Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review



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Sony had recently announced the new Sony Xperia Z1Compact at the CES 2014 in Vegas. It certainly looked like a promising phone and now it has released in India. We had the chance to get our hands on it and hence to tell you if this phone is worth the money or not. Spoiler Alert: It surely is.
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Design

Sony makes beautiful phones. Sony, Apple and HTC are just tearing each other for the top spot in design. Sony Xperia Z1Compact comes as a phone with a very decent dimensions. The relatively smaller display size makes you fit the phone in your hands comfortably. Sony Xperia Z1Compact has a very high quality glass built that certainly feels premium but is not as soothing as a soft touch back. I really love holding this phone and if you want to show off your phone, this is a good choice.

Display

This is one of the denser displays you will come across. Sony Xperia Z1Compact comes with a 4.3 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display which has a 1280×720 pixel resolution and in layman words it is a 720p HD display. It is quiet dense in pixel density compared to many full HD 5 inch displays. Sony Xperia Z1Compact’s display has set the bar in display quality. The display has excellent viewing angles. Even the colours come out pretty good and overall an exceptional display.

Camera

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
In every way this phone is a smaller version of the successful Xperia Z1 without any compromise. Sony Xperia Z1Compact has a similar 20.1 MP camera. The camera takes some colourful photos and sometimes they tend to be too colourful and too bright. The dynamic HDR mode does really well and the UI is actually able to pick up in what setting you need it and when you do not. You can completely turn it on or off. Sony Xperia Z1Compact’s video taking quality is exceptional. The colour balance is perfect and the clarity is just one of the best there is.

Software

Sony Xperia Z1 compact
Sony Xperia Z1Compact runs over the Android v4.3 Jelly Bean and their own user interface over this Jelly Bean OS. V4.3 is actually the first OS of Android that can give you actual authentic 1080p streaming, too bad you have a 720p but for this price- it is pretty perfect.

Performance

For this price, this is the faster phone by a mile. With 2.2 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 800 processor, this phone is freaking fast and the good support by the RAM makes it an efficient multitasking pad. Sony Xperia Z1Compact has 8GB internal memory with 64GB expandable allowed. It has a decent battery backup which takes you with more one and half days without exhausting.
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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2014, January
Status Available. Released 2014, January
BODY Dimensions 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm (5.0 x 2.56 x 0.37 in)
Weight 137 g (4.83 oz)
– IP58 certified – dust proof and water resistant over 1 meter and 30 minutes
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inches (~342 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 10 fingers
Protection Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass
– Triluminos display
– X-Reality Engine
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Up to 107 kbps
EDGE Up to 296 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host
CAMERA Primary 20.7 MP, 5248 х 3936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash,check quality
Features 1/2.3” sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, video stabilization, HDR, check quality
Secondary Yes, 2 MP, 1080p@30fps
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
CPU Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
GPU Adreno 330
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser HTML5
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White, Pink, Lime
– ANT+ support
– SNS integration
– TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Xvid/MP4/H.263/H.264 player
– MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 2300 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 670 h (2G) / Up to 600 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 10 h (2G) / Up to 18 h (3G)
Music play Up to 94 h

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