Sony releases Xperia Z1 Compact in the United States

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact was announced roughly six months ago at CES 2014. Since then, we have heard nary a peep about the device and a U.S. release date. Luckily, Sony has officially released the handset on the Sony U.S. website, making it available for sale. 

Although the Xperia Z1 Compact is a smaller unit, it still possess the innards of a flagship device, making it a more unique offering. The device has a 4.3" TRILUMINOS 720p display, Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 20.7MP camera, 2300 mAh battery, and 4G LTE. The device is also waterproof and dust resistant with a P55 & IP58 rating.

The Z1 Compact shares its elegant styling with its flagship siblings, the Z1 and Z1S. The device is built on a metal frame that is sandwiched between two panes of glass. Currently, the device will not be offered by any carriers and will not be subsidized. The Z1 Compact will come in a choice of three colors (black, pink, and white), be unlocked for use on most carriers, and retail for $549.99 USD.

For those looking for something a little different, they might want to have a look at Sony's more recent release, the Xperia C3

Source: Sony Store | Video via Sony

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I've had this phone for a week so far (got rid of my iPhone 4S) and I must say its great, its my first Android phone (I've got the Z1 tablet).

It's the only true high end compact phone, apart from the iPhone (Which may no longer be the case if they iPhone 6 is 4.7"). I looked at the HTC One Mini 2 and the Galaxy S5 mini and neither of these phones are "mini", you cant operate them with one hand but you can with the Z1 Compact. My only gripe with the phone is that it should just have stock Android on it, other than that its a great phone for the price, at the moment you can get it for £23 a month with no upfront phone costs in the UK.

My only fear is that when the Z3 Compact comes out they increase the screen size which makes it less compact.

Once you run stock Android you'll soon notice that Sony's variant does have a few nice extras in the keyboard, media apps, camera app (huge amount of features from Sony), ...

If you had used a Galaxy before you would appreciate Sony's variant of Android. I love mine, the only thing I don't like is that the polycarbonate backing gets scuffed up pretty easily. At least it won't smash though.

Very nice specs for a compact , great for someone who doesn't want a massive display but also doesn't want to sacrifice capabilities. Sony hasn't compromised here and good for them, so used to seeing "mini" version of flagships and they are nothing but budget phones capitalizing on name and uninformed consumers...Kind of like people who buy Alienware and then brag about their "custom gaming rig" when unbeknownst to them its nothing more than a Dell with a fancy case and a price hike.