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Sony Announces the Small Xperia Z1 Compact Phone

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 5 comments

Good things come in small packages.

At CES last year, Sony's Xperia Z1 stole the show. One year later, Sony has debuted a refreshed version of the Z1 in the form of the Z1s, which is exclusive to T-Mobile (you can read about that here). However, Sony is also bringing out a little brother to the Z1s, and it's called the Z1 Compact.

The Z1 Compact is quite a bit smaller than the Z1s, but it's not a small phone. Instead of the 5-inch 1080p display of the full-fledged Z1s, the Z1 Compact has a 4.3-inch 720p display. However, Sony hasn't scaled back on the specs in too many other areas. The Z1 Compact has the same Snapdragon 800 (clocked to 2.2 GHz) running the show, as well as 16 GB of onboard storage, 20-megapixel camera, and Android 4.3. It does have a smaller battery, though, jumping from 3,000 mAh to 2,300 mAh.

Of course, the most important aspect of this device is the fact that it's waterproof, and the Xperia Z1 Compact is as waterproof as its big brother.
Color options are black, white, yellow and pink/red. No word on pricing, but Sony says we can expect to see this bad boy hit stores next month. Stay tuned for hands on photos!

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    Bloob , January 7, 2014 11:55 AM
    Finally!! Someone doing the "mini"-thing right! While I am still going to stay away from Android, I'll say: Thank you, Sony!
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    Innocent_Bystander , January 7, 2014 1:14 PM
    Now bring this out in Windows Phone flavor and we're talking.IB
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    Nintendo Maniac 64 , January 7, 2014 1:33 PM
    I wouldn't say that this is "mini" done right, it's still a decent amount larger (except in thin-ness) than my sister's 2011 Xperia Pro which she already says is a bit too large (both of us have some problems reaching keys on the opposite side of the keyboard unless we tilt the device in our hands)
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    applegetsmelaid , January 7, 2014 7:14 PM
    I think all the ladies would agree that 4.3 inches is considered "mini."
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    hannibal , January 8, 2014 10:00 AM
    The creen is allso better quality than in bigger Z1, even the resolution is smaller, so this is actually a great phone!@ Innocent:Bystander: And Sony is going to make some windows phones, so I am allso guite hopefull in that matter :-)