Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 

Released January, 2014
  • Android 5.1
  • 4G
  • 4.3"
  • Quad core 2.2 GHz
As such, and like the Xperia Z1, we still think that Sony is playing the numbers game: the camera isn't good because it has 20.7-megapixels, it's good because it offers you shooting options and gives decent results.
by PocketLint (Feb, 2014)
We're not going to say there's no place for larger, higher-resolution displays because those big devices bring more space into play and a more immersive viewing experience.
by PocketLint (Feb, 2014)
8 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Performance

Processing power and speed

Xperia Z1 Compact
9.1
iPhone 5s
9.0
Geekbench and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Xperia Z1 Compact
n.d.
iPhone 5s
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Xperia Z1 Compact
6.3
iPhone 5s
n.d.
Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time (3G), Standby time and 1 more

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Xperia Z1 Compact
9.3
iPhone 5s
8.7
Reviews from techradar.com, gsmarena.com, pocket-lint.com and phonearena.com

8

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Xperia Z1 Compact
8.0
iPhone 5s
8.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Xperia Z1 Compact
2,723

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Xperia Z1 Compact
3,191
Xperia Z1
2,185

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact


9.0
The beefy 20.7 MP G Lens camera of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has absolutely the same characteristics as that of the Z1, which is a great technological achievement by Sony – to fit the same sensor in a considerably smaller body.

10.0
But whereas the Z1 was a device we weren't taken with - it didn't feel right to us because it was too large and didn't seem to hang together well as an overall device in everyday use - can the Z1 Compact fair better in a world of giant rivals?

9.0

Overall

9.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Sony has finally embraced IPS – the LCD technology that makes this the company's best mobile screen yet.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)
Photos have a great sense of depth and detail, with very realistic and pleasing colors.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)
In good conditions, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact will produce some lovely shots, full of colour with plenty of detail.
by PocketLint (Feb, 2014)

Apps

The Walkman music player is quite cool and simplistic.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)
The 3.5mm headphone port is proofed, so there's no flap here which makes it easy to listen to music whenever you want.
by PocketLint (Feb, 2014)
It's great that this list is customizable, so you can put those apps that you need most in the more accessible positions.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)

Camera

This latest high-end Xperia phone is a beauty to behold, and with its superb features and characteristics, such as the 20.7 MP camera that's among the very best out there, it's actually the first modern Android phone that can offer a top-notch experience in a compact shell.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)
The camera isn't the best in class - the Nokia Lumia 1020 will still hold that crown - but we've liked using it and enjoyed the results its given us.
by PocketLint (Feb, 2014)
The great thing about the G Lens camera (G Lens is just a branding, by the way, don't look too much into it) is that it not only fits a great number of pixels, but those pixels actually have a decent size (1.1 microns).
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)

Video

The display looks very good in all of its IPS glory, and while watching a short video every now and then is more than satisfying, we don't really think it's very comfortable for longer experiences, such as watching a full-length movie.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)
That matches the HTC One mini which also has great display, and although it's a step down in pixel density from the Full HD larger models, the overall results are very good.
by PocketLint (Feb, 2014)
You can easily run every game out there and you'll enjoy sky-high frame-rates at all times.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)

Resolution

What's more, overall system performance is also great, probably even better than that of the Z1, due to the lower screen resolution – there are no visible hiccups or slowdowns.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)
Details are superb with the Z1 Compact's photos – even when compared to some of the best phone cameras out there, such as the G2.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)
If someone's willing to view the Z1 Compact's 720 x 1280 screen resolution as a compromise, we'd have to disagree, because at 4.3 inches, that works out to a fairly high pixel density of 342 ppi (versus 326 ppi for the iPhone 5s).
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type Super IPS LCD2
Size 4.3"
Resolution 1280 x 720
PPI 341 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 2.2 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
RAM 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD

photo & video

Camera 20.7 MP
Resolution 20.7 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  2. LTE Cat3
  3. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  4. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  5. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  6. HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
  7. LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
  8. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  9. LTE Cat 4 (150/)

battery

Talk time 600 min
Talk time (3G) 1,080 min
Standby time 40,176 min
Standby time (3G) 40,200 min
Capacity 2,300 mA·h

form factor

Weight 137 g
Thickness 9.5 mm
Size 64.9 x 127 x 9.5 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes

software

Operating system Android 5.1
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
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