Xperia Z1 Compact owners replacing back covers with glass to stop flash bleed

by XB on 27th April 2014

in Problems, Xperia Z1

Xperia Z1 Compact Swap Back_6We recently confirmed that Sony used a glass back cover for the Japanese Xperia Z1 f, whilst the global Xperia Z1 Compact used a plastic rear. This has led some users to take action into their own hands and replace their plastic back covers with the glass part from the Xperia Z1 f. This part can be bought from retailer Witrigs for less than $20 delivered. One advantage of changing the back cover is that users are reporting that it fixes the flash bleed problem. You will also notice that some have taken the opportunity to adopt a black rear even with coloured phones, which gives a nice effect. The only negative for some is that you have the SO-02F model number printed on the back (the model number of the Xperia Z1 f).

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Via XDA-developers.

  • AA

    This post makes me wanna cry. I just RMA’ed my newly bought Z1 compact. Once I get it back I want the glass back as well!!!

  • ycleft xperia

    Isn’t that a nagging issue truly left ignored by Sony>:)? Some body has to fix it!!

  • Mohammed Khired

    glass back panel does not fix the problem , cuz xperia z1 having the same problem , and it has glass back..

    off topic:

    good idea to mix the white frame with the black cover….i like it

  • Raymond De Guzman

    I agree. My Z1’s also suffering the flash bleed especially when I’m not using a case to keep the back panel tight as mine has been opened and the adhesive is somewhat wearing off.

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    my z1 not

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    what a shame .. buying a phone and have a problemes like that , and what price , 600/500 euro , come on sony wtf is that

  • lilmeh
  • Somebody

    The white varian of XZ series should be like this. White metal frame with black glass rear cover. Really sexy elegant phone.

  • billgr

    Give us more reasons to buy one plus.

  • build6

    does replacing the plastic back with glass affect the waterproofing?

  • aLex


  • Neil Francis Cellona Eleuterio

    Just another marketing strategy.

  • Thoughtful Ulsterman

    It would be good if I could get one of these with the Sony logo instead of the Xperia.

  • OliviaSHirsch

    This has led some users to take action into their own hands and replace their plastic back covers with the glass part from the Xperia Z1 f. This part can be bought from retailer Witrigs for less than $20 delivered.

  • Mirrorpurple


  • mukul verma

    I am not having this prob, I got only when I use back cover..z1 doesn’t hav this prob.if u got den u r using back cover.

  • joe

    I’m using the Z1 Compact and i don’t have the bleeding problem

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  • Mac

    This is nice. But if I want a original plastic one as replacement for the scratched one, where do I find that?
    Also it would be awesome if u could get the backplate in the z1/z2 purple.

  • XperiaBlog

    A new revision has only very recently hit the supply chain from our understanding. People still buying the Xperia Z1 Compact are very likely to get the older models.

  • RealityCheck2013

    I thought it said ‘flesh bleed’ :D IT’S ALIVE!!! :D :D :D

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  • StraightEdgeNexus

    seriously sony Shame on you.

  • Guest

    imo the metal frame looks more classier in dark grey

  • Silli Mitrah

    Sony is the worst.

  • Silli Mitrah

    There are just few new phones with this new fix. As I understood 95% of the phones that sony is selling now are the old ones with the bugged hardware. So yeah, it´s hard to get a new fixed phone.

  • Mirrorpurple

    i wish i can change my Z1’s back panel to black… it will be sexy with the purple sides

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  • Dion

    Have Fun with a phone that hasn’t got an expendable storage

  • Tech Gospel

    Would anyone know how to identify the newer batches?

  • Danny

    is there a step-by-step instructions? btw what does it do to the Water resistance?

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  • Vijayraj KP

    Try setting the camera to iso 3200… The flash bleed effect becomes absent…. But the problem is that it’s available only for 8MP resolution…

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