Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Now Up for Pre-Order in Australia for $730

The smartphone is due to arrive in mid- or late February

  Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Unveiled early last month, the Xperia Z1 Compact is already available for purchase in the UK, but Android fans in other countries will have to wait a bit longer until the smartphone arrives.

Unveiled early last month, the Xperia Z1 Compact is already available for purchase in the UK, but Android fans in other countries will have to wait a bit longer until the smartphone arrives.

According to Sony, the Xperia Z1 Compact will be exclusively available in Australia via major carrier Telstra. The bad news is Telstra will only bring Sony's Android smartphone sometime in April where it will go on sale for free on select plans.

The good news is Australian retailer Mobicity has just kicked off pre-orders for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, so customers who don't mind paying for the phone's full price will be able to get it for no less than $730 (€475) off contract.

AusDroid reports potential customers who pre-order the Xperia Z1 Compact via Mobicity will also have to pay the shipping fees. The device is available in four color options: Pink, Lime, Black and White.

According to Mobicity, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is due mid to late February, which means the device will be available for purchase months ahead of the official release at Telstra.

The Xperia Z1 Compact will ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box, even though Google introduced Android 4.4 KitKat a few months ago. However, Sony is expected to release an upgrade to KitKat in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more on this one.

On the inside, the Xperia Z1 Compact features the same hardware configuration as the Xperia Z1, so expect a powerful 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snpadragon 800 processor, an Adreno 330 graphics processing unit and 2GB of RAM.

Still, the Compact variant of Xperia Z1 sports a slightly smaller 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display that support HD (720p) reoslution and TRILUMINOUS technology.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is said to be the first IP58 certified smartphone to feature an enhance 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, autofocus and full HD (1080p) video recording.

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