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The Xperia Z1 Compact officially appears: the mini Xperia Z1

Kris Carlon
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Today presented an abundance of press releases and the last of the evening was Sony here at the CES in Las Vegas. They showed up today packing quite a few novelties to attain a broad group of customers: cameras like the Alpha a500 for the shutter bugs, 4K TVs for the home entertainment lovers, 4K Handycam camcorders and waterproof music storing headphones. What we came to see of course, was the smartphones that Sony would bring to the table. The company presented the Xperia Z1s, a T-Mobile variant of the existing Z1, as well as the Xperia Z1 Compact, the 4.3-inch Z1 we've been waiting for.

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Waterproof, dustproof, stylish design, fully featured and compact: the Xperia Z1 Compact  / © sony

The Xperia Z1 Compact is the device we've already seen presented in Japan as the Xperia Z1f, and that we had been previously calling the Z1s (which then turned out to be a 5-inch US-only version of the original Z1). Other than a name change, the Z1 Compact is what we were expecting with all the same power and performance as many have gotten used to in the flagship, all in a smaller body. With a 4.3 TRILUMINOS display, it comes with X-Reality for mobile (don’t ask me what that means!). The device wows with a 20.7  MP back-facing camera which is in fact the best camera in a compact smartphone. This is in fact a G Lens, which uses BIONZ imagine processing technology.

Like the rest of the Xperia line, it is waterproof and dust resistant with a standard of IP55 and IP58. You guessed it! It has the same Omnibalance design that we have seen doned on the Xperia Z Ultra and Z1, all with that nice shiny elegant look. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, it packs 3GB of RAM and can last up to 10 hours thanks to the large 2300 mAh battery.  It comes preloaded with a few of the Sony apps, and a new one is Xperia Transfer, quite similar to Motorola Migrate, in which it will allow you to transfer all your data from your old phone, regardless of the model, to your new Sony Xperia Compact. This little one comes on as of February 2014 worldwide.  Price to be determined!

Technical specifications

Display 4.3-inch LCD, 1280 x 720 pixels, TRILUMINOS Technology
Processor Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2.2 GHz, Adreno 330 graphics
RAM / Internal Memory 2 GB / 16 GB + microSD (up to 64 GB)
Camera (Rear) 20.7 Megapixel, "G Lens", Exmor RS Sensor 
Camera (Front) 2 Megapixel
Connectivity LTE, HSPA, GSM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB2.0 with MHL
Dimensions 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm 
Weight 137 g
Battery 2300 mAh
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Available TBA

Will you be considering a Xperia Z1 Compact when pricing and availability details become available? Are you happty to see full-sized specs in a compact device?