Saturday, 19 October 2013

Sony Xperia Z1 - First Look

 The Sony Xperia Z series is a revival for the brand that has changed the opinions and prejudice that people had towards Sony and their smartphones. The premium and leading flagship device was labeled as the Sony Xperia Z1 and in this article we will go over just how powerful this Android smartphone actually is. It is a unique and extremely powerful device that is more than capable of competing with the leading flagships such as the iPhone 5S, LG G2 and (obviously) the Galaxy S4.

Sony Xperia Z1

General Design and Body

 Let us start of with the body of the phone shall we? It is a relatively thin phone with the dimensions of 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm or 5.67 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches if you prefer. It weighs only 170 grams (6.00 oz) and has an elegant and modern design. The device is IP58 certified to be fully dust-proof and water resistant over 1 meter for 30 minuets.

Display and Sound

 When it comes to the display, the Sony Xperia Z1 has a lot to offer. While the TFT capacitive screen isn't exactly top-of-the-line it is still fairly good. The devices has a 5 inch display that has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels which equals to ~441 pixels per inch. This is great pixel density and it really makes this device stand out from other products on the market.

 The display is also shatter proof and features scratch-resistant glass. Many drop tests have confirmed that the Xperia Z1 can indeed take a punch. While a case is always recommended, this device was built to endure harsh conditions even without it.

 As for sound, there isn't much to say. The included loudspeaker is fairly mediocre and provides solid audio and voice quality at a stable 65 decibels. The device supports HD sound and comes with a single 3.5mm jack for external headphones or speakers.

Xperia Z1 Specifications and Hardware

 Now this is the part you've probably been waiting for, so we will try not to take any more of your time! The Xperia Z1 really has a lot to offer, so let us take a short overview:

  • Quad-core Krait 400 CPU running at 2 GHz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage with microSD card support
  • LTE (4G) ready
  • Comes with Android 4.2, but an update to a better version is also planned
  • 3000 mAh battery

Camera and Z1 Photo Samples

 The camera is a pretty good selling point for the new Xperia Z1 since it provides 20.8 Mpx, autofocus and LEG flash. It has a 1/2 3" sensor size and can produce 1080p video @ 30 frames per second. The secondary front camera has 2 Mpx and can also produce HD video at 30 fps.

 Here are some tests and Xperia Z1 photo samples:
Xperia Z1 photo sample

Sony Z1 photo sample

Overall, it is an amazing phone. What do you think about the Sony Xperia Z1? Leave us a message down bellow in the comments! :) BTW, check out the awesome Xperia Z1 drop test! It really shows that the body is very durable.

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