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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 

PhoneRocket recommends the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact  based on its performance, battery life and reviews.

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Has expandable storage SD, SDHC, SDXC vs None Use storage cards to increase your phone's capacity for apps and data
Much higher resolution front camera 20.7 MP vs 8 MP More than 2.5x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
Much faster processor 2.2 GHz vs 1.3 GHz Around 70% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Significantly longer standby time (3G) 40,200 min vs 14,976 min Around 2.8x longer standby time (3G)
Significantly longer standby time 40,176 min vs 14,976 min Around 2.8x longer standby time
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Much better theoretical download speed 150 Mb/s vs 100 Mb/s 50% better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
More battery capacity 2,300 mA·h vs 1,560 mA·h More than 45% more battery capacity
Bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 825,000 apps Around 5% more apps; find an app for virtually any task
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Bigger screen 4.3" vs 4" More than 5% bigger screen
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Faster web browser 3,621 vs 3,191 Around 15% better BrowserMark score
Lighter 112 g vs 137 g Around 20% lighter
Thinner 7.6 mm vs 9.5 mm More than 20% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Z1 Compact  vs iPhone 5s 

Without a doubt, it’s a pretty cool and slick feature, especially when the audio also receives the same slow motion treatment as well.
iPhone 5s

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?
Xperia Z1 Compact


9.3 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xperia Z1 Compact  vs
iPhone 5s 
Size 4.3" 4"
Resolution 1280 x 720 1136 x 640
Multitouch N/A Yes
PPI 341 ppi 325 ppi


Clock speed 2.2 GHz 1.3 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats

photo & video

Camera 20.7 MP 8 MP
Resolution 20.7 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 1.2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G 4G
LTE Cat 4 (150/)
LTE Cat3
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time (3G) 1,080 min 600 min
Standby time 40,176 min 14,976 min
Standby time (3G) 40,200 min 14,976 min
Capacity 2,300 mA·h 1,560 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z1 Compact  vs
iPhone 5s 
Weight 137 g 112 g
Thickness 9.5 mm 7.6 mm
Size 64.9 x 127 x 9.5 mm 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio Yes No


Operating system Android 5.1 iOS 7
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Apple App Store
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 825,000 apps


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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