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

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

44. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Love to see it in Orange!... If not I will get the Lime version... avoiding easy misplacing

39. bilaltistic

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Dreams do come true. getting it on day one of its launch :)

36. ialex123

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Nice device.... Also i came across the article from gadgetride.com, which is about Xperia Z1. One of the nice camera device from sony.

35. rahool360

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

this is one phone i was looking for...

31. mkluminous

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

Question? Is the Z1s and the Z1 Compact both coming to T-mobile?

34. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Z1S is indeed coming to T-Mobile starting January 13th online and a week later in stores. :)

30. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Too bulky and the aluminum frame is unnecessary. The Xperia Z in a compact form would look much better.

32. yudi.nemesis unregistered

its really funny when people like you say that Z1 Compact is "TOO BULKY" because this phone is smaller than most 2013 flagships and i think screen to bezels ratio is not really important when most people can use the phone with one hand. When it comes to high end devices most people prefer materials with premium touch, everyone knows aluminum is not the strongest and the most premium materials but metal usually feels more premium than plastic.

42. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Samsung was being bashed by EVERY single site for years cause of their use of cheap looking/feeling plastics in their phones. Glass, metal, wood and many other materials speak class and quality. Ye glass might break easier than the plastic but it feels and looks so good. Also it would be impossible to be compact since its IP58 certified. If it wasnt then ye it could be 8mm thin for sure. But that IP58 sets it apart from every single phone out there(almost).

25. HoneyBadger

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

How, many, commas, can, you, put, in, one, article?

23. andygallo

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Google Play Edition? Pretty please?

22. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

The best in the world.

21. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

The best in the world.

19. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

I love it

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.

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

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?

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.

12. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

**** yes finally

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.

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!

7. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

My dream phone has arrived! This is amazing Sony

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...!!

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

T-Mobile. Thanks.

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!

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