Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact is the company’s mini variant of the Xperia Z1, which was the company’s flagship smartphone for 2013. Unlike the mini variants of flagship phones from other brands, the Xperia Z1 Compact retains most of the specifications of the flagship smartphone and offers them in a smaller size, which would make it an ideal smartphone for people who find phablets too big for their taste. The only real trade off one has to make with the Xperia Z1 Compact is its 720p display but it provides enough pixel density considering there is just a 4.3-inch display to fit those pixels. Think about it as the iPhone of Android world – great specs in a handy package. We have the Xperia Z1 Compact with us and here are our first impressions. Also Read - God of War Ragnarok delayed until 2022: Here's why
The Xperia Z1 Compact looks pretty similar to the Xperia Z1. Belonging to the Xepria Z series family, the Xperia Z1 Compact comes with the traditional key placements including the trademark power button. Just like the Xperia Z1, it too is water and dust resistance. At 9.5mm, the Xperia Z1 compact is pretty thick compared to current smartphone standards but owing to its overall diminutive size, we didn’t mind the few extra millimeters. It feels reassuringly solid and dense to hold, and yeah, it fits easily in one hand.
One of the major pain points in Sony’s 2013 smartphone portfolio was the display quality. While Sony belted out some decent high-end smartphones most of them came with displays that had extremely poor viewing angles and yellow tinge. The Xperia Z1 Compact improves on the viewing angles but it continues to have a yellow tinge.
What we liked about this phone is that unlike what is seen on the other mini variants the Xperia Z1 Compact is a true mini version of the Xperia Z1 in terms of specifications. So despite being launched with a smaller display, the phone is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor ticking at 2.2GHz, and comes with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded to up to 64GB using a microSD card. We never really had any performance related problems with the Xperia Z1, so we expect that to remain the same here as well. The Xperia Z1 Compact also comes with a 3,000mAh battery, which should ideally give at least a day’s worth of heavy usage considering it has a relatively tiny display with lesser pixels to suck battery juice.
Another impressive part is that Sony has used the same 20.7-megapixel rear camera with Exmor RS sensor, BIONZ processing engine and LED flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera with full HD recording capabilities on the phone, which was also present on the Xperia Z1. We had some issues with this camera in auto mode on the Xperia Z1 and we hope Sony has improved the software algorithm by now.
On the wireless connectivity options, the phone also comes with NFC apart from the standard 3G (HSPA+) support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. The Xperia Z1 Compact runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which the company says will soon be upgraded to the 4.4 KitKat version.
Currently, the Xperia Z1 Compact looks like a great smartphone for someone who wants to have the top-of-the-line specifications but at the same time wants a phone that can be used with one hand. Sony has the first mover advantage here as there are no Android smartphones that provide this combination. But can the Xperia Z1 Compact deliver everything that it promises is something we would only be able to tell in our upcoming review. Stay tuned.
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