Sony Xperia Z flagships through the generations

by XB on 8th January 2016

in Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3 series, Xperia Z4 and Z3+ series, Xperia Z5 series

Xperia Z generations_12Putting together all of the Sony Xperia Z flagship smartphones side-by-side is always fascinating to us. It shows the different design iterations made over the last 2 to 3 years as the Xperia Z has evolved into the Xperia Z5. The pictures below show the six major Xperia Z flagships including the Xperia Z, Z1, Z2, Z3, Z3+ and Z5.

The handsets are compared across different angles along with a comparison of displays. Are you happy with how the series has evolved? Which Xperia Z flagship would you pick as your flagship, we’d love to hear your thoughts below.

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  • So beautiful! :’)

  • Srijan Chawla

    Z2 still the sexiest :P

  • Damn Sexy

  • DBS

    This shows well why people are always saying Sony must change the design.
    I personally see no problem with it. If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Although I do want them to wake up and smell the coffee and add a bloody OIS system to the camera which might force them to reposition the camera…which isn’t a bad thing since the top left corner is a less than ideal place for it.

    The pictures also show that, curiously, the Z3 had the best display of them all.
    I do miss the purple on the phones though. And I quite like the new green of the Z5 but it would look way better if it didn’t have that “frosted” look and was still green glass.

  • Raymond De Guzman

    Currently using Z3+ Dual. Loving it. :)

  • I think Z2 is the Best! Im thinking of Z5 as well.



  • Svnjay

    This should be tagged NSFW!

    The Z3+ is sexiest Xperia, in my opinion.

  • Svnjay

    The Xperia Z3 has a very cold, poorly calibrated screen.

  • ryq24

    Wonder which one was the most successful?

  • Svnjay

    Probably the Xperia Z or Z3.

  • DBS

    I prefer cold screens to warm ones. However, that’s something Sony allows you to change, which is a plus :)
    To me it has the better screen because it’s the one that has is the brightest and whose colours pop out the most.

  • DBS

    I believe, according to sales, it’s original Z and after that it was actually the Z1C and Z3C. The Compacts have always outsold the “normal” versions.

  • Z2 has the best display, but I love my Z3 and its design. I find Z4 design better than Z5, only by the photos.


  • Emil Oskarsson

    Been trying to find some information about how many of the different Xperia Z phones Sony sold, but i haven had any luck. My Xperia Z and Xperia Z4 Tablet are awesome and will buy the next Xperia Z phone this summer for sure ;D

  • DBS

    I don’t believe Sony has ever provided official numbers per model. I take it from retailers such as Clove who spoke about it more than once, being the lastest in their Z5C review ( at around 0:35). You can also look at the amount of reviews for each model on Amazon whereas the Compacts always have more reviews. It’s obviously not a very secure method but it’s the best we’ve got. And if the Compact wasn’t a hit, Sony would have ditched it like they ditched the Ultra.


    How about comparing compact handsets also starting with ZR to Z5 compact?

  • Sampahio Damaceno

    I love the first of them. Z. Missed only camera button.

  • mugglearchitect



  • kaostheory

    So, recalibrate it.

  • turco320

    Z5 the best

  • J Cav the Great

    Xperia Z3 is still the best.. Snapdragon 801 @2.5ghz W/ 3GB RAM + No Overheat Issues. 3100mah Battery (largest so far). Only 7.2mm (Still has nice weight)

    It’s basically a refined Z2. Take a Z2 and make it better, smoother, sexier….

  • Malik Shahid Farooq aWaN

    Sony is name of quality. I love Sony so much

  • SONY only

    Xperia Z2 is the best

  • Matt

    z5 is beautiful, next to it is the z3 both got really clean design .

    here we can see the omnibalance matured on each iteration

  • Matt

    let me guess, because you have one ?

  • SONY only

    i love sony ?

  • z1 best looking of them all

  • Shravan SP

    I love the design of Z3+
    Second goes to Z2/Z5
    Third one to Z1
    Fourth to Z
    Fifth to Z3

  • SONY only

    Xperia Z1 is thick and heavy

  • David Hvatov

    Agree! Others look like cheap toys.

  • David Hvatov

    There’s nothing sexier than Z2 and Z2 has 3200mAh which is larger than Z3 has.

  • roeshak

    Z2 still has the best and warmest display of the lot. I think only z5 premium comes close in that respect. Says it all really about Sony. The displays got worse not better. Cheap skates!

