Sony Xperia Z (sony-yuga)

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Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z running Weston
Sony Xperia Z running Weston
Manufacturer Sony
Name Xperia Z
Codename yuga
Released 2013
Original software Android 4.1.2 on Linux 3.0.31
Chipset Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro
CPU Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 320
Display 1080x1920 TFT
Storage 16 GB
Memory 2 GB


  • wfranken (porting and testing)
  • ollieparanoid (help via IRC)
  • ata2001 (help via IRC)
  • opendata (help via IRC)

Special keycombo's

  • Boot to bootloader (fastboot): unplug device, hold volume up and plug usb into device
  • Reset if stuck: hold volume up and power button till the phone shakes

Non-standard notes

The Xperia Z does not have a recovery partition, so flashing PostmarketOS erases any recovery you have installed. Instructions across the internet for reinstalling a custom recovery are almost all incorrect.

To install a custom recovery on the Xperia Z:

  • put the device in fastboot mode
  • run fastboot flash boot recovery.img (replace recovery.img with the filename of your recovery of choice)

What works

  • charging
  • network through USB
  • telnet in initramfs
  • ssh
  • adjusting the led, torch and the lcd backlight
  • display
    • Weston
    • Xwayland
  • touchscreen

What does not work

  • Splash screens

What has not been tested

  • Bluetooth
  • 3G
  • Sound
  • Phone calls
  • SD card
  • Wifi


  • Launching Weston is delayed by 135 seconds to let udev settle down

Other information

  • When red leds are flashing, offsets are wrong
  • LineageOS boot.img is far larger because the recovery is inside it
  • It should be possible to run The Mainline Kernel on the device. At least there is a dts file already in the 4.14 kernel: arch/arm/boot/dts/qcom-apq8064-sony-xperia-yuga.dts