Sony Xperia Z1 Compact launched in India for Rs 36,990: features, specifications and comparisons


Back in CES earlier this year, Sony unveiled the Xperia Z1 Compact, which as the name suggests is a “mini” variant of the Xperia Z1. Today the Japanese company has launched the device in India with a price tag of Rs 36,990.

As we had mentioned before, unlike the many “mini” variants available today, Sony hasn’t compromised on the specs. Instead, it offered a device with top-of-the-line specifications in a compact package. Speaking of which, the device flaunts a 4.3-inch Triluminos HD (1,280×720 pixels) display with X-Reality engine for mobiles and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz.

Other features include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded to up to 64GB using a microSD card, 2,300mAh battery with Stamina mode and is waterproof and dustproof like other recent Xperia smartphones.

Talking of its photography capabilities, it includes a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, BIONZ processing engine and LED flash, supplemented with a 2-megapixel camera at the front.

Connectivity options include 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and on the software front, it runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

As far as competition is concerned, priced at Rs 36,990, it will be up against the biggies like Nexus 5, LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. Priced at Rs 33,990, the Nexus 5 is a bit cheaper than the Xperia Z1 Compact. For Rs 3,000 less, you get a 1080p display, same processing power and RAM, same battery and the latest OS. But where it loses out though is on the storage front as there is no microSD card slot and the camera department (8-megapixel/1.3-megapixel).

The Galaxy S4 too is lighter on the pockets at Rs 32,500. At this price, you get a 1080p display, an octa-core processor, same RAM, same storage options and a slightly bigger battery. Like the Nexus 5, this too loses out to the Xperia Z1 Compact in the photography department with its 13-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera.

Things are not much different on the G2 either. Again for a bit less (Rs 34,200) you get a better resolution display, same processing power, same RAM, and a bigger battery. Like the rest, it too loses out to the Xperia Z1 Compact where cameras are concerned.

Another advantage that the Xperia Z1 Compact has over the rest is the protection against water and dust, which none of the above provide. All that said, if you are in the market for a compact phone that can be easily used with one hand, but at the same time do not want to compromise on the specs, the Xperia Z1 Compact is the only option.







4.3-inch 720p (342 ppi) 4.95-inch 1080p (445ppi) 5-inch 1080p (441 ppi) 5.2-inch 1080p (424 ppi)


2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core Exynos 5 Octa (1.2GHz Cortex A7 quad-crore + 1.6GHz Cortex A15 quad-core) 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core




16GB expandable 16GB/32GB 16GB expandable 16GB/32GB


20.7-megapixel/2-megapixel 8-megapixel/1.3-megapixel 13-megapixel/2-megapixel 13-megapixel/2.1-megapixel


2,300mAh 2,300mAh 2,600mAh 3,000mAh


4.3 Jelly Bean 4.4 KitKat 4.2.2 Jelly Bean 4.2.2 Jelly Bean


Rs 36,990 Rs 33,990 Rs 32,500 Rs 34,200