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Sony Xperia Z

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Product Code: SNY-XPZ
Manufacturer: Sony
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Sony Xperia Z Overview

With the Sony Xperia Z you can experience the best of Sony in a smartphone. A precision engineered IP55 & IP57 rated Android smartphone with an endless list of features that will keep you connected and productive should you choose to buy.

Sony Xperia Z Waterproof

The Xperia Z from Sony has a razor sharp 5" full HD reality display (1920 x 1080p) with 443ppi. Built with advanced BRAVIA Engine 2 screen technology, the screen brings to life those accurate colours and sharper photos captured on the 13 megapixel camera. Sony have brought the touch panel closer to the display, this OptiContrast panel makes for less reduction and clearer viewing whilst also giving you are far more intuitive experience. The screen itself is scratch resistant, as you would expect of a device that has an IP rating.

What does the IP rating mean? Well it means that it will be protected against dust ingression and immersion in water up to 1m in depth. Whether you are sporty or prone to dropping your phone in the sink, this protection should avoid any unnecessary insurance claims.

Sony has always produced good quality cameras on their smartphone and the 13 megapixel fast capture camera on the Z is no exception. Built using technology and expertise from leading cameras from Sony such as Exmore RS for mobile this will not fail to impress. The worlds first image sensor with HDR video for smartphone the camera lets you capture sharp photos and full HD video, even in bright sunlight.

With video calling & self portraits becoming ever more popular the Xperia Z caters for this too with a front facing 2.2 megapixel full HD camera. To ensure the best images are captured at all times, Sony have built in Superior Auto mode which is optimised for 36 different scenes, activating HDR and noise reduction when needed. For those hard to capture, fast moving action shots, use Burst mode and capture 10 frames per second.

High end screen and camera, next is the high end processor. A quad-core processor no less, clocked at 1.5GHz with 2GB of RAM for a super fast performance, especially when it comes to gaming and web browsing with the introduction of Adreno 320 GPU for outstanding graphics! The intelligent processor makes use of the four cores as and when it needs them to give you best performance and maximum battery life.

Sony have added battery STAMINA mode to assist in you getting for times longer standby times. When the screen is off, your phone automatically shuts down the battery-draining apps you don’t need, then starts them up again when the screen is back on. And of course, since you don’t want to miss any important reminders or notifications, you can choose which apps to keep running even when the screen is off.

On board memory and microSD memory card slot give plenty of storage space, you can store and share things with the cloud. Utilise the on board 4G/LTE (subject to network & software version) 3G or WiFi connections to share your content with social networks and more.

At 7.9mm in thickness the Xperia Z feels slim in hand but is strong and sturdy and designed to resist daily use. The water and dust resistance adds to the Xperia Z's durability. The front and back of the device is made from durable tempered glass with anti-shatter films and a reflective glass surface giving you that premium appearance. The Xperia Z is as tough as it is beautiful.

High end phones come with high end features. One-Touch mirroring gives you instant entertainment. Easily display the contents of your phone on the display of your NFC enabled BRAVIA TV for a wireless experience like no other. If you do not have the NFC enabled BRAVIA TV then using an MHL TV adapter (sold separately) is the way forward to share the content of your phone with a HD display. The Smart Connect feature allows you to set up how your Smartphone behaves when it connects to other devices. Features include your music player opening when your ear phones are connected, organising your SmartWatch, or activating your alarm clock when you place your Xperia Z on your charging dock before you go to sleep. Smart connect is the software that lets you manage all your smart accessories

With Google Android 4.1 installed as standard (4.2 update will be made available) you get the best Android experience to date along with all the latest features and applications including Play Store, YouTube, Maps, Navigation, Gmail and more. Of course you can download and add apps of your choice too, to make it your own.

Sony Entertainment Network is available on this device for all the latest music, movies and more right in the palm of your hand (subscription required). No need to be tied to a desktop computer, with Sony and the Xperia Z you can enjoy such content on the move.

