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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact




Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Overview

It’s not Mini, it’s Compact; that’s an important difference when it comes to smartphones.

The Xperia Z1 Compact includes the same high-end features as Sony’s flagship, the Xperia Z1, but in a smaller, more manageable frame.

Over the last few years, the trend with Android flagship handsets has been an increase in screen size. To have the very best features, you must have a device with a large screen.‘Mini’ versions of flagships are generally available, but these tend to compromise on the feature set.

With the Xperia Z1 Compact, Sony has created a shift in this paradigm. The Compact offers a top of the range feature set with a 4.3-inch display; there is no compromise on hardware nor software, it truly is a scaled down version of the Z1.

Comparing it to the larger Xperia Z1, the IP rating (water resistance), camera specs, and all of the top-end software enhancements remain the same. One difference is the IPS LCD display, which has been significantly improved for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.

Main Features

Before we go into more detail, here’s a look at the main features that will have you wanting to buy the Xperia Z1 Compact:

  • 20.7MP rear camera, 2.2MP front facing camera
  • IP55/IP588 protection rating - resistant for 30 minutes in up to 1.5m of fresh water
  • 4.3" IPS LCD TRILUMINOS Display with 342 PPI
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (upgradable to 4.4 KitKat)
  • 2.2GHz Qualcomm Quad-Core Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal storage + 64GB MicroSD Expansion
  • 2,300mAh battery
  • MHL, DLNA and Miracast

20.7MP Camera

Sony is a true innovator when it comes to photography - the technology featured in its smartphones is now on a par with that of its compact cameras. Seeing as the Z1 Compact can also take photos underwater, that’s a serious bit of kit to be carrying around in your pocket.

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact features a 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor, which is accompanied by a huge list of software and hardware enhancements.

Exmor RS and G Lens

The Exmor RS sensor combines with Sony’s G Lens to produce sharp and vivid photos, even in low light. The lens is 27mm wide and has an F2.0 aperture, but if that’s not enough you can attach one of Sony’s CyberShot lenses. Here at Clove the lenses have proven to be a popular accessory among Z1 owners, and the good news is that they are also compatible with the Z1 Compact.


Bionz for mobile is the intelligent image-processing engine that Sony uses to ensure that photos come out looking their best. Auto white balance and auto exposure improve the rich layers of colour and depth, and create the most accurate colour profile possible.

Camera Features

There really are too many software features to list in one go, but half the fun is discovering them once you’ve got your new phone. Here’s a look at some of the headliners to start with:

Superior Auto - Recognises up to 36 different scenes and adjusts your camera settings accordingly, ensuring you are getting the best shot given the light and colour conditions. It even turns HDR mode on and off depending on the picture.

Timeshift - Takes a burst of 61 frames within just 2 seconds. The burst starts before you’ve even pressed the shutter, making sure got a full range of photos to choose from.

Social Live - Use your Xperia Z1 Compact to broadcast live videos on Facebook.

Info-Eye - Lays information over the camera screen when you are out and about so that you can see details for nearby attractions.

AR Effect - Add images and animations to your photos. With themes ranging from oceans to dinosaurs, this is a feature that both kids and adults will love.

The list doesn’t end there. As well as all of the above, the Z1 Compact also includes: 8x digital zoom, red-eye reduction, object tracking, panorama, face detection and more.

Water and Dust Resistance

The IP55/IP58 rating means that your Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is dust and water resistant. You can submerge it in up to 1.5m of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. This creates the opportunity to take some great under water shots - the Compact Z1’s camera still works even when it’s submerged. The dust resistance, whilst not quite as exciting as under water photos, means that you don’t need to worry so much about ruining your phone when out and about, nor working away in a dirty environment.

Plenty of Power

In recent years, it has been unheard of for a device the size of the Xperia Z1 Compact to have so much processing power. It packs a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor and 2GB RAM. It’s the first Android phone to match the size of the iPhone and rival it’s feature set. Many of the other Android handsets that rival Apple’s handset do have superior hardware, but also have much larger screens. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but will receive an update to 4.4 KitKat shortly after its release.

Bigger isn’t always better

As we mentioned , the last few years have seen Android manufacturers gradually increasing the size of their flagships. There are many users that prefer a large screen, but there are also those that would like something that’s a bit more pocketable and easier to use one-handed. Sony has done its research and discovered that those that do want a smaller screen do not necessarily want a less powerful feature set, and this has led to the creation of the Xperia Z1 Compact.

Connectivity Galore

Connectivity is an area that tends to suffer when it comes to smaller handsets, but the Xperia Z1 Compact well and truly ameliorates this. To start with there’s plenty of storage - 16GB internal and 64GB microSD expansion. For video sharing there is wired MHL connectivity via microUSB, and there’s wireless sharing thanks to DLNA and Miracast. The Xperia Z1 Compact also comes with NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi (including hot spot functionality), and many more enhancements to compliment all of these features.

Superb Display

One way in which the Xperia Z1 Compact has been improved over the full-sized Z1 is its display, which is simply stunning. It’s got a 1280x720 resolution which, combined with its pixel density of 342 PPI, produces an incredibly sharp and vivid picture.

You’ll probably recognise the name of Sony’s television technology already: Bravia. This technology has been worked into the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, which has a TRILUMINOS display to create a wider palette of colours. This results in more vivid red, blues and greens, and improved skin tones. See the video below for a more detailed explanation.

