SONY Xperia™ Z1

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Xperia™ Z1 – all the power and smartness of Sony in a premium smartphone

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  • Xperia Z1


    The world’s highest resolution** camera in an Android smartphone

    A camera as intelligent as the human eye

    Sharper. Clearer. Brighter. That’s what Sony’s compact digital cameras give you. And with Xperia Z1, we have created the best camera phone built with the very same components, packaged into a 8.5 mm slim 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 image processing engine. This unique combination gives you images that are delivered with a superior sharpness, clarity and brightness – always.

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    Large 1/2.3” 20.7 MP image sensor

    The large 1/2.3” 20.7 MP Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor captures more light from your scene to create ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the camera’s lens. The sensor enables higher sensitivity that decreases noise to ensure smooth, clear reproduction, reproducing every stunning detail with greater fidelity.

    Sony’s award-winning G Lens

    The Sony’s G Lens has superior in-focus image qualities. In addition to sharpness, another characteristic is the light gathering capability. The Xperia Z1 has a 27mm wide angle lens with bright F2.0, allowing the lens to capture more light in dark conditions.

    Intelligent BIONZ™ for mobile image processing engine

    Sony’s intelligent BIONZ™ for mobile image processor engine employs powerful algorithms for vibrant realism in every shot. By-pixel super resolution, Auto exposure and Auto white balance renders colours captured by the Sony G Lens accurately – creating a balance of brightness while enhancing colours with rich layers of texture and depth. The 1/2.3” 20.7 MP Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor and the BIONZ™ for mobile eliminates noise, while the ISO 6400 sensitivity enables clear low-light pictures.

    Xperia Z1 delivers perfect pictures every time thanks to Superior Auto.

    Superior Auto ensures picture perfection

    With Superior Auto as the camera default mode, Xperia Z1 allows everyone to become a camera pro. Superior Auto makes sure that you always shoot with the optimal setting by intelligent scene recognition technology, delivering the best imagery and solving the most common and difficult challenges. So go ahead and enjoy stunning shots in low light conditions, get blur-free images in fast moving environments and zoom in with perfect clarity.

    Low light, bright shots

    Highly detailed shots in any light with Sony’s best camera phone, the Xperia Z1.

    Stunning shots in any light

    Difficult to make that picture of your sleeping child come out just as serene and beautiful as it looks in real life? Our camera technologies cooperate to bring you detailed bright shots – even in challenging low light conditions. Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor is an evolution of our Sony image sensor technology, with a next-generation BSI light sensor. It reduces picture noise while keeping high resolution by bright F2.0 Sony G lens, high sensitivity Exmor RS™ for mobile and BIONZ™ for mobile’s NR, pixel binning and By-pixel super resolution technologies. And with Superior Auto, it all happens automatically – no need to fiddle around with complicated settings.

    Sony G Lens

    – Bright F2.0

    Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor

    – High sensitivity sensor

    BIONZ™ for mobile image processing engine

    – By-pixel super resolution
    – Noise reduction

    Bye bye blur

    Capture the best blur-free images with the Xperia Z1 camera phone.

    Motion detection for blur-free images

    Are you a sports photographer? Or living life in the fast lane? Just keep moving – with the best camera phone at hand, your pictures will come out sharp anyway. Bright F2.0 lens and high sensitivity sensor enables to take a photo with higher shutter speed. BIONZ™ for mobile image processing engine has Motion Detection – it chooses a higher shutter speed to capture blur-free images when your subject is moving. The Superior Auto mode does all the hard work for you.

    Sony G Lens

    – Bright F2.0

    Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor

    – High sensitivity sensor

    BIONZ™ for mobile image processing engine

    – Motion detector
    – Fast auto focus
    – Noise reduction

    Get closer. Stay sharp.

    The best camera phone, Xperia Z1 from Sony, features 3x clear image zoom.

    3x Clear image zoom

    Shooting from a distance? The 3x Clear image zoom by high resolution sensor and BIONZ™ for mobile’s by-By-pixel super resolution takes you to tele-like, 81 mm optical zoom. The combined higher resolution of Exmor RS™ for mobile and By-pixel super resolution of BIONZ™ for work their magic. Zoom in, and enjoy sharply detailed pictures.

    Sony G Lens

    – Aspherical lens

    Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor

    – High resolution sensor

    BIONZ™ for mobile image processing engine

    – By-pixel super resolution

    Get perfect videos with SteadyShot™

    Xperia Z1’s SteadyShot function compensates for your movements and makes your videos steady.

