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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Specifications

Sony Xperia Z1 CompactNotebook: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (Xperia Series)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 330
Display: 4.3 inch, 16:10, 1280x720 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.137kg
Price: 499 euro
Average Score: 90.43% - very good
Average of 23 scores (from 32 reviews)
price: 82%, performance: 91%, features: 84%, display: 89% mobility: 94%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 92%

Reviews for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

88% Review Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Smartphone | Notebookcheck
Turning big into small. Already the name makes its obvious: The Z1 Compact is the handier version of Sony's Xperia Z1 flagship. These "Mini" editions are presently quite common, but the Z1 is an exception because most of the hardware is the same as used in the larger version.
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact comparison review: What's the difference?
Source: PC Advisor English
Overall, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is not all that different from the Xperia Z1 Compact. The design is improved, the screen is a bit bigger, the processor is slightly better and the camera has been tweaked, but we'd suggest that none of those improvements are major. However, unless you can find the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact for under £300, we'd recommend buying the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact for £349 for those slight improvements, extra durability and new features.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/26/2014
Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact
Source: Reg Hardware English
Albeit without a full HD display, the Z1 Compact squeezes all the high-end technical goodies usually found in monster Android überphones into a stylish, well made and altogether rather neat little handset, both aesthetically and figuratively. Despite being £100 cheaper than the 16GB iPhone 5S, it’s not exactly inexpensive. Yet in terms of offering the maximum technical bang for the minimum spatial buck, it’s the first Android phone to take the fight to the iPhone 5S’s diminutive door. It’s just a bit of a shame that Sony’s Xperia launcher and app suite is falling behind what’s on offer from other Android OEMs like Samsung and, more particularly, LG.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/28/2014
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Google Nexus 5 head-to-head review
Source: V3.co.uk English
Having won four rounds to the Nexus 5's three, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the clear winner. Featuring a better camera, superior performance and a more rugged design, the Xperia Z1 Compact is one of the best phones currently available. But with the Nexus 5 costing a massive £150 less than the Xperia Z1 Compact and offering more than reasonable performance, the Google phone does offer buyers better value for money.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 03/25/2014
80% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is exactly the kind of product we've wanted to see for a long time. The smartphone industry is too eager to follow trends, and a recent features arms race has led to a staggering tilt in favour of phones with 5-inch-plus screens. We're not happy recommending less powerful phones to those who don't want to deal with bulky, heavy devices, and now we finally have a worthy product in that space. Sony is really on to something here, and we hope the rest of the industry takes note and follows suit.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/25/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
85% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review
Source: Techspot English
The Xperia Z1 Compact occupies an interesting area of the market with little competition, positioning itself as high-end device in a compact body. Some may see it as nearly a win by default for Sony, but there are genuinely many reasons why you should consider this handset for yourself. Price-wise it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that the Xperia Z1 Compact is priced similarly to its large-screen flagship counterparts. MobiCity, which provided us with the Z1 Compact to review today, sells the Z1 Compact for $570 unlocked and off-contract, which is the same price as the full-size Xperia Z1, so it won’t cost you to opt for the smaller model. It’s also cheaper than the iPhone 5s by a considerable margin, but more expensive than other Android handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and LG G2.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/19/2014
Rating: Total score: 85%
86% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Phone Review
Source: T Break English
Simply put, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the most powerful and full-featured Android phone that can be easily used with one hand. Unlike some of its competitors Sony chose to keep the specs as high as they could providing a smooth and fast user experience. Having said that, I found the Compact to be a bit too small. With the flexibility that Android brings, I prefer a larger screen size and would rather go for the 5-inch Xperia Z1. However, that’s just a personal preference. If you like a smaller phone, there is nothing better than the Xperia Z1 Compact in the Android space.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/12/2014
Rating: Total score: 86% price: 85% performance: 95% features: 90% workmanship: 75%
80% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: The best ‘mini’ Android flagship by a mile
Source: Tech2.in.com English
At Rs 36,990, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is nearly the same price as the Xperia Z1, which makes it a bit too expensive. Other than the smaller form factor, there’s no reason to buy this over the Z1, which has a higher resolution display and a bigger battery. We reckon a street price of around Rs 32,000 would make the Z1 Compact a very good buy. Sony has a little Catch 22 situation on their hands right now and we can see why they’ve priced both phone so closely. If the price gap was any bigger, it just made good common sense to pick the Compact. By leaving just a miniscule gap, Sony won’t be losing out too much on revenue no matter which phone buyers pick.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/10/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Review: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Source: Androidbeat English
The Z1 Compact is all about the combination of form factor and specification. If I knew for a fact that Sony would be fixing up the camera with a decent firmware upgrade with much better image processing, this might even be my Android smartphone of choice – there’s definitely potential here. But, in the absence of such future knowledge, I can’t quite bring myself to recommend this across the board. The app bloat, the average screen, the average speaker, the underperforming camera, and so on. It’s all a little uninspiring. On the other hand, if you’re desperate for something small and yet powerful then it’s the obvious choice, at least at February 2014 – it’s certainly a cut above the ‘mini’ flagships put out by rival manufacturers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/14/2014
100% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review
Source: Expert Reviews English
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact's specification is unrivalled at this screen size - on an Android handset at least. If you want a compact, top-end smartphone before then your only other choice is an iPhone 5S. The price certainly reflects that, with the Z1 Compact rivalling other flagship handsets at around £30 a month on contract. It's fast, splashproof, has a great screen and a long battery life. The camera is the weak point here from our perspective, as it was on the Z1, and it's here that the iPhone 5S surpasses it. However, if you're looking for a top-end Android smartphone and don't want a pocket monster, this is the handset to buy.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 100%
100% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review
Source: Stuff TV English
With clean lines, an impressive screen and a size that belies its pure grunt, the Z1 Compact is the first smaller-sized Android powerhouse that really does tick of all of our boxes. The One Mini before it had a lovely screen but was let down by poor battery life. The S4 Mini's camera is reliable but the screen is low-res, the build toy-like. Is this the end of supersized smarties? No. We love big screens, we love watching HD movies on them and using creative apps on them. But a smaller smartphone screen is much more manageable for a lot of people.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/06/2014
Rating: Total score: 100% performance: 90% display: 90% workmanship: 90%
90% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the best small Android phone on the market. It’s also one of the best Android phones, full stop. If you find 5-inch phones a bit of a handful, the Compact will be right up your street. It is superbly designed, has an excellent screen, stonking performance and even a memory card slot. It also comes with one of the most impressive party pieces any phone has to offer – it’s waterproof to 1.5m. Add that it costs a reasonable £430 (as much as £120 less than its 5-inch brother) and you have a very compelling proposition indeed.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/05/2014
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 90% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact video review: The mid-sized but high-end smartphone
Source: PC Advisor English
Over the last couple of year smartphone have come on leaps and bounds with faster processors, screen resolutions to match your TV and cameras to take the place of your compact. You may have noticed that they've also got bigger as time has gone on so it's probably frustrating if you want a medium-sized handset without getting downgraded specifications. Well Sony has bucked the trend with its Xperia Z1 Compact.
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/04/2014
80% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review
Source: V3.co.uk English
SonyHaving used the Xperia Z1 for a week, we have to say we're very impressed. The Xperia Z1 Compact is leagues above other smartphones in its size bracket. For its premium £450 price, the Compact offers top-end, quad-core performance and a 20.7MP rear camera that blows all other competition in the Android ecosystem out of the water. If it weren't for its good but not great display and use of the previous generation 4.3 Android Jelly Bean software, we'd have no qualms granting the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact a five-star rating.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/31/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review
Source: T3 English
The Z1 Compact is more than a match for its rivals. On a day to day basis it's a great alternative to an iPhone if you hate big-screen phones but still want Android. If we have one issue it’s Sony’s version of Android. It hasn’t changed much since the first Xperia handsets and it could do with updating. It’s not that it’s ugly, more that it’s beginning to look a little dated. There is then the small issue of cost. At £450 it’s not wallet-friendly, but then this isn’t a budget phone. What’s important to note is that Apple’s smaller iPhone actually costs more, indeed the iPhone 5c 16GB costs £469 while the iPhone 5s starts at £549.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/30/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Is the solution to the Z1 conundrum to make it smaller?
Source: Techradar English
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the perfect device for those who think that some of the leading smartphones are just too big, but still want the best specs on the market. Those top-end innards crammed into a smaller device means high-end power isn't missing for those with smaller hands, or if you want something more akin to the iPhone 5S. Sony has addressed a lot of the problems that were found on the original Xperia Z1, and has created a superb handset in doing so. The screen doesn't suffer from the same poor viewing angles the Z1's did, although it will never be able to live up to the size and resolutions that modern flagships pack in.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/30/2014
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 100% features: 90% workmanship: 100%
88% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: a good thing in a small(ish) package
Source: Engadget English
There's no point in beating about the bush: Sony's "mini" flagship is what companies should have been doing all along. If you want a top-spec Android phone, but don't want a finger-stretching screen, this isn't just your best option; it's your only option right now.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/30/2014
Rating: Total score: 88%
100% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Source: Gadget Show English
Sony's crafted the best 'mini' Android smartphone you can buy, and it's the first time we've seen a handset maker get a downsized flagship absolutely right - not to mention that it's a brilliant piece of kit on its own right too. If you've been considering the Xperia Z1 and have been put off by its size, it's worth giving the Z1 Compact a look, as it's not just the best mini phone we've seen, it's simply one of the best Android blowers on the market - this pint-sized powerhouse proves that good things do come in small packages, even when they don't run iOS.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/29/2014
Rating: Total score: 100%
90% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: A flagship smartphone in a manageable size
Source: PC Advisor English
We love what Sony has done with the Xperia Z1 Compact. Finally consumers have the choice to buy a high-end smartphone without being forced to use a large screen. The fact it's cheaper than most flagship devices makes it one of the best smartphones around.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/28/2014
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 100% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
100% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review
Source: Stuff TV English
With clean lines, an impressive screen and a size that belies its pure grunt, the Z1 Compact is the first smaller-sized Android powerhouse that really does tick of all of our boxes. The One Mini before it had a lovely screen but was let down by poor battery life. The S4 Mini's camera is reliable but the screen is low-res, the build toy-like. The Z1 Compact doesn't have one stand out feature, it has stand out features to spare: waterproofing, that killer battery life, slick performance. This isn't a mini phone or a compact phone, it's a regular sized smartphone that hasn't trashed borrowed branding by disappointing in use the way smaller phones tend to.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/28/2014
Rating: Total score: 100% performance: 90% display: 90% workmanship: 90%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Sony is giving people what they want – a flagship spec Android phone with a hand-friendly size. The range of four-colours is sure to enthuse those who like their phones to be fashion statements and the Z1 Compact retains the Xperia waterproof USP. Sony should have ignored the phablet market and made this phone before the Z Ultra – better late than never, though. The Xperia Z1 Compact may well fill a major niche and sell like hot-cakes. Our initial thoughts are that it deserves to do well.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/10/2014

