Smaller version of the Xperia Z1 retains the originals' brilliance
Sony have unveiled the Xperia Z1 Compact at CES 2014, which is a smaller version of their flagship Xperia Z1. Unlike a lot of other 'mini' versions of popular smartphones it doesn't skimp on specification.
The new smartphone, previously referred to as the Xperia Z1 Mini, is the International version of the Xperia Z1F that launched in Japan late last year. We've been waiting patiently for Sony to announce its global release and they've finally taken the wrapping off the new smartphone at the Las Vegas event.
The one significant change with the Xperia Z1 Compact is that its 4.3 inch display runs at 720p (1280*720 pixels), compared to the 1080p display on the 5-inch Xperia Z1. But fear not because the smaller Triluminos display features all the clever technology you've come to expect including Sony's Mobile Bravia 2 engine.
The only other hardware change is the inclusion of a smaller battery (2300mAH), but that's fair game because it demands less power. Importantly, the Z1 Compact adopts the same metal and glass design which is both waterproof and dustproof - and it's also 30g lighter than it's bigger brother.
Sony's smartphone also remains beastly thanks to the inclusion of Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor running at 2.2GHz and 2GB of RAM. And you won't be left wanting from the 20.7 mega-pixel camera which has a Carl Zeiss lens with optical image stabilisation and an LED flash.
The Japanese company have also packed in a 2 mega-pixel camera and the smartphones comes with 16GB of onboard memory for storing your snaps, which can expanded by another 64GB using microSD cards. It comes pre-loaded with Android Jelly Bean and supports 4G, WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact will land in the UK in mid-February, but no details on how much it'll cost have been given so far. As soon as we get news on the operators which will stock Sony's smartphone we'll let you know.
We think Sony is onto a real winner with the Xperia Z1 Compact - it has a high-end specification, a premium design, comes in an attractive colour range and a form-factor which is more suitable to those accustomed to Apple's iPhone range.
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