Sony Xperia Z1 Review

November 5, 2013 | Mark Goldstein | |



Operating system Google™ Android™ 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Processor 2.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad Core
GPU Adreno 330
Size 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm
Weight 170 grams
Available colours Black, Purple, White
SIM card Micro SIM


Size 5.0 inches
Resolution 1920x1080 pixels
Type 16,777,216 colour TFT

Input mechanism

Touch Screen Yes (Capacitive)
Touch Gesture Yes – multi-touch, up to 10 fingers supported


Flash memory Up to 16 GB*
Expansion slot microSD™ microSD™ card, up to 64 GB (SDXC supported)


Camera Resolution 20.7 MP
Digital zoom 8x
Front Camera Yes – HD 1080p for video chat and 2 MP for camera capture
Photo light Yes – Pulsed LED
Video recording Yes - HD 1080p


Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Magnetometer Yes
Gyroscope Yes

Data transfer speeds

GSM GPRS Up to 107 kbps
GSM EDGE Up to 296 kbps
HSUPA (upload) Cat 6, up to 5.8 Mbps
HSDPA (download) Cat 24, up to 42 Mbps
LTE (upload) Cat 4, up to 50 Mbps
LTE (download) Cat 4, up to 150 Mbps


UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV),1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20)
4G (Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)

Battery life

Battery (Embedded) 3000 mAh minimum
Talk time (GSM) Up to 830 minutes**
Standby time (GSM) Up to 880 hours**
Talk time (UMTS) Up to 900 minutes**
Standby time (UMTS) Up to 850 hours**
Standby time (LTE) Up to 760 hours**
Music listening time Up to 110 hours**
Video playback time Up to 400 minutes**


* Memory comprises of approximate 5 GB firmware plus 11 GB of “Internal storage” for music, pictures
** Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique as performed in controlled laboratory conditions. Actual time may vary.
Note Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.
Note All performance metrics are measured under laboratory conditions.
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