Sony announces the Xperia J1 Compact - top-shelf hardware in tight metal shell, sold in Japan now

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?

source: Sony (translated) via GSMDome

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Xperia Z3 Compact
  • 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)



1. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I actually like the 'more round' design

21. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

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).

27. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Finally no more GLASS back! :) I'm gonna buy J3C or J4C when available :)

28. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Sony had already announced the Xperia ZL and ZL2 for people who did not like glass.

2. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

It's a d*mn rebranded Z1C, can you guys realize that.

3. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Lets just hope that this phone is japan exclusive

4. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

It's not Japan exclusive, it's available worldwide as the Xperia Z1 Compact.

8. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

it's just for japan :)

30. sjz

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 17, 2009

Its exactly as Z1C :)

23. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

It's a japan exclusive.

10. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

This is the SIM-lock free version for Japan.

13. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i feel like if this were just rebranded it wouldn't be .3" smaller? that's a big enough change to warrant a different name, especially with the different chassis materials.

15. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

It is also similiar to Xperia A2. Wait, it is basically the same phone as A2 and Z1C. What?

17. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Z1 Compact aka Z1f and A2 were both NTT Docomo exclusives. J1 is carrier free and is sold anywhere.

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

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

6. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Lol the m4 aqua isn't better than this.

18. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

yes it is the 64 bit octa core 615 is better than that old 800 bruh

20. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

It's not.

26. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015


9. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

It's just for Japan. Also, *plain. #Stupid

16. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Z1 compact was sold as zNTT Docomo exclusive, J1 compact has no carrier lock. So Sony never sold the Z1 compact themselves. #noclue

7. cezarmed2

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

4.3 inch with on screen buttons becomes 4.0 inch. Too small. And the price is very high.

14. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I agree. This won't sell anywhere beside japan (and USA) who want small things.

11. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

What? I thought J line was for cheaper phones, like with Xperia J....Well, I guess NOT ANYMORE!! *gets confused* *passes out*

12. cruzfire

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

No wonder why they going down

24. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Because they released a phone as an exclusive to their home region?

19. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

for that super high price and fat bezels?

22. RangoX

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Xperias and their fat huge bezels.

25. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

The Xperia phones have some of the smallest bezels around. The Z3 has smaller bezels than the S5 and the ZL has smaller bezels than the G3.

29. tx2ma

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

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.

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