The Xperia Z is also PlayStation Certified, meaning PlayStation Store and PlayStation Mobile games on your device*. (*PlayStation® Mobile is currently available in the US, Canada, Japan, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Australia only).

Also available is PlayMemories Online. Upload pictures, automatically if you like from your phone and then view them from any internet connected device or BRAVIA TV.

Reasons to buy Sony Xperia Z:

  • 5” 1080 x 1920 full HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
  • 13 MP fast capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile & HDR video
  • HD video recording
  • Front facing 2.2 megapixel camera
  • Dust and water resistant (IP55 & IP57) with a durable glass display
  • Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz processor
  • 16GB internal memory (approx 12.6GB user accessible)
  • 2GB RAM
  • Battery STAMINA mode for better battery life
  • PlayStation Certified
  • MHL
  • WiFi
  • 3G
  • 4G/LTE (Subject to network)
  • MicroSD slot
  • Sony Entertainment Network
  • HD Voice (subject to network)

Sony Xperia Z Box Contents

  • Sony Xperia Z
  • Headphones (MH-EX300AP) with additional earbuds
  • 3 pin UK mains adapter
  • MicroUSB Data Cable
  • Screen Protector
  • Documentation

Sony Xperia Z Review

Below are a few quotes from our Sony Xperia Z Review. To read the full review, please click here.

"With a 5” display there is no denying that you are not going to miss this device. It is big, but well proportioned in comparison to the competition."

"At 7.9mm thick, the Xperia Z is positively thin and feels such. It is quite impressive how thin it is considering all the kit inside."

"We had the device in a bowl of water, in a hot tub, in a shower, in a sink, in a puddle and under a running tap and it continued to work."

SIM Free & Unlocked Yes
Operating SystemAndroid
Version4.1 Jelly Bean (Upgradeable to 4.2)
Custom Skin
Speed1.5GHz Quad-Core
Dual Core
Quad Core
Make/ModelSnapdragon S4
OtherAdreno 320
Expansion Slot Yes
Capacity (Up to)32GB
Internal Storage Yes
Touchscreen Yes
TypeFull HD Reality Display
Resolution 1920 x 1080p
OtherMobile BRAVIA Engine 2, 16 million colours, 443 ppi, OntiContrast Panel, Shatter proof sheet on scratch resistant glass
Frequencies850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
Frequencies850 / 900 / 2100 MHz
SpeedHSPA (plus) up to 42 Mbps download where supported
4G Yes
FrequenciesBands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20 (2100 / 1800 / 850 / 2600 / 900 / 800 MHz)
Bluetooth Yes
WiFi Yes
VersionIEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz & 5GHz)
Video OutMHL
Facebook Yes
Device Controls
Optical Trackpad
Hardware ButtonsPower, volume up and down
Antenna TypeInternal Glonass
Built-in SoftwareGoogle Maps
Camera Yes
FlashAuto Focus and LED Flash
Camera Lens
OtherFull 1080o HD video recording, Exmor RS for mobile sensor, HR for photo and video, noise reduction, Superior audio, burst mode, sweep panorama, PlayMemories Online, Face detection, Flash/Pulsed LED and Photo light, Geotagging, Image stabiliser, Picture Effect, Quick Launch, Red-eye reduction, Scene recognition, Self-timer, Send to web, Smile detection, Superior Auto,Touch focus
Front Facing Camera Yes
Type2.2 MP Full HD front camera with Exmor R for mobile Sensor
G-Sensor Yes
Proximity Sensor Yes
Digital Compass and Gyro
Light Sensor Yes
FormatsMP3 (.mp3), 3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4, .m4a), SMF (.mid), WAV (.wav), OTA (.ota) , Ogg vorbis (.ogg), FLAC (.flac)
Recording3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4), AMR (.amr),
Formats3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4)
Recording3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4)
Near Field Communication Yes
FM Radio Yes
Call Time
GSMUp to 11 hrs
3GUp to 14 hrs
Standby Time
GSMUp to 550 hrs
3GUp to 530 hrs
Dimensions139 x 71 x 7.9mm
Weight 146g
SoftwareGoogle Chrome, Google Play, Xperia with Facebook, Gmail, Google Search, Google Talk video chat, Google Voice Search, YouTube,
Other3D Surround Sound (VPT), Album art, Clear Audio , Dynamic normaliser, Music tones (MP3/AAC), PlayNow service, TrackID music recognition, “WALKMAN” application, xLoud Experience, 3D games Motions gaming
Warranty24 months
Sony_Xperia_Z_Whitepaper.pdf Sony_Xperia_Z_Whitepaper.pdf (1285KB)
Sony Xperia Z User Manual .pdf Sony Xperia Z User Manual .pdf (2212KB)