  • roeshak

    Extremely so, a very poor and mind boggling effort indeed. Z2 and z5 premium are the only efforts worthy of comparison with the competition.

  • Chris

    Z3 all the way!! Still a powerful flagship, excellent build quality and feels like a premium product. I just wish they could get their firmwares right……otherwise it’s my favourite so far.

  • SM

    Z3 FTW

  • Shehab Skull

    The best family ever <3 I own xperia z and z5

  • Cakefish

    Z5 Compact is really getting better with updates. Cannot wait for the Marshmallow update. Only then we shall really see the true potential of the hardware.

  • emmanuel david

    Agree.. Base on dimensions, Z3+/Z4 is the sexiest with only 6.9mm thickness (or it’s thinness?) I think Z2 is the thickess one (8.2mm).

  • theskig

    I owned Z, Z2, Z3 Dual and ordered a Z5 Premium Dual yesterday.
    No issues with them, best phones at all! (except “Z” battery life that was quite poor)

  • lolop

    Owned the Z, Z1 Compact and now the Z5 compact but I honestly think the Z2 is the nicest…

  • jamie evans

    Z3 Compact is still the best Android phone ever made!! But I hope Z6s will be more innovative than Z3C. Please do NOT discontinue Xperia phones.

  • paul_cus

    I might be a little biased because I have a teal Z5. So to me, that one is the best. They’re all really nice, though. Can’t go wrong with Sony design.

  • fluxx

    I love the omni design and that Sony sticks to the design guideline. The Z2 ist still one of the best looking Xperias.

    I think they do not make enough out of the new corners – they destroy the lines of the frame and they are not replaceable, which is disturbing. They should be out of rubber or be easily replaceable at last. My Z2 has fallen down three times and just got small marks on the full metal edges. No broken class, no crack. So I wonder if the new edges are worth the effort?

    Beside that, nice to see that they are reducing the connectors and small openings, beside the corners the borders of newer Xperias are looking much cleaner.

    On the next generation they can stick to the design but make the bezels smaller, especially on the upside and downside.

  • Michael Hofmann

    2 phones to many.

  • Svnjay

    You can’t properly calibrate it without the right equipment or a reference device.

  • Svnjay

    The Z3+ also has a sightly warmer screen.

  • mustquit

    no, but personally I think that Z1 and Z2 are the best xperia Z line smartphones, when it comes to design.
    I Have Z1 Compact and when I grab the Z5 Compact and compere it to mine, the z5 feels like plastic, not so premium feel device. The great think only is that fingerprint scanner, and thinner bezels on screen, other then that the S800 and 2GB with Xperia UI on my Z1 Compact is more then enought horsepower to wait at least for new generation of Z Series.

  • Vinícius

    I would comment that Z2 was the most beautiful of them and than I saw that a lot of people thought the same! =D The perfect phone for me would be a Z2 with some elements of Z5 and Z.

  • Timel

    The dimmest display is of the Z2, correct? I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case.

  • Timel

    From the look, maybe but in terms of practicality the sharp edges dig into the ear and hands while calling/holding. Not good from design perspective.

  • haxona

    Spot the most classy one and its the Z3+ :D

  • Alvin

    But z3 has the best viewing angle

  • Alvin

    Z1 is thicker, at 8.5 mm

  • Alvin

    Agree! But You said that z3 has no overheat issue? Lol you don’t use this phone, do you?
    And it is 7.3 mm, not 7.2:)

  • Alvin

    Larger in capacity doesn’t mean better in optimisation, because even S6’s battery capacity is smaller than the one on S5, but S6 is still better at battery management. Just like Z2 and Z3, but we can’t say the same for Z3 and Z3+&Z5

  • Alvin

    Z,z1, and z2 is good to look, but not good to handle for me

  • Alvin

    Wow… I think sony fans war is about to start

  • Robson Kanyama

    Z2 does it for me I guess it’s the biggest game changer for Sony.
    Still rocking my white Xperia Z2

  • Faisal Armand

    Long time no see!

  • Faisal Armand

    I own both Z2 & Z3. Both has the same battery life, I managed 7-8hrs sot with both phones.

  • emmanuel david

    Sorry.. My bad.. So it’s the Z1 the thickess..

  • Nguyen Eazy

    my Z3+ has the best design, and that, my friends, is a fact. The first true phone that ever come close to minimalistic.

  • Divith Devaiah

    z2 is the best in design……..

  • jag

    Z3+ has the most minimalistic design among the rest. It looks so clean and shiny! I really love the/ my aqua green!