    Smooth panning and stable images

    Shooting a steady video with your everyday smartphone isn’t easy. With Xperia Z1, it’s a different story. SteadyShot™ compensates for your movements, making panning smoother and the image more stable even in Full HD 1080 video. The outcome is gorgeously steady and distortion-free videos.

    Xperia Z1 brings you optimised imagery with HDR for photos and videos.

    Optimised imagery with HDR for photos and video

    HDR for photos and videos captures natural colours in any light. HDR (High Dynamic Range) is an imaging technology used to capture clear photos against strong backlight. With HDR, the camera captures the same image at different exposure levels and layers them to create one optimised photo. And Sony HDR for video lets you film in high contrast situations, like in front of a window or with the sun behind your subject.

    Camera apps

    Xperia camera apps

    Social live – broadcast your precious moments live

    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.

    Xperia Z1 comes with Social live – broadcast live on Facebook from the best camera phone.
    Xperia Z1’s Info-eye function gives you information on the object you just photographed.

    Info-eye™ – an exciting way to gain information

    Info-eye™ allows you to gain information in a new and innovative way. Photograph an object and Info-eye™ will instantly give you all the relevant information you need, right through your camera viewfinder.

    Timeshift-burst – always get the best picture

    With Xperia Z1, you truly get the best camera phone. It’s so intelligent that it captures 61 frames within just 2 seconds – starting even before you press the shutter. Scroll back and forth to select the perfect image, or feel free to keep them all.

    61 pictures taken over 2 seconds means that Xperia Z1 with Timeshift burst will always deliver amazing picture.
    Switch your Xperia Z1 camera to augmented reality and add a funny angle to your pictures.

    AR Effect – a funny angle to your shots

    Switch your camera to AR Effect mode and add some fun animations to your pictures. Ranging from dinosaurs to ocean-life, these fully customisable themes can be easily edited. So if there’s too many fish in the sea, just remove a few.


    Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile with X-Reality for mobile

    Built with the latest Sony BRAVIA® technologies optimised for mobile, Xperia Z1 comes with the most amazing viewing experience. The large, high-resolution 5” Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile with X-Reality for mobile picture engine 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 on your camera phone that are razor sharp and incredibly bright. And since this compact digital camera comes with a Full HD display, it’s optimised to give you the best viewing experience when reliving every capture.

    Quick benefits:

    • 5” TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile with X-Reality for mobile
    • Full HD 1080p
    • 441 pixels per inch
    For amazing colour and sharpness, Xperia has an TRILUMINOS display with X-Reality for mobile.

    TRILUMINOS™ Display for Mobile

    The display of this big screen phone delivers a wider colour gamut, which creates a heightened sense of depth.

    For astonishingly authentic colour

    Discover the widest colour spectrum ever offered on a smartphone display. Unique to Sony, TRILUMINOS Display technology creates incredibly true, natural shades of colours – just the way you want them. Hard-to-reproduce reds, aqua blues and emerald greens are displayed beautifully, making landscapes and seascapes appear more vivid. Faces look better too, with natural skin tones. With Sony’s own unique display innovation, this technique delivers a significantly wider colour gamut, carrying a far more natural and vivid viewing experience with a heightened sense of depth.

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    X-Reality™ for mobile

    The best camera phone has Sony’s latest picture engine: X-Reality for mobile.

    For clearer, sharper pictures

    From low-resolution videos to high-resolution movies − with Sony’s latest picture engine, X-Reality for mobile, everything you see on your display is analysed and selectively processed to give clean, clear and lifelike pictures. Three unique noise reduction features work their magic prior to upscaling, while Sony’s intelligent display technology optimises contrast, texture, outline, colour and noise.

    Pixel reproduction adds new life

    Sony’s unique Super Resolution processing breathes new life into everything you see. This technology examines each pixel in an image and reproduces the ones that are lacking, giving you the sharpest images.

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    (1) Pixel reproduction:

    Sony’s unique Super resolution technology analyses each pixel in an image and reproduces the ones that are lacking, giving you the sharpest images.

    (2) Texture and outline improvement:

    By selectively enhancing elements that help to render the texture and sharpen the outlines, images become clearer and crisper.

    (3) Colour and contrast enhancement:

    The Intelligent Image Enhancer reproduces the vividness of the image in its original colour. Pictures are selectively optimised by enhancing the contrast, making images look more detailed and true to life.

    (4) Noise reduction:

    Intelligent Noise Reduction decreases noise which can sometimes occur in high-motion scenes or footage shot in low-light conditions. As a result, images become clearer and smoother.

