Sony Xperia Z1 Compact On Sale In UK

News Paul Briden 16:05, 30 Jan 2014

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is now available in the UK from Phones4U and Carphone Warehouse

After an announcement at CES 2014, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has now turned up on UK shores.

The handset is available through Phones4U, Carphone Warehouse and O2. Prices start from £27 a month for a 3G plan or £42 on O2 4G.

Meanwhile if you want the handset on another network you can pick it up from Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U from £27 per month. EE is offering a contract for £52.99 per month, cheap as chips. There are also deals from £11.99 per month if you’re willing to pay some dosh up front but this varies on each contract.

The specifications for the handset are very similar to the Z1 itself but this time it comes with a 4.3-inch display and a smaller screen resolution of 1280x720 pixels. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 at 2.2GHz alongside the water and dust resistant technology. You also get the 20MP camera on the back.

Sony recently clamped down on benchmarking apps to stop details of other handsets leaking, much like the specs for the Z1 Compact did.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

The newly announced Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is now available to pre-order at Carphone Warehouse. The handset was announced by Sony at CES 2014 this year and is a smaller version of the company’s flagship Z1. Carphone Warehouse is offering the device at the lowest price on the market in the UK.

You can pre-order the handset from Carphone Warehouse on deals from £27 per month. If you pre-order now online you can expect your stylish new Z1 Compact to arrive at the end of January.

The cheapest tarrif with the phone free is £27 a month, 300 minutes included, unlimited texts and 500MB of data.

The best value contract according to Carphone Warehouse is on Orange, the phone will cost you £249.99 off the bat but then it’s just £11.99 a month and offers 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB of internet.

But maybe you want the handset on a 4G tarrif? Well through Vodafone you can get a free handset and for £34 a month it’ll give you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 6GB of 4G internet.

Customers in the UK who pre-order the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact will get an exclusive music and film package worth £65. It also includes a free download of end-of-2013 sci-fi flick Elysium, starring Matt Damon.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact will cost £449 SIM free

We have some pricing details for the newly announced Xperia Z1 Compact. Pre-orders are now open for the device and a SIM free handset will set you back £449 directly from Sony's web store.

The handset was announced at CES 2014 earlier this week and has very similar specifications to the Sony Xperia Z1. The Compact comes with a smaller 4.3-inch display meaning a smaller resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels but everything else stays the same.

That powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 is still present and so is the water and dust resistant technology. The 20MP camera is still included and you can see some photo examples just below this article.

Pre-ordering directly from Sony itself will get you a bit of a bonus too as you’ll get your hands on a free Sony SmartWatch 2. The handset is available in white, pink, "lime" and black. Xperia Z1 Compact will be available at a number of other retailers in due course.

First camera samples from Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Phone Arena has been lucky enough to get hands-on time with the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and has been testing out the 20.7MP camera. The site does mention that this isn’t the final software for the phone so it may change by the time it hits the shops. The camera has an f/2.0 aperture, 1/2.3” camera sensor and 27mm focal length.

We can't wait to get our hands on the minature Z1 so lets have a quick look at how the photos look. Mind you, most of them are taken in low-light conditions so we don’t have loads of examples and they likely don't show off the phone's capabilities to their fullest.

We'll just have to wait and see if new software on the phone when it is released changes the camera quality in any way. 

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact benchmarked at CES 2014

Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact has been benchmarked following its announcement at CES 2014. The phone is equipped with the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor as its larger Xperia Z1 counterpart, so it's perhaps unsurprising that its benchmark results are suitably impressive, but it's good to see them nonetheless.

PhoneArena had enough hands-on time to run benchmarking tests in Quadrant, AnTuTu, GFXBench and Vellamo. And just for kicks, the site also benched HTML in Vellamo and Sunspider. Check out PA's chart below.

As you can see, it appears Sony has done some extra tweaking to the processor, software and optimisation as the Xperia Z1 Compact consistently comes out with better results than the Xperia Z1. It is, however, also consistently bested by LG's G2.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact UK pricing, availability and pre-orders revealed

Sony's miniature Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z1 Compact, has now been launched at CES 2014 and a hanful of UK retailers have revealed pre-orders and pricing.

Phones4U has announced it will offer the Xperia Z1 Compact on pay monthly contracts with UK networks Vodafone, EE, T-Mobile and Orange. You can grab the phone with no up-front cost on a £30 monthly tariff.

