What’s the difference? Sony Xperia Z1 vs. Sony Xperia Z Ultra

by Jerry D on September 5, 2013

If you compare the Sony Xperia Z1 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which one is technically the better phone? Is the 5.0-inch screen on the Xperia Z1 noticeably better than the Xperia Z Ultra’s? Which phone has the most versatile operating system? Find out which phone is better by checking the comparison below.

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Sony Xperia Z1 vs. Sony Xperia Z Ultra: stat-fight

Here’s a comparison of these two phones. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Sony Xperia Z1 VS Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Display 5.0-inch TRILUMINOS LCD 6.4-inch LCD
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
1080 x 1920 pixels
(344.219 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 2.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) 2.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Software Android 4.3 Android 4.2
Storage 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
20.7 Megapixels with Exmor RS 1/2.3-type CMOS, autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, image stabilization, face detection, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP Yes, 2.0MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 74.0 x 144.0 x 8.5mm 92.2 x 179.4 x 6.5mm
Weight 170g 212g
Talktime 15.0 hours 16.0 hours
Standby 850 hours 820 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Info-eye, TrackID TV, TV-out and Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine 2 GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, TV-out and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia Z1 wins!

The Sony Xperia Z1 wins this match-up. It beats the Sony Xperia Z Ultra over 10 rounds (see below), winning 4 of them, drawing 5 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

  1. The best connectivity: Comparable
  2. The best size/weight: Yes
  3. The best camera/video: Yes
  4. The best display: Yes
  5. The best processor: Comparable
  6. The best software: Yes
  7. The most applications: Comparable
  8. The most storage: Comparable
  9. The best battery life: No
  10. The best extras: Comparable

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