Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday January 07, 2014.
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Sony already announced the Xperia Z1 for the European market and followed up with the Xperia Z1s. Now the company is following up with a miniaturized version called the Xperia Z1 Compact. The size decrease of the phone did not lead to a cheapening of the specs, according to Sony, which promises that there will be "no compromises" should someone chose the Compact over its larger sibling. That's a tall order for a small phone, but upon first impressions, it's one that Sony has managed to fulfill.
The rise of 5-inch Android phones has alienated anyone who doesn't want to deal with the increase in size offered by those phones. Companies have responded by releasing smaller versions of those devices that don't live up to the hype, but the Xperia Z1 Compact has the same specs as the Z1. The real difference appears to only be involved in the screen size. The 720p resolution still provides a high pixels per inch and quality because the screen is smaller, so 1080p is unnecessary.
While looking at the two phones next to each other, it's clear that everything I said about the Z1s applies to the Z1 Compact. The screen is bright, the Omnibalance design keeps things simple but distinguished, and the camera is capable of some unique features. Pre-production software was on display, but the Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor didn't seem to provide any drop-off in speed or performance. It truly felt like I was just using a different size Xperia, not a different kind.
Here's a hands-on video highlighting the design elements of the device. Below are some key Sony Xperia Z1 Compact specs.
- 4.3-inch display, 720p HD resolution
- 2.2 GHz quad-core processor (Snapdragon 800)
- 2,300 mAh battery
- 20.7-megapixel camera with 1/2.3-type CMOS image sensor with Exmor RS, G Lens, and BIONZ image processing
- Waterproof (IP58) and dustproof (IP55) certified
- 4G LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.