Posted on Feb 1 2014 - 4:14pm by Anurag Kumar
  • Battery Backup
  • Speaker Sound
  • Display Quality
  • Processor
  • Camera
  • Size/Bezels

Have you got your Xperia Z1 Compact ? Yes, Sony has started shipping SIM free Xperia Z1 Compact in Europe especially in UK where it is priced at £449 and users have already got it in their hands. Last night Sony also started shipping unlocked Xperia Z1 Compact in Germany, priced at €499 . On the very first day of listing Xperia Z1 Compact in UK and Germany, Black and Pink Xperia Z1 Compact went out of stock in respective regions. Early impression of Xperia Z1 Compact has started coming from the users who have got it now; for some it is the best Sony Xperia handset till now and for some it has some flaws which it inherited from Xperia Z1.

Xperia Z1 Compact has a price of a flagship device just like its specifications which are exactly similar to Xperia Z1, except the smaller screen and battery size. Xperia Z1 Compact features Snapdragon 800 SoC, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB RAM, 4.3″ 720p display, 342 PPI ( enough for 4.3″ screen ) with Triluminos, X-Reality for mobile, 20.7 MP rear cam and retains the flagship water and dust resistance certification. Today we have brought you some of the initial Xperia Z1 Compact Hands on Experience Photos and a preliminary review.

Xperia Z1 Compact Hands on Experience Photos

Xperia Z1 Compact looks very similar to Xperia Z1 in design except for some change in location of ports and front camera. Let’s have a closer look at Xperia Z1 Compact.

Xperia Z1 Compact features Sony’s “Omni-Balance” design with signature power button. It features “Sony” logo on top of front panel, made of scratch resistant glass. Both front and back panels are made of glass which are cased inside a tough metal frame with round corners.

Xperia Z1 Compact Omni-Balance Design

Xperia Z1 Compact Review

Xperia Z1 Compact features 20.7 MP rear cam capable of recording 1080p videos at 30 fps, with sensor exactly similar like Xperia Z1. The position of LED flash in Xperia Z1 Compact is different from Xperia Z1. At the back panel you see the Sony and Xperia branding with a NFC icon logo.

Xperia Z1 Compact Back Panel

Xperia Z1 Compact dimensions are 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm, weighs 137 gram, pretty decent for a phone with 4.3″ screen and 2300 mAh embedded battery. But if you take it in hands you might feel, it is a bit longer because of upside down bezels, while side bezels seems fine.

Look at the upside down bezels in below pic. Front cam is positioned at the extreme top right corner, 2 MP capable of recording 1080p videos at 30 fps. At top there is space of notification LED light ( brighter then Xperia Z1 ) and inbuilt hearing speaker.

Xperia Z1 Compact dimensions are 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm

While Xperia Z1 Compact fits easily in one hand as compared to Xperia Z1 which feels bulkier while holding in hand a 5″ display phone. Secondary microphone is provided at the back side of phone.

Xperia Z1 Compact 20.7 MP Cam

Sony has shifted the SIM port from right side to left side in Xperia Z1 Compact as when compared to Xperia Z1. At right side profile of Xperia Z1 Compact you will find, power button, volume rocker keys and external camera shutter key. You may find power button very tiny in size if you are a first time user and volume rocker keys are also not that much comfortable to press. External camera key is positioned correctly, no issues in using it. A strap hole is also provided at end.

Xperia Z1 Compact Strap Hole

Left side profile of Xperia Z1 Compact has USB port at top, followed by Micro SD slot, magnetic charging dock pins and in the end SIM car slot is present. Sony has introduced a new magnetic charging dock DK32 for Xperia Z1 Compact exclusively. If you don’t want to open the USB port flap again and again for charging then it is advised to use either Dock DK 32 or EC21 magnetic charging cable.

No HDMI port is provided, while Micro USB ( 2.0) and USB-on-the-go is available.

Xperia Z1 Compact USB 2.0 Port

3.5 mm water proof headphone jack is provided at top profile of Xperia Z1 Compact, it is also at different position as when compared to Xperia Z1.

Xperia Z1 Compact 3.5mm headphone jack hole

At the bottom profile of Xperia Z1 Compact, external speaker grill is provided exactly similar to Xperia Z1. Many users are claiming it’s sound is also low exactly like Xperia Z1.

Xperia Z1 Compact External Low Speaker

Sony has released Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 with Android 4.3 out of the box, firmware build 14.2.A.1.114. Recently 14.2.A.1.136 firmware build is certified for Xperia Z1 Compact, already rolled for Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra. Xperia Z1 Compact was recently added in SUS, it means now you can update firmware on it officially via SUS or PCC.

It is in news that Sony has started working on Android 4.4.X KitKat 14.3.A.X.XXX firmware and the same build will be released for Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra.

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.2.A.1.114 firmware

Sony has introduced a white UI on Android 4.3 for its devices.

White UI on Xperia Z1 Compact

Google Chrome is the default browser in Xperia Z1 Compact.

Google Chrome deafult browser on Xperia Z1 Compact

Xperia Z1 Compact has in-built 2300 mAh battery and as per GsmArena Xperia Z1 Compact battery test results, it obtained 65 hours endurance rating which is awesome for an Android powered device beating Xperia Z1 is web browsing and video play back time. Only one thing can be said about the battery backup of Xperia Z1 Compact that it is stellar.!

Check below the detailed report on GsmArena Xperia Z1 Compact battery test result.

Xperia Z1 Compact battery test results – 65 Hours Endurance rating

As Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z1 share the same camera MP and sensor so not much difference in seen in the images from both handsets.

Check below the detailed camera comparison between Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z1.

Xperia Z1 vs Xperia Z1 Compact Camera Comparison pics

Xperia Z1 Compact Camera vs iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, HTC One Mini, Galaxy S4 Mini Camera Comparison from tests conducted by Strategy Analytics

Display quality on Xperia Z1 Compact is certainly better than Xperia Z1. Check below the detailed comparison between Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact display.

Xperia Z1 vs Xperia Z1 Compact Display Screen Comparison

Xperia Z1 Compact M51w version as Xperia Z1 Compact Colorful has already been launched in China while its sibling Xperia Z1F on NTT DoCoMo was launched a lot ago in Japan.

Xperia Z1 Compact Colorful M51w beautiful photos in Pink, Black, White, Yellow Color

Overall Xperia Z1 Compact is a nice small pocket friendly phone with flagship device specifications and stellar performance and battery life.  It’s already out for shipping in Europe, hope so it soon comes in India and rest parts of Asia, also with a decent price tag.

If you have already got your Xperia Z1 Compact in hands, do let us know about your initial hands on experience. Drop your comments below.

Thanks Henry Green for pics & review 🙂

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