    More pixels per inch

    Xperia Z1´s 5” Full HD display creates an amazing viewing experience.

    Razor sharp and super bright

    This Full HD display features an impressive 441 pixels per inch. All those pixels combined give you a level of clarity that makes whatever you look at all the more real. The result? Razor sharp text and super crisp images, and an incredibly vivid viewing experience.


    Less reflective, more responsive – OptiContrast™ & Direct Touch

    We’ve eliminated a layer of air in the construction, bringing the touch panel closer to the display. This OptiContrast™ panel makes for less reflection and clearer viewing – even in bright sunlight, as well as creating a seamlessly black surface when the phone is turned off. By eliminating the sensor layer and integrating the sensor on the lens, we’ve managed to increase the responsiveness of the screen. So your touch is more effective and the experience on your Android smartphone is more intuitive.

    (1) Lens

    (2) Removed air layer

    (3) Sensor layer

    (4) Display


    Designed with premium materials, this Xperia Z1 Android smartphone from Sony in a beauty inside and out.

    A masterpiece crafted in metal and glass

    Building upon the rich history of Sony’s craftsmanship, Xperia Z1 has been carefully crafted using only the most premium materials. Both the front and back are made of durable tempered glass, reflecting the world around you. The innovative one-piece aluminium frame is designed without breaks, creating a completely seamless expression. And following Sony’s unique design principles, this smartphone offers balance and symmetry in all directions, so no matter how you’re holding it the feeling is always the same.

    Magnetically connected

    Combine your Xperia Z1 with the smart Magnetic Charging Dock DK31 and enjoy a truly smooth connection. Place your Xperia Z1 in the dock, and the magnet steers the phone’s cleverly designed charging port to the dock’s connector. Thanks to magnetic pins, you don’t need to fiddle with any ports in order to charge. And while your phone is charging you can check and write messages, or why not enjoy a movie – all from a comfortable viewing angle.

    The magnetic connection between the Magnetic Charging Dock 31 and Sony´s Xperia Z1 Android smartphone makes charging real easy.

    Sony media apps

    You’ll find Sony’s media apps – the WALKMAN, Movies and Album apps - on your Xperia Z1 homescreen.

    A world of entertainment

    The WALKMAN, Movies and Album apps on your Xperia homescreen provide a fast lane to a world of entertainment. Seamless access to online and offline content – the best and easiest way to discover, enjoy and share photos, music and videos.

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    The perfect album app

    Carry every picture with you, without storing them all in your phone. PlayMemories Online* lets you collect all your photos and videos from your camera phone in one place, so you can relive your favorite moments wherever you are. Upload pictures automatically over WiFi from your phone to PlayMemories Online. Since there’s no storage limitation, you can upload as many pictures as you want.

    *PlayMemories Online is not available in every market.

    PlayMemories Online collect all your photos and videos in one place, so you can relive them wherever you are.


    The Xperia Z1 has an IP55/IP58 rating – it’s waterproof and dust resistant.

    Durably packaged

    Xperia Z1 can handle whatever life throws at it. It comes with durable tempered glass and an IP55/IP58 rating, making it waterproof** and dust resistant. All to give you the best smartphone that is just as breathtaking as it is tough.

    The world’s first ultra high resolution** camera in a waterproof smartphone

    Snap pictures underwater with the waterproof Xperia Z1 Android smartphone.

    Snap away underwater

    Underwater hairstyles. Spectacular belly flops from a low angle. With the waterproof* Xperia Z1, you can take pictures while swimming in freshwater for up to 30 minutes. You can even dive with it for up to 1.5 meters. Just remember that all the covers for the micro USB port, the micro SIM slot and the memory card slot must be firmly closed.

    It is also important that you keep your Xperia Z1 away from:
    – Salt water
    – Liquid chemicals
    – Sand/mud

    IP (Ingress Protection) rating

    IP 55/58 – what does it really mean? IP rating is a certification testing to measure a device’s resistance levels to both dust and water. The first digit in the two-digit IP rating indicates the level of protection against solid objects, including dust. The second digit indicates how resistant the device is to water. Here’s what the figures stand for:

    Resistance to solid objects and dust

    IP0X: No special protection.
    IP1X: Protected against solid objects >50 mm in diameter.
    IP2X: Protected against solid objects >12.5 mm in diameter.
    IP3X: Protected against solid objects >2.5 mm in diameter.
    IP4X: Protected against solid objects >1 mm in diameter.
    IP5X: Protected against dust; limited ingress (no harmful deposit).
    IP6X: Dust tight.

