Xperia Z1

Xperia Z, with a side of bezels

Thanks to a wealth of pre-release leaks, there's not much we haven't seen of the Sony Xperia Z1 (or "Honami") at this point. But now there's an official-looking render of the device to confirm what we've been seeing for the past few months -- a phone very similar in design to the older Xperia Z, complete with hefty bezels.

The image from Chinese forum Digi-Wo shows the Z1 in the standard Sony tricolore -- black, white and purple -- the same colors used by the Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra. The back of the purple device shows off one of the Z1's most talked-about features, its 20-megapixel rear camera with Sony G Lens. On the inside, the Xperia Z1 is rumored to pack similar hardware to the Z Ultra -- a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2 GB of RAM and microSD expandability.

We're expecting to see the Xperia Z1 unveiled at Sony's big pre-IFA press conference on Sept. 4, and we'll be live from Berlin to bring you full coverage of the phone.

Source: Digi-Wo; via: GSM Insider

 
There are 46 comments

xderiwx says:

That's a great looking purple.

15israellai says:

Sony makes the best purple phones.

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lightyear420 says:

Yeah, but why only purple?? I never quite understood that. Their last few flagships are only while, black and purple. How about blue, red, green, orange? Only making the purple one just seems so strange to consistently choose such an irregular color for a phone.

NoNexus says:

Exactly, it stands out. Does anyone else make a Purple (outside the MotoMaker)?

wnflyer says:

What screen size is this rumored to be?

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droidhead_1 says:

At first the rumor was 5" like the z but I think it will be a little bigger.

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mlndshh says:

There is a bug(sort of) in the AC app. While trying to switch article on the pane at the top, i.e left to right, the action is cancelled if I don't do it exactly horizontal... A slight shifting downwards causes the swipe to refresh to start

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Nick Rhodes says:

Noticed this also, it's quite annoying.

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You gotta kinda flick it so it doesn't cancel. If you long swipe it, that's when it cancels it seems. Short, quick swipes do the trick.

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NoNexus says:

There is also a feedback button in the menus for proper bug reporting. We all know that the writers hang in these threads a bit but it really would be a better place for it I would think

mlndshh says:

yes, but at the same time, i wanted to make sure that its not only me who is facing this

Lovely

tantai says:

This device will take down mid range shit Moto X #Snapdragon800

Sony,you are back to the game.

Seriously dude. You need a hobby or something. We get it. You don't like the MotoX

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And if it were to outsell the Moto X or have win the spec war pissing contest, how would your life change in any way?

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tantai says:

Joe work at Motorola. Ha Ha
Try to protect his Moto X in everywhere.

You can call 1800-motorola and talk to Joe. :)

NoNexus says:

Wow! Scoop! You outed him.

Or maybe he was just pointing out that we got your point 12 threads ago.

That's why I have a nexus 4 and nexus 7 made by two different manufacturers... Neither being Motorola. Right.

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NoNexus says:

THIS X 1000

Time to let it go

return_0 says:

It's funny how you seem to like Android but you hate Google.

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NoNexus says:

No he seems to hate Motorola, a subsidiary of Google

impulse101 says:

This phone looks like crap. It almost has as much bezel as an iphone. It has on screen buttons so there is no reason to have 3 inches of bezel on the bottom. I was looking forward to this phone but you have to be some kind of moron to pick this bezel monster instead of the Note 3,G2,Moto X, Oppo N1 or Nexus 5. You really would have to be blind or have some sick fascination with ugly bezels, lmao

XavierMatt says:

Looks like an iPhone.

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mlndshh says:

Lol what?

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IanDimare says:

dude.......

dEris says:

Right... pfft

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gadgetluva says:

Nice big bezels.

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blasiam_615 says:

What is the size of the phone?

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dEris says:

I really would like an Xperia but I just can't part with my Nexus. =(

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lafountain says:

I give Sony credit for the specs in their phones. They just need to work with carriers and get them into more hands.

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E90 Commie says:

I don't think Sony should make carrier branded devices since they are inferior in all aspects compared to their unlocked versions. What they should do is to sell the Xperia line through their Sony Stores and also get retailers like Best Buy, B&H Photo Video, J&R and others onboard with a Sony section where unlocked Xperias can be bought with Sony Financing and reward points. Sony should be a more exclusive brand with a more Apple styled retailing experience and the carriers are unable to provide that, unfortunately. The Sony Store is great and a very nice place since they also offer a full accessory line with speakers, headsets, memory cards, MHL adapters and more.