Phones4U pre-order customers will receive their handsets with a free SRS-BTX300 Sony Wireless speaker, with a retail price of £120, together with £65 worth of film and music content. Not a bad deal at all. Orders made today will be delivered on January 31.

Retailer Unlocked-mobiles is selling the Xperia Z1 Compact on pre-order for £440 if you wish to buy the phone SIM-free with stock expected around the beginning of February.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact announced at CES 2014

Sony has officially taken the wraps off the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, the miniaturised Xperia Z1 device previously rumoured as the Xperia Z1 Mini and Xperia Z1S.

The handset holds true to the vast majority of previously circulating rumours, with the spec being mostly identical to the Xperia Z1 flagship aside from a smaller 720p display and a smaller, slightly lower-rated battery pack.

The screen is a 4.3-inch TFT using Sony’s X-Reality Engine and Triluminos display technology just like its big brother. The 1280x720 pixel HD resolution clocks in at around 341 pixels-per-inch (ppi). Meanwhile the battery is rated at 2,300mAh.

The rest of the spec is what we’ve seen before: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU, 16GB of onboard storage and support for 64GB microSD cards. The phone runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Sony’s own UI on top and it shares the same interesting feature introduced by the Xperia Z1: the ability to stream video footage to your Facebook wall.

Also brought across from the 5-inch Xperia Z1 is the 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS back-illuminated camera sensor (BSI) with an f/2.0 aperture, LED flash, 1080p video, Sony G Lens and BIONZ image processing. The Xperia Z1 Compact includes a full range of connectivity options with Wi-Fi and Hotspot, 3G/4G mobile data, NFC, MHL, microUSB, GPS, Miracast, DLNA and Bluetooth 4.0.

In terms of design it’s almost like someone’s done that trick where you shrink crisp packets in the oven, but with an Xperia Z1 instead (please don’t try that at home). It’s the spitting image of the Xperia Z1 with its stylish aluminium surround, punched speaker grilles, round power button and both front and rear glass body panels contributing to a sleek, modern look. The handset is also fully IP55 and IP58 certified for water and dust resistance just like its bigger counterpart.

Sony is yet to reveal when it will bring the Xperia Z1 Compact to UK stores, but we’re guessing it’ll be pretty soon. It will be available in black, white, pink or “lime” colour variants.

Sony Xperia Z1S leaks ahead of alleged CES announcement

Some have complained the Sony Xperia Z1 is too big and according to leaks and rumours Sony seems to have answered that call with a miniature edition. The Sony Xperia Z1S has leaked before a likely announcement at CES 2014 in Las Vegas.

Fountain of clandestine information @evleaks has once again lived up to its name and leaked both specs and a photograph alleged to be the new handset. In line with previous rumours about the Z1S the specifications haven’t been lowered much from the original flagship Xperia Z1 handset - unusual for a "Mini" device.

According to @evleaks, the screen is downsized to a 4.3-inch 720p display,  but it keeps the same Snapdragon 800 proccessor running around 2.2GHz, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There’s also that 20.7MP snapper on the back and a 2MP front facing secondary. The battery will be a smaller 2,300mAh offering and it will feature Android Jelly Bean.

The photograph supplied also features the T-Mobile logo on the handset, could it be exclusive upon release? This may have something to do with the US market where such things are more commonplace. Either way, hopefully we'll know soon if the handset is indeed bound for Las Vegas, otherwise we could be waiting until MWC in Barcelona this February.

Sony Xperia Z1F on sale in Japan

Sony has launched its Z1F model in Japan. The handset is a miniature version of the company’s flagship Xperia Z1 with the same specifications as its older brother apart from a now smaller 4.3-inch 720p display. The only other difference is the battery has taken a hit and is now 2,300 mAh.

The Z1F is now available at NTT DoCoMo’s stores in Japan and still has the Snapdragon 800 chipset, a 20.7MP camera and 16GB of internal storage. The Z1F also has the Z1’s impressive dust and waterproofing protection.

NTT DoCoMo announced the phone would be joining the winter line up earlier this year and has sparked rumours of a worldwide Z1 mini release. Leaks since have focused on the name being the Sony Xperia Z1S but it will likely be much the same as Japan’s Z1F in terms of specs and features.

The main rumour is for a CES announcement in early January so we are likely to know if a miniature Z1 is coming very soon. We liked the Sony Xperia Z1, you can read our review here.

Sony Xperia Z1 Mini appears in catalogue

The rumoured Sony Xperia Z1 Mini has popped up again, this time in a Japanese catalogue for carrier NTT DoCoMo.

