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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs iPhone 5s and Moto X: specs comparison

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs iPhone 5s and Moto X: specs comparison
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is finally here, and it’s the first Android smartphone to pack the latest and most powerful Snapdragon 800 system chip in a ‘mini’ sized form factor. While most current Android flagship hover around a large 5” screen size that is not perfectly convenient for single handed use, the Z1 Compact is able to shrink it down to 4.3 inches.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 system chip with a full-on 2GB RAM, however, is not the only highlight of the Xperia Z1 Compact. It also packs the same excellent 20.7-megapixel camera that the flagship Xperia Z1 had, and that’s great news.

You might still be wondering, though, whether there are downsides to making this phone this small?

There are a few trade-offs we ought to mention, but few of them will be real downsides. The first is the fact that the Xperia Z1 Compact is a hair thicker than the Z1 at 9.5mm. That’s more than the average, but this does not make the new ‘mini’ chubby by any means. Also, the smaller, 4.3” screen size dictated a lower resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. That might seem like a downgrade from most 1080 x 1920-pixel flagships of today, but in reality the smaller screen justifies the lower resolution decision, and pixels look very sharp at 342ppi. The battery has also shrunk in size to fit the smaller chassis, and it’s now a 2300mAh unit on the Z1 Compact. Sony claims that the smaller screen consumes less power, and - even with a smaller juicer - it’s capable of delivering similar battery longevity.

For all other technical details, and how they compare against the Xperia Z1’s closest rivals - the similarly sized and specced iPhone 5s and Moto X - take a look at the table right below.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Motorola Moto X vs Apple iPhone 5s

Design
OSAndroid (4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.3)Android (4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2)iOS (7.x)
Dimensions5.00 x 2.56 x 0.37 inches (127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm)5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41 inches (129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm)4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)
Weight4.83 oz (137 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
3.95 oz (112 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
Body material  Aluminium
RuggedWater, Dust resistant  
IP certifiedIP 58  
Display
Physical size4.3 inches4.7 inches4.0 inches
Resolution720 x 1280 pixels720 x 1280 pixels640 x 1136 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

342 ppi316 ppi326 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

IPS LCDAMOLEDIPS LCD
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness  500 cd/m2 (nit)
Camera
Camera20.7 megapixels10 megapixels8 megapixels
FlashLEDLEDDual LED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.0F2.4F2.2
Focal length (35mm equivalent)27 mm30 mm 
Camera sensor size1/2.3"1/2.6"1/3"
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)
Recording formatMPEG4, H.263, H.264  
FeaturesDigital image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video light Digital image stabilization, Picture-taking during video recording
Front-facing camera2 megapixels2 megapixels1.2 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD) 1280x720 (720p HD)
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Motorola X8 (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960)Apple A7
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400Dual core, 1700 MHz, KraitDual core, 1300 MHz, 64-bit
Graphics processorAdreno 330Adreno 320PowerVR G6430
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / LPDDR21024 MB RAM
Built-in storage16 GB16 GB64 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC  
Battery
Talk time10.00 hours
the average is 12 h (705 min)
13.00 hours
the average is 12 h (705 min)
 
Stand-by time27.9 days (670 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
10.0 days (240 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
 
Talk time (3G)18.00 hours
the average is 15 h (902 min)
 10.00 hours
the average is 15 h (902 min)
Stand-by time (3G)25.0 days (600 hours)
the average is 30 days (709 h)
 10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 30 days (709 h)
Stand-by time (4G)22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 23 days (547 h)
  
Music playback94.00 hours 40.00 hours
Video playback12.00 hours 10.00 hours
Capacity2300 mAh2200 mAh1570 mAh
Type  Li - Ion
Not user replaceable YesYes
Technology
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz700 (band 13), 850 (band 5), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1900 (band 2) MHz700 (band 13), 700 (band 17), 800 (band 18), 800 (band 19), 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 1900 (band 25), 2100 (band 1) MHz
DataLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), , HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS

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posted on 07 Jan 2014, 03:58 6

1. bananana (Posts: 34; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


erm i think the screen on the z1 compact is IPS instead of the TFT on the Z1

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 09:30

24. ihavenoname (Posts: 1377; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


It seems to be TFT (Gsmarena), but it's really damn good one. TFT doesn't necessarily mean bad experience, I tried S4 Active and display is excellent (not as good as IPS, but great still). Btw great phones, really like 'em all.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 16:55

26. bananana (Posts: 34; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


nah, i think its IPS based on what is revealed by Digi-wo website and also a vietnamese sony website where they compare the display of the z1f ( the similar cousin of z1 compact) with the big brother z1. so yeahh... IPS =) ... hopefully ... =)

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 04:07 2

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


iPhone 5s have a better OS, while Moto X has a
better screen to bezels ratio but Overall Xperia Z1 Compact is much better than the iphone 5s or Moto x.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 04:21 2