Foreign Reviews

91% Kleiner, aber nicht langsamer
Source: [link]
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 91% performance: 100% features: 90% ergonomy: 85%
98% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Source: Chip Test & Kauf - Heft Nr. 6/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 98% emissions: 99%
96% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact im Test: "Mini"-Smartphone, aber oho
Source: Mobicroco German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/18/2014
Rating: Total score: 96% features: 97% workmanship: 98% emissions: 96%
95% Klein aber oho!
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 95% performance: 100% display: 95% mobility: 100% workmanship: 95% emissions: 80%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Source: c't - Heft 5/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/16/2014
100% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Source: e-media - Heft 3/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 100%
86% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Source: Telecom Handel - Heft 4/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 86%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Source: Pocket Navigation - Heft 3/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2014
80% Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Source: Android Magazin - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
97% Mini-Ninja attackiert das iPhone
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/31/2014
Rating: Total score: 97% price: 66% mobility: 96%
Groß und gut wird kleiner und besser?
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Positive: very good performance; small chassis
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/13/2014
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Source: Allround-PC.com German DE→EN
Positive: compact format; good haptics; very good workmanship and choice of materials; water- and dustproof device
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/12/2014

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Qualcomm Adreno 330: Integrated graphics card in some Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs, supports OpenGL ES 3.0

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


800 MSM8974:

High-end ARM SoC with 4 CPU cores up to 2.3 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU up to 450 MHz. Based on Qualcomm's Krait 400 architecture and is manufactured in a 28nm HPM process.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


4.3": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.137 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


Sony: Sony Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Japan. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video game consoles, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its name is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound. The company was founded 1946 with another name and renamed in 1958. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its five operating segments—electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music), financial services and other. Sony is a notebook manufacturer of medium size according international market shares.

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90.43%: There do not exist many models, which are rated better. The most ratings get ratings, which are a bit worse.


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Devices with the same GPU

» HTC One M8 Eye
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.0", 0.16 kg
» Sony Xperia Z3v
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.2", 0.17 kg
» HTC Desire EYE
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.2", 0.152 kg
» BlackBerry Passport
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 4.5", 0.196 kg
» Motorola Moto X 2014
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.2", 0.145 kg
» Sony Xperia Z3
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.2", 0.152 kg
» Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 4.6", 0.129 kg
» Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 8.0", 0.271 kg
» HTC One M8 For Windows
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.0", 0.16 kg
» Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport
unknown, 5.1", 0.16 kg
» ZTE Grand S Pro
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.0", 0.16 kg
» Amazon Fire
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 4.7", 0.16 kg
» HTC One E8
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.0", 0.145 kg
» Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.1", 0.17 kg
» Asus PadFone X
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 9.0", 0.514 kg
» LG G3
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.5", 0.149 kg
» Nokia Lumia 930
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.17 kg
» Samsung Galaxy S5
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.1", 0.145 kg
» HTC One M8
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.0", 0.16 kg
» Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB, 10.1", 0.425 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE-Version
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 10.1", 0.477 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 8.4", 0.331 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 12.2", 0.753 kg
» Sony Xperia Z2
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.2", 0.163 kg
» LG Optimus G Pro 2
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.9", 0.17 kg
» Nokia Lumia Icon
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.17 kg
» Sony Xperia Z1s
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.16 kg
» LG G Flex
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 6.0", 0.176 kg
» Asus New Padfone
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 10.1, 5.0", 0.145 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2014-01-12 (Update: 2014-01-12)