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In an unexpected turn of events and without a single warning, Sony has just made the unlocked Xperia Z1 Compact available for USA residents. We never thought we would see it coming to the States, as a similarly specced, albeit larger Xperia Z1S was released for T-Mobile. What makes the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact so special, though?

This device is more than just another high-end smartphone. In fact, it’s a very special phone – it’s one of the very few powerful smartphones that cater to the smaller screen fans. The problem in the mobile industry is that most manufacturers really follow the “bigger is always better” law.

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High-end specs are almost always paired with large screens, while those who prefer the comfortable, one-handed experience tend to be left with miserable specs. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact breaks boundaries with a 4.3-inch display, yet the power to take on any of its larger brothers.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact specs

  • Launched with Android 4.3, updated to Android 4.4.4
  • 4.3-inch Triluminos IPS 720p display
  • 2.2 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 20.1MP/2MP cameras
  • 2,300 mAh battery

Those are some stunning specs! And this little guy can even go against today’s best smartphones with pride on its shoulders. In fact, it beats the Sony Xperia Z2 in benchmarks, a device that sports a superior Snapdragon 801 processor.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Performance

You can go ahead and read our full Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review to see all the details. We can tell you right now this is one hell of a smartphone, though. It will be a great fit for those looking for a capable phone without a gargantuan display and body.

Buy the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact straight from Sony’s website for $549.99. There is no longer a need to import it or get it from odd retailers. Who is signing up for one? For those most savvy and spendthrift it can be had for as low as $420+ on Amazon, making it one of the better deals for those seeking a great, high performance device in a compact (and durable) package.