The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has a plastic back, the manufacturer states
And now, the White Paper for Sony's hot smartphone has been changed yet again. The suspicions turned out to be true, as this time Sony officially confirms that the back of the Xperia Z1 Compact is made of plastic: "The front side of the phone is made of durable tempered glass, and the back side is made of high-rigid plastic sheet”. This is yet another difference between the Z1 Compact and its larger peer, the Sony Xperia Z1 - the latter comes with a back, made of tempered glass.
Apart from the obvious size differences, the Xperia Z1 Compact and the Xperia Z1 come with almost identical hardware specs. The main differences between the duo are mostly in the display and the battery departments – the Z1 Compact sports a 720p display (the Z1 has a 1080p one) and a 2,300mAh battery (the one in the Z1 provides 3,000mAh).
So, what are your thoughts? Does the plastic back of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hurt its premium status? Or a little plastic here and there is just okay?
source: Sony via XperiaBlog
1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6623; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Sony should have been honest form the beginning.
2. Finalflash (Posts: 1133; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Might have just been a mistake or last minute spec change that resulted in it since it doesn't really make much of a difference. I don't think anyone went into the store specifically looking for a phone with a tempered glass back as their main reason to buy it. Would have been nice if it did though since it is probably more durable.
5. maherk (Posts: 426; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Mistake? I am sure if it was Apple or Samsung people would've attacked them like there is no tomorrow.
I am pretty sure that Sony would've kept promoting it as a glass back if they weren't busted. Reminds of Nokia when they were caught shooting with a professional camera and claiming it was there pureview.
17. neops (Posts: 126; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)
Did Samsung told outset that note 3's back was no leather but plastic?
Necessary to achieve compactness
3. pwnarena (Posts: 716; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
it was a white paper. come on. who would think of a white paper as a marketing material? there was never the intention to mislead. there was no dishonesty. it was just a mistake.
4. __0__ (Posts: 187; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
How come the "professional reviewers" at most major tech sites including this one doesnt notice ? Blind or too busy sleeping ?
7. maherk (Posts: 426; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Neither blind nor busy sleeping. It's just that most of them are pure hypocrites. The same ones that bragged about the build quality of the iPhone 5 that was scuff/scratch/dent prone, the same who attacked the S4 for the plastic built where they congratulated LG for the sleek design of the G2, and also the same ones that when they had their first hands on the Note 3 thought that the back of the note 3 was leather. But unlike other companies, Samsung didn't go on to promote it as real leather and stated that it was faux leather, thennnn those hypocrites started noting that the Note 3 is again all plastic.
21. hurrycanger (Posts: 616; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
You speak the truth. I really like this part: "the same who attacked the S4 for the plastic built where they congratulated LG for the sleek design of the G2". That really annoys me, lol.
9. Feanor (Posts: 273; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
"How come the "professional reviewers" at most major tech sites including this one doesnt notice ?"
Easy; it is impossible to tell. I had read the rumours about it and I went to a shop to specifically check it. I couldn't find any difference between the full-size Z1 and the Z1 Compact rear panel. Same appearance, same sound when you'd knock on them, same sense of depth of the printed information. I went on buying the Z1 Compact thinking that the rear panel was glass. I realized that it is actually not glass, when I noticed that when the phone is left in the cold, the aluminium sides and the glass screen feel cold whereas the rear panel not so much. But I am telling you, Sony did a good job here, because there is no way to tell apart the glass back of an iPhone 4/4S (or a Z1, if it's really glass) and the back panel of a Z1 Compact other than temperature. For people that are worried about glass being too sensitive, this is a win-win situation. It may be just a bit more sensitive to scratches, though considering the scratch-prone anti-shatter film that Sony uses, I doubt if it makes any difference.
6. starkiller306 (Posts: 58; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)
when the hell will this be released in India?!!
10. LikeMyself (Posts: 90; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)
I think at first it was glass. Then with problems with the flash on the units, they changed it to plastic to solve the flash issue!
11. Taters (Posts: 2374; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Nothing wrong with using high grade plastic. It's probably betters the only people that would have a problem with it are HTC and Apple tards.
13. networkdood (Posts: 5517; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Apple users get sucked into the whole 'premium' idea - they have been fooled into thinking they actually purchased a premium product because it looks that way...
20. romeo1 (Posts: 150; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)
its true what you say but to be honest if i see an iphone these days it looks like a toy for childeren maybe its because the rest of the phones got so big because of the screens ( not that i mind that i love it actually z ultra user ;) )
12. networkdood (Posts: 5517; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
What a waste of resources to create colorful phones - just come out with an awesome phone and then let the consumer decide what color case to get....
15. Supaheight (Posts: 66; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
exactly so what i know that it makes the phone premium but its a midrange and nobody cares
22. romeo1 (Posts: 150; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)
? z1 compact is not a midrange phone its high end.
but i felt the phone the other day and to be honest there is nothing to worry about the "premium" feel of the phone.
unlike samsung and lg, sony knows how to make a sturdy feeling plastic phone. look at the xperia s feels really good in the hand you wouldn't say its from plastic and the xperia t also very sturdy.
htc and nokia also make good plastic phones that feel good
16. downphoenix (Posts: 2232; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
I see this as a good thing actually, as cracked glass backs are a common issue with iphones.
18. gundamexia450 (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
wow, no point of being high end if they compromise on the material. smh
19. onifon (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)
sony needs to hurry up and make this availible stateside...
24. anleoflippy (Posts: 225; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)
Still looks and feels premium anyway. Not a big deal.
25. handbanana (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Feb 2014)
It certainly does not feel premium, and the plastic back gets scratched so easily that it won't look premium after a small amount of use. Perhaps you didn't notice, but I thought something was wrong as soon as I felt the back panel, and then the very next day Sony finally admitted it was plastic and changed the whitepaper.