Sony announces the Xperia Z1 Compact, a ‘no comprise’ 4.3-inch handset

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 6, 2014


At tonight’s Sony press conference, the Xperia Z1 Compact was finally officially unveiled. As excepted, the handset is essentially just as powerful as its bigger brother, only in a more condensed form with a lower-resolution display.

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is certainly a welcome addition in a world where most “miniature” handsets tend to deviate far from the specs found in the phones they are named after.

Specs and features

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact packs a 720p 4.3-inch display and the same Snapdragon 800 CPU found inside the Z1. The design similar to the previously released Japanese Xperia Z1f, though a few things have been changed around a bit.

Here’s the full skinny on what to expect from the Xperia Z1 Compact:

  • 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU
  • Adren 330 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 20.7MP camera with Sony G-Lens and Bionz mobile
  • 2MP front-cam
  • Video recording:1080p @ 30fps video capture, both cameras
  • Storage: 16GB with microSD for expansion
  • 4.3-inch Triluminous IPS display with 720p resolution, 341 ppi
  • WLAN (2.4/5Ghz) a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, A-GPS+GLONASS, microUSB 2.0 (MHL), BlueTooth 4.0 LE
  • Dimensions: 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm, 137g
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, planned upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 2,300 mAh battery
  • multi-touch input, proximity sensor, FM Radio, built-in accelerometer
  • Black, White, Pink, Lime, Yellow

As you can see, the Xperia Z1 Compact really is a beast, from its high-quality camera to its CPU and beyond. Sure, the display might not be as impressive as the Z1, but it’s still more than capable of providing a solid visual experience.

Expected availability

The Sony Xperia Z1 has yet to be priced, though we do know it is set to arrive to select markets next month. We’ll be sure to update with more details as we learn more.

In the meantime, be sure to check out our other great CES 2014 coverage!

  • Memphis May [S]unjay

    The best mini phone around….mini yet still high-end. I hope Samsung and HTC are taking notes.

  • Ryu

    THIS is what the Mini devices should be! The same device, just smaller.

  • sulre

    It really has OIS? *.* my godish

  • Nathan Buffington

    You mentioned the battery size twice haha. Also, this is AMAZING and a great transition from an iPhone because of size

  • starkiller306

    it doesn’t have ois and carl zeiss lens…

    • Alexandru Florin

      Only Nokia has partnership with zeiss lens

  • apianist16

    Finally, someone figured out that “mini” doesn’t mean weak specs. I’m looking at you, HTC, Samsung, etc.

  • Marco Sobrevilla

    I wonder why they didn’t give this one 32GB like they did with the Z1S. That would’ve been great.

  • A Madman With a Box

    Finally, a ‘mini’ smartphone with high end specs.

  • don vito

    Full of typos

  • raj

    This is the DAWN of a New era, wherein the ‘Mini’ is also worthy of its name
    Go down HTC One Mini, Galaxy S4 Mini and other ‘Mini’s which is not at all worthy of carrying the flagship name….

    Three cheers to SONY for implementing such a great idea !!

  • ray01000101010101

    The only thing it’s lack is stock android

    • Nexus

      that’s y Cyanogenmod exists!!!

  • Nico

    Compact! a common choice of word, yet no one seems to have guessed it.

  • BeeJei

    The device I’ve been looking for. Small screen with high end features but it would be better if they made it to 4.5 inch screen instead of 4.3 inches.

  • aleste
  • Joe

    hope the battery life will be good and able to get through a work day with 1 charge

  • Vhan Modders

    The battery 2300mah, like ZR,
    i was hope this phone use 2700 or 3000 due to snapdragon 800 use..

  • shivakool

    moto already did that with droid mini small phone with same specs of a flagship

  • djares21

    jesus ! finally is here ! :D

  • Guy

    Finally, someone in the tech industry has realized that some of us have other things to do with our pocket space besides just containing a phone, that we don’t spend all day staring at the phone’s screen, that we want expandable memory, and that we don’t want to carry around a specialized purse/satchel just to have our phone on us, but we still want/need a fully capable Android device. Many of us want phones this size so we still have room for our keys, tools, flashlights, knives, etc., left over in our pockets.

    Also, I have grown tired of trying to use 4.8+ inch screens with one hand and feel like smaller screens are better suited for that use, at least for me.

    So, unless someone like HTC comes out with a competitively featured phone, of similar size, that either looks better or has or has other significant advantages, I’ll either be seriously considering one of these or going back to IOS for my next phone.