CES 2014: Sony launches Xperia Z1 Compact

Waterproof mini launched at Consumer Electronics Show

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CES 2014: Sony launches Xperia Z1 Compact The Z1 Compact comes with a solid one-piece aluminum frame and the front is made of durable tempered glass.
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By  Stephen McBride Published  January 7, 2014

Sony Mobile launched the Xperia Z1 Compact at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 in Las Vegas.

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The waterproof smartphone is a mini version of Sony's flagship Xperia Z1 model and made from the same components as the electronics vendor's compact digital cameras. A feature called Superior Auto is designed to ensure optimal camera settings, even in low-light conditions.

Users who switch allegiance from another handset vendor will be able to move contacts, music, photos, messages and apps with the Xperia Transfer app.

Like its parent model the Z1 Compact is IP55- and IP58-certified, which means it is protected against dust and is water to a high degree. Provided that all the covers for the micro USB port, the micro SIM slot and the memory card slot are firmly closed, the phone will stay protected against low pressure jets of water from "all practicable directions", according to Sony, and can be kept under 1.5 metres of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

The Z1 Compact comes with a solid one-piece aluminum frame and the front is made of durable tempered glass. The screen is a 4.3-inch Triluminos display and the model comes in a range of colours. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-core 2.2GHz processor, carries 2GB of RAM, and feeds off a 2300mAh battery. Battery Stamina Mode helps maximise power life. The handset also supports LTE connectivity.

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Xperia Z1 Compact is built with the same components as Sony's compact digital cameras. It combines a large 1/2.3-inch 20.7 MP Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, Sony's own G Lens, and intelligent BIONZ for mobile image processing engine. The setup is designed to allow close zoom, action shots and low-light shooting without loss of image clarity. With Superior Auto as the camera default mode, Xperia Z1 Compact "allows everyone to become a camera pro", Sony claims. The onboard camera uses intelligent scene-recognition technology to ensure optimal settings.

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