Overview of the smartphone Sony Xperia Z1 Compact




Overview of the smartphone Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

In principle, the “mini flagship” – the genre is not new and are already well familiar to us. But usually additive mini necessarily mean that the phone is something degraded compared with the original model. The Sony did not do such stupid things and just put the stuffing Xperia Z1 in a compact body. CPU, camera, communication – all the same. A display – well, finally! – Even an order of magnitude better

Continuing our glorious tradition of the shortest in the world of reviews, I could write that Xperia Z1 Compact – it Xperia Z1, just a little. But in fact this is not quite true: everything is a bit trickier, so we are happy to tell about this smartphone more detail. On the one hand, cell phones are really very much like its stuffing: the same processor, the same camera and all that jazz.

On the other – dimensions vary not just strong, and very strongly, against the background of “shovel» Z1 compact version looks surprisingly small. However, inside this tiny body, as we recall, the designers had to fit almost all the same “guts” as a giant 5-inch flagship.

It probably was not such a simple task, but the engineers to cope with it. Along the increased thickness of the case: in fact not much, just a millimeter, but subjectively gain more – because of the shortened dimensions Z1 Compact looks a little chubbier than it actually is.

Theoretically Xperia Z1 Compact could be even smaller – the distinctive design of the current smartphones Sony with a thick metal frame is not very effective in terms of dimensions. So that the apparatus has the same dimensions as, for example, Motorola Moto X – only the last display diagonal of 4.7 inches instead of 4.3. Practically the specifics of the market is such that the Moto X in this sense, the exception rather than the rule. Let him “Sonia” and loses all other models with medium-sized and displays it wins: Z1 Compact noticeably smaller than HTC One mini, Yotaphone or Nokia Lumia 925 – and only Samsung Galaxy S4 mini little leaner.

In any case, Z1 Compact perfectly fits in any pocket and pulls him too much: the mass of the device is quite humane 135 grams – almost as much weighs much more down to earth in the sense of filling iPhone 5c. In his hand is an ideal smartphone: smoothed cut and moderate dimensions fall came in handy.

Especially for buyers Xperia Z1 Compact caring aunt Sony has prepared a surprise: this device is produced in four colors: in addition to the conservative black and white, pink and has a very special color, which in bourgeois countries will be called Lime, and called on the Russian market for some reason lemon . It was such a “lemon” and we took the test.

Color is very interesting: it is a cross between a yellow and bright green. And the particular shade is heavily dependent on the current lighting: sometimes it seems yellow, sometimes greener, sometimes more crowded – sometimes less. Overall, a very unbanal color – like almost all who are tired of the standard black-and-white-gray gadgets.

As “ordinary» Z1, compact version endowed with dust protection level IP5x (full Dust) and serious protection from water level IPx5 (protection against water jets) and IPx8 (in this case, guaranteed to a depth of five feet for 30 minutes). In short, with this device you can do underwater photography, watching cartoons in the bathroom – or simply wash with soap if you drop it in a puddle.

Most of the connectors, as in the “full» Z1, closed with plugs. On the surface of the designers left only a headphone jack. And to not constantly tugging back and forth cap connector micro-USB, better to buy a docking station – fit the same model as for the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra.

At the end of the story about the design is worth mentioning that the Z1 Compact Japanese refused to use the factory film. So that the rear and front side will be less overwritten from constant wear in your pocket. However, if there are scratches on them – it’s been around forever.

Technical characteristics

Iron and Telecom

From a hardware stuffing simple: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact fully inherited all of the iron from its larger cousin. Nothing “cut” and not prejudiced – all exactly the same as in the conventional “Z one.” The main advantages of the platform used: the highest performance processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and absolute “omnivorous” on the part of communication. Both smartphones can work in networks 2G/3G/4G virtually anywhere in the world – in this respect, only steeper iPad Air. More detail will not paint all the information about hardware can be learned from the review of Xperia Z1.

The processor is quite impossible to reproach the lack of power, even if you do not pay attention to the small size of the device. Well, if you compare with the models that have similar dimensions, and then there is nothing to talk about: compete with Xperia Z1 Compact under force unless iPhone 5s.

The same can be said about the graphics performance: Qualcomm Adreno 330 – it is not the fastest-existing adapters. Eventually, there has Adreno 420 embedded in Snapdragon 805. But this is exactly the best that can be found in smart phones with screens up to 5 inches, inclusive.

