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

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact takes all the great specs we love from the original Z1 and shrinks them down into a much more pocketable form factor. Join us as we go hands-on to give you a preview of what to expect from the Z1 Compact!
January 8, 2014

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!