The catalogue, which leaked via Japanese tech blog rbmen, shows the handset with the name Xperia Z1 f and available in a range of colours – black, white, pink and lime.

According to the report, there's also a set of specs outlined, which are similar to what we’ve seen leaked before where the Xperia Z1 Mini shares the full-size Xperia Z1’s 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. The operating system is said to be Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Also listed is a “Storage capacity of 32GB (microSD support)” but what this refers to precisely is unclear, bearing in mind the Xperia Z1 has 16GB of onboard storage and microSD support for 64GB cards.

This seems like it could be innacurate as Sony is unlikely to either drop the amount of card storage support or put the onboard storage higher than the full-size flagship.

Another key item apparently retained (assuming this is all legit, of course) is the 20-megapixel camera with Sony G Lens. The build and design seems almost identical to the Xperia Z1 albeit on a smaller scale with measurements of 127mmx64.9mmx9.4mm and it still has IP58 water and dust resistance certification.

Naturally being a smaller device, the display here is little different to the existing flagship’s 5-inch full HD 1080p panel, instead it’s equipped with a 4.3-inch 1280x720 pixel display, which is still using Triluminos technology. There’s no word on the X-Reality Engine but we would expect this to also be present.

While it’s interesting to hear the Sony Xperia Z1 f name used here, it’s quite unlikely it will carry that name outside of Japan, but it remains possible that it may also not be called the Xperia Z Mini and Sony could be cooking up a completely different name entirely.

Sony Xperia Z1s leaked photos appear online

More photos have leaked of the Xperia Z1s which could include a hint toward the price of the device.

According to the folks over at Phone Arena, the source of the photos claims the price of the Z1s is expected to be 3600 Yuan (£364) and will be released in Q1 of 2014.

Previously the handset was thought to be called the Xperia Z1 Mini, but increasingly the name Xperia Z1s has appeared in leaks. It will sport a 4.3-inch 720p display and a smaller battery than its 5-inch 1080p Xperia Z1 cousin.

Other than these changes, the device will be powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor as the Xperia Z1 and include all the same features with a 20.7MP camera.

Sony Xperia Z1S appears on Postel - Indonesia's certification authority

Rumours about Sony's upcoming "Xperia Mini", already released in Japan as the Xperia Z1 f and spotted for launch in China as the Xperia Z1S, have been circulating for some time. The big question is - will we see an international rollout?

Further evidence has appeared to suggest we may yet, as Indonesia's regulatory body, its equivalent of the FCC, known as Postel, has listed a device with the codename Sony D5503, a number already associated with the miniaturised Xperia Z1.

Rumours consistently suggest the Xperia Z1S will be a smaller version of the Xperia Z1 and while it will apparently have a 4.3-inch 720p display and a smaller battery, the rest of the spec is believed to mimic the Xperia Z1 exactly, right down to the Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip and 20-megapixel camera - a first for miniaturised flagships.

Current rumours suggest the Shanghai launch will happen tomorrow, on November 22, with devices shipping by November 26. However, a previous rumour said November 12, and nothing appeared.

Sony Xperia Z1S pictures leak while case with November 26 date appears on Amazon

Sony's Xperia Z1S has been spotted in leaked photos originating out of Russia. The handset doesn't sport any carrier branding, leading us to believe it may be the international version rumoured for launch.


Rumours suggested the Xperia Z1S would launch yesterday, but that didn't happen. However, a phone case labelled as being for the Xperia Z1S has appeared on Amazon's UK site with a release date of November 26.

While none of this is conclusive, it does seem that an international launch of the Xperia Z1S is on the cards inside November.

Sony Xperia Z1S briefly appears on Sony website

The Sony Xperia Z1S has made an appearance on Sony's official devices page, but it appears to have been a mistake as the listing has since been pulled, though not before XperiaBlog caught a snap.

The listing appeared on the Chinese Sony website which could mean a number of things. Sony's launch event is rumoured to be taking place today (November 12) in Shanghai, but it's not clear whether we're looking at a Chinese exclusive or an international model.

We've already seen a similar device launched exclusively in Japan, the Xperia Z1f, leading to much speculation regarding an international model.

Sony's listing showed the offical produce name as having the 'S' as superscript. That's a bit awkward fro us editorially, so we're just going to call it the Xperia Z1S.

