Until recently, buying a high-end Android phone meant buying a huge-end Android phone. Phablets have become the name of the game, with models from most manufacturers getting the choicest hardware morsels. Smaller phones have suffered along with slow CPUs, less RAM, little storage and generally worse finishes.
There have been some exceptions, with recent Motorola models, for example, offering a bit of a reprieve, and phones like the HTC One Mini (which wasn’t that much smaller than the HTC One, and it did have slower specs – but it wasn’t a bad phone by any means).
Still, Sony is bucking the trend with its new Xperia Z1 Compact. The new Z1 iteration takes almost every single property from the original Z1 phone and cuts it down a couple of notches.
Inside the smaller – but still waterproof – device, with its 4.3-inch, 1280×720 screen (341ppi), you’ll find a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU at 2.2GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM, along with 16GB of flash storage. A micro-SD slot expands that by up to another 64GB. There’s the same 20.7MP rear-facing camera with a Sony ‘G’ lens and optical image stabilization, as well as NFC, GPS/GLONASS, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and an FM radio.
The phone will ship with Android 4.3, with an update to Android 4.4 KitKat expected shortly after launch).
To make a comparison, the new Xperia Z1 Compact is roughly the same size as an Apple iPhone 5s, but a touch wider and a bit thicker, and it weighs about 19% more. In short, it’s a perfect option for users who choose an iPhone primarily based on device size and weight.