Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on preview: video and image gallery

January 8, 2014
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At CES 2014 Sony finally brought us the much-anticipated miniature version of the Xperia Z1, which is officially known as the Xperia Z1 Compact.

In the video above, Josh Vergara has given us a great hands-on preview helping illustrate the fact that a “mini” flagship doesn’t have to mean low-end specs. In short, the Xperia Z1 Compact takes everything we love about the larger Xperia Z1 and puts into a much more pocketable form factor.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact specifications

  • 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

Aside from the 720p Triluminous display and smaller battery, just about everything from the Z1 remains intact. There’s still a Snapdragon 800 CPU, the 20.7MP camera from the Z1 and the water/dust proof design from the original flagship device.

If you’ve been looking for a high-end mobile device but aren’t really crazy about the massive display sizes found in most Android devices, the Xperia Z1 Compact could be exactly what you’re looking for.

We’ll be sure to get our hands on a review unit hopefully in the not-very-distant future in order to bring an even closer look at what to expect from the mini version of the Xperia Z1. In the meantime, be sure to check out all the great news and hands-on videos from our CES 2014 coverage!

Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    And someone was already complaining in the comments how he would buy it if it only was 4.7″…

  • D’Ander McSullivan

    Mini phone done right.

    • alder

      Mini phone with flagship spec, and, flagship price! :D

      • http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=2926289 Jasonwsc

        Mini phone with flagship spec, and, below-flagship price!

        Fixed that for you.

  • Leonardo Rojas

    720p resolution? *-* That Snapdragon 800 has really grown wings finally

    • Gorga Naibaho

      Yes, 720p but on a smaller screen. I recall reading somewhere that such an arrangement allows the ppi count to still be 340, which is plenty. It is better than the SP display and the SP display is quite good already.

      • Guru Tim

        Yes, the PPI is higher than the iPhone 5s so there is no issue. Unless you’re a numbers wh*re haha

      • Leonardo Rojas

        Yup. 720p is really good for battery, too. And gives less work to the GPU.
        I use NOM resolution changer on my ZL when NFSMW seems to be running a bit slower than usual. Maybe because of the heat.

        The difference is clear. I use MOTO X’s template and the game flies!
        The only apps not optimized for that resolution on the ZL are the keyboards. Swype and the stock one are not resized, Swift key either. That’s the only thing preventing me from using 720p on my ZL permanently.
        I should look for a modified Swype to fit the screen…

  • Jaun Lombard

    The phones next years to choose from for contract: Note 3 Neo, S5 (if not too exspensive) or this…cant wait to choose, but all the SONY phones are more expensive in South Africa than a Samsung!

    • Brendon Brown

      Thats true, I live in SA too, and the tech availability and pricing is far off , i bought the Xperia Z from MTN, for 400×24 .. But i wanted to get the Moto X so badly but it didn’t come, nor did the Nexus 4 or 5, pathetic …

    • Zamroni

      I think it’s everywhere that Sony is more expensive than competitor for similar hardware spec.

  • TimmyGuy

    How can I make my android autostart when simply the power cord is connected?