4. boosook (Posts: 989; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Overall does not make any sense... it all depends on how you use your phone. Both the Moto X and the Z1 Compact are great phones. If you're not interested in camera quality and water resistance, I'd get the Moto X over the Z1 any day, for its bigger screen, active notifications, smaller bezels and great ergonomics, while if you use the phone as a cameraphone, good camera and water resistance are more important.
P.S.: i don't agree with your statement that the iphone has a better OS, especially when compared to the Moto X, but I don't want to start a flame war! ;)

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 05:38

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


Let me make it simple the title of the article is "specs comparison" and i'm 100% sure "overall" Z1 Compact has much better specs than Moto X.

I really want to know how Moto X performs if the Cpu is only 1.3 GHz with only 1GB of Ram and compare it with iphone 5 ;)

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 05:50 2

10. Klamba92 (Posts: 195; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


The Moto x has been constantly praised for being very quick and smooth and very well optimized. Also the Moto X has 2GB RAM not 1GB. I can't tell you much more else as I have only heard and seen from reviews have not actually played around with it as its US only. We have the Moto G though which is a cheaper version of it!

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 06:21

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


Read my comment correctly please!!!

"I really want to know how Moto X
performs if the Cpu is only 1.3 GHz with
only 1GB of Ram and compare it with
iphone 5 ;)"

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 06:39

13. livyatan (Posts: 691; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


You have NO CLUE about systems on chips dude.

The A7 is a completely different architecture than SD800 and has way more registers, and instruction width.
It is a swollen, feature rich fewer core design in comparison to more swifter, trimmed down small cores with increased frequency.
The overall die size of the A7 is actually not smaller than that of snapdragon 800.
Bottom line- the power consumption, raw performance and size of the Apple A7 and Snapdragon 800 are comparable, with a slight edge to the latter in perf per watt actually.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 07:35

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


Lol... i think you are the one who have NO CLUE

Read this correctly please!!!

"I really want to know how Moto X
performs if the Cpu is only 1.3 GHz with
only 1GB of Ram and compare it with
"IPHONE 5" ;)"

Apple A6 is pretty similar to Cortex A15 and Krait processor.
I'm sure Moto X can't keep up with with IPHONE 5 performance if the clock speed is 1.3GHz and the Ram is only 1GB.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 05:49 4

9. dratomic (Posts: 461; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


iphone 5s has a better os?! what a joke

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 06:27

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


Maybe you can show me any ANDROID phone with 1.3 GHz and 1GB so we can do some performance comparison with iphone 5.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 07:03 2

16. fireblade (Posts: 694; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


because iOS is lighter OS than android. You should check Armando Ferreira channel on youtube to see why multitasking in iOS is still considered fake.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 07:09

17. fireblade (Posts: 694; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


And also, iOS doesn't have back button. Only home button. It's a pain in the *ss

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 07:42 4

20. dratomic (Posts: 461; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i dont consider whatever thats inside iphone an os as long as theres no system wide filemanager and multi tasking and a lot of other stuff. iphone is a super powerful feature phone in my opinion and thats why my parents are using it and not me

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 09:18

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


Amen.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 06:58

15. fireblade (Posts: 694; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


iOS is better you say? Are you drunk?

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 14:30

25. Ashoaib (Posts: 1930; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Better OS? Wow, who is providing you a false information? What does iOS has? Nothing! Might be good for ifools, they are fools anyway, frogs in the well... while andriod is nearly a full flug os...

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 04:14 3

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


Z1 compact has an aluminum frame. It adds to the feels so that's a point!

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 04:22 2

5. CrabQQ (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Z1 compact has an IPS screen, fix it in description

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 05:30 3

6. emadshiny (Posts: 1131; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


1.Z1 Compact

2.iP5s

3.Moto X

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 06:40

14. livyatan (Posts: 691; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Z1 by a landslide!

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 07:35

18. panda_xx (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


Z1 compact is the best

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 08:17 1

21. Diazene (Posts: 123; Member since: 01 May 2013)


the moto x has a 1/2.6" sensor?

I think it's around 1/3"

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 09:11

22. Kadmspb (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)


Size wise Moto X has the best build out of all 3 of them. Motorola engineers managed to cram 4.7 inch screen on the phone that is not much bigger than IPhone 5S or Sony Z1.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 10:49

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


Maybe you forget Z1 Compact is a waterproof smartphone with IP58 certification the bezels is about the same size as my GS2 and its thinner than moto x but Z1 Compact has larger battery and larger camera sensor.

Sony engineers is doing better job than motorola and if you think that waterproofing is nothing to do with the size please tell me why S4 Active and Optimus GJ is bigger than S4 and Optimus G??

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 11:11

28. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


94 hour music playback????

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