Final Sony Z1 pics leaked, making us wish we had it in-hand

by: Nate SwannerSeptember 2, 2013

Sony Z1 Honami

Long rumored, but never really in question, the Sony Z1 (or Honami, if you’re a traditionalist) official press images have reportedly been leaked. Popular dedicated Sony site, Xperia Blog, has received the images via an Asian retailer.

While images of this nature are often highly doubtful, these appear to be the real deal. They match up with the specs we’ve heard about, as well as previously leaked images. These pics happen to show a bit more detail, and are a touch more glamorous than those we’ve seen before.

If these are images of the final production Z1, we’re smitten. The nearly seamless construction and overall finish are gorgeous, and Sony has hinted the device would be water resistant. Sony always builds high quality devices, and the Z1 — or whatever it’s going to be called — doesn’t seem to be any different.

Check out the pics and let us know what you think of it. Does this device finally have you interested in Sony devices? I’m a pretty dyed-in-the-wool Nexus guy, but this one is making me rethink that — unless I get my wish, and this really is the new Nexus. We’ll find out September 4th at Sony’s IFA announcement!

  • Nathan Odong


    • chaoslimits

      Somewhat of a premature ej… post. This phone must be something special lol.

  • M3D1T8R

    Classy design, other than the side bezels. Hopefully they improved the screen from the Z.

  • Looks nice, but big. I dig the camera button, but I hope they do something about the viewing angles compared to their earlier phones.

    • MasterMuffin

      they fixed the angle problems that Xperia Z had for their later phones already, so this shouldn’t have that problem

  • Ho Ku

    Honestly, I kinda already love the Xperia Ultra. I don’t have so much use for a phone, and the Ultra is basically a tote-along siized phone / outright tablet. Sure, it looks nice though.

  • asd

    I personally don’t like how looks

  • meme

    Looks so much better than the galaxy series. How I wish Sony would sell their flagship phones cheaper

    • K.

      I don’t know where you live but their phones are not more expensive than Samsung’s for example. For instance, the Xperia Z ultra costs £500 on Amazon (one can even get it for £450 elsewhere) and the galaxy S4 £436. The Z1 should be cheaper than the Z ultra and should have a similar price as the S4.

  • Karthik

    That huge bezel…hmmmmm!

  • poop

    Can someone reiterate what the specs of the device were? They should be in the article, but they aren’t.

    • K.


      5-inch Triluminos display with X-Reality engine and 1080p (Full HD) resolution
      2.2 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor
      2GB RAM
      16GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
      1/2.3-inch 20.7 MP Exmor RS display with Sony Lens G, BIONZ for mobile image processor and dedicated camera shutter button
      2MP Exmor R front camera
      3,000 mAh battery
      IPX5/IPX7 certification (waterproof)
      NFC, MHL, WiFi, LTE

  • xtriker360

    Do you really need so much bezel on a phone?

    • FCK

      I guess that’s not right question. We have different choices,needs and wants. For me Bezel is useful. “Less Bezel, More Danger” to your phone.

    • Vince Longman

      I don’t mind the side bezels, they are fine.
      But the top and bottom bezels are huge, they look bigger than the bezels on the already big Xperia Z.
      I wish they were like the Xperia ZL, then it would be the perfect size (IMO).

      • ProudToBePinoy

        but the bezels are useful(protection), for the users that loves to play on landscape mode and usually all of the users do.

        • Vince Longman

          Sony’s carbon fibre frame gives it nice protection. The majority of the bezels is just empty glass (especially the top and bottom), which doesn’t really help protection.
          The Xperia ZL’s bezels are still more than big enough for comfortable landscape use.

          I prefer the Xperia ZL’s small bezels for its much smaller size.
          ZL: 131.6 x 69.3 x 9.8 mm
          Z1: 144 x 74 x 8.5mm (leaked maybe fake)

  • Espen Benoni

    This is probably my next phone. The best processor, camera, screen and a 3000mAh battery… AND it’s waterproof? I’m sold.

  • Thumper

    I hope that they make a CDMA version that Verizon would carry. I’ve been eyeing this as a reason to jump to Android.

  • Mvrcel Lgt

    bezel + audio jack closed due to “protection”…glass back…don’t even want to hold it really with that much bezel.

    • Mvrcel Lgtissamsungb*tch.

      are you sure the audio jack is closed? bitch.

      • Mvrcel Lgt

        What, I don’t like being insulted when commenting here! Also I don’t use any Samsung device ;) never have. Actually I use Sony…but yeah, pointless insults are always catchy right? Think about your social behavior.

    • najiy91

      it is open audio jack and water resistant.

  • Cosmix

    Hoping this comes to U.S. Carriers..

  • Dusan

    I’m sorry Sony, but with those bezels you’re not getting my money. I’d rather take S4 over this. But it’s probably going to be G2, or Nexus 5.

  • Cristi13

    Let’s see…people shout.and bash samsung for making the s4 similar to the s3. But when sony makes the z1 look almost exactly the same (even bigger) no one cares.
    Btw. I’m not saying that it’s a bad design, I’m just pointing how some people are hypocrites.

    • dfsef

      because it’s not time for sony to change design language yet. the xz was released first part of this year. expect a new design next year.

      in samsung’s case, it’s the same from s3 to note 2 to s4. the note 3 will probably look the same too.

      • Cristi13

        S4 was released 10 months after the s3, this z1 will be released in September, October, 9months after the z. Talking about the se design: xperia z, sp, l, m, zl, zr, z ultra, now z1.

        • dfsef

          point is it’s a different year:) xperia z and the rest of the z family are all for 2013.

          consider the designs for these flagships for different years:

          2011 xperia arc
          2012 xperia s, sl / xperia t, tx followup
          2013 xperia z, z1, zr, z ultra

          it’s different every year for sony. unlike apple and samsung. even samsung’s low and mid-ends share similar designs. sony’s mid, low, and high ends are easily distinguishable. the materials used also vary.

          design monotony for samsung is very pronounced because almost all phones the company products look the same—plastic with rounded corners and a home button.

          you can expect a new design for 2014.

    • M3D1T8R

      The difference is the Z was already a pretty nice design, the S3 not so much. Though I personally think the subtle changes Samsung made for the S4 were good ones, in keeping with their terrible old buttons they lost a chance to really innovate.

  • Balraj

    What bout software update
    Will Sony support it for full cycle of key lime pie?

    • neXus

      recently sony has shown a good support to its devices.atleast better than htc and lg.

  • brendan soliwoda

    Seriously, shut up and take my money!!!!

  • ProudToBePinoy

    This would probably my next phone or maybe ZU.

  • Cao Meo

    Problem with Sony phones is they are expensive with so-so cameras. But great build quality.

    • pritish

      havent you spotted a g lens in z1’s camera

  • Ayan

    Cant wait to get my hands on this beast :)

  • Fred Chiang

    uh… am i the only one who thinks this is kind of ugly? like its pretty thick, rounded, big bezeled, etc