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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact finally official with 4.3" HD display and 20 MP camera

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact finally official with 4.3
Just when we were ready to break down emotionally, as what everyone thought to be a shrunk version of the Xperia Z1 - Z1S - turned out to be a T-Mobile exclusion, when Sony soothed the pain, unveiling the real thing, dubbed Xperia Z1 Compact

All the great things we were hearing about it turned out to be true, as the phone is an exact copy of the recently available Z1f for Japan, but this time heading for the international markets. This handset is much, much more compact than the Z1, as it carries a 4.3" 720p display, but keeps the same outstanding set of specs, most importantly the same 20 MP camera module with Sony G Lens set. The exact dimensions of the Xperia Z1 are 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm with a weight of 137g, while the Xperia Z1 counters with 169g, but a much larger 144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm body.

The Z1 Compact breaks a song and dance with a powerful 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, which, at that screen resolution, should run circles around all the benchmarks and 3D games you throw at it, and enables LTE connectivity, too, should your carrier support the tech. Aided by 2 GB of RAM, multitasking with the phone should be top-notch, and in addition to the 16 GB of internal storage (12 GB user-available) we get a microSD slot. The battery gets downsized to 2300 mAh from the 3000 mAh unit of the Z1, which, thanks to the power-hungry TN display, doesn't sport a good battery life anyway, which will hopefully not be an issue with the Z1 Compact, for which Sony quotes up to 12 hours of video playback on a charge.

Did we mention that the munchkin is waterproof, too, and up to 5 feet of water at that, for up to 30 minutes? Well, it is, marking one of the best compact Android phones money will be able to buy soon. It will come in a plethora of different colors - pink, lime, black and white - just like its Japanese twin, around mid-February, and will cost EUR 550 in Europe, likely bearing the same tag, but in dollars, when it hits stateside. Any takers for the cutsy Z1 Compact?


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posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:41 1

1. Jklaz (Posts: 124; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


Verizon??? Please???????? Please phone gods please

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:44 3

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7326; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It'll never go on sale On Verizon. The last Sony phone they sold was the Play 3G, which was in 2011.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 22:30

27. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 219; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Smurf i have a oftopic regarding amoled screen.

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/led-lights-can-damage-your-eyes/article4717760.ece

it says led can damage our eyes ?
does it mean amoled can damage our eyes ? whats your opinion. ? the source is famous indian news paper and trusty .

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 01:30

33. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7326; Member since: 14 May 2012)


LED lights as in flashlights and other light sources. Viewing a smartphone screen thats AMOLED will not affect you.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:42 1

2. ara.armagedon (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 May 2013)


Love the hardware and the screen res, too bulky though!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:07 1

9. eltahur (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Agreed. moto x is same size and lighter but with bigger screen. it would have been a great phone if the bezels were much smaller.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:32 9

20. pyradark (Posts: 738; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


does moto x has 20.7MP with larger sensor
does moto x is a water/dust resistance
does moto x has snapdragon 800

Sony has to sacrifice a lot just to give you what you complaint on a 5in phone, still people complain!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 22:00 3

24. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7326; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It having a S800 has NOTHING to do with it's bulkiness. The reason is due to the sensor size and it being WD resistant.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 22:39 2

28. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


And bigger battery in thinner body.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 02:45 6

38. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Bulky my ass. Smartphone users have become wimps ;o)

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:35 1

11. datphoneguy (Posts: 136; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


Agreed
And the bezels are just not acceptable, especially for 2014.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:47 6

13. _KIRA_ (Posts: 19; Member since: 25 Dec 2013)


Every time a new iphone comes out, no one complains.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 22:20 1

26. kanagadeepan (Posts: 634; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


We are NOT complaining because those people in iPhone camp NEVER listens...

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:03

16. Paximos (Posts: 53; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


really? See, you can nitpick these things forever if you're so inclined

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 23:12 1

29. HASHTAG (unregistered)


2014 just started and you're already justifying rather something is acceptable or not?

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 04:22

40. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 365; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Did you ever think that its bulky cause it has IP58 certification? "dust resistant" and can be "immersed in 1.5 meter of freshwater for up to 30 minutes" If it wasnt IP58 certified and it was just a simple smartphone it could have been as thin as an iphone.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:42 2

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7326; Member since: 14 May 2012)


T-Mobile. Thanks.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:45 5

5. shahulvm (Posts: 107; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Love it SONY, keep them coming....Premium build, priced right, waterproofing a bonus...

