared to the iPhone or smaller smart phones available it initially looks massive, but in practice it retains all the benefits of a smaller phone with the benefits of a larger screen. The screen is much bigger and more suitable for videos/digital magazines etc on the move compared to the iPhone and after only a few hours the phone feels like its a 'normal' size handset not a tablet/phone hybrid.
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Colour Name: BlackSize: 16GB Verified Purchase
I have been using an iphone 3GS for the last few years, and have been quite happy with it. I decided to replace it for a number of reasons, so did a lot of research and agonised over what to buy, after all when buying outright whatever you choose requires parting with a hefty lump of wedge.
I decided on the Xperia Z over other android phones for a number of reasons.
1) Its waterproof. I use my phone as a sat nav on my motorbike, so this is a great feature for me.
2) Expandable memory. 16Gb is not enough for me, my music collection alone approaches that.
3) Good camera
4) Good battery life (only other phone I could find with a 3000mAh battery was the LG G2)

I have had the phone a few days now and so far I am not at all disappointed with my choice. The phone simply flies, launching maps, sat nav, web pages etc in fractions of a second. It's build quality seems very good (but I haven't dropped it yet !) I've taken a few photos and they have been great, and the battery has lasted me all day with almost constant use (since I can't stop playing with it)
It is quite big, there are other slightly smaller phones with a 5inch display, but we are talking a few mm here. I doubt I could type with it one handed due to its size, and fear of dropping it, but really that's about the only negative and really the price you pay for a 5 inch display I guess.
So if you are thinking of buying a new android phone, you could do a lot worse than choose this.
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Colour Name: BlackSize: 16GB
I have been a fan of sony mobile phones for some time, and the Z1 is the best yet. For anyone who owned a Z this is the phone that should of been, a more premium build, far superior camera, better screen (although who looks at a phone screen anything other than straight on?) For the pedantic (like myself) the annoying 'flap' issue is eradicated in that the headphone jack is now flapless (but still waterproof) so the only one that'll need opening daily is the micro usb to charge the phone. Again this can be avoided buy purchasing a charging dock for about £20. (The Krussell clip on hard card case is compatible with the dock).
The camera is of course the stand out feature and is very good, not ground breaking in a nokia 808 or 1020 sense but the best available on android (which in return is light years ahead of the windows operating system). The default setting is superior auto which doesn't use the full 20mp but rather 8mp that apparently utilizes the 20mp's (again like nokia 1020) to make a better shot in all conditions. I would say for the most part superior auto will do the job.
The walkman app is one of the best on a smartphone and the though there is too much bloatware (most manfacturers are guilty of this) you can disable them if you wish. Spec wise the Z1 is just about the fastest out there at the moment, falling a tad short of the note 3 but it does have better camera and the build quality is second to none. Some may argue the HTC one or iphone 5 are the best built phones but it's down to opinion, the Z1 is on a par but glass instead if aluminum. The Z1 is of course waterproof which is a nice touch, I'm still too scared to put mine under water but it's nice to know your safe when talking in pouring rain.
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