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

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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43 Comments

1. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

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

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

27. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 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 .

33. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

2. ara.armagedon unregistered

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

9. eltahur

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 06, 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.

20. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 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!

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

28. yudi.nemesis unregistered

And bigger battery in thinner body.

38. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

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

11. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

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

13. _KIRA_

Posts: 107; Member since: Dec 25, 2013

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

26. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1204; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

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

16. Paximos

Posts: 279; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

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

29. HASHTAG unregistered

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

40. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

T-Mobile. Thanks.

5. shahulvm

Posts: 124; Member since: Apr 01, 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...!!

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

My dream phone has arrived! This is amazing Sony

7. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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!

10. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

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

37. yudi.nemesis unregistered

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.

12. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

**** yes finally

14. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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.

15. ImmaculateChimp

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 06, 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?

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

18. ngyixian96

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

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

41. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

19. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

I love it

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