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What are the differences between the Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact?

By Kevin Thomas on 16th January 2014

1 or Xperia Z1 Compact what are the differences?

Launched at CES just a few days ago the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is a smaller and slightly cheaper version of the Sony Xperia Z1. 


In the past when manufacturers have produced 'mini' versions of their best selling smartphones they've compromised on specification. A good example of this was the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, which was inferior to its bigger brother in almost every way.


Sony have made no such compromises with the Xperia Z1 Compact which brings the majority of the Xperia Z1's features into a smaller form-factor. But what are the differences and similarities between the two smartphones? Read on to find out.


Physical dimensions and colours

As you would expect the Z1 Compact is lighter (33 grams) and its smaller form makes it easier to hold, but surprisingly it's 1mm thicker than its bigger brother. The difference in weight between the two is a result of the smaller battery inside the Compact.


Both smartphones are available in Black and White, but the Xperia Z1 Compact also comes in new vibrant Pink and Lime colours.


Sony Xperia Z1: 144.5 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm    Weight: 170 grams    White, black

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact: 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm   Weight: 137g  White, black, pink and lime


Display size and resolution


The major difference between the two smartphones is that the Z1 Compact's 4.3 inch display runs at a 720p resolution, while the Xperia Z1 runs at full HD (1080p). That gives the former a 100 lower pixels-per-inch rating, but it more than holds it own against other compact smartphones currently on the market.


Sony Xperia Z1: 5 inch display, 1080p, 442 PPI

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact: 4.3 inch display, 720p, 342 PPI


Battery power

Sony quote the same talktime and music playback for both smartphones, even though the Compact has a smaller 2300 mAh battery. That's possible because the Xperia Z1's smaller, lower-resolution display drains far less battery. Both smartphones also employ Sony’s Stamina battery saving mode.


Sony Xperia Z1: 3,000mAh   Talktime : 18 hours  Music: 110 hours

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact: 2,300mAh   Talktime : 18 hours  Music: 110 hours



Sony Xperia Z1: £485

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact: £440


Xperia Z1 or Z1 Compact?

This boils down to whether you want a 5 inch or 4.3 inch display screen, whether you want the lighter and smaller Compact version or whether you find the bright pink or lime colours that come with the Compact desirable.


The bottom line for us is that the Xperia Z1 was one of the best smartphones in 2013 and now there is another choice to consider which must be good.


Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact - common speficiation listings

  • Waterproof and dust resistance
  • Android Jelly Bean (4.3)(4.4 KitKat coming)
  • Qualcomm MSM8974 2.2 KGz Quad Core Processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of on-board memory
  • 20.7MP camera2MP 1080p front facing camera
  • NFC
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi and GPS


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