Sony announces the Xperia J1 Compact - top-shelf hardware in tight metal shell, sold in Japan now
posted by Paul.K / Mar 19, 2015, 7:49 AM
Sony may have not come out with their reiteration of the Xperia Z line and it may actually be back to a 12-month refresh cycle for its flagships, with sources claiming that the Xperia Z4 will be announced during the annual IFA event this September – the same place where its predecessor was first shown to the world.
Well, maybe we didn't get a full-blown flagship, but today, Japan is getting a top-shelf mini-class handset, dubbed Xperia J1 Compact. The phone is similar in size to the Xperia Z3 Compact – while it sports a 4.3" display, 0.3" smaller than the one on the Z3C, its overall girth measures at 5.04 x 2.56 x 0.38 in (128mm x 65mm x 9.7mm), which makes the J1C very slightly bigger than the Z3C and with its 5.00 x 2.56 x 0.34 in (127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm) body. In terms of design, it sports a metal frame, which may or may not make it feel more “premium” than the Z3 Compact. On the flip side, however, its screen-to-body ratio is much lower – down to 61%, which will probably result in it not looking as sleek as modern smartphones tend to do.
Interestingly enough, reports say the handset sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, though, the official website info just states that the CPU is a 2.2 GHz quad-core one. Other specs include 2 GB of RAM, 720 x 1280 pixels stretched across its 4.3” screen, which results in the crisp-enough 341 PPI density, a 2,300 mAh battery, and 20.7 MP / 2 MP camera combo. The handset runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, surprisingly, and it's unknown whether it will be getting a Lollipop update at any point in the future.
The handset is priced at the equivalent of $490 and there is no word on whether it will be hitting markets outside of Japan. Our best guess is “no”. Would you grab an Xperia J1 if you had the chance?
- Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
- Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
- Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 2600 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
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I actually like the 'more round' design
posted on Mar 19, 2015, 7:53 AM 1
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I was going to post the same thing. I really like the Z3 but I wish it wasn't so square. If feels like I'm using an iPhone. I like the Samsung type round corners and smooth edges that make holding the phone a lot more comfortable. I also like that there's no glass back (I think it doesn't).
posted on Mar 19, 2015, 2:25 PM 1
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Finally no more GLASS back! :) I'm gonna buy J3C or J4C when available :)
posted on Mar 20, 2015, 2:22 AM 1
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It's a d*mn rebranded Z1C, can you guys realize that.
posted on Mar 19, 2015, 7:56 AM 11
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Lets just hope that this phone is japan exclusive
posted on Mar 19, 2015, 8:00 AM 0
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It is also similiar to Xperia A2. Wait, it is basically the same phone as A2 and Z1C. What?
posted on Mar 19, 2015, 10:09 AM 0
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its an unnecessary phone why put your resources into making a re-branded Z1C sony? Just plane stupid, if you ask me this is a pointless phone and the m4 aqua is way better and it has a cheaper price. #Stupidphone
posted on Mar 19, 2015, 8:04 AM 1
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Lol the m4 aqua isn't better than this.
posted on Mar 19, 2015, 8:10 AM 1
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4.3 inch with on screen buttons becomes 4.0 inch. Too small. And the price is very high.
posted on Mar 19, 2015, 8:41 AM 2
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Xperias and their fat huge bezels.
posted on Mar 19, 2015, 2:52 PM 0
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Abso-freakin-loutely. The Z3 Compact and this are perfect sized for 1-hand operation and have flagship specs. It's beyond me why neither have been released in the US. There is a niche of Android users who want a smaller handset with high-end specs. There is literally nothing on the market that fits those characteristics right now. The Galaxy Alpha is probably the best you'll get, but that is not really flagship specs. Frustrating.
posted on Mar 20, 2015, 6:28 AM 0
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