Getting started with the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact was officially presented by the Japanese company on the occasion of the last CES and it obviously caused a lot of ink to flow since it uses the technical sheet of the Z1, in a decidedly more compact case. Sony was extremely kind to send me a copy of the beast last Friday and as much to say that the last few days have been particularly intense. We even had a great time, him and I, and now is the time to give you my first impressions of him.

As usual, my test of the Xperia Z1 Compact will be divided into two articles: this getting started, and the in-depth test which will be published next week. Yes, and you'll also get the usual unboxing video at the very end of this article.

Getting Started With The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Technical characteristics

Before going any further, it is advisable to take a quick look at the technical characteristics of the terminal, just to refresh your memory and because they are important, for once:

  • 4.3 inch screen.
  • Definition in HD 720p, i.e. 1280 × 720.
  • Triluminos & X-Reality Technologies.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz.
  • Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM.
  • 16 GB of storage space, micro SD card slot.
  • 20.7 megapixel Exmor RS sensor.
  • BIONZ processor.
  • WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC.
  • 2,300 mAh battery.
  • Dimensions: 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm.
  • Weight: 137 grams.
  • Price: from 499 € without subscription.

Does this technical sheet remind you of something? This is perfectly normal since it is that of the Sony Xperia Z1 ( tested here ). In reality, the only difference between the two terminals is their size. The Z1 Compact, as its name suggests, is significantly smaller than its big brother and it was finally designed for all the most nomadic mobile users, and more generally for all those who want to travel light.

Importantly, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is IP55 and IP58 certified. It will be able to withstand splashes, immersions and dust.

Finally, note that the bugger is available in four colors: black, white, yellow and pink.

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The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact seen from the front. From a different perspective.

Design & Ergonomics

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact looks like two drops of water to the Z1. It is quite heavy in the hand, by the way, but this is not surprising since it gives pride of place to metal and glass. As evidenced by these few images, Sony sent me the pink model and I admit I was rather seduced by it. He doesn't look as “girly” as you might think. Well, a little bit anyway, but not too much.

Some may criticize it for its borders, which are too imposing. However, it should be remembered that the terminal incorporates many seals. And it is probably also for this reason that it is thicker than the Z1 by a few millimeters.

On the front of the terminal, we will find the brand's logo, a notification LED and the front camera. The various controls of the Z1 Compact are integrated on the right edge and we will thus find the power button, the two buttons dedicated to the volume control and the shutter release button. In a row, in the corner, we will also be entitled to a cable pass to attach a strap, photophone requires.

On the other side, and therefore on the left edge, we will be able to get our hands on three hatches concealing the port for SIM cards , the port for micro SD cards and the Micro USB socket . This is also where we will have the connector for the dock. The whole looks solid.

The headphone jack, for its part, is integrated into the top edge and the speaker is on the other side. Finally, on the back of the device, we are entitled to the Z1 Compact lens, its LED Flash and the manufacturer's logo.

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The left edge of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.

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The right edge of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.

In conclusion

My first impressions are very positive. The Z1 Compact is a beautiful product, its finishes are worthy of those of the Z1 and it looks like it has under the hood. I had the opportunity to launch some parts of Dead Trigger 2 and I admit I was very pleasantly surprised by its responsiveness. Unlike all the “Minis” on the market, Sony has chosen not to compromise on technical specifications and it seems to me to be a very judicious choice.

But the real asset of the Z1 Compact is its autonomy. It does as well as my Galaxy Note 3, and it will easily last a day and a half without needing to be recharged. And if you get your hands dirty, and in Stamina Mode, then you can go a little further.

We finish with the unboxing video. If you have any questions, the comments are there for you.

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