At 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Sony unveiled the Xperia Z1 Compact, a new Android smartphone equipped with all the hardware and software features present in today’s premium handsets. It will be available in stores from February globally, with a price tag of € 549.
Despite having a high-end hardware profile, the Xperia Z1 Compact comes with some trade-offs due to the small size display, measuring 4.3 inches. The display resolves 1280 × 720 pixels rather than 1920 x 1080 pixels compared to its elder brother.
It includes a smaller 2300 mAh battery that will feed the powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz.
According to Sony, the consumer who prefers a smaller device doesn’t want fewer options, and for this reason, they decided to compact this phone with the best technologies on the market today.
Among other features, the Xperia Z1 Compact sports 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal storage — expandable via micro SD, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with Exmor sensor associated with the BIONZ processor, support for LTE connectivity, NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In general, it’s very similar to the Xperia Z1, and differs only for the smaller battery and the screen-size.
The must-awaited mini-variant of the Xperia Z1 (formally rumored as Xperia Z1^s) will be available in four colors: white, black, pink and lime.
Based on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system with Sony’s custom skin on top, the Xperia Z1 Compact is waterproof, weighs 137 grams and measures 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm. The phone will receive an update to Android 4.4 KitKat in the following weeks when it’ll debut next month in Europe.
In the United States, T-Mobile will be first to offer the smartphone, and we can speculate that all major four U.S. networks – AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile – will receive the Xperia Z1 Company after it’s released, even though this is not yet confirmed.