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this product. Hopefully you will find the answer to your question, if not, use the contact form below and we shall answer it for you.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:http://www.clove.co.uk/international-customers.aspx

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world. Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No - There is only the manufacturers branding.

Does the phone have a standard SIM card slot or a Micro SIM slot?

Micro SIM Card

I have a standard SIM card, can it be cut down?

Yes, you can cut your standard sim card down. We have a blog post about doing this and also have sim card cutters to buy



Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?


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Overall Rating * * * * * 4 Stars Very Good

shane 9th January 2014

Overall Rating
5 Stars Buy it now!

Recommend to a friend? Yes


The sony experia z is an amazing smartphone its one of those phones you love it or hqte It (like most smartphones) the experia z has an amazing screen and has amazing audio quality. The battery life last me all day and I can be a heavy user quite alot, the built in feature to save the battery is perfect. In the box you get your standerd accessories apart from the in ear earphones they are worth 30 - 40 pound and they qre amazing quality.

Over all perfect phone either love it or hate it


Leo 15th August 2013

Overall Rating
2 Stars Ok

Recommend to a friend? No

"I bought this phone 2 weeks ago. Sadly i had no "wow" from this smartphone. After using galaxy s2 colours are washy-even fullHD didn't impressed me because of this. Camera quality is perfect and the photos and videos are looking great thanks to mobile bravia engine 2, but the rest-menu, games' colours are awful. Wifi signal is weak and unstable. Having buttons on the screen is uncomfortable, because they always hinder in the games. There are some other disadvantages, but these disturbs me most. Unfortunately, i can't return it because i don't want to pay for delivery. Don't buy this phone-better buy Galaxy S4 or HTC One (i'm trying now to change my xperia to one of these)"

Keith 27th May 2013

Overall Rating
4 Stars Very Good

Recommend to a friend? Yes

"I bought the Xperia Z to use as a mobile phone and electronic diary and as a GPS for country walking. It performs those functions superbly so far as I am concerned.

I had several attempts before I managed to get the memory card properly locked in place, but most of us will only have to do that once if at all. I also find it much too easy to hit the wrong key on the on-screen keyboard, although that is mitigated somewhat by the excellent predictive text.

My only real complaint is about Sony's documentation. The "Get Started" guide supplied doesn't help you do much more than that. As a newcomer to Android I struggled even with the full User Guide already downloaded. Hence only four stars rather than five.

Full marks to Clove, though, for their great service and pre-purchase advice, and for the prompt and efficient way they dealt with matters when a (non-Sony) accessory I ordered proved to be faulty."

Aleksei 23rd April 2013

Overall Rating
5 Stars Buy it now!

Recommend to a friend? Yes

"I'm using Xperia Z for 7 weeks - nice design, perfect perfomance, 100% reliability. With a 64GB memory card it has enough storage for all my needs (I've got one inexpensively from Clove).

- NOKIA navigation is a little bit better, also SONY PC COMPANION is not so good as NOKIA SUITE.
- Sony player do not read all types of video files, so you have to install additional programm (like a BSPlayer) to watch .mkv movies.