As well as having Sony’s latest LCD technology, the Xperia Z1 Compact also features its image processing engine, X-Reality. This reduces noise, adds saturation and sharpness, and enhances contrast to produce the best detail possible. The Super Resolution mode will also add pixels missing from videos to ensure that they don’t look granulated on screen. The screen itself is protected by tempered glass, and housed in the sleek one-piece aluminium body.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Box Contents

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
  • Screen Protector
  • MicroUSB Cable
  • 3 Pin UK Mains Adapter
  • In ear headphones with ear buds
  • USB host cable
  • Documentation

N.B. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact was originally marketed throughout January 2014 as being manufactured with a tempered glass back plate. Since initial communication, Sony have made the decision to manufacture the Z1 Compact with a plastic backplate and tempered glass only on the front screen. Clove's description of the product has been altered accordingly and any available official Sony documentation pertaining to the now incorrect materials has been removed and replaced with a more recent version.


SIM Free & UnlockedYes
Operating SystemAndroid
  • Version4.3 Jelly Bean
  • Custom Skin
  • Speed2.2 GHz
  • Dual Core
  • Quad CoreYes
  • Make/ModelQualcomm MSM8974
  • Other
Expansion SlotYes
  • TypeMicroSDXC
  • Capacity (Up to)64GB
Internal StorageYes
  • Capacity16GB (~11B user-accessible)
  • TouchscreenYes
  • Size4.3
  • TypeIPS LCD
  • Resolution 1280x720, Pixel Density 342 PPI
  • OtherTRIMLUMINOS Display for mobile with X-Reality
  • Frequencies850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • Speed
  • FrequenciesUMTS HSPA 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz
  • Speed
  • FrequenciesBands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20
  • Speed
  • Version4.0
  • Functions
  • Version
  • Version
  • DataMicroUSB 2.0
  • PowerMicroUSB 2.0
  • Audio3.5mm headphone jack
  • Video OutMHL via microUSB
Device Controls
  • Keyboard
  • Optical Trackpad
  • Hardware Buttons
  • OtherIP55/IP58 Protection Rating
  • Antenna TypeInternal
  • A-GPSYes
  • Built-in SoftwareGoogle Maps for Mobile with Street View
  • Megapixels20.7MP
  • FlashPulsed LED Flash
  • Camera LensG Lens: 27 mm wide angle lens with F2.0 aperture
  • OtherBurst mode, HDR, 8x Digital Zoom, Image Stabiliser, Object Tracking, Red-eye reduction, Scene recognition, Superior Auto (setting adjust), Panorama, Touch to focus and more.
Front Facing CameraYes
  • Type2MP 1080p
  • AccelerometerYes
  • Proximity SensorYes
  • Digital Compass
  • Gyroscope
  • Light SensorYes
  • FormatsMP3, 3GPP, MP4, ADTS, AMR, SMF, XMF, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, iMelody, WAV, OGG, FLAC
  • Recording3GPP, MP4, AMR
  • Formats3GPP, MP4, M4V, MKV, AVI, XVID, WEBM
  • Recording3GPP, MP4
Near Field CommunicationYes
FM RadioYes
  • Capacity2300 mAh with STAMINA mode
  • TypeLith-ion
  • Removable
Call Time
  • GSMUp to 18 hours
  • 3G
Standby Time
  • GSMUp to 670 hours
  • 3G
Dimensions127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm
Weight 137g
Warranty24 months


Sony_Xperia_Z1_Compact_User_Manual.pdf Sony_Xperia_Z1_Compact_User_Manual.pdf (2733KB)
whitepaper_EN_D5503_xperia_z1_Compact_4.pdf whitepaper_EN_D5503_xperia_z1_Compact_4.pdf (768KB)



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Do you ship internationally?

Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world.

Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No - There is only the manufacturer’s branding.

Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?

Yes – this phone supports up to 64GB of external storage

What SIM card does this phone use?

This phone takes a micro SIM card

Is this handset LTE compatible?


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Does this phone have video out?

Yes, via the microUSB port, but a MHL adapter is required. This is sold seperately.

Is the phone water resistant?

Yes, it has an IP55/58 rating. It can be immersed in water up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes.

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Overall Rating 5 Stars * * * * * View Clove's Own Review
  • Alex 13/3/2014 Recommend to a friend? Yes

    I wont bore you about how good the processor is, or how much RAM it has, rest assured it is fast, with zero lag no matter what. Also it takes a 64GB micro SD card, it will actually go 1.5m under water for an hour.
    downsides- fingerprints show more on this phone than any other i've owned.
    It comes with jelly bean 4.3, rather than 4.4.
    The camera button is 2 stage, which takes some getting used to.

    upsides- awesome battery life, 3 days is what i'm getting! (stamina on, GPS off, making no real efforts to conserve battery) 4 days sometimes, never less than 2 days!
    fast smooth performance, zero lag or stutter.
    comes with 5 free movies (xperia privilege app)

    I have not experienced any stutter or lag, no crashes or hangs. Sony's skin of android is nice, pleasant looking, straight forward unobtrusive software. The phone boots up without an annoying jingle too. Anytime you connect something to the phone like a dock or charger, you can program the phones response, so when i place the phone in the dock, it goes on silent, and turns on wifi, you can also program the response when you disconnect too.
    Best feature? Battery life- awesome.

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