Now in the states, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is available from the manufacturer's website

Now in the states, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is available from the manufacturer's website
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, the phone that set a new standard for "mini" versions of flagship devices, is now available in the U.S. Almost identical specs-wise to the full-sized Sony Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z1 Compact has a smaller 4.3 inch screen as opposed to the 5 inch display on the former flagship. In addition, the resolution of 720 x 1280 on the smaller model, is in contrast to the higher resolution 1080 x 1920 found on the Sony Xperia Z1. The only other change is the 2300mAh battery on the Xperia Z1 Compact. The full-sized model uses a 3000mAh cell.

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.
 
Buy the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact in the U.S. from Sony

Buy the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact in the U.S. from Sony


source: Sony via SlashGear

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Xperia Z1 Compact
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)

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22 Comments

1. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

TOOOO LATE!!!!!!

2. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 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: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

its even on par with some flagships still

4. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Also in price. $549 for a mini phone?

8. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

It's worth every penny

19. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

But with this price..it shouldn't be compared with minis

13. gutuebogdan

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 16, 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: Mar 06, 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. Smh.!

22. gutuebogdan

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 16, 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: May 20, 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.

6. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

You talk as if Z2 compact exists now.

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Does the Z1 Compact screen still have that plastic anti-shatter stuff on it?

17. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I believe it does.

21. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Yes, it does

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Buy it unlocked not through a carrier.

7. EspressoBrownie

Posts: 15; Member since: May 08, 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: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

They're all over eBay and Amazon for $420-430, and from US (re)sellers.

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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: Oct 15, 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: Apr 16, 2014

Another sign that the US is basically a backwards banana republic when it comes to mobile.

16. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 2255; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Z1 compact is in US, so where is Z2? COMING jan 2015.:*(

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