Xperia Z vs. Xperia Z1

Vs Tony Crammond 08:54, Sep 09 2013

Is the newer Xperia Z1 worth waiting for? Here's what we found

IFA 2013 is in full swing over in Berlin, where the world’s finest hardware manufacturers gather to showcase their wares and impress the watching world. A number of top tier devices have already been given their bow at the event and one that caught our eye was Sony’s Xperia Z1, the successor to the Xperia Z.

What does this new device offer? Is it really worth waiting for, or should you just go out and snap a regular Xperia Z up in advance...and for less cash?

We help you answer these questions and more as we stack both devices up against each other to see which one really offers you more.


The original Xperia Z is driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, which equates to a quad-core 1.5GHz Krait CPU and an Adreno 320 GPU.

The device is also imbued with 2GB RAM and offers up 16GB of storage space, as as well as a micro SD card slot that will take cards up to 64GB in capacity.

Lastly, the Xperia Z is powered by a non-removable 2330mAh cell that promises quite a lot, but has reportedly delivered fairly average battery life so far.

The Xperia Z1 is powered by Qualcomm’s next big thing, the Snapdragon 800 chipset, which offers a quad-core Krait CPU clocked to 2.2GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU.

Much like its forebear, the device is packed with 2GB RAM and offers 16GB of internal storage space and, as you would imagine, Sony hasn’t dropped the micro SD slot, so you can beef your storage up to the tune of 64GB as and when you deem it necessary.

The newer device also boasts a significantly larger battery, at 3000mAh, which should deliver longer battery life, all being well.


Both devices boast 5-inch TFT displays that are hardy and responsive.

They run at 1080 x 1920, offer up a 441PPI pixel density and are both tough enough to cope with water and dust, but more on that later.

The major difference between the two is that the Xperia Z1 boasts a Triluminos display as well as a BRAVIA 2 engine. This gives the newer device a brighter, more colorful display, owing to the Xperia Z1 having a screen that is 50 percent larger than your common or garden LCD panel.


The Xperia Z comes out of the box with Android 4.1.2 installed, and there’s an upgrade available for 4.2.2, which brings the device to within shouting distance of the latest version of the OS, 4.3. There’s been no word yet on whether the Xperia Z will be receiving Android 4.4, KitKat, though.

Naturally, being a Sony device, there’s a UI overlay present too, and while it does offer a few bonus items, such as visual changes and apps, it doesn't do enough to really stir the pot. It’s decent, but nothing to write home about, so to speak.

The Xperia Z1 will come with Android 4.3 installed as a default and we would hope the device will receive the bump when Android 4.4, KitKat, goes live in a few weeks’ time.

The Xperia Z1 also offers Sony’s neat, but underwhelming UI too, and it all works nice and quickly but, as with the Xperia Z, it’s all a bit boring.

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