Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, the new Android smartphone from Japanese home, just showed off at the CES 2014 in Las Vegas, is now available for pre-orders on the official Xperia Store at a price of £449. In addition, for all UK customers who book the new Xperia Z1 Compact, for a limited time, Sony is offering a SmartWatch SW2 for free along with the handset. Sony will start shipping soon while deliveries can be expected at the end of next month.
Sony has been rolling out different variants of its flagship smartphone, Xperia Z1 globally for a while now. The device aka Xperia Z1S or Xperia Z1 Mini has been launched in Europe to strengthen the premium mid-range segment of the company.
In short, the Xperia Z1 Compact is the “mini” version of the Xperia Z1, although “mini” only has a smaller size of display; otherwise it shares virtually the same hardware of the elder brother. In fact, the new Android smartphone from Sony is characterized by a more compact size, thanks to a 4.3-inch screen compared to 5 inches of Z1.
As a recap, the Xperia Z1 Compact features a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz with 2GB of RAM to deliver great performance, 4.3-inch TRILUMINOS Display with X-Reality (1280 x 720 pixels), 16GB of internal storage — expandable via Micro SD. Like its older brother, the phone equips a 20.7-megapixel camera with Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor.
In connectivity options, it has support for LTE connectivity, NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Dimension-wise, the Z1 Compact measures at 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm and weighs 137g. It houses a 2300 mAh battery that keeps the light on up to 18 hours of talk time, 670 hours of standby time, up to 94 hours of music listening time, according to the Company.
The device is available in four vivid colors: white, pink, lime and black. Surprisingly, it doesn’t come with the latest version of Android and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out-of-the box, but we can expect an update to Android 4.4 KitKat soon.
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