Price (RRP): $552
Not a fan of big phones? You’re not the only one, and Sony may have found the perfect middle point for someone keen on flagship specs and performance without needing to tax the pockets too much.
While the big phones tend to be the flagship devices for companies, there are those who want the same technology in a smaller frame.
Sony’s take on this is to take last year’s Z1 flagship and make it compact, which it ends up being called.
As such, there’s a nearly identical specification set in the Z1 Compact, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz and paired with 2GB RAM, while featuring 16GB storage and a microSD to easily expand on this.
Connection options are close to being the same too, with support for Cat4 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Near-Field Communication, GPS, and Bluetooth 4.0 provided here. Like the Z1, there is no infrared port in this handset.
Sony has also made the cameras identical, with the same 20.7 megapixel rear shooter stuffed into a smaller body, while the front 2 megapixel camera is also the same.
Water and dust resistance is identical between the two units, and you’ll find a rating of IP58 applied here, making it dust-proof and water resistant for around 30 minutes of immersion.
About the only thing that has changed between the models has been the size and screen, with a much small set of dimensions leading to a shorter screen. In fact, the 5 inch Full HD screen of the Xperia Z1 drops to a 4.3 inch HD screen in this model, in turn dropping the pixel clarity from 441ppi to 342ppi, which is still higher than Apple’s Retina-grade display in the iPhone, even if it’s a marginal increase.
Ports on the Z1 Compact are covered by flaps which you’ll want to push into place if you plan on immersing the phone in water, and these cover the microUSB port, microSD slot, and microSIM slot. The 3.5mm headset jack is left uncovered and waterproof.
Most buttons on this phone are touch-based, thanks to that 4.3 inch touchscreen on the front, but there are some physical buttons hanging around, all on the right edge, in fact, with a circular power button, volume rocker, and a shutter and camera activation button down below all of them.
Android is also provided here, with 4.3 “Jelly Bean” coming preinstalled on the Z1 Compact, though an update to 4.4 “KitKat” is coming.
The battery is built into the phone and is rated for 2300mAh.
An extra docking port is provided using a proprietary port from Sony.