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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on
Among the many announcements Sony made today at CES 2014 was the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. This mini version of Sony’s flagship Android smartphone is something special because unlike other “mini” renderings of their respective class leaders, this compact form factor is packing flagship specifications.

With a smaller size though, it could be said that some small compromises were made.  However, those supposed compromises are not really compromises at all. The Xperia Z1 Compact’s smaller screen has a lower pixel resolution, and the smaller body means there is a smaller battery to keep the screen lit, but the smaller set up does not demand as much power. Taken as a whole, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is a nifty (and colorful) package.

Design


There is no mistaking Sony’s design language with the Compact, it is an Xperia device through and through. It has a premium build quality feel that the rest of the Xperia line up enjoys. Its smaller size fits perfectly in just about any hand and that also lends well for easy one-handed operation. The user experience is unchanged from the rest of the Xperia line up.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on
That user experience is aided by the fact that this miniaturized version of the Xperia Z1 is packing the same quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU found in the larger brother. The power of that chip has no trouble delivering the goods to the user on the smaller screen.

Display


That smaller screen, measuring 4.3 inches, has a resolution of 720 x 1280. That gives us a respectable pixel density of 342ppi. The unit in our hands-on images offered a crisp display and fluid motion with no apparent deficiencies. The viewing angles are decent too. The brightness seemed to be a bit on the soft side, but the ambient lighting of the showroom might have been playing a role in that perception.

Interface


The user interface for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the same as can be found across the Xperia line-up. Under the UI is Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Individual tastes will vary of course, but those that desire a user experience that is not quite as deep as Samsung’s TouchWiz or LG’s Optimus layers will find the Sony experience to be quite capable.

Processor and Memory


The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact shares the same quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz chip that is in the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1S. There is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. The Compact will accept microSD cards up to 64GB. The power of the CPU and Adreno 330 GPU make for swift and easy use of the Compact’s features.

Camera


Like its bigger siblings, the Xperia Z1 Compact is packing the same 20.7 megapixel camera with an LED flash. It also records video in 1080p HD and has digital image stabilization. We do not have any photo samples from the device just yet, but it is reasonable to assume that the quality will be on par with the rest of the Xperia flagship line.





In the end, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is an exciting product, offering outstanding specs in a compact form factor that frankly cannot be matched at this point. Pricing and availability, not surprisingly, was not forthcoming, but keep checking back with us for more information.

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posted on 07 Jan 2014, 04:34 1

1. Teja171 (unregistered)


What about Xperia Z2 ?

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 04:45

3. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 491; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Expect it in Q4 2014.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 04:55

4. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Nah, Q2 2014 sounds more reasonable.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 04:55 3

5. Remmy (Posts: 55; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


"[Xperia Z1] is our strongest selling smartphone to date and will continue as our flagship into 2014."

from Sony Mobile's new year message. I read the article from Xperiablog btw. :)

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:19

18. Miracles (Posts: 499; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Rumors of the Sirius codename....new flagship?

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 01:49

23. Remmy (Posts: 55; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Probably not, maybe in a different form factor or running on a different OS. :)

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 04:44 2

2. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 491; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Very good phone, the king mini droids. But I think it will more expensive than the other minis.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 05:13 2

7. pyradark (Posts: 772; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


let say same price as the iphone 5 16GB or iphone 5c
this mobile rock but Im a little dissapointed with CES 2014
no stunning new mobile from sony, as in NEW

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 05:51

11. dratomic (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


u don say

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 06:58 5

15. alterecho (Posts: 1082; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


As far as i can see, it looks like THE king of droids. Extremely powerful, supposedly good camera, water resistant, amazing specs, expandable storage, managable in one hand.
Its just ticked all requirements for an awesome phone.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 05:10

6. iliketech (Posts: 54; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


does it have wireless charging ?

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 06:43

13. starkiller306 (Posts: 58; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


it's go a magnetic charging dock...

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 07:43

17. dratomic (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


wireless charging is useless as long it needs to be in contact with charging pad. wired charging at least gives me freedom to move around and roam

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 05:13 2

8. szaboagoston (Posts: 41; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


Finally someone did it. Flagship specs in a smaller phone. But why not hold an iphone or the Xperia Z1 up next to the device, when making a video?!

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 07:25

16. imMature (Posts: 82; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Edit: Wrong info. sorry. Haha. Thought it was a size comparison :P

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 06:14

12. tarek1980 (Posts: 53; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Does it have a LED indicator light ????

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 06:43 1

14. starkiller306 (Posts: 58; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


yup, it's inside the speaker grill at the top i believe.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:20

19. Miracles (Posts: 499; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


I'm really confused....Is Z1S the same as the Z1 Compact? Or is it a specially modified version of the Z1S?

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 19:59

21. Bioload25 (Posts: 208; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


No,z1 compact is a Z1 with a smaller screen (4.3,720p with better viewing angles though)
Z1S is said to be a sucessor of the Z1 but I didnt notice much (if any) difference between them,and it's exclusive for T-Mobile

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 20:43

22. starkiller306 (Posts: 58; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


Z1S is same as the Z1 but with 32gigs of int. memory, it's a T-mobile exclusive and also it has a plastic frame not alluminum rest all are the same including the screen.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 12:48 1

20. district11 (Posts: 104; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)


Its nice to see good specs in smaller size phone.

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