Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Unboxing and First Impressions

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Sony launched the Xperia Z1 Compact, as the “mini” variant of its flagship device, the Xperia Z1 sometime back. It was the Z1f(launched in Japan) for the world and was almost immediately heralded as the best compact Android device yet. Samsung and other companies like HTC have been playing the “mini” game for a generation or two, in which they would release a device that is identical to the flagship, but saddled by poorer specifications and obvious cost cutting, but Sony has done the inevitable, a smaller flagship, with deservedly flagship level specifications and a worthy competitor to the Apple iPhone, which still remains the only small-ish flagship product in the world. In a world of 6 inch phablets, how does the little one fare? Before we let you know that in our review, here is the customary unboxing video –

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Final – Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Sony Xperia Z1 #SmartFone13

final-smartfone-13After two rounds of really close battles between 8 smartphones, we have come to the finals of the SmartFone 13 championship for the best smartphone of 2013. Two devices have made it to the finals and they are – Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Sony Xperia Z1. Both the phones are awesome on their own and have beaten two other capable smartphones to reach this stage, which removes even an iota of doubt on how great these two devices are. Both being the companies’ respective flagships are packed with innovations as well as top class features. But which one do you think is the best of the two? Do you think one of them is good enough to earn the title of “Best Smartphone of 2013”?

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Round 2 – Google Nexus 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 #SmartFone13

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Round 2 of the SmartFone 2013 championship had begun yesterday with a really close competition between the LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020, and today it’s the turn of Google Nexus 5 and the Sony Xperia Z1 to fight it out in our battleground. After winning massively over the iPhone 5s, the Nexus 5 is in contention with the Xperia Z1 which initially trailed so close with the Note 3 and later pulled a massive lead out of the hat. Both these devices are flagships and have their own advantages and disadvantages, so which one do you want to vote for? Time to decide!

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Sony Xperia Z1 Giveaway

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It’s time for another giveaway at Fonearena! Yes, you now have the chance to win a brand new Sony Xperia Z1(and more) in the Asphalt 8: Airborne contest from Gameloft. Like all our earlier contests, this one is really simple too. But before we go into the details, you can watch the video below, from our YouTube channel, to have a quick overview of our Sony Xperia Z1 Giveaway –

Heads up: the winner has been announced!

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Sony Xperia Z1 Camera Samples

Sony Xperia Z1 is the latest flagship from Sony and it is the company’s first step towards a camera centric flagship as it houses the biggest sensor on an Android smartphone. The Xperia Z1 comes with a 20.7MP Sony G Lens sensor and brings along Sony’s own Bionz Image processor for superior image quality. Though the Sony Xperia Z1 runs on Snapdragon 800 SoC, there is no 4K video recording and you do not even get 1080p Full HD recording at 60fps which you find on LG G2 and Note 3. The front camera on the Xperia Z1 is nothing special as it is just a 2MP one which can record 1080p videos as well.

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Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra get new firmware updates to improve display and battery life

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Sony Mobile has announced that they have started rolling out a new update for both the Xperia Z1 (v14.1.G.2.257) and the Z Ultra. This update brings performance and stability tweaks / improvements for both these devices. This update improves camera in the Xperia Z1 with new algorithm and better Smart Social camera. For Z Ultra the touchscreen sensitivity has been improved. Common improvements include, better display and power management. Check out the official changelog below. Continue reading “Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra get new firmware updates to improve display and battery life”

Sony Xperia Z1 Benchmarks

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Sony launched the Xperia Z1, their latest flagship Android phone with a 5-inch 1080p display and a Snapdragon 800 processor in India recently. We brought you the unboxing of the device recently. Here we have the benchmarks of the device. The device is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) 28nm HPm quad-core Krait 400 CPU clocked at 2.2 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU. As you can see on the image above CPU-Z says that it is clocked at 2.15 GHz. The Xperia Z Ultra was also powered by the same chip. Let’s find out how it compares with other high-end devices in various synthetic benchmark tests.


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Sony Xperia Z1 Unboxing

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Priced at Rupees 44990/-, Sony Xperia Z1 is already available in stores, in India. It was first introduced to the world at  IFA in Berlin, earlier this month and Sony has been surprisingly quick to bring this flagship device to India. The Z1 has a 5 inch Full HD display and is powered by a super fast Quadcore Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2 Ghz. The Android 4.2.2 handset has some of the most tempting add ons with the box.


