Nowadays, big screen phones have become normal, this is thanks in large part to the work of the Galaxy Note, but it is a story that has been told. Today, we are going to talk about another story, with the “protagonist” being a tiny rebel in the reign of giants.
When the Note series makes the big screen a trend, there are still small smartphones, but they are usually quite low-profile. What if you want a flagship in a slim body?
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact when released in 2014, a time when smartphones were getting bigger and bigger, its small stature and big ambitions have surprised and amused many people. Basically, the Z1 Compact is a miniature version of the flagship Xperia Z1. Surprisingly, the device has not lost too many functions. Unlike the Galaxy S4 mini, the mini S5 and the HTC One mini, which are just as small and carry the name of the super product, they are actually mid-range devices “disguised” as small flagships.
S4 mini vs Z1 Compact vs HTC One mini
The Z1 Compact measures 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm and weighs 137g, compared to the Z1 of 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm and 170g. Given these dimensions, the phone deserves the nickname “Compact.” And note that it’s not a “mini,” which carries the connotations of a smaller phone – not just in stature but in stature. also about ability.
Xperia is different. It uses the same Snapdragon 800 chipset as its “big brother” and comes with a similar memory configuration – 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. Although small, there is still enough room for a microSD card slot and 3.5mm headphone jack, something that many large smartphones today leave because of “lack of space”.
So how is the Z1 Compact different from the Z1? That is the screen. Sony has shrunk the Z1’s 5.0 ”screen down to 4.3” on the Z1 Compact. The resolution also changes, 1080p to 720p, which reduces sharpness, but at that size, the pixel density is still huge, and so does the overall quality.
Sony has done so in part thanks to its Bravia TV division. The Z1 Compact has a Triluminos screen, which works differently from a regular LCD screen. Blue backlight is combined with red and green quantum dots to create RGB trio. The light emitted by the dots is superior to the light of traditional LCD screens – Triluminos truly competes with OLED rather than LCD.
The camera had a fairly large 20.7MP Exmor RS (1 / 2.3 ”) sensor at the time and it was behind the Sony G lens. For comparison, the giant Nokia Lumia 1520 had a 20MP 1/2 sensor. , 5 ”. Xperia also has the “BIONZ for mobile” image processor, technology adapted from Sony digital cameras.
G Lens has an f / 2.0 aperture, compared to f / 2.4 on a Lumia and f / 2.2 on a Galaxy S5 for example – and the image processor boasts a proprietary noise reduction algorithm. The hard shutter button became a trademark of the Xperia series because it was something that was rare even in 2014.
Another advantage is water resistance. The tiny Xperia Z1 Compact has an IP58 / IPX5 rating, just like the larger Z1 version. It can withstand a depth of 1.5 meters and shoots underwater.
The body is machined from a single block of aluminum, sandwiched between two tempered glass panels. The simple lines of the design are pretty nice, and you can go for Pink or Lime if the standard White and Black looks too boring.
Another thing that has changed is the battery – Sony can only equip 2,300 mAh for the Compact version. However, the battery life of the Z1 Compact is slightly better than that of the Z1 despite its 3,000 mAh battery. This is because the screen is small and has a lower resolution and the screen is the most draining of the battery on a smartphone.
The Z1 Compact also supports very good entertainment, with a microUSB port that supports MHL for wired TV output, and it also has DLNA and Miracast for wireless screen mirroring. If you have a Bravia TV, simply touch your phone to the remote and it will automatically connect and share your screen with the TV.
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact was one of the best Android phones of its time, regardless of size. Water resistance was very rare on smartphones at that time and the camera usually only had a 12-16MP resolution. Compared to the “mini” versions of other Android brands, the Z1 Compact was completely superior, and it even looked attractive compared to the iPhone 5s, which was the other small flagship on the market at the time (this was before Apple. start increasing the screen size with iPhone 6).
From the Z1 Compact, Sony created many subsequent versions, with the first model released just a few months later, the screen size increased to 4.6 ”while the body size remained the same. Anyway, the same height and width, the Z3 Compact is thinner and lighter. The battery is increased by 300mAh while the audio hardware is upgraded to stereo speakers.
This means that the Z1C victory is short-lived – the phone is great, but it’s like a “rehearsal” for the Z3C. However, the two Compacts still have a loyal following and it looks like this could be a niche for Sony, a niche that no other manufacturer can compete with.
However, it seems that Sony has failed. The recently launched Xperia 5 II is a bit too large to be called a spiritual successor to the Compact. Will small smartphones still exist in the future? With new technologies aimed at increasing the screen size according to users’ needs, such as hidden cameras, or folding screens, it seems that a small phone has been obscured by the shadow of giants. Do you find yourself in need of a small smartphone?
References: GSMArena, TheVerge, AndroidCentral