Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

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Specs summary


The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact's screen is 4.3 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

20+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2300 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 21.9 days standby time, 600 minutes (2G), 1080 minutes (3G), 757 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

With its powerful processor, great camera, decent screen and gorgeous, waterproof design, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the best small Android phone around.

- Andrew Hoyle , Cnet 

The smallest of the Xperia Z line feels good in the hand, is sturdily built and is waterproof. It has a great screen, an excellent camera and applications simply fly on its powerful processor.

- Samuel Gibbs , The Guardian 

Reviews summary

Based on 32 reviews

What's good  

  • Excellent processing speed and power
  • Accurate and deep colors
  • Long battery life
  • Easy to use one-handed

What's bad  

  • Thicker and heavier than larger smartphones
  • White balance is a little off
  • Back cover scratches easily

Unlike other smartphone manufacturers, Sony has been able to miniaturize its flagship phone – the Xperia Z1 – without compromising performance. When compared to other smartphones, the Z1 Compact is smaller in terms of width and height but it errs on the thicker side at 0.4 inches and is actually heavier than larger devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 at 137 grams. Despite the thickness and weight, reviewers highlight the fact that the smaller size and ergonomic design makes it much easier to handle. Experts mention that the phone also feels solid due to its single-piece aluminum frame and protective glass covers. Unfortunately, they also noticed that the glass back is prone to fingerprints and scratches and suggest using a case to avoid these issues.

Aside from the smaller 4.3 inch screen size, the Z1 Compact also has a lowered resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. While not full HD like the Z1, it still offers an excellent pixel density of 341 ppi, which is actually higher than the iPhone 5S. Critics only noticed issues with clarity and sharpness when they were fully zoomed out in websites but it was practically negligible. More noticeable to them, however, were the improvements to color accuracy and black levels. The Z1 Compact boasts Sony's Triluminos display technology that allegedly provides a color gamut that is 50 percent larger than conventional LCD panels. Trusted Reviews backs up the claim stating, "Colours are visibly more accurate and deeper than the iPhone 5S's…" though they go on to say that whites are not quite perfect.

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In terms of power, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact sports the same internal hardware as its larger sibling: 2.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Experts were able to use processor intensive apps without any lag or resolution issues. For daily tasks like browsing around the interface and switching between apps, CNET describes the experience as "satisfyingly swift, with zero noticeable lag." Running the show is a 2,300 mAh battery. While smaller than the Z1, benchmark tests place battery life at just around 9 hours. Real world use backs up the benchmark numbers as The Verge clocks battery life at over a day of moderate usage.

On the back is the same 20.7-megapixel camera from the Z1 complete with the same software. While reviewers describe it as a good all-rounder, it still has issues with noise for indoor and low light conditions. Still, Digital Trends notes that its lowlight performance is better than many of its competitors despite its aggressive flash.

The issues with the Xperia Z1 Compact are few and far between. For the most part, reviewers highly recommend it for those looking for a smaller phone alternative. Phone Arena states, "…the Xperia Z1 Compact is not only a great Android smartphone, it's simply a great phone, all things considered." Engadget adds, "Sony's 'mini' flagship is what companies should have been doing all along."

Reviews (9/10 Avg. rating)


A small phone with big ambitions

from TrustedReviews
It’s not the smallest or lightest phone on the market but it exudes quality and class in every area. In the Xperia Z1 Compact Sony has created a truly mighty mini... Full review

Feels every bit like a high-end Android phone

from UnleashThePhones

The Z1 Compact fills a niche that has been largely ignored by pretty much every other smartphone maker on the planet save for Apple. For all the hardware diversity within the Android ecosystem, there really is nothing like it, and as a result it should be a downright astounding device. I adore the design and the concept of the Xperia Z1 Compact and I love that Sony has delivered an honest and actual “mini” version of its (previous) flagship device instead of a lame attempt to cash in on a flagship brand. I am very impressed at how capable it is in spite of its dimunitive size, w... Full review

