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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact packs big power in small frame

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Sony has made some pretty powerful phones, but they haven’t exactly made them friendly for smaller pockets. It’s flagship phone, the Xperia Z1, has an impressive spec sheet with a 5-inch screen, so Sony took the internals of the powerful phone and put it in a smaller, 4.3-inch body. That is the gist of the aptly named Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.

For such a small frame, the specs of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact feel like a big deal. It’s powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and is kept running by a 2,300mAh battery. Though it shrinks down in most aspects, it beefs up a little in thickness from the original Z1, measuring just a millimeter thicker. The Xperia Z1 has LTE and NFC capabilities and it sports the same impressive 20MP camera with f/2.0 G Lens and BIONZ processor that its bigger, older brother has. 

The screen on the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact takes a little bit of a drop with it’s 720p resolution, but the IPS LCD display should improve viewing angles and make up for the pixel count shortcomings.

Sony promises the Xperia Z1 Compact will cost less than the Xperia Z1, meaning consumers can access the best aspects of Sony’s flagship phone without paying the premium for it. No official price or release date has been announced yet, though an international release is planned for next month.