Sony Xperia Z1 Compact unboxing and first impressions

by: Joshua VergaraFebruary 16, 2014

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!


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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.


Display4.3-inch Triluminos IPS display with 720p resolution, 341 ppi
Processor2.2 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
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


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!

  • MasterMuffin

    This is iPhone done better :D Like iPhone 6

    • AndroidBoss

      iPhone Air*

  • tocsin

    Awesome phone would love to see more about the battery life!

  • richard

    Probably better than the iphone 6 you would be lucky if you got 2gb of ram in a iphone let alone a quad core, maybe in the iphone 9 or 10

  • Seriously one of my new favorite devices! Love the compact form factor. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Note 3, G2, and others – but for efficient one handed operation – 4.3 – 4.7 can’t be beat. Bolster the power of impact taking thin bezels, optimize the software to detect accidental screen touches, and give me a 95%+ full screen 4.65″ device @ 1080p with lightning fast operation! LG is the closest!

    • AndroidBoss

      Is the back glossy like on the Z Ultra? I seriously hate that phone.

    • AndroidBoss

      LG displays are one of the best out there. LCD is better than AMOLED. Everyone is defending AMOLED, but I’ve compared the two and the LG LCD is way better than the Samsung AMOLED, especially outside.

  • AndroidBoss

    The Sony UI is for devices like this one. On devices like the Z Ultra, you get this big ass screen, but with very small icons. Also the very glossy back and the shitty camera without a flash makes me feel that the Z Ultra is rushed to the market. This device, on the other hand, is maybe the best Sony phone out there.

    • AndroidBoss

      And ever made.

    • Arcybiskup

      But definitly not a device for mobile-gamers (IMO)
      EDIT: I mean the size of course, not anything else (well… MAYBE screen, but all around they say/wirte that his model has a much better screen than any other Sony…), and of course i mean games not like Fappy Bird orwhatever. i mean games like MC4, A8, anything that id call “a game for mobile” not “a game for nokia 3310”

    • MasterMuffin

      Z Ultra 2 will be something!

      • AndroidBoss

        Hopefully, but the HTC One M8 and S5 will be better for sure.

        • MasterMuffin

          Different categories

          • AndroidBoss

            Ohh shit I thought you meant Z1 2 lmao.

          • MasterMuffin

            You were talking about the Z Ultra so… :D

          • AndroidBoss

            Yeah at the same time I was talking to someone else about the Z1 :P

        • Memphis May [S]unjay

          The M8 and S5 have the same rumored specs but worse cameras…

  • sony=MEH

    there’s a lot of bull here about this phone being better than the iphone 6… and I laugh at. The iPhone will have superior screen, soc, software features, optimization, battery life, and I will have no doubt apple will put out a better looking phone than this garbage. Sony phones can go:

    —–> trash

    no thanks Sony

    • AndroidBoss

      You might be right about Sony phones being trash because they kinda are. However, this phone here can compete with the current iPhone 5s and there are things better in it than in the iPhone and vise versa. The next iPhone will be better than this phone because it’s newer.

      Also, for sure flagships from Samsung, HTC, and LG will be better than the next iPhone.

      • Guest

        Sony phones aren’t trash, what makes you say that?

        • AndroidBoss

          Z Ultra for example: very bad and ugly UI (huge screen with small icons), very glossy back, bad camera without a flash.

          However the UI is good for the Z1 compact as I started earlier.

    • Holy

      err… What world you coming from again ?

    • gregz78

      Battery life ? You make me laugh too….I have Z1C (personnal) and 5S (pro) and Z1C have twice autonomy.

  • Jayfeather787

    Sony has really improved their products. This seems very high end and actually a pretty cool device. Good job sony.

  • Brendon Brown

    This is one of the most powerful phones you can buy at the moment, all thanks to 720p and the Snapdragon 800 combo. Benchmarks will agree.

  • JimmGerd

    This is probably the perfect phone, compact and powerful. How about a giveaway? :D