  • Amir Fitri

    Still with xperia m2 ,
    xperia m2 fans here?
    hahaha :D

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  • Shakeel Mohammed

    Are u crazy side by side with my z2 and z3+ its absolutely gorgeous I kimda like the z3+ screen better cuz its really bright in sunlight they improved it only skin tone are a bit lighter other than that its dam saturated if u own a z2 amd not a z3+ and a z2 to compare plz don’t talk cuz I rather a brighter screen to use during the day than a screen that cant see anything during the day BTW the only thing ive missed in the z2 Is battery but camera is better sound qua2is better and dont believe those fools that said the 2 sound the same tbe Z3+ gives more bass than the z2 the screen touches much better when water is on it compared to the z2 the phone ia much more comfortable to hold I have the white version and the frame looks gold in different angles more memory the phone is absolutely light and it feels really premium the exposed USB port is so awesome no worries about damaging the flaps call quality is better WiFi signal is better

  • Hieu Nguyen

    Z2 and Z5

  • KIMI

    Just do it!
    *flies away on a wild Shia Labeouf*
    but honestly, you’ll be amazed by the camera quality. Its not 950 XL good, but miles ahead when compared to the GS6
    and the green is gorgeous!

  • KIMI

    compact variant, well for Z5 looks plasticky (if that’s a word) because of the matte finish, that I agree and is also the reason I purchased the Z5 but the Z5 and the premium one feels really nice in the hand which imo feels nicer than the Z3

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  • KIMI

    Z5 here!
    13 hours battery time – 9hrs on screen time, music playback almost the whole 13 hours, some youtube and web surfing (which if I add up is at 7hrs alone), no messaging except for some short chats on messenger app (yes I’m lonely)
    *cries in a corner*

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  • Peter Chung

    lag abit but still love my z1

  • AudioAw

    I think that the original Z and the Z3 both have the cleanest design. They look awesome in purple and that silver green.

  • Raymond De Guzman

    Currently rocking a white Z3+ Dual after using Z1 for 2yrs. :) everything is an improvement. All of them are great actually they just keep on getting better and better. :)

  • Kiran Pasupuleti

    I don’t own the Z3+ but I have to agree with that..

  • Kiran Pasupuleti

    Love my Z3C but Sony the camera is appalling…
    Tried the Z5 out, even its camera is bad, not Z3 bad though.
    In ideal situations the camera may be great but add some extra sunshine or external source of light or a bit of darkness and the camera sucks compared to the other flagships. The Nexus 5, LG G3 and of course the iPhone took consistently better pics.
    The first time I felt Z3C has a real flaw although I don’t click many pictures.
    Take the problem seriously Sony.

  • Bashar Shehab

    LOL look at me :v ?????? ~

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    Been used xperia z, z1, z2, z3 and then switched to iphone 6 and galaxy s6 edge and back again using sony z5 and i felt like something were missing in z5. For example the wiyerless charging, split screen, ir blaster, good focus in macro using macro lens etc. Maybe other oem offered good features makes me think my z5 a bit outdated in features support.

  • Shehab Skull

    ????? :3

  • Ognjen Petric

    xperia Z for me

  • Sir Schlenzalot

    ZL !!!

  • Tarapcarter1

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  • Tarapcarter1

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  • Alvin

    Aww come here let me chat with you lol

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    all look same……boring omnibalance

  • Christian Sakal

    I had a z3c and it was the best phone I ever had. Eventually the memory card started popping out by itself and opening the flap so I took it for warranty and they gave me a z5c instead. I am sad and happy at the same time, I don’t know what to feel for this phone…

  • Matt

    Yea it’s good if you think so.

    But case in point, here are my observations.

    Z look good ( I almost bought it) but the audio jack had a flap, it was dealbreaker for me, despite that it is thin and sleek. ( not that great of battery) and the screen is terrible.

    Z1 screen is terrible (tft) it’s thick heavy and full of bezel. I’m sory but I do not like it at all.
    The only thing great is the magnetic charging port, I like to yank my phone from the cable without even looking

    I like z2 sleek front and speaker slit with led notification in them. But the side rim are too cluttered, you can clearly see the flap. Screen is great but a bit dim ( but good white point)

    Z3 (I have this phone so I’ll be biased) thinner in comparison to z, still pack more battery than the clunky Z1. extremely clean sides :))
    But the body vibrate if I crank up the volume on the loudspeaker. Really prone to breaking ( glass on metal without and plastic between the glass an metal rim(exept for the edges). Bends on high pressure ( like all aluminium phone) bluish screen (I don’t mind that at all)

    Z3+ cool looking stainless steel ( a lot stronger too, bad thermal management, shifty batter life.