In principle, Snapdragon 800 copes with its responsibilities and smartphones with a resolution of Full HD, but still at some point there is a feeling that the processor is running at the limit. In some models, where there are problems with heat dissipation performance because of “throttling” is even a little is not enough. In Sony Z1 Compact, thanks to the high resolution of less than such feelings simply do not all and always works quickly and without hesitation. This is the question of how much needs a fast processor in a compact unit – not that necessary, but with him, believe me, life gets a little nicer.

Probably, many wonder how it feels to the processor in a compact package, does not overheat it? We understand that the processor feels great – at least, judging by the fact that it does not reduce performance even after long work under high load (and for those smartphones, where heat dissipation have problems peculiar to such reduction).

As to the temperature outside, as it is surprising, to touch Xperia Z1 Compact heated even smaller than the original Z1. In the compact version of the flagship Sony between the motherboard and the back of the battery is placed, so that the heat does not come here almost. Partly it is distributed on the insides of the smartphone. Partly – derived using graphite teormointerfeysa placed between the display (thermal interface at the same time protects the screen from overheating) and the motherboard on a metal frame, which transfers heat to the atmosphere much more efficiently than glass and plastic.


All last year, we praised Sony for design, performance and capabilities of the communication, but always blamed for one major drawback: in almost all smartphones have installed the Japanese giant mediocre displays unprecedented low contrast. We expected that the “light black stripe” runs on Xperia Z1, but that, alas, did not happen.

But now things will get better. Unlike all previous devices Sony, in the Z1 Compact pose quite decent IPS-display (and, importantly, the promise to do so in the future models). Would too bold to expect that Sony immediately explode into space and become the most-used qualitative matrix with the ideal settings. And it did not work: we still are not ready to put the display Z1 Compact perfectly confine rated “four-plus”. Plus – her efforts, it’s still a huge improvement compared to what it was before.

In detail, the situation is as follows. The matrix has a resolution of 1280×720 at a diagonal of 4.3 inches – dot density is about 340 ppi, but more than enough to separate the point you could see only raising a display directly to the eyes. About the lack of Full HD experience is definitely not worth it: at this size screen from a higher resolution would be some trouble.

Maximum white luminance field approaching 470 cd/m2 – this also is sufficient, even for work in bright sunlight. Especially that the display is equipped with a polarizing filter that reduces the intensity of illumination. Air gap between the glass and between the protective matrix no, that also has a positive effect on the anti-glare properties. But in the glass has an oleophobic coating – so that the fingerprint glass slowly collects and cleans quickly.

Contrast is not a record, but quite decent: about 650:1. In conjunction with all the above useful additives it is enough that the picture on the display looked faded under any circumstances. It should be noted that there can not be disabled Z1 Compact system image optimization, which reduces the level of illumination in the event that the display is dominated by black color – in this case the level of luminosity of the black field is reduced from 0.7 cd/m2 with a little incomplete to 0.4 cd/m2. So if we measure the contrast with the screens, completely drenched in black and white, you can already intends 1200:1. However, this is false, and because the white dots on such a “darkened” screen will glow only half of the maximum.

Color gamut significantly wider than the standard color space sRGB, so that the color is slightly oversaturated. However, not so much – to characteristic “cartoon» AMOLED far here.

Very good white balance, as well as the temperature of grayscale. There are still some nuances, but when compared to the same macabre horror that was a year ago in Xperia Z, it’s just a completely different level.

Ranges are still far from the standard, so that the image on the display a little distorted – sometimes halftone fade so that you lose all the nuances. And if earlier, in general, was more or less clear why the range configured so strange – so the Japanese were trying to compensate for the fundamental flaws of the matrices used, now it’s kind of like nowhere.

In general, there are still shortcomings, and if we compare the image on the monitors Z1 Compact and lying next to her LG G2 or iPhone 5s, their quite easy to see. At the same time, when compared with the Xperia Z and Xperia Z1 progress is quite obvious. We’ve been waiting for this – and it’s finally happened: Sony smartphones now put quite decent displays. Hooray!


As for the camera, then Xperia Z1 Compact used exactly the same module, and a 5-inch Xperia Z1. Recall, it consists of a 20-megapixel sensor Sony Exmor RS size 1/2” and 3-aperture optics Sony G-series with a focal length of 27 mm and a relative aperture of ƒ / 2,0. Autofocus and LED flash, of course, attached – without this smartphone is already a level anywhere.

