The Sony Xperia Z1 launched towards the fag end of 2013 was everything we could ask of a modern smartphone along with the kitchen sink to go with it. Ironically though, the phone itself was so large that it could almost house the entire kitchen plumbing. Each time we looked at the phone, the first thought that would cross our minds would always be 'if only it were just a little smaller'. Well, guess what? Our prayers have finally been answered.
Two Peas of a Pod!Weighing just 137 g, the Z1 Compact is much lighter than its predecessor, the Z1, which weighed 170 g.
On 6 January 2014, Sony unveiled the smaller sibling of the mighty Z1, aptly named the Xperia Z1 Compact. With a spec sheet almost identical to the Z1, albeit a smaller footprint and other minor changes, the phone undoubtedly means business. But is it really all that it is touted to be? Let's find out.
|Dimensions||127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800|
|CPU||Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400|
|Storage||16 GB internal storage
microSD card slot
|Screen||4.3" Triluminos IPS display
(~342 ppi pixel density)
|20.7 MP/2 MP|
|OS||Android v4.3 Jelly Bean|
|Battery||2,300 mAh Li-ion|
Click on the colors to see the different variants.
The Xperia Z1 Compact joins the rank of scaled-down smartphones like the Galaxy S4 Mini and the HTC One Mini. LG too is expected to release a smaller version of the G2 very soon. For now though, at least purely specification-wise, the Z1 Compact seems to be leading the race. Stay tuned for more. Cheers.