Posted on Sep 29 2013 - 11:03am by Anurag Kumar

Sony boasted it’s Triluminos display on Xperia Z Ultra which has till now the best ever screen display Sony has produced but does Sony Xperia Z1 also has the same stunning display. Our answer and what many users are reporting to us is “No”, Xperia Z1 screen display is not par with Xperia Z Ultra. No difference is caught on the display comparison of Xperia Z and Xperia Z1. Display on Xperia Z1 seems same as like on Xperia Z.

Another issue has popped up on the quality of Sony Xperia Z1 display, many users have reported to us that they are having “Yellow Hue Tint” on screen display of Xperia Z1. White doesn’t appear proper white on screen display and on the left side of screen display in mainly yellowish, not proper white. Though an issue of poor viewing angles on the screen of Xperia Z1 has also come up but in this post that’s not our concern. Users are now saying screen lottery again ??

Xperia Z1 Yellow Hue Tint Issue on Screen Display

Highly disappointed this time, lat time any such issue came up during the reign on Sony Xperia S, which Sony acknowledged. Now Xperia Z1 users are complaining the same that they have got the poor display screen on their Xperia Z1. If you have bough the Xperia Z1 then have a look at the top left side of screen, does it appear proper white as it should or you see a slight yellow hue tint on it. If not like us you are lucky but if you have it then it is very unfortunate for you.

Let’s have a look at some of screen samples of Xperia Z1 which have this yellow hue tint on screen.

Below issue was found on XDA user japjit100’s Xperia Z1 screen.

Xperia Z1 Yellow Hue Tint Issue on Screen Display

Sony Xperia Z1 Yellow Hue Tint Issue on Screen Display

If you have this Yellow Hue Tint Issue on Screen Display of Xperia Z1, then see what you can do to make it a bit better.

A word of Good Advice to all such users 

Go to nearest Sony Service Center, and get your screen display checked. If the issue is confirmed get your Xperia Z1 replaced. This is the best option but is doesn’t guarantee that the upcoming new Xperia Z1 for you will not have this issue. But to get it replaced is certainly a better option, it may not have this issue.

Temporary Solution

We see the “White Balance” Settings option is not present in Xperia Z1 though it was in Xperia Z, it should have fixed the issue a bit.

If you screen is off white in color then do the below mentioned steps :-

  • Set the Brightness level to 35%. Uncheck the “adapt to lightning conditions” option.
  • Download this app from Google Play “Screen Adjustor“.
  • Set the “Blue Level” to “+6” in the app settings and tap on run the app option.

Above settings will temporarily fix the issue and white will appear as it should. Although it looks that it’s just a calibration issue may be Sony fix it in the upcoming firmware update. But what if there is something actually wrong with the display of Xperia Z1, then it’s an issue of concern for all Xperia Z1 users.

From our side we have tweeted to Sony Mobiles asking them to acknowledge the issue urgently.


Xperia Z1 Serial Numbers having Yellow Hue Issue

[ UPDATE ] Xperia Z1 Yellow Hue Issue is not related to Serial Numbers.

If you have this issue, please acknowledge it and let us know in comments as it is a serious problem and we should make concerned authorities aware about it.

Have a look at the display comparison of some Xperia phones.

Xperia Z Ultra Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z display comparison

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison

Drop your comments regarding this issue. Let us know what settings of brightness you are using on your Xperia Z1 to have a better display…

Thanks Przemyslaw Orawiec for temporary solution 🙂

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33 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. venkata suresh October 1, 2013 at 12:52 am - Reply

    I bought Xperia Z1 on 20th Sep, I also found the yellow hue tint issue on my fone..

    Sony India, I bought Xperia Z1 from Sangeeta mobile store on 20th Sep in Bangalore, Forum value mall. I also Have Xperia S, Xperia TX, I compare the same video with Xperia TX. The videos with white backgrounds is far better in TX compared to Z1. my Z1 is having yellow hue tint issue. What is the solution for this issue?? . I AM NOT ABLE TO POST ABOUT THIS ISSUE IN “SONY MOBILE IN” FACEBOOK SITE Y?? . SONY BLOCKED ME TO PUT COMMENTS/REVIEWS ABOUT THE

    • Anurag Kumar October 1, 2013 at 9:32 am - Reply

      get it replaced soon, go to service center….your serial number starts with ?

      • venkata suresh October 2, 2013 at 11:53 am - Reply


      • venkata October 2, 2013 at 11:54 am - Reply

        Serial NO : BH901EPX09

      • Amit October 10, 2013 at 9:38 pm - Reply

        The same issue with my phone. Today I visited service center, really you are right very worst condition at Service center they don’t want to listen us. Today they are trying to restore my phone. But I definitely sure the mistake in display panel , So now I’m waiting to answer. what they will say. I never accept same unit again. If they won’t change my unit in DOA . I will go at Consumer Court.

    • Shilpa October 27, 2015 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      I also had the same problem.

      Now it is gone
      go to
      >Colour Correction OFF

  2. nikhil October 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Hey I found this xperia Z1 WITH this model number

    Does this model have any issue’s plz tell me a bit urgent to buy…

    • Anurag Kumar October 1, 2013 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      no issue has been reported on this model number yet.

  3. Manak October 2, 2013 at 9:42 am - Reply

    sony will you do something regarding this yellow display of xperia z1…..replace our phone….why don’t your hear us.

