Sony Shrinks Its Flagship Smartphone To Form Xperia Z1 Compact [CES 2014]


CoA-CES-2014Sony this week announced the latest addition to its Xperia lineup at CES in Las Vegas, and it’s sure to please those who like high-end smartphones in pocketable packages. It’s essentially an Xperia Z1 that’s been shrunk down slightly; it has all of the Z1’s premium specifications coupled with a smaller 4.3-inch display, and it’s called the Xperia Z1 Compact.

The Xperia Z1 Compact “sets a new standard in premium smartphones,” Sony says, and many would say this is how you make a “mini” smartphone the right way. It’s not a midrange handset that shares the same name as its flagship sibling — it’s a high-end smartphone for those who don’t need large displays that are hard to use with one hand.

So the Z1 Compact delivers almost everything you get from the original Z1, including a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and 4G LTE connectivity. It also has a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing Exmor RS camera with Sony’s award-winning G Lens, and it’s dust- and water-resistant, with IP55 and IP58 certification.


About the only difference, then, is its display, which measures 4.3 inches diagonally and offers a 720p resolution rather than a 1080p one. It’s still a “TRILUMINOS” display, however, and it still boasts Sony’s X-Reality mobile picture engine with over 16 million colors. But because the display is smaller, the handset doesn’t need to be so big.

The original Z1 measures 144.4mm tall by 73.9mm wide by 8.5mm thick. The Z1 Compact measures 127mm tall by 64.9mm wide by 9.5 mm thick. It’s slightly thicker, then, but it’s a much smaller in height and width, making it a perfect choice for those who try to avoid large devices.

The Z1 Compact will be available in white, pink, green, and black, and it will begin shipping worldwide starting next month.