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- Sony Xperia Z1 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - Specs and Price Comparison
While the former was released in January 2013, the latter was launched in January 2014. The Compact version was launched as an improvement on the original version of the phone. Both these smartphones are spectacular in the own right, but if you think that the only difference between the two of is their dimensions, you would be wrong. Here's how they compare.
Due to its higher specs, Z1 Compact has a higher price tag. In Australia, it is priced at AU $669.95 as compared to AU $629.95 for its predecessor. In the USA, the price for Xperia Z1 is $549.99 and the price of Xperia Z1 Compact is $570 if you buy the unlocked versions without any calling plans.
Both these phones are stunning, but the most dramatic difference between the two is the size. Sony Xperia Z1 has a lightweight and convenient 144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5mm frame, but the Compact version is much more convenient for handling and the frame measures 127 x 64.9 x 9.5mm. With both these phones, you can see the trademark Sony design elements - the large black glass front, with colored bands on the side and matching colored glass back. Both the phones are sleek and elegant, and give great one-handed use. The phones are available in black, white, and lilac colors.
Apart from the size of these phones, there are some major differences in their hardware specifications too. The compact version of the phone has Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz quad-core processor, which is much faster than its predecessor's Qualcomm MDM9215M 1.5GHz quad-core processor. The camera in the Compact version is also much better. It has a 20.7-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera while its predecessor has a 13.1-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2.2-megapixel front camera. Both have only one sim slot and support a micro-sim only.
Both these phones have capacitive touchscreens, but owing to its smaller size, the compact version has smaller display. Sony Xperia Z1 has 5 inches display while the Sony Xperia Z1Compact has 4.5 inches display. With a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels, Sony Xperia Z1 gives a better resolution as compared to its compact version that has a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. Both the phones support 16M colors and have the beautiful Sony screen quality. There are display settings to save battery and make other adjustments.
Sony Xperia Z1 has the Android 4.1 version, while the Xperia Z1 Compact has the Android 4.2 version. The former supports 850, 900, 2100 3G frequencies, while the latter supports 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 3G frequencies. They come with Google's Chrome browser and you can choose to install any other browser you wish to. While Sony Xperia Z1 does not support Java Runtime Environment, Z1 Compact does. The rest of the specifications in the two phones are the same.