I am satisfied for 100% with Xperia Z; and I'm glad to rate Clove with 5 stars for prompt feedback and delivery."

Feras 19th March 2013

Overall Rating
0 Stars Poor

Recommend to a friend? Yes

"This phone is perfect, very good design, quality, and specs. Just like another devices, this device got some good sides and bad ones:
Good: Design, quality, HUGE Screen, FAST, SMOOTH, and stable.
BAD: Internal memory should be bigger. Unlocked bootloader means NO SONY BRAVIA ENGINE.
(For Me!) I don't like the Sony user interface, (like the Sense more). "

Serge 17th March 2013

Overall Rating
5 Stars Buy it now!

Recommend to a friend? Yes

"The most powerful and "balanced" phone on the market. The colours of screen are really have more clear "natural" colours and "quiet" tone compared to AMOLED/Super AMOLED... The viewing angles are acceptable for me... Also many thanks to Clove for support and excellent work."

William 16th March 2013

Overall Rating
5 Stars Buy it now!

Recommend to a friend? Yes

"The Xperia Z (I got from Clove) is the perfect replacement to my Xperia T (also from Clove!)
This device is beautiful inside and out.
Build quality is excellent, feels premium to the hand and performance is really topnotch.
Although the speaker's placement needs a little bit of getting used to (to avoid muffling the sound), overall the device is awesome! "

Imran A 11th March 2013

Overall Rating
2 Stars Ok

Recommend to a friend? No

"I got this phone from Clove last week who I must say have excellent service top marks here. Sadly I had to return the phone and was not impressed at all I work in the technology area and have used every smartphone work using, lucky me hai!

I found the earpiece is not designed properly you have to hold the phones earpiece exactly on the entrance to the ear canal and any deviance as met with a huge drop in audio quality and I often had to ask the caller to repeat themselves even wit the volume turned up to max. I think this is due to the minute speaker used and the waterproof membrane used to cover the the speaker. In. U opinion is very poor.

The main speaker also didn't perform any better with plenty of vibration when turned up more than. 3/4 another f a mental flaw in the design is the positioning of the man speaker I found it so easy to cover the speaker with my feeds due to is position this became a real pain!!

The screen is gorgeous but viewing angles are so poor and I fond the display too washed out for my liking. Sony have designed a good product but the plastic clips covering the ports will become a pain for some people especially the headphone port I envisage many people will break that clip in the near future.

I found the battery life below average but I only had he phone for 2 days so cannot be sure is not various settings the device also heated up a little more than I expected.

Overall a good attempt by Sony but I honestly feel this the has se major design errors they have tried to revolutionise various design aspects but n doing so have missed some basics. Top marks to Clove for quickly sorting out a return I eagerly await he htc one."

Omer Khalid 9th March 2013

Overall Rating
4 Stars Very Good

Recommend to a friend? Yes

"Extremely high quality phone. loved every bit of it.
Also, great customer service. I strongly recommend using clove.co.uk for buying phones. "

Abdallah 7th March 2013

Overall Rating
5 Stars Buy it now!

Recommend to a friend? Yes

"Sweet... Really sweet... Best phone I've ever spent my money on."

Markio 6th March 2013

Overall Rating
5 Stars Buy it now!

Recommend to a friend? Yes

"Join the Xperia master race! The phone is great, battery is great in stamina mode, and you'll stand out as no-one else will have one."

Louie 5th March 2013

Overall Rating
5 Stars Buy it now!

Recommend to a friend? Yes

"No regret getting xperia Z! It is one great phone today. Luckly i got a great deal from clove with free wireless speaker. Thank you clove!"

Jimmy M 4th March 2013

Overall Rating
5 Stars Buy it now!

Recommend to a friend? Yes

"First time I have bought a new phone and I chose this one and I am glad I did .It will do everything I ask of it and is very smart and powerful .The free Bluetooth speakers that came with it as part of the pre-order deal go very nicely with it .Highly recommended!."

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