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Sony Xperia Z1

88
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

The Z1 ticks all the main boxes for a cutting-edge Android flagship, with superb 20-megapixel stills being an added bonus. However, if you're looking for the very best cameraphone on the market, this isn't it.

Pros
  • An excellent all-rounder
  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • Attractive design, well-built
  • Powerful camera in a skinny frame
Cons
  • Lack of image stabilization hurts video and low-light stills
  • 1080p display has bad viewing angles
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Scores

Engadget

88
 

User Reviews

90
andreas3115
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
draconiscz
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
100
sandywoo
I think Sony has finally done it. It's a shame that they didn't wait and released...read more
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Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Model

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Standby time (max)
850 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (3000 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (20.7 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
UMA support
No
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Dun)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (Avi, Divx, H264, Mpeg4, Wmv, Xvid) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Lte (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Umts, Hsdpa) (Yes)
Subscriber identity
SIM card

Display

Screen size
5 inches
Screen resolution
1920 x 1080
Pixel density
441 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
2.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM tuner
Yes
FM transmitter
No
TV-out
Yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia