Xperia XZ disassembly guide

by XB on 4th November 2016

in Tips & Tricks, Xperia XZ series

sony-xperia-xz-teardown-23If you want to get a peek inside the Sony Xperia XZ, then you should check out the teardown pictures below. It shows Sony’s latest greatest picked apart piece-by-piece and makes you appreciate the efforts of the company’s engineers. It’s interesting to note that we couldn’t see any sign of dual heat pipes, which Sony has used on the Xperia Z5 and X series to control thermal performance. Maybe, we missed something, or Sony could be using a new way to dissipate heat in the Xperia XZ. You can check out the full disassembly guide below.

Sony Xperia XZ teardown pics


First of all you will need to remove the SIM card slot. Then, use a hair dryer or something equivalent along the edges of the display and use a guitar pick to carefully pry the display away from the chassis.


The Xperia XZ uses a Synaptics S3330 touch controller.


You will find black waterproof sealing foam around the edges of the display.


The SIM card slot also includes a rubber seal, as seen in previous water resistant Xperia models.


You will now need to remove the SIM card information sticker as well as the stainless steel plate which houses the battery.


The battery is confirmed to have a 2900mAh capacity and has part number LIS1632ERPC. The battery is fixed in place using glue, which shouldn’t be too difficult to remove, if you need to replace the battery.


Here you can see the NFC coil found on the metal plate.


The sub-board for the USB Type-C and microphone then needs to be removed, along with the vibration motor flex board.


Here you can see the USB Type-C soft board and Microphone board.


The USB Type-C port has a red rubber seal to keep the internals water resistant.


The side key board includes the fingerprint power button sensor.


At the bottom, you will find the main antenna and coaxial cable module.


The speaker module can be found on the back of the main antenna frame.


Below you can see the front and rear camera modules removed, along with the motherboard.


A close up of the 23MP rear camera lens and 13MP front camera.


Here you can find some the triple image sensors including on-board laser focus, RGBC-IR and flash.


This is how the sensors line up on the rear.


A big departure from previous models is that the rear part of the chassis does not include any kind of heat pipe. The picture below shows the headphone module removed, along with the volume and camera buttons.


ALPS supplies the headphone module and is sealed to the phone frame using foam.


Here you can see the front of the motherboard, which includes the following chips:
– Qorba QM78064 High Frequency RF Fusion Module
– Skyworks Sky77660-11 power amplifier
– Qualcomm WTR3925 RF Transceiver
– Qualcomm WTR4905 RF Transceiver
– Bosch BMI160 gyroscope
– Qualcomm WCD9335 audio decoder chip
– SK hynix H26M78208CMR 32GB ROM
– Qualcomm WSA8810 loudspeaker amplifier
– Qualcomm PMI8996 power management chip


The back of the motherboard shows the following chips:
– Murata (package) Wi-Fi/BT/FM/GPS
– NXP PN547 NFC control chip
– Qualcomm PM8996 power management chip
– SK Hynix 3GB RAM + Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset


All parts of the Xperia XZ laid out in one picture.


Via eWiseTech [via LaptopMain].

Thanks Michael!

  • Bezels for the win !

    so the X Performance is actually better phone . why SONY removed heatpipes? they remove more and more hardware but phone becomes even bigger LOL

  • Gordon

    Because the heat pipe is burning the screens/LCD out.

  • hmmm

    Now the bad thing is that this phone is out for 2 months,yet in Romania you can buy it from only one store with 700 euro!so when will be this available to all careers,in February,after Sony will present us another flagship???then they will ask themselves why they sold so less units!!!

  • Makiz

    Not a single Samsung chip, even the memory is hynix :D

  • So0o

    telefonultau. eu il gasesti mai ieftin ;)

  • hmmm

    Garantie e la ei la service,nu merci!am avut z3 la care am avut probleme,s-a dezlipit ecranul,am avut garantie de la si la sony mi-a dat alt telefon nou!

  • So0o

    eu am avut cumparate telefoane de la ei si am fost foarte schimb am avut telefon (xperia z3) cumparat de la quickmobile…si acuma il am in sertar stricat :)si garantia anulata.

  • hmmm

    de la quick am avut xperia s!nu stiu ce sa zicv,se intampla,dar garantie anulata,la xperia nu poate fi decat pentru utilizare necorespunzatoare,avand in vedere ca e tel rezistent la apa,nu aveau cum s-o bage pe asta,ca a intrat apa in el!

  • So0o

    :) mi s-a desprins capacul spate de rama avut poze cu dovada…era defect de fabrica… si mi-au anulat garantia.

  • hmmm

    Ce jeguri… Vs ecran dezlipit,sa anuleze garantia cand doar il mine nici nu au vrut sa-l mai desfaca,mi-au oprit telefonul si mi-a trimis altul nou in cateva zile

  • So0o

    fain de tine.. ai fost norocos. era din fabrica defectul… nu i-am facut eu nimic…+ ca aveam si poze dovada.. am facut reclamatie la protectia poze dovada !!! inclusiv cu pile la protectia consumatorului… si nu au avut ce sa le faca lor si nici mie(sa ma ajute)… mi s-a zis ca sunt prea mari(quickmobile) au sediu in Baia Mare…si nu se poate atinge nimeni de ca e plin de reclamatii de la clienti nemultumiti…. asta e ROMANIA

  • azzido

    There is Murata FM chip!!!
    We want radio Sony!

  • Talos the Robot

    Can someone confirm if the camera unit has hardware stabilization?

  • It’s software

  • Same here in Portugal! :/

  • Talos the Robot


  • Itsarapong Intoum

    Just for how long SONY will keep using QUALCOMM audio codec without any headphone amp ?

    It’s output volume’s really suck…

  • Bezels for the win !

    IMO that’s hardly the case …

  • Bezels for the win !

    it’s disabled because mobile carrier’s ask that from OEM’s they want customers to use more data .

  • Yuen Lui

    Well, Sony owns a better solution than the conventional dac – curent/voltage amp set-up.
    That is the S-Master – even the legacy S-Master MX. It is the best solution for mobile device audio output as it converts digital signal into analog system only at the last stage, minimizing the pollution from CPU and radio.
    Unfortunately, this technology is owned by Sony (Japan), but not Sony Mobile (Sweden). IMO they are still two separated companies

  • They abandoned heat pipes???

  • Jacky

    Well I’m sure the snapdragon 820 is cool enough to run without them. And the xz is bigger than x performance so I doubt anyone will be touching the hottest part of the phone.

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    I know that and yes it’s unfortunately that Sony and Sony Mobile didn’t work together.

    I have cry for this fact for a long time… Maybe I have to cry forever…

  • Lulawsisson4

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  • Bezels for the win !

    Xperia X , X Performance and other brands like Samsung S7 have them , why not the XZ ? also some people are reporting issues that camera is overheating even while taking photos , and it seams it’s true.

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  • fried_egg

    Sony repaired the LCD on my Z5 (yellow patch issue) but I don’t think the back glass was replaced properly… the “ridge” is missing and it seems to slightly move. The question therefore is, can they easily reassemble it not just can they easily strip down to repair it.

  • Geese Howard

    Of course. That is why the phone doesn’t BLOW UP. Anything with Samskunk blows up!

  • kaostheory

    FM radio on all phones should be standard. In a natural disaster, if everything goes down, you’d still be able to get information. Not sure what my next phone will be but I’m not giving up FM.

  • besk
  • stark maximoff

    I dont think we are giving enough compliments to Sony on how well they built their phones. Look at the internal layout of the XZ, it is arranged incredibly neat! Now compare that to a HTC10.

    They may have questionable marketing strategy but quality is always top notch

  • imparanoic

    the walkmans are the best, my nw-zx100 makes any phone sound like a msx/spectrum zx128 in comparision

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  • Roh_Mish

    Side by side with the Z2 and z5, the Z5 camera sensor shut off in 10 mins, Z2 in 20 mins and while my XZ gave me the warning a couple of times, it never shut off. I stopped recording at about 30 min Mark. I can’t compare it with x performance and Z3/Z3+ as I don’t have them. (both Z2 and Z5 were my friends’ phone)

  • Roh_Mish

    I remember early “Sony Ericsson” branded phones had good sound chips from Sony. What changed. I have a Sony Walkman series phone and a basic Walkman both of which have amazing sound.

  • Roh_Mish

    What about the international variant

  • Bezels for the win !

    but is there annoying message about overheating and some functions/features disabled while whole camera interface becomes laggy on the XZ after prolonged use of camera ?

  • Roh_Mish

    The popup is annoying and face tracking is disabled but luckily the camera UI stays responsive now. Not the greatest but v20 is still not available for purchase here and After seeing multiple issues with Pixel (My friend bought the XL), I am happy that this phone is doing great in every other aspect. I get 5-6 hours SOT on it with CoC and medium usage which is quite good. I hate that sony moved the USB port to bottom (i liked the side port honestly) and removed the hand strap lanyard hole but then again, no other phones have those.

  • Android S

    First: This joke is old

    Second: Samsung happens to manufactures Qualcomm’s chips and uses almost the same module as Sony

    Third: You spelled “Sony” wrong

  • Geese Howard


    Second: Oh really? The problem isn’t with the chips but with the battery. Thank god Samskunk doesn’t manufacture them, if not more things will blow up!

    Third: Where in the hell did I ever mention “Sony”? If I didn’t mention it how can I spell it wrong smartass?

    Fourth: Learn to read before you deal a cheap shot.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    They should’ve made the NAND chip UFS 2.1 and RAM by Micron. Then there would be 0 Korean components (except 820) in the phone.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    They don’t need to keep it anymore. The Snapdragon 820 doesn’t get as hot as the 810 and I bet the 830 will run even cooler so Sony might completely remove the heat pipe in the next flagship and use the space for something like dual cams and cram in more high-end components.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    HTC 10 internals are terrible, that’s why the phone is so fat. With that much space Sony could make a better flagship than the S7 Edge/Note 7 spec wise.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Cost cutting, they are not focusing on that right now. They are waiting to become completely free of Korean made AMOLEDs, DRAM, batteries, and NAND. Xperias in 2018 is when Sony will start pushing top-end innovative specs again like a JDI made OLED, Micron DRAM, Toshiba UFS 2.1 NAND flash, and high-end Panasonic battery cells.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Then buy it online lol, Sony should enable it on their non-carrier handsets.