Have the Z Ultra and would get this to complement it...

Awesome...!!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:50 10

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


My dream phone has arrived! This is amazing Sony

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:55 1

7. Killertech2099 (Posts: 137; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


This is why i love T-mobile keep it up!!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:05 5

8. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


The little beast has finally arrived! I have said it before and I will say it again, this is what you call a true mini. Hell yea!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:12

10. rgxVOiD (Posts: 432; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Sony needs to go deeper. Bring back the X10 mini size!

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 02:07

37. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


A touchscreen phone with X10 mini size would be very bad idea because the display will be too small for texting, internet browsing or video playback.
I think 4.3-4.7 inch phone is the best screen size for one single hand use.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:38

12. apple4never (Posts: 917; Member since: 08 May 2013)


**** yes finally

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:52

14. taz89 (Posts: 2008; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Finally a small Android device that has high end spec. Hopefully it means others will take que and do the same hint Samsung and htc.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:03

15. ImmaculateChimp (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Even if this doesn't come to verizon or wherever will one still likely be able to buy it from sony's website and take it to their carrier of choice and purchase a sim card and phone plan for it, and be all set and everything? I mean, does it include all the proper internal antennas for the u.s. cellphone companies?

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:16

17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6126; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Beautiful device is it too late to trade my Z1 for this love the YELLOW COLOR

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:20

18. ngyixian96 (Posts: 75; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)


The worst name ever in Sony xperia series.
Whatever , we still calling it Z1S.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 04:24

41. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 365; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


You prefer to be called Z1 mini like every other freaking mini version of a flagship? Its unique and S stand for small. Kudos to them.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:28

19. pyradark (Posts: 738; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


I love it

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:58

21. N-fanboy (Posts: 528; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


The best in the world.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:58

22. N-fanboy (Posts: 528; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


The best in the world.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:58

23. andygallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Google Play Edition? Pretty please?

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 22:01 2

25. HoneyBadger (Posts: 11; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


How, many, commas, can, you, put, in, one, article?

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 23:13

30. Taters (Posts: 2584; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Too bulky and the aluminum frame is unnecessary. The Xperia Z in a compact form would look much better.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 00:41

32. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


its really funny when people like you say that Z1 Compact is "TOO BULKY" because this phone is smaller than most 2013 flagships and i think screen to bezels ratio is not really important when most people can use the phone with one hand.

When it comes to high end devices most people prefer materials with premium touch, everyone knows aluminum is not the strongest and the most premium materials but metal usually feels more premium than plastic.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 04:27

42. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 365; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Samsung was being bashed by EVERY single site for years cause of their use of cheap looking/feeling plastics in their phones. Glass, metal, wood and many other materials speak class and quality. Ye glass might break easier than the plastic but it feels and looks so good. Also it would be impossible to be compact since its IP58 certified. If it wasnt then ye it could be 8mm thin for sure. But that IP58 sets it apart from every single phone out there(almost).

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 00:30

31. mkluminous (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


Question? Is the Z1s and the Z1 Compact both coming to T-mobile?

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 01:32

34. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7326; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Z1S is indeed coming to T-Mobile starting January 13th online and a week later in stores. :)

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 02:00

35. rahool360 (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


this is one phone i was looking for...

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 02:03

36. ialex123 (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Nice device.... Also i came across the article from gadgetride.com, which is about Xperia Z1. One of the nice camera device from sony.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 03:59 1

39. bilaltistic (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


Dreams do come true. getting it on day one of its launch :)

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 09:50

44. buccob (Posts: 1306; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Love to see it in Orange!... If not I will get the Lime version... avoiding easy misplacing

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 11:54

45. tarek1980 (Posts: 48; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


The last Sony mobile I bought was Xperia neo v, I never liked the new Sony smartphones or the UI, they made a big success with X10 mini but then Sony followed Bigger is Better like every other company with less featued Android compared to Samsung Touchwize.

But with compact Sony changed every thing, I trust Sony again and I believe my next smartphone is Z1 compact.
Well Done Sony

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