    Z5, really love the green colour. Fast camera

    Z5 premium, chrome is the way to go.

    Idk about the compact line, z5 compact feels like plastic because it is plastic -_-a

  • Some Z3 displays are colder than others. A friend of mine also has a Z3 and the display colours are pretty washed out. Lucky for me my Z3 has “warmer” display.

    I prefer warm colours (like my old Z2, perfect), but I’m very happy with my Z3 and I wouldn’t change it right now.

  • razorg

    Hopefully! (Z5c user here as well ;) )

  • Svnjay

    I love the copper Z3+!

  • Svnjay

    I love the copper model :)

  • Svnjay

    I love the thinness of the Z3+!

  • Julian Müller

    I love my Xperia Z2 and I like its battery life even though i never got > 5h sot :o

  • roeshak

    Well the z2 seems to do well enough for me in sunlight. The other display panels are just of cheaper and poorer quality. Except for z5 premium. The z3 has the worst display of the lot.

  • roeshak

    I know Bro! What can I say, 2015 didn’t offer much to get interested in. The Sony offerings were meek up to and including z5 series. The photo quality is about the same. Let’s see what this year brings but if Sony doesn’t debut OIS this year then there won’t be much to talk about either. Interested to see if LG join the premium phone race this time around lol. Samsung did it last year, lg may follow suit this time lol

  • ymytbb .

    I like z5 compact. Still, Xperia phones need to make a lot of changes, especially the design. I like it, but most people don’t like it. That’s why Xperia phones struggle to sell. Sony has to change.

  • ymytbb .

    Sony has to make Z6s very NEW and INNOVATIVE. Otherwise, Z6s could be the last Xperia phones. They have to sell

  • Jurippe

    Surprised that nobody likes the Z the most. I like the sharper angles and how solid it felt.

    My Z3 is way to fragile by comparison.

  • J Cav the Great

    This is my daily driver and I have never had any overheating issues.

  • J Cav the Great

    U are right. My bad LMAO! I must have mistaken the Xperia z3’s better battery life performance over the Z2’s..

  • Faisal Armand

    Same here! The only device that I am interested in 2015 is Z5 premium and M5.

    M5 in my country is $300 cheaper than Z5, a very good buy. And it has the best camera in all xperia smartphone. I compared m5 camera against z2 and z5 premium and M5 bested all of them in all conditions. At ISO 1500, M5 has better image quality than both Z2 and Z5P at ISO 400! Impressive! 13MP selfie cam also performs admirably, at ISO 3200 image is still clean of noise with good details.

    My aunt owns Z5 Premium and I am stunned by its 4K display. Battery life is also on par with Z2 & Z3 (this makes me suspicious with review site battery tests such as gsmarena and phone arena). My aunt owns Galaxy S5 before, and she said S5’s battery life is not even close with Z5P

  • mixedfish

    Xperia always does color right, that’s one thing a lot of people don’t give credit to them for. Other brands will just be boring generic colors.

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  • Mistywmiller

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  • Naresh Gundu

    Of them all. Z3 looks sleek and sexy.

  • Asam Laksa

    Damn that green Z5. Too damn sexy. Omnibalance Design is great. But would be nice if Sony could make bezel to body ratio like my current Xperia ZL. :(

  • Geese Howard

    IT’S A SONY!

  • Shakeel Mohammed

    I did a video side by side with my z2 and z3+ looking back at the video I see no difference u shouldn’t judge if u haven’t compare them side by side

  • Bernhard F.

    The Z3 has longer battery ontime because of improvements though.
    Anyways, they’re all the best!

  • Ana Heluši?

    Z3+ the best in aqua green

  • Luis Felipe Bustillo Velasquez

    Im the only one that think they look the same?

  • Z1

  • Echa Apocalypse

    I have Xperia Z2 ….
    i think it’s the best flgship. The design seems “tough”.
    and it has no any issues since it was launched (no pink spot in camera, no heating issues) everything just perfect. Even though I must admit the processor is not the latest or the newest, but Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 is the right one, fastest, and powerfull.

  • Vitali

    Viva la Xperia Z3!

  • Роман Иванович

    I choose z1. this phone I have 2 years. I like it all, and it never let me down. Respect Sony!

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