  • Bezels for the win !

    I don’t care about FM , I’ve read somewhere that is the reason for removing radio from high end flagships …

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Its unimportant to me too.

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    Umm where did you get that kind of information ?

  • Bezels for the win !

    Dual cams are ugly :( , and obviously SD820 it’s not cool enough :

  • Bezels for the win !

    thanks a lot for your honest reply , appreciate that :) I think that XZ is very good phone but it could have been great if it had 4GB or RAM, heatpipe , lanyard hole , metal rails on the side and dual sim model with memory card slot… SONY is obviously just cutting production costs , if they wanted they could have easily implemented those .

  • Shamoy Rahman

    The same guy bought another Xperia XZ and says he has no overheating issues with his new one. Could be the software update.

  • Roh_Mish

    The hybrid sim + sdcard thing is what almost all manufacturers are going now. Except for the lower ram (which honestly doesn’t even matter much), all of those other features are something only Sony provided in first place. And it’s sad to see them go now as for plastic vs metal, I feel like even with plastic, you can be premium. There are POS metal work and there are very good plastic work. A huge part of the phone’s body is already glass and metal (front and back) and I dont mind the plastic sides at all. In fact at this thinness for body, plastic is lot more durable as it doesn’t bend easily. Only other way is using thicker metal which adds heft and size. As for the bazels, they are not big at all. Especially at sides. I honestly like that they kept the bazel. You get something to hold on to. Products like Mi mix might look good but usability is another thing. And while palm rejection is one way to increase usability, it’s not perfect. Plus what use is the screen if you end up blocking it. The se people will then complain about phone being unusable. There is no permanent answer for now. Good on sony for keeping the top and bottom bazel. As for camera, it’s nice. There are areas it performs better than pixel and there are areas it performs worse. It has good lowlight but images are a bit grainy. The video stabilization is amazing and I find it sad that other outlets aren’t talking about it. It is one of the best right up there with pixel’s. IMO this phone despite its shortcomings is one of the best phones right now. Especially considering I can get 1.7 of this phone at pixel’s price.

  • Roh_Mish

    Would love that. 2018 end or 19 is when I expect to upgrade from my XZ

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Good idea. Do 2018, not 2019.

  • Roh_Mish

    Considering that even my nexus 4 apart from slightly unresponsive screen from all the falls and poor battery life is still very much capable as a daily driver, I only suspect the only thing bottlenecking this device in future could be the RAM. Other than that, this thing is perfect

  • Shamoy Rahman

    I was also a past Nexus 4 user. Overall the phone was pretty good but its displays wasn’t LTPS, battery was sub-2500mAh, speakers weren’t too loud, and the body was too fat. After switching to an Xperia Z3, I feel like it has filled most of the gaps and flaws the Nexus 4 had. I think the phone that fills all the tiny flaws that still exist within the Z3 have been fixed in the Xperia XZ. I’m probably going to buy the Q1 2017 Xperia 4K flagship.

  • Chris

    Maybe it doesn’t need them with the more conductive metal (instead of glass) back.

  • Chris

    It might not need heat pipes. The back is metal and therefore conducts heat better than glass and plastic.

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  • FYLegend21

    A bit disappointing it doesn’t have a dedicated DAC, not even Qualcomm’s Aqstic DAC which is used by the HTC 10.

  • MrWalker1000

    they should stop buying korean all together. They should buy their memory from Toshiba.

  • MrWalker1000

    htc10 has a dedicated amp and DAC for stellar music. Sony needs that to seal the deal as the best phone on the market. But yeah no clue why its so fat both phones have 1/2.3 inch camera.

  • MrWalker1000

    yup. I think the z3 had so? but then again we don’t really know sony never really stated so.

  • MrWalker1000

    i’ve read on audio forums that the phone can actually get very loud if you root. The reason why sony has low volume is apparently a software limitation. if you unlock the software, hardware wise the the z3 is apparently 10 percent louder than the iphone 6.

    Also, the z3 was touted as the best sounding smartphone in 2014 but HTC10 and Lgv20 have changed the game with their dedicated Dac and amp.

    idk how good the XZ sounds though. but I like my z3 sound

  • Shamoy Rahman

    HTC doesn’t know how to organize components like the others. The 835 comes with it so I’m sure Sony will enable it on the XZ Premium.

  • FYLegend21

    I’m still not convinced the Z3 had a dedicated DAC. The dual DAC and class D amplifier was used for the speakers as it was on the Z2, same with the Moto X 2014 which only had one of those DACs. The Z3’s audio may be great (though underpowered) but that doesn’t mean it’s a dedicated DAC.

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