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Sony Xperia Z1 compact

from  $199.99+
88
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

Sony has set the benchmark for mini-flagships. With strong build quality and robust performance, the Z1 Compact will be a welcome arrival for anyone who prefers smaller devices.

Pros
  • Flagship-caliberspecs
  • Premium build quality
  • Excellent performance, long battery life
  • Great camera
  • Improved display offers better viewing angles than older Sony handsets
Cons
  • More expensive than other "mini" phones
  • Minor software issues
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Scores

Engadget

88
 

User Reviews

90
hu5um
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
Schlubumir
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
StevenSterk
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
4.322
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Talk time
2g, 3g
Model

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
2g, 3g (up to10 hours) (up to18 hours)
Standby time (max)
670 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (2300 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (20.7 megapixels) (f/2) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version) (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Dun, Hid, Opp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (Avi, Divx, H264, Mpeg4, Wmv, Xvid) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Lte (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Umts, Hsdpa, Hsupa) (Yes)
Subscriber identity
Micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
342 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
2.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM tuner
Yes
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
TV-out
Yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))