Proof that the Japanese Xperia Z1 f does have a glass back

by XB on 18th April 2014

in Videos, Xperia - Japan Models, Xperia Z1

Xperia Z1 f glass backWe already know by now that the global Xperia Z1 Compact (D5503) came to the market with a back made out of a high-rigid plastic sheet. This was confirmed by Sony after much confusion, where at least initially the company made claims that the handset came with a glass back.

The confusion lay due to the fact that the Xperia Z1 had a glass back and it was believed that the Japanese version of the Xperia Z1 Compact, the Xperia Z1 f (SO-02F), did too. This much has been proven in the following video which compares the rear parts of the Xperia Z1 Compact and the Xperia Z1 f.

Under the hammer, the Xperia Z1 f’s rear shatters due to the use of durable tempered glass, whilst no matter how much the Xperia Z1 Compact is flexed, no shattering occurs. The use of glass in the Xperia Z1 f is also the reason why the rear is heavier at 12.2g versus the Xperia Z1 Compact at 8.2g. The use of glass in the Xperia Z1 f is also the reason why Sony used an anti-shatter film (ASF), which is not found in the Xperia Z1 Compact.

Rear part: Xperia Z1 f (left) versus Xperia Z1 Compact (right)

Xperia Z1 f glass back

  • Mirrorpurple

    Japan always get the good shit

  • Reventon

    Smashed to prove the point

  • jojo duarte

    that’s why, plastic is much stronger.. much better and lighter but it depends on the material comp0sition!

  • xperiaDROID

    Does it even matter? It’s still the best mini size flagship for now.

    Both materials have their pros, plastic is more durable and glass is more beautiful. So, you won’t really go wrong with either one.

  • xperiaDROID

    But hey, at least we still get the shit.


    Yes glass nice look to slippery plastic well no slippery :-D

  • zymo

    My personal preference on materials: metal > plastic > glass
    So I’m fine with a plastic back.

  • I’m captain

    Will you want to pay toe to toe price tag with Z1

    If not, don’t complaint!!

  • Guest

    Why did you do that only to proove that the japanese xperia z1 f does have a glass back??
    This is heart breaking….:/

  • Fixery Foex

    Funny how iphone was nothing more than a holder for both Sony phones :))

  • giri1in

    Plastic doesn’t ‘heat up’ like glass did on my Xperia z

  • Heptys Karim Walker

    That’s the proper way to use an iphone.Z1 ftw, all glass.

  • kirakira

    amazing logic! … although i can’t immediately think of an idea how to determine if a material is glass or plastic

  • Dido

    damn,that hurts…

  • lolop

    I bought a glass back for a UK XPERIA Z1C because it was said to solve the flash bleed problem but I don’t even have the flash bleed problem to begin with. I’ll use the the glass back once the plastic back accrues some scratches etc.

  • Khalifa

    I own z1f. Its heavier than the internaional z1 compact. Now I know why.

  • Xperia SX #neverforget

  • cleverthansony

    cmon man we have unbreakable back its better for me. no worries about back ;)

  • Mohammed Khired

    which is better ?

    the one which break and shatter easily or the one that does not ?

  • Mohammed Khired

    is there a glass back fit to xperia Z1c ? is it sony branded or else ?

  • Colby Leong

    I get your point and it’s very valid, but at the same time it’s pretty bull that Japan always gets a slightly better, and modified version. If anything Japan should get a better bundle pack, and release the same damn phone globally.

  • lolop

    Yeah it’s Sony branded, it’s a spare part for the Z1f. Instead of saying “Sony” on the back it says “XPERIA” and it say’s SO-02 at the bottom. You can get it from Witrigs. I’m from the UK and it only cost £10 incl. shipping.

  • Mac

    Oh cool.
    But what if I decide to get my self one of these, would it be safe 2 change it myself without loosing waterproofness?

  • Julio Spinoza

    you should smack that useless apple phone!!! Lets se how “great” it is

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  • Alin

    I recommend you, not to :)
    Watch the dissembly video…one mistake and bye`bye

  • Anon

    Fanboy alert. It would be great to one day see a topic on this website with unbiased comments. Your stupidity tarnishes the Sony name.

  • Deveron

    Well. More back breaking than anything else.

  • lolop

    It’s very easy man. You just use a hairdryer at the edges to soften the glue and slip a debit card under the plate. Then you just use your debit card to cut the glue from the edges. The glass back already has adhesive on it so you just take the sticker off and put it on directly. I can’t think of many things that can go wrong.

  • lolop

    What could go wrong by taking the back plate off? You just need to soften the glue and take it off.

  • Gutt Grinder

    Yes!! Just like what they did to the casltevania symphony of the night and rondo of blood [dracula x for japan]… The japanese version is always better..


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  • PJ

    lol! dat iphone thou hahahaha

  • Mac

    Okay man thanks, I think I will stick with my plastic back and since I installed a protector over it doesn’t scratch either. But it’s nice 2 know I can be easy fixed if it needs a replacement.

  • Steven

    You mean you can feel 4g difference between the two? Incredible.

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