The leak didn't reveal any further spec information, but rumours have consistently pointed to near-identical specs to the full-size Xperia Z1 with the exception of a smaller, lower-resolution display 4.3-inch, 720p) and a smaller battery cell at 2,300mAh.

That means a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, microSD capability and a 20.7-megapixel Sony Exmor RS camera, amongst other treats.

Sony Xperia Z1S (Xperia Z1 Mini) spotted at headphone event

Sony's rumoured Xperia Z1 Mini, now believed to be called the Xperia Z1S, has been caught on camera at a Sony headphone event.

The image, snapped by Vietnamese bloggers, shows the handset perched atop a set of Sony headphones. It looks like the Xperia Z1 just smaller, lining up with rumours of the 4.3-inch miniaturised Xperia Z1S equivalent.

There is a slight difference from the Xperia Z1 with an Xperia Z style micriphone grille at the bottom. We can also tell it's not the Xperia Z1f, which recently launched in Japan, because the front-facing camera is on the opposite side of the device and it lacks the DoCoMo carrier branding. This would suggest that this Xperia model is the Xperia Z1S and could therefore be an international version.

The appearance of the handset at a Sony event adds further weight to rumours that the company will launch the device at an event on November 12 in Shanghai, China.

October 23 2013

Sony is scheduling an event for November 12 in Shanghai, according to Chinese social media sources, which could see the global launch of the Xperia Z1S, also rumoured as the Xperia Z1 Mini (it's already launched in Japan as the Xperia Z1f).

The word comes from posters on the Chinese social network Digi-Wo. Due to issues with translation, it’s difficult to establish if there’s some kind of inside source, so do take it all with a pinch of salt.

Some of the promotional material for the event shows the slogan “Be moved”, which some are suggesting could be a hint that this is a mobile device.

Sony already launched the Xperia Z1f in Japan with a smaller bodyshell and a 4.3-inch 720p display, but with much the same spec as the Xperia Z1 flagship down to the Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and 20-megapixel camera.

There are plenty of arguments as to why Sony would do well to introduce such a handset to the wider global market, not least of all the fact that most other “Mini” devices from rival manufacturers have not echoed their larger counterparts so exactly in the hardware department. Sony has something of a unique product on its hands, in this instance.

Another possible candidate for the event is the rumoured Sony Xperia Tianchi, a 6-inch phablet with a 720p display and an octa-core MediaTek processor, which could be an affordable equivalent to the Xperai Z Ultra. Of course, as the current trend is very much towards multi-device launches, both rumoured handsets could appear at the same event.

October 10 2013

The rumours were true! Sony and Japanese carrier DoCoMo have just announced the Sony Xperia Z1f and it does feature many of the leaked specs, making it largely a miniaturised version of the Xperia Z1 flagship.

Of course the display is different, as per the rumour it's a 4.3-inch 1280x720 pixel screen, but the insides include the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip (2.2GHz) as the larger Xperia Z1, complete with an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

Onboard storage is 16GB with microSD support and the camera is the same 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor with Sony's G Lens and BIONZ image processor. The build and design is very much that of a shrunken Xperia Z1, with glass on front and back, an aluminium surround and full IP58 water and dust proofing certification.

The only other tweak is a smaller battery pack at 2,300mAh, understandable given the form factor.

Of course, for now, this phone is only available in Japan, but for us the fact it exists is the main thing and we think it's very likely Sony will launch it globally under another name.

The really big deal is it's the first 'Mini' to use the same internal spec as its full-size counterpart, with Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini and HTC's One Mini all taking a hit in the spec department.

October 8 2013

Rumours are starting to converge and escalate regarding a Mini version of Sony’s latest Xperia Z1 flagship which, for now, is rather understandably dubbed the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini.

Here, we’re going to gather together all the rumours, specs, leaks and any information we can about prices, release dates and other juicy info.

Sony Xperia Z1 Mini: Build and design

According to all the rumours and leaks so far the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini will quite simply be a smaller version of the existing Xperia Z1 flagship, sharing the same visual design, materials and build. That means it’ll feature an aluminium surround machined from a single piece of metal and with Dragontrail reinforced glass on both front and back.

It should also have a number of Sony’s signature stylistic touches, including panelled detailing on the edges and a round silver power key.

A leaked Japanese product catalogue would appear to confirm these design details along with the handsets measurements: 127mmx64.9mmx9.4mm. There’s no indication about its weight, but we can expect it to be lighter than the Xperia Z1’s 170g.

