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Sony’s Xperia Z1 vs Z1 Compact: What ‘Compact’ Really Means

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

For many smartphone makers, creating a mini version of their full-featured flagship models roughly means a downgrade of the processor, battery power, and display quality aside from the obvious reduction in size. That is probably not the case with Sony?s introduction of the Xperia Z1 Compact, a well-balanced evolution of the high-end Xperia Z1.

As its name implies, the Xperia Z1 Compact is a smaller rendition of the flagship Xperia Z1. It is equipped with a smaller screen at 4.3 inches diagonally and a smaller battery. But basically, that is really where its differences with the Z1 ends. Although smaller, it still boasts of a 720p, Triluminos, 340 per display. It isn?t quite as striking as the Xperia Z1?s 1080p Full HD display at 441 ppi, but the Compact?s display is relatively better than the iPhone 5?s 326 ppi.

Sony Xperia Z1 has one of the best cameras in the market today and it is definitely a great move by Sony to include the exact same camera hardware with the Compact version. The Z1 Compact boasts of 20.7 megapixel camera, along with a Bionz image-processing engine, mobile image sensor, and a 27-mm wide angle F2.0 lens. Sony also protected the Compact?s SIM, micro SD, and micro USB slots with airtight plastic flaps which make it possible to be submerged in one-meter water for up to 30 minutes. That?s particularly handy for underwater selfies.

Smartphone users who rely heavily to their devices may find that the Z1 Compact is a lot easier to use with one hand than its bigger brother. It has the same all-glass fa?ade with a one-piece aluminum band that runs around the edges. The volume and power buttons can be found on the right hand side together with the dedicated camera shutter button. Many smartphone reviewers pointed out that this model?s size means that it will not give a very noticeable bulge when you sneak it in your tight jeans pockets.

Almost everything else in the Xperia Z1 Compact is the same with the flagship Z1 model, which includes the internal hardware. Both models are equipped with quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.2 GHz. Combine that with a 2 GB RAM and you come up with a smartphone that provides fluid user-experience, capable of supporting HD video streaming and 3D gaming.


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