All program Supplements – overlaying the picture objects augmented reality, image recognition (InfoEye) and so on – also remained in place. We will not tell everything in detail, because we have done this in the review Xperia Z1. Of the features inherent in purely Xperia Z1 Compact, unless it can be noted that not a very comfortable camera button: it is smaller than the original Z1, and more taut. So do not push it so convenient – sometimes due to excessive force, which has to be applied to the button is smeared.

Unfortunately, Sony has not managed to get the camera software to a new level. Probably, the problem is that programmers still a goal to make the maximum rate of the camera – and it really takes very quickly. Each frame takes much less time than when shooting Samsung smartphones or – especially – LG, we have taken for comparison. But here’s the quality … It still leaves much to be desired.

Even when shooting in relatively comfortable conditions, when light is sufficient, Z1 and Z1 Compact removed is not as good as “Koreans” – which, as we have recently learned, in turn significantly inferior “to the Finns.”

Detailing all right, but the colors are often distorted: towards “cooling” – that is, images and more bluish greenish than necessary. A lot of noise in the pictures, and the decline of field at the edges of the frame, perhaps a record – in the bad sense of the word.

Another problem – the picture quality not stable. Autofocus often misses, processing also not entirely predictable – in a series of shots almost always differ from each other. And sometimes the best results are obtained with the help of “The best auto-tuning”, and sometimes – in the “Manual”. And guess which of them fit at the moment, it is difficult – after all, “The best auto-tuning” is an automatic choice between different scene modes (including HDR and night mode). Sometimes automatic program selects true, but sometimes makes mistakes.

The bitter irony is that the vast majority of flagship smartphones equipped with matrices Sony – only by the Japanese manage to make the most of its potential is far less than the Koreans (and again the Finns).

We can not say that the camera is absolutely worthless, it is not – it is, in principle, not bad. Just expect more from her, but she can do better, if we talk about iron – but all fairly soft spoils. In addition, competitors camera is better. Except for the rate of – in this respect Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact very good: as long as your friend will aim their LG G2, you have time to take several shots. True, some of them are almost guaranteed to not produce. Would still tighten quality Japanese …


Of course, it would be great if the Japanese have managed to reduce the body even without changes in battery capacity. But miracles do not happen – the battery still occupy a lot of space, which is inside Xperia Z1 Compact is much less than in 5-inch devices. “Compact” battery capacity was 8.7 Wh (2300 mAh, 3.8 V), which is significantly less than 11.4 Wh at full Z1.

Maybe it’s not so much, but definitely more than can fit in smartphones comparable in size: the same HTC One mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 mini equipped with batteries 1800 and 1900 mAh, not to mention the iPhone 5s, which accounts for satisfied with the battery on 1560 mA · h

Anyway, taking into account the less spacious (and hence less voracious) display it is enough for a normal life. In the test when playing HD-video even managed to have a smartphone to surprise: he stayed on a single charge for more than 11 hours. Display brightness was set to maximum – of course she declined because the system image optimization (in our test sequence has many dark scenes). But, on the other hand, light on dark images reduced in almost all smartphones. So the result is still quite prominent.

Of course, if used at full processor (a test suite AnTuTu battery test and does), then the battery is empty faster. Miracles do not happen, low battery capacity is not able to feed the long powerful processor, including if it accelerates to its maximum.

In practice, such a high power consumption will be achieved except in games and, to a lesser extent, in navigation applications. Under normal everyday loads smartphone survive without charging long enough – here is to focus more on the results obtained in the test with HD-video playback.


Many people already rather tired of continuous and endless “spades.” But the choice they still almost did not offer. Rather, the choice was roughly as follows. Do not want a giant smartphone? Well then, here’s that anyhow anyhow with any filling – we call it “mini”, we cut a lot of things there, but you do not pay attention. Do not like it? That’s because a downer – Go and buy iPhone, times so smart, just back off from us, for God’s sake. And iPhone is also not everyone likes – for different reasons: some on it too “close” to someone he seems too jaded, pathetic, someone – too expensive.

Now there is an alternative, and a very good alternative. In Xperia Z1 has everything that you could wish for: processor – powerful communication – fast and worldwide display – quality, battery – LP, the camera – not without flaws, but quick-and generally still decent. Plus with this smartphone can swim (maybe it’s not such a significant plus, but as a nice bonus – completely), and the sizes are really very small. Add to this a user-friendly software – and now, perhaps, the best smart phone, which can be operated with one hand. Though the left, though, right. In short, all the weary “spades” recommend.


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