Sony is coming up with strategy to conquer the market segment, after the release of phablet version phones now Sony is targeting to mid-range segment. Sony Xperia Z1 compact is new flagship which can also be said as mini version of Xperia Z1. Phone is said to be priced at £440(SIM-free in the UK). With respect to the price determined for this phone, Sony has given this new compact with good features like 4.3-inch display with a super-fast four core processor, 2GB RAM and a 2300mAh battery. If the phone is Sony then camera is most important section to discover and this new flagship will have same 20.7MP camera. Let’s go through each feature of the phone to know that whether Sony has successfully induced its new flagship.
Design part of both Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact looks similar. You will find replica of Xperia Z1 but in smaller version. Xperia Z1 Compact has 137gms weight and 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm of dimensions. Xperia Z1 Compact is available in different colors like lime hue, white, black and pink colors. Xperia Z1 Compact has 4.3-inch display which will be really handy as compared to Xperia Z1. Phone has premium design like of Z1 and metal edges enhance the body color offering with stunning look to the phone. Body of this phone is built of aluminum and glass which gives it a finest look and feels good in hands unlike the plastic feel on most of the other smartphones.
Front of the phone houses a 2MP camera, sensors and earpiece and top of the phone is packed with 3.5mm audio jack, micro SD and the micro USB slot. Bottom of the phone has Micro SIM slot. Back of the phone has 20.7MP camera with LED Flash and below has speaker. Phone has non-removable back so battery is also non-removable in Xperia Z1 Compact.
Xperia Z1 Compact will have smaller display of 4.3-inch compare to other smartphones in the market is housing with large display. Xperia Z1 Compact’s 4.3-incher phone has resolution of 1280×720 pixels which is not much impressive as world is moving on Full HD and Sony has taken step backward. Screen size should have at least 4.7-inches to match the current competition in mid-range segment. Sony will make use of Triluminos LCD display with X-reality engine which will enhance the display of the phone. With X-Reality engine you would have superior color reproduction and contrast on your phone. Sony’s display is said to have natural color reproduction and this can be seen in Xperia Z1 Compact.
Viewing angle of the phone is just perfect and colors and text can be easily read, even if the phone is tilt to different angle. Compare to Z and Z1 new flagship has wider viewing angle and displays sharper and lively picture. Sunlight readability is fine and screen has excellent brightness even when set to half of the brightness level. With 6inch displays in market, 4.3inch looks like a little phone, however given the Sony technology, the output is splendid and gives spectacular viewing experience as well as gaming experience. Full HD videos run very effortlessly and appear great and so does the HD games.
Xperia Z1 Compact has a reducded display but hardware is crammed with powerful CPU, RAM and GPU which results in perfect computing device. Xperia Z1 Compact is packed with 2.2 GHz Quad-core processor and 2GB RAM on Snapdragon chipset. Snapdragon 800 is finest chipset in mobile world and performance of this chipset is outstanding so all the mobile companies are opting with Snapdragon chipset and processors. Along with powerful CPU and RAM, Xperia Z1 Compact also has Adreno GPU which will handle all graphic related instruction given by user.
With this type of powerful hardware you will definitely use your phone for multitasking and heavy computing. All your computing needs will be processed effortlessly by the provided hardware in Xperia Z1 Compact. If you are browsing multiple pages on internet or playing HD games you will not find any lags or stutter while operating Xperia Z1 Compact. Phone also has ample of space in phone memory as it is given with 16GB memory onboard and further increased with the help of microSD card.
The Sony Z compact has an astounding 20.7 MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. The rear camera has 1/2.3-inch sensor with Exmor RS and BIONZ mobile image processing which is commonly found in all Sony phone. 20.7MP camera is highest resolution camera in market which captures stunning images but cannot compete with Nokia’s 1020 PureView camera. Still with 20.7MP camera you get sharper and crisp images. Video can be shot at full HD resolution ie. 1080p. Camera has many features like HDR, Panorama, Geo-tagging and smile-detection and many more. There is not much to say about the front facing camera but it’s good enough for video chatting and supports video recording at 1080p.
Phone is given with dedicated camera key which will help you to directly access the camera function of the phone and take super click anytime quickly.
Battery performance of this device is consistent as it gives a good output. The 2,300mAh battery supports the phone for all day long for average users and little less for heavy users. If you are heavy gamer or more prone to watch movies and by keeping all connectivity options the phone is expected to stay up to 12hrs. So, looks like it’s an upright performance which is commonly found in almost all smartphones. To get more performance out of provided battery, Sony has added two power saving modes. Like most of the battery saving app available in Play store this feature will help you in managing the backlight, connectivity options, notification etc. You won’t really need those as the battery has a good performance on the standard mode.
Software & User interface:
Xperia Z1 Compact runs on android 4.3 Jelly Bean with the Sony’s Timescape UI. The UI is very similar to the Xperia handset, though if you are less familiar with Sony devices then you would discover some disparity compared to other android smartphones. Android Jelly Bean 4.3 and UI runs smooth as phone has powerful hardware installed. UI is simple and powerful; you can integrate your messages and social networking site with this UI and get instant and direct access to your social media account and messages or notifications. UI also has swipe mode on keyboard which will help you to type by moving hands on keyboard. This is really helpful when you are forced to use your phone by one hand. Timescape UI is really very smooth and sensitive which allows you to have multi-tasking with ease. Gloves mode will help you to access phone even with gloves on your hand, which will be essential while you are in cold climate region. The compact is probable to get the android 4.4 KitKat in a few weeks. While most of the new devices are shipping the android 4.4 already, Sony should ensure the update at the earliest to avoid discontent among the users.
Xperia Z1 Compact will be your first choice if you are looking around for good stuff in the market. Phone has complete features which one smartphone should posses like good screen display, hardware, camera and battery backup. 20.7 MP camera is just incredible of mini version phone. If we compare to other mini-version phone in the market, you will find Sony’s new phone is bit costly. Screen of the phone should have been slight bigger and battery should have been more advanced as 230 mAh is really low for this kind of stuffed phone.