    Resistance to water

    IPX0: No special protection.
    IPX1: Protected against dripping water.
    IPX2: Protected against dripping water when tilted up to 15 degrees from normal position.
    IPX3: Protected against spraying water.
    IPX4: Protected against splashing water.
    IPX5: Protected against water jets.
    IPX6: Protected against heavy jet spray.
    IPX7: Protected against the effects of immersion.
    IPX8: Protected against submersion.

    * 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.

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    Connect it all with just one touch

    An endless eco-system of connected devices

    Sony’s broad experience in consumer electronics offers you the widest range of NFC-enabled products. Enjoy a selection of more than 100 premium and innovative Sony accessories that vary from wireless headsets to BRAVIA® TVs. All of them work seamlessly together, so it’s the best way to connect your smartphone to all your devices – with just one touch.

    Connecting to other devices is easy with NFC and the Xperia Z1 Android smartphone.

    Seamless and simple

    How many hours have you spent setting up connections between various devices in your home? Well, now those days are over. Our NFC-enabled devices 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.

    This NFC-enabled Android smartphone from Sony lets you share photos, movies and games in a single touch.

    One-touch sharing

    Share photos, music and more between two phones, or between your phone and an NFC-enabled laptop with a single touch onto the other device.

    Go from phone to speaker in a single touch with your NFC Android smartphone from Sony.

    One-touch listening

    Play the music on your Android smartphone through a wireless NFC-enabled Sony speaker or Sony wireless headphones.

    With One-touch mirroring you can mirror what’s on your Android smartphone to your TV in a single touch.

    One-touch mirroring

    See photos from your phone on your TV. Simply touch your Bluetooth smartphone to the remote from your BRAVIA® TV to activate screen mirroring.

    Go from phone to speaker in a single touch with your NFC Android smartphone from Sony.

    One-touch backup

    Whether you take pictures on your Xperia smartphone, tablet or camera, now you can store them in the same place. The Sony Personal Content Station™ is a wireless hub for photos and videos.

    More ways to connect

    From your smartphone to the big screen

    Who says you have to have a NFC-enabled TV in order to mirror your smartphone on the big screen? Or to go from headphones to speakers? Instead, you can “Throw” content from your Bluetooth smartphone to your Wi-Fi-enabled TV through screen mirroring or DLNA, or send your tunes to a speaker via Bluetooth. Using “Throw”, a smart application integrated into your Xperia apps, your smartphone finds the best way to wirelessly connect to other devices. With an MHL cable, you can also mirror your phone´s full user interface on your TV and enjoy movies, games and more while charging. Or why not use a Miracast™ Wireless Display that lets you wirelessly stream your smartphone to your TV over Wi-Fi.

    Processor and battery

    Blazing fast performance

    With the latest processor, this smartphone from Sony is amazingly quick and clever

    The world’s fastest smartphone processor***

    We’ve matched the latest Sony software with the all new, super powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor. This advanced Quad-core processor is 75% faster than S4 Pro and gives you maximum power and speed with outstanding battery time – run multiple apps simultaneously, surf the web with little loading time, and stream videos without a break. The Snapdragon 800 processor is asynchronous, which means each core is powered independently. So you get the precise amount of power when you need it, without wasting power when you don’t.

    ***Specifications verified by Strategy Analytics, for more information, click here.

    Breathtaking graphics

    Delivering up to 50% increased graphic performance*, the updated Adreno 330 GPU (graphics processing unit) gives you the most advanced and visually stunning 3D games, and lets you browse the web lightning fast – all while using the lowest power consumption.

    * Compared to its predecessor, Adreno 320

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    This LTE/4G modem creates a super-fast big screen phone.

    Ultra-fast LTE/4G technology

    Your Xperia smartphone has a built-in LTE/4G modem. This enables blazing internet connections with up to 100 Mbit/s download and 50 MBit/s upload speeds.


    Always loud and clear — HD Voice*

    HD voice*eliminates background noise to improve voice clarity. That means that you can talk normally and be heard clearly, without having to raise your voice, even in noisy environments. Now you don’t have to shout to be heard, or try to find a quiet place for your conversation.

    * HD voice functionality is operator-dependant.


    Significantly improve battery life with Battery STAMINA Mode

    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.

    Get only the important notices

    With Battery STAMINA Mode, Wi-Fi and data traffic are disabled during standby, but you still receive incoming calls, texts, and alarms. And since everyone has different needs, you can easily customise which apps you want to receive push notifications from even in standby mode. Facebook notifications on or off? It’s up to you.


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