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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs. Xperia Z1 – Smaller But As Powerful

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As many of you would have known by now, Sony has announced the long-anticipated mini version of their best-selling Xperia Z1 flagship, the Xperia Z1 Compact, during CES 2014. Is the Z1 Compact only smaller in size or is it also “smaller” in the other departments?

Learn more about the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact here

Let’s find out!

z1 compact vs z1 2


The Z1 Compact’s display size has been downgraded from the original 5-inch to 4.3-inch (which seems to be the new standard size as far as “mini” flagships are concerned). It has a smaller resolution with 720 x 1280 pixels (342 ppi) compared to the Z1’s 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi). However, the smaller screen still retains Sony’s display technologies such as Triluminos display and X-Reality Engine.

Design & Build

Fortunately, the Z1 Compact inherits all the looks DNA from the Z1, which means it still has a sexy metal glass body and all the tough goodness to protect its fragile body. Its IP58 certified (dust and water resistant) just like all the new Xperia devices.

Its smaller form-factor inevitably makes it lighter than its bigger brother, tipping the scale at 137g versus 170g. However, it is 1mm thicker, which most of us wouldn’t really notice anyway.

And the Z1 compact brings new interesting color choices to the Xperia family. In addition to Black, White and Purple which is the standard trio of colors of recent Xperia smartphones, the Z1 Compact brings Hot Pink and Lime to the table.


The Z1 Compact also manages to retain almost all the specs from the Z1. Under its smaller frame, it packs 2GB RAM, quad-core 2.2 GHz and Adreno 330 processor as well as being powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. Internal-storage wise, it has 16GB on board that is microSD-expandable up to 64GB.

Also, it understandably features a smaller 2,300 mAh battery. The Z1 runs on a 3,000 mAh juice.


As virtue of being a newer device, the Z1 Compact has the benefit of being accorded a newer Android OS in the form of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box with a planned upgrade to Android 4.4.2 KitKat in the pipeline. In comparison, the Z1 was shipped with Android 4.2 JB but it is also slated for a KitKat upgrade in the near future


The biggest cheer of all is of course reserved for the centerpiece feature, the awesome 20.7MP camera. It’s great that Sony did not mess with the camera and fit the same main-selling point on the new device. Take great pictures and videos on land or underwater with its 1/2.3” sensor, autofocus and LED flash along with a host of essential photography features.

Price & Availability

Sony did not announce any pricing and availability details for the Z1 Compact but it is expected to be released to the market in late February and we are pretty sure that it will make its way to Malaysia.

On the other hand, the Z1’s official price is RM 2,399 though one can most probably get it for a lower price today. Available in retailers nationwide. You can check out our telco plan page here to find the best telco deal for the Z1.

Full comparison table below.

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