Sony Xperia Z1 first impressions

Sony Xperia Z1 first impressions

Sony’s new flagship device was just announced yesterday and judging from its specs we can definitely say that this one’s a serious beast. Get acquainted with the Xperia Z1 by reading our first impressions below.

What Sony has done here is took they took the Xperia Z, beefed it up for some extra muscle, gave it steroids, then dressed it up nicely. Compared to the Xperia Z, it’s slightly larger, thicker and heavier, but a lot better and faster.


As mentioned in the announcement, the Z1 sports an aluminum frame body which is then mounted with tempered glass on both the front and the back. Found on the front of the device is the familiar 5-inch Full HD TFT Triluminous display, along with the earpiece and 2 megapixel front-facing camera. No capacitive buttons here so the rest are all glass.


Take a peak on the left side and you’ll see two flaps that cover the microSD card slot and microUSB port. Also found here is the magnetic port for the dock. On the right is another flap for the microSD slot along with the power/lock button, volume rocker, and dedicated camera button.

Right on top is the headset jack, while at the bottom is the wide speaker grill and provision for a lanyard. Flip it on its back and you’ll see the 20.7 megapixel camera with G Lens, and LED flash.


Although it carries a larger footprint compared to the Z, on hand, the Z1 screams authority and performance – the two major characteristics of a true premium flagship. If the Z and the Z1 walked into a bar, the latter would certainly grab more attention. Let it sit beside the Z Ultra and the Z1’s beefiness would make the Ultra appear lanky.



One of the main power-features of the Z1 is its 20.7 megapixel Exmor RS camera with G Lens and BIONZ for mobile image processing engine. We’re yet to go deeper into this fancy camera but here’s a couple of shots together with their 100% crops.



We also did a couple of benchmark tests to give you an idea on how many horses it is packing under the hood thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU:


* AnTuTu – 34,625
* Quadrant – 21,578

As you can see, it clearly blew away the listed competition. We’ll be playing more with the device in the coming weeks so watch out for our full review.

The Sony Xperia Z1 is slated to arrive in the Philippines in October. Pricing is yet to be announced.

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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20 Responses

  1. nit0 says:

    xmas gift 4 meself..
    w8 m0de..

  2. AA says:

    Ang laki na ng mga phones ngayon. Its not comfortable to hold anymore. Hanggang 4.3″ lang gusto ko. If I want larger, I’ll get a tablet. Although this is a nice phone.

  3. Mr. Curious says:

    hahaha SGS4 got blown away! I wonder when will this device land here

  4. balantoy says:

    take my 13th month sony.hehehe

  5. aragorn says:

    pabili na sana ako last month ng Z, hmmm i think hintayin ko nlng ito. kaya lang baka about ng 38-40K ito? kgya ng flagshio ng HTC?

  6. kim says:

    I’m waiting with this device to arrived either at kimstore or widget city as an upgrade from s3 lte :-), s4 & note 3 are a no no for me comparewith this impressive z1 :-)

    • Smoothescape says:

      Tama yang desisyun. Mas kapakipakinabang mga features ng sony z1. Mas maraming feature na ibento ng samsung tulaf air gesture etc… Pero ang katotohanan halos lahat di mo na gagamit. Compare mo sa z1 na halos lahat ma gagamit tulad ng live stream sa facebook.

  7. silent b0bjay says:

    :) puff and pass

  8. abuzalzal says:

    Dream phone na sana eh…perfect na lahat…kaso


    lmao, may triluminous pa silang nalalaman eh washed out pa rin mga kulay

    Note 3 forever

    • edgardo escuadro says:

      Abu jakol, pla ang name mo dito rene. Mag home service ka nga sa bahay At ayusin ang samsung aircon ko. Tft tft ka pa dian eh dba black and white lcd ng aircon lang nman alam mo. Bakit sales person kana rin ba ng electrolux ngaun? Musta na pla chery mobile mo napa ayos mo na ba sa technician sa quiapo, d ka tuloy matawag tawagan eh sira din land line mo. Chery mobile din ba iyun? Gamit mo pa rinba ang neo netbook mo sa pag iinternet or nabili mo na iyong cdr king na gusto mo noon. Xa xa, pasyalan mo ako sa sm west ha at sira ung samsung aircon ko. Pag alam mo na mag kumpuni ng hitachi aircon, papatira ko nadin sau. Ok. Regards sa boyfren mo pala rene.

    • smoothescape says:

      Ang bobo mo! Kaya tft gamit ng sony kasi mas matagal ang buhay ng tft screen kesa amoled ng samsung. Mag research ka nga sa google. Mas gusto ng sony tft screen kasi kahit 10years na experia z1 mo buhay na buhay parin screen mo compare sa amoled na mas maliwanag kasi di tumatagal buhay.

  9. Smoothescape says:

    Mas matagal ang buhay ng tft screen kesa amoled.

    • august says:

      pero mas maganda kung IPS yong gamit nila na triluminos gaya nung sa z ultra. mas maganda ang screen nun. ito, may washing out pa rin. tingnan nyo yong promo photos nila washed out pa rin when viewed from angles.

  10. aira says:

    ganda netong z1 as in!! *wink*

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