Now in the states, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is available from the manufacturer's website
That means that both models share some tasty specs such as the 20.7MP rear-facing camera, the quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, the Adreno 330 GPU, and the 2GB of RAM. Both phones also share the 16GB of native storage, and the 64GB capacity microSD slot. Many have given the TRILUMINOS screen on the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact the edge against the screen on the larger model, saying that colors are not washed out on the 4.3 inch display as they are on the 5 inch glass.
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact can now be purchased in the states, directly from the manufacturer's website. Available unlocked in white, pink and black, the handset can be purchased for $549.99. The phone is IP58 certified and can withstand submersion to 4.92 feet of water for as long as 30 minutes.
Here is a chance to buy what is truly a compact flagship phone, as opposed to the "mini" handsets that usually have specs that have been dropped down a few pegs.
source: Sony via SlashGear
2. mokhtar (Posts: 389; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)
Comparing it with all minis in market.. No phone can reach the level of z1 compact..so its not late at all
3. apple4never (Posts: 1032; Member since: 08 May 2013)
its even on par with some flagships still
19. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)
But with this price..it shouldn't be compared with minis
13. gutuebogdan (Posts: 29; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)
The price point of the other mini smartphone out there reflects their speca and quality. This is the price you pay for a "compact" flagship.
20. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)
Just yesterday on anither article I said that it was not a mini but a compact flagship and everyone barked at me and now when I say its a mini.. someone comes up and tells me its a compact flaghip.
22. gutuebogdan (Posts: 29; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)
Sorry about that... i didn't read your other post. But hey that means that I agree with your other post ;)
5. WinDroid (Posts: 77; Member since: 20 May 2014)
still doesn't change the fact that you shouldn't buy it when the newer model is on the market. Plus the Z2 Compact screen is much better.
11. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Does the Z1 Compact screen still have that plastic anti-shatter stuff on it?
18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7030; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Buy it unlocked not through a carrier.
7. EspressoBrownie (Posts: 13; Member since: 08 May 2014)
Can get one for $390 to $430 shipped from a few places. Last I paid was $470 shipped two months ago as a gift to someone.
15. Planterz (Posts: 1605; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
They're all over eBay and Amazon for $420-430, and from US (re)sellers.
9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3682; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Its not meant to compete with the midrangers, it was meant to compete with the iphone. But sony failed to execute it and also the phone has too many flaws.
10. imparanoic (Posts: 88; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)
very decent competitor with many advantages over iphone, as well as other cheaper mini's, specification wise as well as performance
12. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Another sign that the US is basically a backwards banana republic when it comes to mobile.
16. Planterz (Posts: 1605; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
I don't get why Sony doesn't have a mobile presense in the USA. T-Mobile has a couple, AT&T did back in the day (back when it was still Sony Ericsson). The only Verizon Sony I remember was the one with the sliding game controller. I can't remember if Sprint ever had a Sony or SE.
It doesn't make sense that carriers would shun Sony. They've certainly sold enough Walkmans, boomboxes, cameras, TVs, and laptops in the US. They're easily one of the most recognizable electronics brands on the planet. But for some reason, the US either doesn't want their cell phones, or Sony doesn't want to sell them to the US.
At least they make them to support most if not all North American LTE bands. Every time I see a new monster flagship phone from China or Korea, I get excited, until I remember to look at the LTE bands it supports. C'mon, at least give us band 4 support.
14. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1610; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
Z1 compact is in US, so where is Z2? COMING jan 2015.:*(