[CES 2014] Quick look: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (Video)

Sony’s latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z1, packs quite a bit of power in an above-average-sized smartphone. The Z1 Compact takes all of that same power, but puts it all in a smaller frame that’s much better to use with one hand.

Quick Video

As mentioned, it packs all the power of its bigger brother, the Z1, in a phone that’s ideal for one-handed operation, much like the iPhone. The display is 4.3 inches with a resolution of 720×1280. So even though the resolution isn’t the highest, text still looked plenty clear. The metal, water-resistive phone has a great feel and weight to it as well, making it comfortable to hold. The only downside that I found to the design was the back, which like last year’s Xperia Z, is glossy glass, so you can expect it to be quite the fingerprint magnet.

It’ll be released in February on carriers around the world, but there’s no word yet on pricing, as that’ll most likely come down to the individual carrier.

Specs include:

  • 4.3-inch 720×1280 TRILUMINOS display
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU @ 2.2GHz
  • 2,300mAh battery (non-removable)
  • 20.7MP rear-facing camera
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, MHL, HD Voice

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