Sep 05 AT 9:16 AM Nick Gray 19 Comments

Spec showdown: Sony Xperia Z1 vs. the competition


Yesterday, Sony unveiled the Xperia Z1, an Android smartphone with a 20.7 megapixel imaging sensor and a G Lens developed specifically for the phone by the company’s imaging group. We’ll have to wait and see how image quality from the Xperia Z1 stacks up against that of the Nokia Lumia 1020, but it’s safe to say that Sony’s new device could be the front runner for best Android camera phone. But the Sony Xperia Z1 is much more than fancy optics attached to a phone; the device comes packed with dozens of other features to make it one of the most powerful Android devices ever. The Xperia Z1 will be released later this month.

Check out the chart below to see how the Sony Xperia Z1 stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2 and the highly acclaimed Motorola Moto X.


Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • surethom

    Really loving the Xperia Z1 But very disappointed with the dimensions, the LG G2 with 5.2″ screen has smaller width & height, dont care much about the depth.

    Lets hope the LG Nexus 5 is based on the LG G2 size or slightly smaller but without the back buttons as seen on the leaked Android kitKat video.

    • uknowme

      I keep hearing and reading about the dimension and bezel complaint. Remember this is water and dust proof. If it wasn’t for that I’m sure the dimensions would be smaller.

      I’m fine with it. This is sitting at a 99% chance of being my next phone. I work outside almost everyday, so it’s a plus in my book.

      • Nick Gray

        Sony has also stated that the size of the phone is directly related to the 20MP camera sensor and G Lens, but I’m sure the seals needed to make the phone water and dust proof also take up additional space within the phone’s chassis. Sony has come a long way, let’s just hope they are able to get this phone on multiple carriers here in the US so that we can enjoy the Xperia X1 as well.


        If this comes on T-Mo and the picture quality is among the best, then I will get it. I am a huge fan of nexus and stock devices but I’m getting tired of “vanilla (plain)” devices. Its time to branch out and I think this is the one for me.

      • kiki.utena

        I don’t care why or how they justify the overall dimensions of the phone. Without having held it I suspect it will feel too wide in my hand for comfortable everyday use for 2 whole years. If Sony couldn’t engineer smaller bezels with all the goodies they’ve packed in they should have picked a slightly smaller screen to keep the overall width where most manufacturers and users seem to be comfortable with.

  • donger

    Sony is great. They better update this to Kitkat 4.4.

  • Paul

    I’m getting the Note 3. My wife is getting the Z1. We’ll both be going to T-Mobile and I’ll be on the JUMP program so that I can upgrade every 6 months. I don’t think she needs to be on JUMP, she sticks to a phone she likes, but I’m considering it. I mean, it adds insurance/accidental damage as well, might-as-well.

  • Daniel Smedegaard Buus

    To be fair, I think this shouldn’t be compared to the Galaxy Note 3, when there’s a Galaxy S4 out there which is a phone, too, and has a comparable size and screen.

  • muap

    Make Belive

  • oding

    when launching ?

  • Jaymoon

    Umm, are you sure the S3 has 4K recording? Weren’t they touting that on the Z1 because of the 20MP camera?

    • Nick Gray

      Rumors about the phone did suggest that it would support 4K video capture, it was not listed in Sony’s specs and was not mentioned during the unveiling.

  • Pravas

    Looks Good with specs….waiting for the camera

  • Simon t

    In all honesty I thought the regular Z was the best Android phone around for general experience until now. Sony really have come a long way since taking over Ericsson. Bravo guys.

    • Nick Gray

      The Z was a good phone, but it’s specs were 6 months behind once it came out in the US and it’s display has pretty bad viewing angles. Again, if Sony can get this to the US market on multiple carriers before the holidays, I think the Z1 could be a very appealing option.

  • http://no stokis

    who buys iphone when there is so many great Android phones, with better specs? people who don’t understand specs, maybe?

  • Mike

    Please get this phone to T-Mobile!!!

  • Mike

    T-Mobile get this phone!!!

  • Ernest

    Please T-mobile! I know you hear us. Just give us a date and watch your stock go

    This might be the best all around flagship device of 2013..