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

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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.

Display
Size
4.0 inches
4.7 inches
4.3 inches
Technology
IPS LCD
AMOLED
IPS LCD
Screen-to-body
60.82 %
70.63 %
61.72 %
Peak brightness
500 cd/m2 (nit)
 
 
Features
Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
System chip
Apple A7 (28 nm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Processor
Dual-core, 1300 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit
Dual-core, 1700 MHz, Krait
Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400
GPU
PowerVR G6430
Adreno 320
Adreno 330
RAM
1GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR2
2GB LPDDR3
Internal storage
64GB, not expandable
16GB
16GB
OS
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)
Android (5.1 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2)
Android (5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.3)
Battery
Capacity
1570 mAh
2200 mAh
2300 mAh
Talk time
 
13.00 hours
the average is 8 h (480 min)
10.00 hours
the average is 8 h (480 min)
Stand-by time
10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 14 days (336 h)
10.0 days (240 hours)
the average is 14 days (336 h)
27.9 days (670 hours)
the average is 14 days (336 h)
Talk time (3G)
10.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)
 
18.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)
Stand-by time (3G)
 
 
25.0 days (600 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
Stand-by time (4G)
 
 
22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
Music playback
40.00 hours
 
94.00 hours
Video playback
10.00 hours
 
12.00 hours
Camera
Rear
Single camera
Single camera
Single camera
Main camera
8 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus, BSI sensor)
10 MP (Autofocus)
20.7 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
Specifications
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.5 μm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 30 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"
Video recording
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
Recording format
 
 
MPEG4, H.263, H.264
Features
Time-lapse video, Picture-taking during video recording, EIS
 
HDR, Continuous autofocus, Video light, EIS
Front
1.2 MP
2 MP
2 MP
Video capture
1280x720 (HD)
 
1920x1080 (Full HD)
Design
Dimensions
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)
5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41 inches (129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm)
5.00 x 2.56 x 0.37 inches (127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm)
Weight
3.95 oz (112.0 g)
the average is 5.6 oz (159 g)
4.59 oz (130.0 g)
the average is 5.6 oz (159 g)
4.83 oz (137.0 g)
the average is 5.6 oz (159 g)
Materials
Back: Aluminum
 
 
Resistance
 
 
Water, Dust; IP58
Biometrics
Fingerprint (touch)
 
 

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