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Individuals who desired smaller Android smartphone with amazing hardware didn’t have an opportunity to get what they want for a long time. Sony decided to change all of that.

Instead of Mini version of a flagship phone, Sony went the opposite way and made a Compact version of Z1 smartphone. In terms of hardware it has same power as his big brother, which makes Sony Xperia Z1 Compact one of the few available compact models with premium experience.

Android users from around the world have already accustomed themselves to trend of displays getting bigger and bigger, but there was always a significant portion of users who still liked their phones smaller.
Those users didn’t have many alternatives and they were somehow pushed to other platforms like perhaps iOS. Apple is still the only company that left its smartphones relatively small, although they have also gave up to the trend after Jobs’ death, and expanded their screen from 3.5 inches to 4 inches.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

On one side we have users who are screaming: “WE WANT BIGGER SCREENS!”, and on the other there are people who complain “when will the trend of big screens stop?!”
Sony decided to do the right thing, and listen to both parts of its customer base without losing the premium feeling you get from a flagship phone.

Before Sony Xperia Z1 Compact all other companies have been shipping the Mini versions of their phones, which have smaller screen but significantly weaker hardware.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact best feature like we mentioned earlier is its powerful hardware.
It means that this phone uses very strong Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. There are no more low frequencies or any other similar flaws because this Z1 Compact comes with amazing Krait 400 Quadcore processor with working frequency of 2.2. GHz. The graphic chip is Adreno 330, which fits nicely on the Snapdragon 800 chipset.

Sony also didn’t want to rip off the end user when it comes to the amount of RAM, so we have 2 GB of ram, and Internal storage of 16 GB with a microSD slot which allows cards up to 64 GB of capacity.

Camera sensor has 20.7 MP and provides Full HD 1080p video recording with 30 FPS. The only thing Sony had to compromise on was smaller battery. Due to smaller screen size which is 4.3 inches Sony had to reduce the battery from 3000 mAh to a smaller 2300 mAh battery. Fortunately for Sony and end users smaller screen size means smaller battery usage so battery life isn’t that much compromised in the end.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Dimensions 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm
Weight 137 g
Battery Li-Ion 2300 mAh
Display Triluminos TFT 4.3″, 1280 x 720 (342 ppi),
Camera 20.7MP, autofocus, LED flash, 1080P video @30fps
Front Camera 2MP, 1080p
Processor Quad Core Krait 400 2.26 GHz, Adreno 330 GPU – Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset
Memory 16GB internal storage, 2 GB RAM
SD Card slot microSD up to 64GB
Headphones jack 3.5mm
Operating system Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Connections microUSB (MHL), USB OTG, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0
Data transfer HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL

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