Sony's new flagship, the Xperia Z1 featuring 20.7 megapixel camera with the award-winning G Lens, announced on 4 September is now up for pre-order at several retailers and network operators in the UK.

Sony Xperia Z1
The Xperia Z1 runs Android 4.2 out of box.

The handset will be launched globally this month. Prior to its market roll-out, recognised XDA contributor and developer, krabappel2548, has found a root exploit for the Xperia Z1. The rooting tool is called 360-Root and an alternative version of it is called VRoot. Unfortunately, the root tool is available in the Chinese language but the developer has promised to create an English exploit soon. Head over to the development thread to learn more about the root release.

Xperia Z1 users who wish to root their handsets running on Android 4.2 may follow our step-by-step guide.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to the device. Users are also advised to verify that their devices meet the following requirements.


1) Install USB Driver (Windows/Mac) for Xperia Z1 to connect the Android device with computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on phone to connect it with computer and use Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option then check USB Debugging Mode.]

3) As the tutorial might wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as CWM/TWRP installed then backup data using recovery.

4) The Xperia Z1 should have above 80% battery charge.

5) Rooting the phone will void of its manufacturer's warranty but users can reclaim the warranty by unrooting the phone later.

6) The root file works only on Sony Xperia Z1. As flashing this on any incorrect variant might brick the device, verify the model number of Xperia Z1 by navigating to Settings>> About phone>> Model number.

Steps to root Sony Xperia Z1 on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Step-1: Download rooting tool for Sony Xperia Z1 to computer

Download link: 360-Root/ VRoot

Step-2: Install the software by double clicking on the downloaded exe file. An icon should be seen on the desktop after the installation

Step-3: Activate the software by clicking on the icon at desktop

Step-4: Connect the Xperia Z1 to your computer using the USB cable. Wait for the software to detect the phone. Once the phone is connected successfully, the device's model number should be seen on the software windows

Step-5: Click the green button on the windows to start rooting process. Wait for some time until the rooting process is completed

Step-6: When the rooting process is completed, a tick mark will appear on the software

Step-7: The phone will now reboot automatically

When the Xperia Z1 boots up, it should be successfully rooted on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean firmware. To verify the root status, download Root Checker app from Google play Store.

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[Source: Android Teen]