  4. tochi October 2, 2013 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Funny enough I still love the xperia z screen
    Just because white is white

  5. Er Mayank Malik October 2, 2013 at 11:56 am - Reply

    what about the display of xperia z1 , i purchased this phone recently in delhi i am having issues regarding the display . the display having some yellow hue on it the white colour appears to be off white or creamy white the display is worst than the xperia z even xperia z has better white . the service center not recognizing this issue i am fully disappointed after purchasing it . it is very bad phone . why sony dont try to spend their money on quality of the product rather than spending money on KATRINA KAIF . quality matters to sales not brand ambassador if quality is top notch than sales will automatically increase…… think about it

  6. Williams Bill October 2, 2013 at 11:58 am - Reply

    help z1 screen background is yellow. but boot logo sony is color whiteness… my firmware (14.1.G.1.534)

  7. Asteril October 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    my XZ1 screen is off white on color, deep yellow it is… wtf you are doing with Z1, faulty poor cheap panels.

  8. Cinu October 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    got yellow spot on my z1 new purchased….sony disregarding my concern of yellowish screen on z1.

  9. Sam October 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Bought the Z1 yesterday. I am having the same yellow tint issue, I tried to balance the whites with screen adjuster, it worked pretty well but it left the blacks with a blue hue to it, the screen is washed out anyway. Really disappointed with sony this time. With the previous experience I had with my xperia S, it is a hardware issue. Replaced two XS to get a flawless one.

  10. Whatster October 4, 2013 at 3:19 am - Reply

    I brought a Z1 a couple day ago, I am from Holland and my serial starts with BH907, didn’t saw this one come buy.

    I don’t have yellow hue on the screen but the Wifi signL is weak but when even 1 bar the 5ghz speed is full and stable but the signal is bad.

    And I have cracking kind of sound when I push in the middle of ths back, especially arouns Xperia and upstairs and I don’t knoa what it is ans also didn’t saw someone else complain about this.

    So taking this 2 things above I decided to make swap for a new one, today I got the new one andthe serial from this one was BH901 and I read on that this could be a good one wwithout the yellow hue.
    After setting up and comparing with the first unit I saw the yellow hue on the 2nd unit.

    The wifi signal is the same but the cracking sound isn’t there so I am still stuck with the first unit.
    I don’t why the sound is there on the back but I hlpe it will not give a problem in a later stadium.

    But anyway beside that I love the phone and so far I love, I come from a S4 and I don’t miss it :-).

  11. SId October 4, 2013 at 9:20 am - Reply

    I too have same problem and I reported it to Sony Support Desk on 2nd Oct. but there is no reply from them till now. My serial no. start with BH905.

  12. Mwana October 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Hi Anurag,
    I bought Z1 from China end of Sept. (BH903***) and I am really disappointed with the screen colors and camera performance. I am from Kenya so I cant get a replacement here now. I flashed the generic Indian rom as the chinese had a lot of non-english bloat.

    I am using screen adjuster improve the whites but still a lot is desired. I hope the G2 firmware fixes the screen and camera noise esp. in low light.
    I cant say this is a great phone due to these two issues. I am coming from Nexus 4 the screen colors are miles ahead of Z1. Sometimes I wish I had taken the Lg G2.
    I will keep my fingers crossed for firmware updates to fix this potentially great device.

  13. Sivakumar Mayuranathiah October 18, 2013 at 11:31 pm - Reply


    My Serial number is BH904ZMK09. I have this yellow hue issue.

  14. Fendy October 23, 2013 at 5:02 am - Reply


    My Serial Number is BH903***. I have this yellow hue issue too, is this software/firmware problem or hardware problem? Please Help.


    • Anurag Kumar October 23, 2013 at 10:16 am - Reply

      seems hardware issue to me. If you still have it after .257update then better get is replaced from service center.

  15. Hendy October 24, 2013 at 7:01 am - Reply

    will this fixed in future firmware update??

  16. jonglo November 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    i have bh903 indonesia, no yellow issue at all.
    solid build and waterproof tested.
    screen is gorgeous.
    although cell reception was a litle better with iphone 5,
    the z1 declares “NO SIM CARD” if you dont have signal for few hours. then you have to reboot.

  17. nagaraj November 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    my serial starts with BH900****
    i got this one as a replacement of my previous one (BH904***) which is having yellow tint issue..

    now is there any problem of yellow tint issue reported with this series?

  18. Ramón December 15, 2013 at 5:45 am - Reply

    The mine also BH90TM yellow.

  19. gurdas March 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    I replaced my handset 5 times and still it is in Sony service center its annoying when u purchased 40k mobile and left with 0 satisfaction dont purchase Sony go with Samsung its my advice. My phone xperia z1 problem yellow hue……

  20. EricD April 10, 2014 at 4:50 am - Reply

    Of course, it could be that the camera records colours differently at the edges of its field of view.

    What is the stated tolerance for colour uniformity and accuracy in the specifications ?

    No agreed spec – no problem !

  21. manish kumar June 26, 2014 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    im having the same yellow hue problem with my xperia z1, my earlier phone xperia z display was much better than this….i think every body of us must moove to consumer court if sony does not replace our phone…..let us make a community on face book on this issue and decide wat to do next if sony does not replace it…..

  22. Dave October 23, 2015 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Very disappointed by Sony. I bought Z1 though the phone is good but the major issue with yellow hue tint display. Compare a sample video with Samsung it was such an embarrassment seeing the color display quality in z1. But only option left would be going for replacement. Sony is not producing their products upto the mark…this is my fourth phone.. and I’m very unhappy.

  23. unknown November 29, 2015 at 2:19 am - Reply

    I have the same problem but with t2 ultra… I bought it from a local store (this my fault) few months ago after 1 day I noticed my phone’s screen is so yellowish the next day went to the store and told the seller that I want a replacement… And also I took my brother’s t2 ultra to make him compare between the 2 phones… He was like I can’t see any deffirence, there’s no issues at all.. ،and sorry I can’t give you a replacement.
    I really hate my life 🙁

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