The catalogue also indicates there will be some special colour variants too. The Xperia Z1 comes in black, white and purple, but the Xperia Z1 Mini will be available in black, white, pink and lime. It’s important to bear in mind that these colour variants may only be for the Japanese market, however.

As with the full-size Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z1 Mini black variant appears to have a gunmetal grey surround and the white version has a silver surround. The pink and lime versions seem to have their surrounds coloured the same as the main bodywork.

The Xperia Z1 Mini is also thought to have the same IP58 water and dust resistance certification as the Xperia Z1 and again the catalogue appears to confirm this with its accompanying specs.

This will mean that as well as being splashproof the phone can be submerged in up to 1.5 metres of water safely. Pictures would appear to show that as with the Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z1 Mini does not have a port cover on the 3.5mm headphone jack but does feature port covers on other connectors.

Sony Xperia Z1 Mini: Display

The Sony Xperia Z1 Mini’s display is, naturally, smaller than that of its full-size brother. It’s a 4.3-inch panel instead of the Xperia Z1’s 5-inch setup, but uses the same Triluminos screen tech for more natural colour. No mention has been made regarding Sony’s X-Reality Engine seen on the Xperia Z1, which enhances colour, contrast and overall picture quality, however, the tech has turned up on the last few premium models so it’s quite likely to make a return in our view.

The resolution is reportedly a bit lower. The Xperia Z1 featured a full HD 1920x1080 pixel resolution at 441 pixels-per-inch (ppi). This time round we have a 1280x720 pixel HD resolution which should give something like 341ppi.

Sony Xperia Z1 Mini: Camera

Consistently, word from the rumour mill says the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini will have exactly the same camera hardware as the regular Xperia Z.

That means a full-size digital compact camera sensor pulled across from Sony’s imaging department. If it is indeed the same as the Xperia Z1’s then it’s a 1/2.3”, 20.7-megapixel back-illuminated (BSI) Exmor RS CMOS sensor with a dedicated BIONZ image processing unit, LED flash and Sony’s aspheric G Lens tech.

This should feature full HD 1080p video capture, HDR, panoramic capture and image and video stabilisation.

Again if the setup is identical throughout we should also see a 2-megapixel snapper on the front for video calls.

Sony Xperia Z1 Mini: Hardware

Multiple reports and the Japanese catalogue allege the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini’s processor will be exactly the same as the Xperia Z1, which means Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip with four 2.2GHz Krait cores, an Adreno 330 graphics processing unit (GPU) and 2GB of RAM.

Storage is a bit more difficult to ascertain. The Xperia Z1 had 16GB onboard and microSD support for cards up to 64GB, but the only info we have comes from the catalogue again and it has a rather cryptic “storage capacity of 32GB (microSD support)” listing, which could be referring to either storage type and sounds off in either case if the internal hardware is supposed to be the same as the Xperia Z1 across the board.

Certainly the Xperia Z1 Mini following the Xperia Z1 with the same 16GB onboard and 64GB microSD makes the most sense to us, but whether this will turn out to be the case is anybody’s guess at this point.

We also don’t have much information about the rest of the connectivity options, but we can make some guesses about what’s likely.

Full 4G LTE and 3G (including HSPA+) as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB and GPS are all pretty much a certainty as they’re standard for a smartphone in this class and consistent with Sony’s previous offerings.

To that mix we expect you can add MHL/Micro HDMI TV output and NFC.

Sony Xperia Z1 Mini: Software

Being a Sony Xperia phone the handset will, of course, run Google’s Android platform and allegedly it’ll start off on version 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but you can expect to see Sony’s UI as it was on the Xperia Z1 making an appearance again, along with a bundle of Sony apps and services.

Sony Xperia Z1 Mini: Name

The phone keeps being rumoured as the Xperia Z1 Mini, but it’s worth noting that in the Japanese catalogue it’s listed as the Xperia Z1 f.

Most phones launched in Japan do get a different name for the region, so it’s not too likely we’ll see the Xperia Z1 f name elsewhere, though it is still a possibility.

Another alternative is that there’s rumours going round for the Xperia Z2, although it’s largely attributed to a fully-fledged successor to the Xperia Z1 rather than a mini version.

Sony Xperia Z1 Mini: Release date and price

There’s absolutely no clue on pricing at the moment, but the Xperia Z1 Mini’s launch could be imminent with the Japanese carrier DoCoMo’s catalogue listing an announcement for October 10 – it’ll be interesting to see whether that sticks.

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