Sony’s mini flagship gets official as the Xperia Z1 Compact. Pre-orders already started in the UK
Sony has finally announced its ‘mini’ flagship smartphone, but it’s not called Xperia Z1s nor Xperia Z1S after all. It’s been named the Xperia Z1 Compact, and this is in fact the same handset that’s been leaking like crazy over the past few months – though under a different name than what everyone expected.
Sony is undoubtedly late to the ‘Mini’ game, what with Samsung and HTC already having such devices on sale for quite a while. However, the Japanese company hopes to compensate for that with the fact that the Z1 Compact is the most high-end ‘Mini’ flagship ever announced: with the exception of the screen size and resolution, and the battery capacity, the Compact is basically just a shrunk Xperia Z1 – complete with high-end specs even for this day and age. That’s in rather stark contrast to the HTC One Mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, which are midrangers based on their specs.
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact comes with a 4.3-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 20.7 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps LTE, 42 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a 2,300 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, with a planned upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat announced (though when exactly that will come is anyone’s guess, given Sony’s past track record on the matter).
The Xperia Z1 Compact is dustproof and waterproof too, like most of Sony’s recent flagships, being IP58 certified. That means it can withstand submersion in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes. Its dimensions are 127×64.9×9.5 mm, and it weighs 137g.
Despite the name, though, the Z1 Compact manages to be bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini in all respects – and you probably have the waterproofing to “thank” for that. Even the HTC One Mini is narrower and slimmer than the new Xperia, although it is taller for some reason.
Another thing to keep in mind here is the price difference between the three devices. The Xperia Z1 Compact is easily the most expensive of the bunch, actually getting dangerously close to the current price levels for the full-size HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. On the other hand, its internals are higher-end, so maybe that’s warranted.
If you’re in the UK, you can already pre-order the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact from a few well known retailers. Phones 4U is offering it with contracts from Vodafone, EE, T-Mobile, and Orange. The cheapest deal that nets you the phone for free costs £29 per month and brings you 600 minutes, unlimited texts, and 500 MB of data each month for the 24-month duration of the obligatory contract. If you order from Phones 4U today, you’ll get the handset in your hands on January 31.
If, on the other hand, you’d like to get the Z1 Compact in SIM-free and unlocked form, both Clove and Unlocked Mobiles are happy to oblige. The price at Clove is £430, with first stock expected in mid-February. Unlocked Mobiles is asking for £438.98, with deliveries set to start on February 7.