Sony Xperia Z1 Compact unboxing and first impressions

February 16, 2014
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Sony has taken the shrink ray to its flagship device, delivering a “mini” experience that still manages to pack a pretty impressive punch. Here’s the unboxing and first impressions of the refreshingly small Sony Xperia Z1 Compact!

Unboxing

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The small size of the latest Sony flagship hits home right away, once you remove the lid of the box. While the retail package itself isn’t very big, the phone takes up even less space inside, taking up only about one-third of the box. Included in the box are screen protectors, a micro-USB cord, the AC adapter plug, a USB OTG adapter, the instruction manual, and finally, the welcome inclusion of earphones.

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The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, with its 4.3-inch display, is one of the smallest smartphones I’ve handled in recent months, and this is definitely not a size you see very often with modern Android flagship devices.

First Impressions

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Compact is the operative word when it comes to describing this smartphone. This size makes it very pocketable, and fits easily in the palm of your hand, which is a refreshing shift away from the increasingly larger smartphones that are making its way into the market. Such “mini” devices have always been perfect for one-handed operation, but this category has often been relegated to the mid-tier as far as specifications are concerned. That’s not the case with the Xperia Z1 Compact, which is what makes this device very exciting.

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The Compact smartphone features, more or less, the same specifications as the Xperia Z1. In fact, the handset even boasts further enhancements to the camera, while also seemingly taking care of the issue with the display viewing angles that plagued its larger siblings. The Xperia Z1 Compact features the same IP58 rating for protection against dust and water, and also comes with the same port covers that we’ve seen on the other Sony flagships.

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Apart from the difference in the size, a lot stays the same even with regards to the design language. On the side of the Compact, you’ll find Sony’s large signature silver power button, pressing which, starts up the smartphone, giving us our first look at the same minimalistic Xperia UI that we’ve seen before on other Sony devices.

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Once again, what is great about this device is its size. It’s very easy to reach across the display, making it one of the most accessible smartphones available. For anyone looking for a device with a smaller display but with premium features and specifications you’d expect from an Android flagship, there’s finally a great option available for you.

Specifications

Display4.3-inch Triluminos IPS display with 720p resolution, 341 ppi
Processor2.2 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
RAM2 GB
Storage16 GB, expandable via microSD
Battery2,300 mAh
Cameras20.7 MP rear camera with Sony G Lens and Bionz mobile
2 MP front camera
ConnectivityWLAN (2.4/5Ghz) a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, A-GPS+GLONASS, microUSB 2.0 (MHL), BlueTooth 4.0 LE
OSAndroid 4.3 Jelly Bean, planned upgrade to Android 4.4 Kitkat
Dimensions127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm, 137g

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What is your first impression of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. Also be sure to stay tuned with Android Authority as we bring you the full review of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact!

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