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Sony tried to patch the leftovers of Xperia Z with the launch of Xperia Z1, but some people still likes the make of Xperia Z over Xperia Z1. The Xperia Z1 is the new flagship of Japanese electronics giant and Xperia Z had to left the flagship position after serving for a small period of time. Now the big question is that how good this latest device if compared to its predecessor? Let us find out.
DESIGN: While one of our complaints with Xperia Z was its rubbery plastic body. But the new Xperia Z1 makes up for it with its exquisite metal body. While the glass front and rear panels of the Xperia Z have been retained, but the metal frame gives it a sophisticated, strong and expensive look. But the metal body makes it a tad heavier and thicker than its predecessor. The new phone is 8.3mm thick compared to 7.9mm thickness of the former. Both the Smartphone, however, remain loyal to weather-resistant rubber-sealed panels, covering the phone’s ports in order to protect it from dust and moisture getting inside.
DISPLAY: For all those who have been disappointed with the washed out 5-inch display of Xperia Z, the bad news is that the 5-inch display of Xperia Z1 is pretty much similar to the former with HD Triluminous Display, and a pixel resolution of 1920x1080p and a pixel density of 441ppi. However, the fact that the company has added its Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 to its latest Smartphone might produce better, sharper and clearer pictures than its predecessor.
PROCESSOR & MEMORY: As was expected, the Xperia Z1 comes with an upgraded processor. While Xperia Z was powered by Quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, the latest Xperia Z1 uses the Quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. Also, with the Sony’s latest Smartphone using the Adreno 330 chip instead of the Adreno 320 chip of the predecessor for the GPU makes it a little faster than the former device. Both the phones hold 2GB RAM along with 16GB internal memory, and a microSD car slot.
SOFTWARE: While the Xperia Z runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, although it promised to upgrade to 4.2 within few days after the launch. However, the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean seems to have found a way to Xperia Z1, which is again expected to upgrade to 4.3 soon. The 4.2 update brings several improvements, including widgets like calendar on the lock screen, common functional performances straight from the notification bar, and camera pane allowing you to instantly open different modes. And with the Music Unlimited combined with a simple layout for movies and internet browsing, Sony has kept it neat and uncomplicated on both the Smartphone.
CAMERA: One area where Xperia Z1 dominates over Xperia Z is the camera. There’s a whopping improvement from 12-megapixel of Xperia Z to 20-megapixel of Sony’s latest Xperia device. But the hottest news is that the new Xperia Z1 camera flaunts a 1/2.3 inch sensor which is found in a lot of compact cameras including the Samsung Galaxy Camera. We are expecting it to perform ravishingly well under low light as well as good light.
BATTERY: While the Xperia Z is powered by 2, 330mAh battery, the Xperia Z1 has a 3,000mAh unit. Now given that both the phones have 5-inch 1080p display screens, Sony’s new Smartphone will definitely gain more power than its precursor. This has been a welcome improvement since the poor battery life has been a problem with Xperia Z.
VERDICT: The comparison clearly shows the new Sony Xperia Z1 being a superior model than Xperia Z. While Sony boasted of Xperia Z during its launch much to the disappointment of the users later on, this time they are wisely keeping things simple. But the Xperia Z1 definitely seems to be an improvement over Xperia Z. And somewhere down the line, when you hold this new phone, you will get a feeling that this is how the Xperia Z should have been.