Digital Trends

Retains the majority of its bigger sibling’s cutting edge hardware, but fits comfortably in the hand

from Digital Trends

Instantly recognizable as a member of the Xperia family, the Z1 Compact is another black slab with glass front and back, set in an aluminum frame. The Compact is obviously much smaller than it’s brethren at 5.0 x 2.56 inches, but it’s the chubbiest of the bunch at 0.37 inches (9.5mm) thick. It feels heavy in the hand and even a little cold when it hasn’t been busy, but it’s small enough to hold and operate one-handed.

Apple has long argued the merits of its perfect-sized iPhone that you can comfortably hold and use without requiring two hands. If you buy into... Full review

What Mobile

Great features in small proportions

from What Mobile
Hate phablets? Don’t like Apple’s iOS? Help is at hand at long last. Now you can finally buy a premium phone that doesn’t swamp your hands or dwarf your face when you lift it to take a call. Kudos to Sony for coming up with a phone as petite and powerful as Apple’s bad boy. Even if it lacks Touch ID, the Xperia Z1 Compact still goes toe-to-toe with the iPhone 5s and 5c for great features in small proportions... Full review

All the benefits of the Z1 in a smaller package

from Coolsmartphone
The Z1 Compact is one of the best Android phones on sale right now, it is by far the best phone under the 4.5 inch screen size. As I write this review Android 4.4.2 KitKat has just been made available which speeds it up and makes it even more impressive. If you are looking for a good all-round phone with little compromise but with a smaller screen, the Z1 Compact would be the ideal phone for your hand... Full review

Industry-leading features and specifications

from NDTV

It's very easy to recommend the Z1 Compact. You might not like the styling or the overabundance of ports and flaps, but that's the tradeoff for waterproofing, which is definitely a neat feature. As for alternatives in this price range, you could buy an LG G2, which is larger, or an iPhone 5c which is roughly the same size but not as powerful.

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-inc... Full review

What Hi-Fi

A smaller but still smart package

from What Hi-Fi
The Sony Z1 Compact is proof that good things can come in small packages and if you like a smartphone that’s easy on the hand, then this is a good choice... Full review

Compact handset with high-end, powerful hardware

from TechSpot
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. .. Full review
Android Authority

It’s one hell of a device

from Android Authority
Indeed, the Xperia Z1 Compact is a no compromise device, in its quality, features, but also its price tag. If you are looking for a smaller device than the current crop of high-end Android devices, the Z1 Compact sure is the best phone you can get, albeit at a price tag that you don’t see elsewhere in this segment.Sony undoubtedly created a little ball of lightning here and it’s one hell of a device. It might not stand alone in the smaller device space, but once you get your hands on it, it sure might feel like it does. .. Full review

Small but powerful

from Brighthand

Recently, most manufacturers' flagship smartphones have partnered up with compact variants, so instead of a 4.7-inch, 5-inch or 5.2-inch screen, they offer a more practical 4.3-inch display. Despite the similar screen size, Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact is in a completely different league due to its powerful hardware platform - it's very much the powerful Sony flagship in a much smaller body.

If you're on the fence about picking up either Sony's Xperia Z1 or Xperia Z1 Compact, the only important difference is in the dimensions. An amazing camera and an excellent chipset are standard o... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date January 31, 2014
Regions available United Kingdom
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
1700/1900/2100/800 /850/900/1800/2600 MHz
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad core 2.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB Flash
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.43 W/kg
Body: 1 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 720 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 757 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
600 minutes (2G)
1080 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 21.9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Lime, Pink, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.7 x 6.5 x 0.9 cm
(5 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 137 grams
(4.8 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design No
IP Rating IP 58
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 342 pixels
Size 4.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 20+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 8x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR, Scene recognition
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info Self-portrait, Self-timer
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (YouTube, Facebook, NeoReader, Twitter, Google+)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Sony D5503

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