The Japanese smartphone giant has finally unveiled Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, a mini variant of the flagship Sony Xperia Z1 (Quick Review) smartphone at CES 2014. Not everyone likes a big display in their smartphone. Xperia Z1 Compact poses high end specs in a small casing with a 4.3 inch display and will be appealing to those looking for a compact Smartphone.

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The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact sports a 4.3 inch Triluminous IPS Display with 1280 x720 resolution which amounts to a sharp display of 341 pixels per inches. Xreality engine has also made its way to Xperia Z1 Compact. On the software front you will get Android 4.3 jelly bean and the company promises Android 4.4 KitKat update shortly after the launch.

The processor employed is 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 4 Krait 400 cores and Adreno 330 GPU. The 2 GB RAM will also be sufficient enough for high end gaming and smooth multitasking. The flash storage of 16 GB can be extended to 64 GB using MicroSD card.

Surprisingly, Sony has managed to squeeze in the same camera module as in its flagship Xperia Z1. The primary camera has a 20.7 MP sensor and flaunts high end G Lens, Optical image stabilization, BIONZ image processor and pulsed LED flash. The front camera is of 2 MP and both of these cameras are capable of full HD video recording.

The battery capacity is 2300 mAh and connectivity features include NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS, WiFi ac, microUSB 2.0, MHL and Bluetooth 4.0. The phone is 9.7 mm thick and weighs 137 grams. The battery capacity has been trimmed down but Sony promises Ample battery backup.

As is evident from the spec sheet, no compromises have been made in the Mini variant of Sony Xperia Z1 and this is the right way to go. It is the only small display phone with high end specs in the market and that is the highlight of Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. The waterproof phone (IP55) will be available in Black, White, Pink, Lime and Yellow colors starting from next month.

Key Specs

Model Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Display 4.3 Inch, 1280 X 720
Processor 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 Quad Core
RAM 2 GB
Internal Storage 16 GB, Extendable
OS Android 4.3
Cameras 20.7 MP/ 2MP
Battery 2300 mAh
Price To be Announced

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