Xperia Z1 (SOL23) announced for au by KDDI; release in late October

by XB on 2nd October 2013

in Videos, Xperia - Japan Models, Xperia Z1

Xperia Z1_SOL23_2Japan’s au by KDDI has today announced the Sony Xperia Z1 (SOL23) in its winter line-up. The Xperia Z1 (SOL23) will come with a number of specific Japanese features not found in the global model. This includes a 32GB ROM versus 16GB for the international model, an Infrared (IR Blaster) sensor as well as One-Seg and Full-Seg TV support.

The latter will be supported via the inclusion of a special antenna cable that attaches through the 3.5mm headphone jack. This will support viewing of One-Seg/Full-Seg video and recording of One-Seg only. The handset will also ship with POBox Touch 6.2 Japanese character input, which now includes the number pad in the QWERTY keyboard.

The Japanese Xperia Z1 does not get STAMINA mode, the battery saving function available on a number of Sony Xperia models. All other features remain intact including 5-inch FHD display, Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2GB RAM, 20.7MP Exmor RS camera, IP55/IP58 dust and water resistance and mobile wallet (NFC). The Xperia Z1 (SOL23) will launch in late October in all three colours (black, purple and white). Pricing has not been revealed at this stage.

Xperia Z1 (SOL23) – Promo videos

Xperia Z1 (SOL23) – Press pictures

Xperia Z1 SOL23

Xperia Z1 SOL23

Xperia Z1 SOL23

Xperia Z1 SOL23

Xperia Z1 SOL23

Xperia Z1 SOL23

Xperia Z1 SOL23

Xperia Z1 (SOL23) – Hands-on pictures

The Xperia Z1 (SOL23) comes with a 32GB ROM, with around 26GB available.

Xperia Z1 SOL23

The antenna cable attaches to the headphone jack to watch One-Seg and Full-Seg TV content.

Xperia Z1 SOL23

The handset comes with the latest POBox Touch 6.2 installed.

Xperia Z1 SOL23

Via Sony Mobile Japan.

Hands-on pictures via Watch-Impress.

  • xperiax10.awesome

    Best of Sony – only for Japan !!

  • Gnagi


  • Billy de Fretes

    I think most of japanese smartphone company always do the same thing like sony.

    And the rest of the world can only dream about it :)
    I really hope sony will release japanese model for the rest of the world like ir blaster, bigger rom

  • @atWidget

    32GB for Z1 in japan (first video)?
    Hey Sony, there is a word for that shit: RACISM. XD

  • jumbo3220

    1st Honami / Z1 image leaked to internet was this model..some (GSMArena..etc) thought the IR blaster is a Xenon flash ppffff
    this image i mean

  • Micro

    nah… they don’t have STAMINA – we do hehe ;]
    I still prefer STAMINA at the cost of IR and those extra 16GB, and IR is an additionl battery killer anyway ;P

  • shouldn’t have bombed hiroshima and nagasaki

  • Micro


    but on the second thought.. you really shouldn’t cross that line ;) (extreme joke)

  • scw

    IR port is not a battery killer which is the advantage over NFC or bluetooth. IR port is commonly used for exchanging phone number etc between phone in japan. As IR does required to be turned on before used it feels more convenient.

  • HardyHarHar

    Can’t we just purchase this handset and use it outside japan?

  • dfq

    of course although we’re not sure if it is compatible with your lte bandwidth. also, i’m not sure if sony will produce an unlocked phone. these japan-only devices are likely to be locked to certain carriers and are very difficult to unlock to be used outside of japan.

  • xperiakita

    Sony already launch Xperia Z1 in Indonesia. Its will be priced about IDR8.5 million or USD737.21 and will be available on October 21.

  • xperiax10.awesome

    IR can be used to control many things like Fan, TV, music system, etc. Its very useful feature, I use my Xperia Tablet Z to control my fan, TV, etc

  • Guest

    #ripsony #pray4sonyfanboys

  • Being a millionaire in Indonesia doesn’t mean much does it?

  • josesl16

    Yup, neither being a billionaire in Zimbabwe a few years ago, either. :d

  • No Name

    If you live in the US then you need to know that the US government has some restrictions that dictates what can and cannot be sold. Don’t ask the foreign companies why their products are not sold here.

  • Error code -24 and cannot install google play games

  • Why???

  • hanny hermawan

    are you indonesian? i come from Indonesia, if your z1 sol 23, always error like that. You must update your software from built number VTHL2015 to build number 14.3.C.0.300.
    But before update, i will tell you.. after updating z1, all fitur you can use like NFC and all photo apps you can download. But you can’t use data cellular. I mean, you can use the phone for call, receive and sms but you cant connect to internet. Must use WIFI. Everyday i search how to connect data cellular to 4G. Sorry if my english bad..

  • phearum.Meth

    hello guys , now my battery is broken i want to change it , can u tell me , how to buy it ( z1sol23 battery ) ?

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