The Z1 Honami deserves to be sold unlocked with LTE on AT&T and T-Mobile. It is also worth to mention that Sony has big markets to focus on already (Japan, Europe, India etc) and that the US isn't that important.

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NoNexus says:

And your plan would do nothing but keep it an "unimportant" brand in the US.

They need to do the exact opposite and release it on all carriers at the same time. It is the trend (and a good one) with flagships lately and maybe it would make the Sony name a bit more "important"

Am I right that they mostly release on Verizon at this point.

obidos says:

I hope your right and they do release this on Verizon! This would make my decision that much harder: HTC One, LG G2, HTC One Max, or this.

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NoNexus says:

I am on Sprint and I have some of the same choices coming for me. One Max, This, Note 3

E90 Commie says:

You mean that they should make 4 new versions, say C6906a AT&T, C6906b (T-Mobile, the 700 band disabled), C6907 (Sprint CDMA/LTE) and C6908 (Verizon CDMA/LTE) and top it off with ROM incompatibility, bloatware, branding and locked bootloaders followed by customers that complain that "Sony" doesnt update their devices?

That would be a very bad idea for the brand of Sony.

They should provide unlocked devices and AT&T and T-Mobile bands - the C6906 does it. Making CDMA versions destroy the standardization and should be avoided. Fortunately, Sony is only working on the C6906 for the US market and it has support for AT&T and T-Mobile LTE.

It is time to hand the power over to the consumers and that is done with unlocked, unbranded devices rather than letting the carriers destroy the products with their branding, bloatware and restrictions. Fortunately, Sony is following that rule in general and the C6906 is a step in the proper directing with its LTE radio.

And then, the US market isn't that important that it is a reason to let carriers destroy a device. India has a middle class that is equal to the entire US population. China and China Mobile has a subscriber base that is equal to the big four US carriers customer base doubled. Then we have Europa where the C6903 serves the whole EU with around 360 million of citizens. So the US market is just not that important that releasing crippled devices is a necessary move.

The majority of the smartphones released world wide is never released in the US and that is because of the up side down system with carriers acting as designers, makers, wholesalers and retailers. That has to change.

NoNexus says:

Yes providing 4 different versions has proven to be so disastrous in the past. This is exactly why Samsung is so far behind in not only US sales, but worldwide smartphone market share. it was a horrible misstep that should never be repeated.

Your wrong on that score.

Where you are right is in most nothing else you said. I was running HTC ONE X ROMs on my Rezound. Right now you can switch ROMs between various SGS3 models, just by changing the APNs. There is no reason to do it, but it can be done.

Where are you getting that there is only a C6906? As of right now we have seen nothing to prove or disprove that. In addition, a lot of the newer SoC support all radios, it is just a matter of software and proper programming. Look at the N4 with not LTE, oh wait, it does have it.

In addition, CDMA is not a US only invention. Here is a list, don't skip over the largest network in Japan BTW

It will not let me put the link in, but there are 77 other countries that have CDMA networks, including China, South Korea and India. This is not just a little chunk of the market you can ignore

THe last paragraph is the only thing that you have said that is right. Most smartphones are never released in the US and the carriers are too powerful. The rest you are hopeful, but skewed

NoNexus says:

lol--

I just looked into the Chinese CDMA network. It is pretty small in terms of subscribers

only 265.569M. on the 800 Spectrum (like Sprint)

Totally insignificant

itmccb says:

Sony's phones are too pretty. This and the Z Ultra are probably the only Non-Nexus devices I could buy without hesitation were they available on Sprint.

impulse101 says:

Really? You think this phone is pretty? Are hou planning on putting stickers all over the bezels?

tigerchilly says:

this looks really nice specs are amazing...but im stuck with my s3 until next year..
any news on the beast ubuntu edge?

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It did not make the cut

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NoNexus says:

It died the death it deserved. Not because it is bad, but they overshot initial expectations. They needed to start a bit more modestly.

philly says:

This would be my next phone but it will n
ever come to verizon

Tyson Fulton says:

Am I the only one who thinks Honami is a cooler name than Xperia?

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tigerchilly says:

i prefer the name honami

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When I first head about this phone, I was beyond excited. Now that we have official pictures and what not, it's horribly disappointing. It looks EXACTLY like the Xperia Z. Also, that damn bezel! I think the Nexus 7 has a smaller bezel than that thing. No reason for a bezel of that size with on screen buttons.

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