The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has a plastic back, the manufacturer states

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has a plastic back, the manufacturer states
A few days ago, we told you that the back of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact might actually turn out to be made of plastic. At first, the Japanese manufacturer had stated that the front and the back of the mini beast were made of "durable tempered glass". However, the White Paper for the Z1 Compact was later changed and claimed that only "the front side of the phone is made from durable glass".

And now, the White Paper for Sony's hot smartphone has been changed yet again. The suspicions turned out to be true, as this time Sony officially confirms that the back of the Xperia Z1 Compact is made of plastic: "The front side of the phone is made of durable tempered glass, and the back side is made of high-rigid plastic sheet”. This is yet another difference between the Z1 Compact and its larger peer, the Sony Xperia Z1 - the latter comes with a back, made of tempered glass.

Apart from the obvious size differences, the Xperia Z1 Compact and the Xperia Z1 come with almost identical hardware specs. The main differences between the duo are mostly in the display and the battery departments – the Z1 Compact sports a 720p display (the Z1 has a 1080p one) and a 2,300mAh battery (the one in the Z1 provides 3,000mAh).

So, what are your thoughts? Does the plastic back of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hurt its premium status? Or a little plastic here and there is just okay?

source: Sony via XperiaBlog

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Xperia Z1 Compact
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)
Xperia Z1
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(15h 3G talk time)

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25 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sony should have been honest form the beginning.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Might have just been a mistake or last minute spec change that resulted in it since it doesn't really make much of a difference. I don't think anyone went into the store specifically looking for a phone with a tempered glass back as their main reason to buy it. Would have been nice if it did though since it is probably more durable.

5. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Mistake? I am sure if it was Apple or Samsung people would've attacked them like there is no tomorrow. I am pretty sure that Sony would've kept promoting it as a glass back if they weren't busted. Reminds of Nokia when they were caught shooting with a professional camera and claiming it was there pureview.

17. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Did Samsung told outset that note 3's back was no leather but plastic? Necessary to achieve compactness

3. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

it was a white paper. come on. who would think of a white paper as a marketing material? there was never the intention to mislead. there was no dishonesty. it was just a mistake.

4. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

How come the "professional reviewers" at most major tech sites including this one doesnt notice ? Blind or too busy sleeping ?

7. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Neither blind nor busy sleeping. It's just that most of them are pure hypocrites. The same ones that bragged about the build quality of the iPhone 5 that was scuff/scratch/dent prone, the same who attacked the S4 for the plastic built where they congratulated LG for the sleek design of the G2, and also the same ones that when they had their first hands on the Note 3 thought that the back of the note 3 was leather. But unlike other companies, Samsung didn't go on to promote it as real leather and stated that it was faux leather, thennnn those hypocrites started noting that the Note 3 is again all plastic.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Can I give you a high five? +1

21. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

You speak the truth. I really like this part: "the same who attacked the S4 for the plastic built where they congratulated LG for the sleek design of the G2". That really annoys me, lol.

9. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

"How come the "professional reviewers" at most major tech sites including this one doesnt notice ?" Easy; it is impossible to tell. I had read the rumours about it and I went to a shop to specifically check it. I couldn't find any difference between the full-size Z1 and the Z1 Compact rear panel. Same appearance, same sound when you'd knock on them, same sense of depth of the printed information. I went on buying the Z1 Compact thinking that the rear panel was glass. I realized that it is actually not glass, when I noticed that when the phone is left in the cold, the aluminium sides and the glass screen feel cold whereas the rear panel not so much. But I am telling you, Sony did a good job here, because there is no way to tell apart the glass back of an iPhone 4/4S (or a Z1, if it's really glass) and the back panel of a Z1 Compact other than temperature. For people that are worried about glass being too sensitive, this is a win-win situation. It may be just a bit more sensitive to scratches, though considering the scratch-prone anti-shatter film that Sony uses, I doubt if it makes any difference.

23. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

That's good , I love plastic

6. starkiller306

Posts: 58; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

when the hell will this be released in India?!!

10. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

I think at first it was glass. Then with problems with the flash on the units, they changed it to plastic to solve the flash issue!

11. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Nothing wrong with using high grade plastic. It's probably betters the only people that would have a problem with it are HTC and Apple tards.

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Apple users get sucked into the whole 'premium' idea - they have been fooled into thinking they actually purchased a premium product because it looks that way...

20. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

its true what you say but to be honest if i see an iphone these days it looks like a toy for childeren maybe its because the rest of the phones got so big because of the screens ( not that i mind that i love it actually z ultra user ;) )

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

What a waste of resources to create colorful phones - just come out with an awesome phone and then let the consumer decide what color case to get....

14. apis10

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

So what?

15. Supaheight

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

exactly so what i know that it makes the phone premium but its a midrange and nobody cares

22. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

? z1 compact is not a midrange phone its high end. but i felt the phone the other day and to be honest there is nothing to worry about the "premium" feel of the phone. unlike samsung and lg, sony knows how to make a sturdy feeling plastic phone. look at the xperia s feels really good in the hand you wouldn't say its from plastic and the xperia t also very sturdy. htc and nokia also make good plastic phones that feel good

16. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I see this as a good thing actually, as cracked glass backs are a common issue with iphones.

18. gundamexia450

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

wow, no point of being high end if they compromise on the material. smh

19. onifon

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

sony needs to hurry up and make this availible stateside...

24. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Still looks and feels premium anyway. Not a big deal.

25. handbanana

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 19, 2014

It certainly does not feel premium, and the plastic back gets scratched so easily that it won't look premium after a small amount of use. Perhaps you didn't notice, but I thought something was wrong as soon as I felt the back panel, and then the very next day Sony finally admitted it was plastic and changed the whitepaper.

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