The Xperia Z1 Compact is the second Android smartphone Sony Mobile brings at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014, the first being the Xperia Z1s which is a T-Mobile USA exclusive.
No word on price tag yet, but Sony confirmed the Xperia Z1 Compact will be launched globally starting February 2014.
“With the addition of Xperia Z1 Compact our global range of premium products is now broader than ever and offers our customers a wider choice. Xperia Z1 is a no-compromise feature-packed smartphone with a beautiful yet durable design.
With Xperia Z1 Compact, we bring all of these premium features and performance, into a smaller size to give you the ultimate compact smartphone,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications.
According to Sony Mobile, the Xperia Z1 Compact will be launched with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system onboard, but it will receive an Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade soon afterwards.
The smartphone sports a 4.3-inch HD (720p) TRILUMINOUS capacitive touchscreen display that features X-Reality for mobile technology.
Hardware-wise, the Xperia Z1 Compact is equipped with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz, an Adreno 330 graphics processing unit and 2GB of RAM.
The smartphone packs only 16GB of internal memory, as opposed to Xperia Z1s which comes with 32GB storage.
However, users will be able to further expand storage up to 64GB via microSD memory card. Sony also confirmed the Xperia Z1 Compact features IPX5 and IPX8 certifications.
Another strong point of the Xperia Z1 Compact is the impressive 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera featuring Sony G Lens, 1/2.3-type Exmor RS for mobile CMOS image sensor, autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording.
Other features of the smartphone include: 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 2,300 mAh battery, LTE and DLNA support, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC (Near Field Communications).