Z1 Compact

Sony's flagship gets miniaturized into a new, smaller form factor while keeping its high-end specs

Following months of teasing, rumors and leaks, Sony today unveiled the Xperia Z1 Compact at its CES 2014 press conference. As expected, the Z1 Compact makes waves by maintaining the same high-end internals found in its larger brethren, the 5-inch Xperia Z1; essentially it's a version of the Z1 f, which recently launched in Japan, for global markets.

While other manufacturers' "mini" smartphones tend to sacrifice hardware muscle in order to pack everything into a smaller, it's impressive that Sony has managed to cram the same internals into a smaller body. The only real downgrades are the screen and battery — both understandable due to the size constraints of this 4.3-incher. You'll get a 720p panel on the Z1 Compact versus 1080p on the regular Z1, and a 2300mAh battery instead of 3000mAh.

Elsewhere you'll find a familiar set of specs — a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and Sony's excellent 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor that works so well on the Z1. The software, too, is essentially identical to that of the Z1 and Z1s — Android 4.3 Jelly Bean topped off with Sony's customizations, including integration with the company's content ecosystems. That means you've got Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited built into the movies and Walkman apps.

The Z1 Compact is also a bit more colorful than Sony's other handsets — in addition to the standard black and white, you also get bright lime and pink color options, which keep the black trim around the display, but sport vivid tones on the outer trim and back panel.

Head on past the break for more photos and hands-on video.

 

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on

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Finally, this is sweet to see. A small(er) form factor but with the full power of a flagship smartphone. Thank you Sony!

Here is all the "big phone" complainer's opportunity to bring back the smaller form factor to high-end smart phones. Let's face it if this doesn't sell well, no small Android phone will.

It's a Sony device.. will it sell well in the States anyway?

I hope it does well.. it's great to see real specs in a smaller device. If I didn't already have a moto X on the way I'd be getting this.

Some of us like that. I have the bigger brother and I really love having those bezels because I game and watch videos and they make a perfect grip area, just like the ones one my Nexus 7

Please enlighten me as to which sort of game you play in landscape and don't need both of your thumbs to play the game? What I'm getting at is you're not touching the bezels...at all. Larger bezels make sense on a tablet for easy one handed use. You can easliy hold a smartphone with a tiny bezel with one hand watching a video, but you know that you're going to either set it down at an angle or hold it with most of you hand/fingers on the back of the device. That's just a bs excuse for a huge and ugly bezel on a smartphone.

I like it too! Means if it gets dropped then it has more protection. I don't want a bit of glass with nothing else :P

I agree. I'm wanting to switch from my 5" device to a smaller form factor. But the problem has always been the sacrifice of hardware (S4 Mini, HTC One Mini, etc). I'm okay with the reduction in screen quality -- I don't watch movies on my phone..that's what a tablet is for. And the reduction in battery is probably not a big issue since with a smaller screen it likely uses dramatically less power. This is a great device that provides both form and function. I'm hoping the Compact will be picked up by a US carrier soon. Sony really needs to get its devices on more carriers with a better selection of their product offerings.

Maybe we'll get lucky and the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini and the HTC One+ mini (speculative rumor names) won't sacrifice on specs. I have faith that HTC might follow suit, but I think Samsung may just recycle older hardware to keep the price down

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Good job Sony... If only there was more carrier availability, but I guess its better than none!

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Nice to see attempts at smaller, but I'm sad that it's the same size as the Moto X only 2mm shorter. Too bad the top and bottom bezels are so big.

That is Sony's style (no pun intended). They always have huge bezels. Normally it does not make a big deal to me but on something like this it is nuts.

That's what I was thinking... But it paves the way for ultra compact phones if the demand is high enough

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They are not phones they are computers with phone capabilities to me smaller is not good at all 4.5 to 6.5 are perfect sizes

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The majority of OEMs and end users alike agree...

A big of a screen you can stuff in a device about the size of current devices with 5" displays ...so 5.5" is perfect.

The majority of OEMs and end users alike agree...

Basically as big of a screen you can stuff in a device about the size of current devices with ~5" displays ...so ~5.5" is perfect.

I don't care about the vertical nearly as much as the horizontal. The Moto X is a decent width but despite shaving .4" off the screen diagonal, they only shave .5mm off the width. It will still feel petite in-hand compared to the full-size Z1, Nexus 5, and the rest of the 5"+ flagships, but with its relatively boxy shape I doubt it will feel as good to hold as the Moto X despite being slightly smaller.

Z1 Compact = A Moto X, Nexus 5, and Nokia (hybrid).
Moto X's size.
Nexus 5's internals.
Nokia's megapixel count.

Perfect!

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If lighter than the X it will feel smaller beyond the 2 mm height difference.

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If this comes to tmobile they'll have a double hit. Sony would sell more if bootloader was unlocked.

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Oh please come to US carriers! Getting tired of super skinny phones in awkward tall sizes

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Photo taken by Xperia Z1 have realy poor quality. If Z1s have the same camera then it sucks. Also buttons displayed on screen are wasting it's space. Also Z1s is heavy.

Yes Finally a smaller form of the Z1 but with the same specs I hope it comes unlocked and if soo with more internal memory Pleaseee........