Sony Xperia Z1: Specs, Apps, News, Features & Reviews

Several Sony Xperia Z1 owners are reporting that their phone easily bends, like an LG G Flex

Several Sony Xperia Z1 owners are reporting that their phone easily bends, like an LG G Flex

Sony’s current flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z1 (technically the Z1s in the United States), has a very handsome industrial design. It’s essentially a glass slab on the front, a glass slab on the back, all held together by an aluminum frame. According to the Sony fan site Xperia Blog, that aluminum frame is causing some serious issues. Sony has apparently used a grade of aluminum so soft that multiple Z1 owners are reporting that their device is bending.

CES 2014: Sony unveils the tiny powerhouse — Xperia Z1 Compact

CES 2014: Sony unveils the tiny powerhouse — Xperia Z1 Compact

After leaking in pictures quite a few time, Sony has gone ahead and unveiled the Xperia Z1 Compact at its press conference in CES 2014. The Z1 Compact offers consumers all the features that the Xperia Z1 packs in a much smaller device. 

Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition ROM ported to Xperia Z1

Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition ROM ported to Xperia Z1

Last week, Google released the Google Play edition of the Z Ultra and the LG G Pad 8.3. The Z Ultra shares the same board and internals as Sony’s second half flagship — the Xperia Z1 — so it was just a matter of time before someone ported the stock GPe ROM to it.

Xperia Z1’s MotionShot camera app ported to all Android 4.0+ devices

Xperia Z1’s MotionShot camera app ported to all Android 4.0+ devices

Android OEMs have been adding quite a lot of camera related features to their devices like slow-motion video recording, drama shot, vertical panorama and more. The Sony Xperia Z1 is no different, and comes with an exclusive app called MotionShot, which allows its users to capture a motion in just a single image, by taking multiple images and combining them into one.

Sony confirms that they’re pushing out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra

Sony confirms that they’re pushing out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra

Sony has just published a blog post on their corporate website saying that owners of the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra should be on the lookout for an update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Said update will make both devices run smoother, include the latest versions of Sony’s multimedia and messaging applications, and introduce something new called “Xperia Themes”. Sony says they’ll talk more about their this theme engine at a later time and date.

Red Sony Xperia Z1 leaks, Android 4.4.2 in tow

Red Sony Xperia Z1 leaks, Android 4.4.2 in tow

Sony’s late 2013 flagship phone, the Xperia Z1, has all the makings of a champion. There’s a Snapdragon 800 in there, 2 GB of RAM, and a 20.7 megapixel camera. Unfortunately, the camera isn’t too hot, and the phone, while eye catching, is bulky due to the massive bezels around the otherwise “small” 5.0 inch 1080p display. Sony being Sony, they sell the Z1 in three colors: White, Black, and Purple. A fourth color variant has just been spotted in Vietnam, Red, but what’s even more interesting is the fact that Android 4.4.2 is running on the device.

Sony giving away two months of music streaming, five movies, and ten games to Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, and Tablet Z owners

Sony giving away two months of music streaming, five movies, and ten games to Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, and Tablet Z owners

Samsung may be a vertically integrated company that makes many of the components that go in their devices, but Sony has something very few handset makers have: content. Between Sony Music, Sony Movies, and the PlayStation brand, Sony is in a position to give their customers more entertainment than they know what to do with, and that’s exactly what they’ve just done for people who own either the Xperia Z1, Z1 Ultra, or Tablet Z.

Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra software update brings camera, display and battery life improvements!

Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra software update brings camera, display and battery life improvements!

Sony has started rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra that brings about battery life, camera, and display improvements. While the company has started rolling out the update from today itself, the availability will depend on the market, carrier and the variant of the handset.

Sony now selling the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, and the SmartWatch 2 direct to US consumers

Sony now selling the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, and the SmartWatch 2 direct to US consumers

Sony might not be focusing on the USA, but it doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about FreedomLand altogether. The company has just announced that they’ve begun taking orders for three of their latest devices, the Z Ultra, the Z1, and the second generation SmartWatch.

Sony Xperia Z1 Walkman app ported to Galaxy S4; Might work on other Android 4.2 devices

Sony Xperia Z1 Walkman app ported to Galaxy S4; Might work on other Android 4.2 devices

One of Sony’s strength is the beautiful media application it bundles with its Xperia devices. They are easily among the most aesthetically pleasing and feature-rich music app to come pre-loaded on any Android device.