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Sony Xperia Z1 launched in India for Rs. 44990

Sony has finally launched the Xperia Z1, the company’s latest flagship smartphone in India as they promised. It was announced at the IFA earlier this month has a 5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Triluminos Display with with X-Reality engine, powered by 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It has a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with Sony G lens with a 27mm wide angle f/2.0 aperture custom 1/2.3″ Sony Exmor RS image sensor, BIONZ image processing engine, 1080p video recording and a 2-megapixel 1080p front-facing camera.

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Sony Xperia Z1 launching in India on September 18th

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IFA in Berlin introduced some of the best Android handsets of 2013. Some of the key flagship models from leading mobile makers are all set to strut into the Indian market, this month. Sony will launch the Xperia Z1 in New Delhi on 18th September. We have just received the press invite for the event. Continue reading “Sony Xperia Z1 launching in India on September 18th”

Sony Xperia Z1 Hands On

The Sony Xperia Z1 is the latest smartphone flagship from the Japanese manufacturer. The phone packs top of the line specifications in a stunning packaging made of aluminum and glass. We got to spend some time with the phone and here’s our brief impressions.

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Sony Xperia Z1 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Hands on

The Sony Xperia Z1 is the latest flagship device announced by the Japanese smartphone manufacturer. We’ve already gone hands on with it and brought to you all the latest details of the phone. Given the camera centric pedigree of the phone, we found it apt to compare with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. Here’s a quick comparison between the two.

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The front of the Xperia Z1 has a 5inch Full HD display with the company’s triluminous display built in while the Galaxy S4 Zoom makes do with a 4.3″ Super AMOLED qHD panel. The Z1 has no capacitive buttons and makes do with onscreen controls. The S4 Zoom on the other hand has a hardware home key right below the display with capacitive buttons on either side of it.

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Sony Xperia Z1 vs Xperia Z Ultra Hands on

Sony announced its latest flagship device, the Xperia Z1 here at IFA in Berlin and we’ve already gone hands on with the camera centric device. It competes within its own stable with the Z Ultra that is also a relatively recent launch for the Japanese smartphone manufacturer. While they don’t exactly compete with each other, here’s a quick break down to see how the handset fare when placed next to each other.

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The design language of the Z1 and Z Ultra is very similar and they most definitely do appear like they belong to the same family of smartphones. The front of the Z1 has a 5 inch Full HD Triluminous display with Sony’s X-Reality Engine thrown in for good measure.The Z Ultra on the other hand has an absolutely gargantuan 6.44″ screen. The resolution is the same as the Z1 at 1920 x 1080 with the pixel density dropping down to 342ppi versus the 441ppi of the Z1. The screens on both the phones are a much needed improvement over previous gen Sony devices and have fairly wide viewing angles and good color reproduction.

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Sony releases the WG-C20, a more portable 2nd gen Wireless Server for your Smartphone

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Remember the crazy WCG-10 wireless server from Sony? They have released a successor to it, but it now looks a lot slimmer, just like the Xperia devices, and it can now charge them too! Funnily enough, at first glance, one would think it is actually the back of a Xperia device. A quick recap of what it does is, it’s a portable solution that can connect wirelessly to your smartphone and back-up files, or even let you access the files already in the server and play it back. Pretty interesting concept, that is possibly better explained in a video –

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Sony Xperia Z1 with 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 800 processor, 20.7 MP camera announced

Sony Xperia Z1 Sony has just announced the Xperia Z1, the company’s latest flagship phone at the IFA 2013. It has a 5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Triluminos Display with with X-Reality engine that would offer rich, natural colours, powered by 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It has a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with Sony G lens with a 27mm wide angle f/2.0 aperture custom 1/2.3″ Sony Exmor RS image sensor, BIONZ image processing engine, , 1080p video recording and a 2-megapixel 1080p front-facing camera. It is 8.5mm thick and weighs 170 grams. Continue reading “Sony Xperia Z1 with 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 800 processor, 20.7 MP camera announced”