Sony India launches Xperia Z1 Compact, the phone that makes other minis look like crap

Sometime over the past year or so, devices like the Xperia Z1 Compact released by Sony India today, would have just been regular high end handsets. Now that manufacturers have started super-sizing such gadgets, the Z1 Compact is actually competing in the mini phone category.

Ever since the phablet trend starting picking up, you’d have to buy a large 5-inch (with the exception of the iPhone) smartphone if you wanted powerful specs. The smaller version of the Galaxy S4 and most recently, the G2 mini, meant less impressive features too. It’s not the same case with the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Features:

The smartphone gets its steam from a quad core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 processor and 2GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of storage space onboard and entertainment hoarders can crank it up to 64GB via a microSD card. The only thing that might bother you about this waterproof and dustproof handset is that it runs on Android Jelly Bean and not KitKat.

An 20.7MP camera, just like the one found on its larger sibling, decorates the back panel. Basically, the company hasn’t shaved down on much but the size by bringing the touchscreen to 4.3 inches instead of 5 inches and lowering the resolution from 1080 x 1920p to 1280 x 720p.

Sony Xperia Z1 Mini

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact specs:

– Android Jelly Bean 4.3
– 4.3-inch 1280 x 720p display
– 2.2GHz quad core processor
– 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory
– 64GB microSD expandability
– 20.7MP main camera, 2MP webcam
– 127mm x 64.9mm x 9.5mm dimensions
– 137g weight
– 2300mAh battery
– Black, white, lime or pink colors

Price in India:

Sony has pegged the Z1 Compact at Rs 36,990. It will be available for purchase sometime next week.