After months of rumors and speculation (and drooling) over when Sony would bring the Japan-exclusive Xperia Z1f to the international market, the company has finally revealed the mini powerhouse at a press conference at CES, under the title Xperia Z1 Compact. The smaller-sized twin of the Xperia Z1 is waterproof and will be launched in Europe in mid-February in pink, lime, black and white color options – it will cost EUR 550, and a stateside launch will follow soon after, likely at a similar price tag.
As expected, the Xperia Z1 Compact retains the premium internals of the bigger Z1 underneath the 4.3-inch 720p TRILUMINOUS and X-Reality screen. It’s powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM, which coupled with the 720p display make it one of the fastest phones out there. There’s a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera with f2.0 aperture and Sony’s G Lens on the rear, 32GB of storage expandable via microSD slot, LTE connectivity, and a 2,300 mAh battery to keep things going. Sadly, it’s still running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (naturally with Sony’s customization on top), but hopefully an update to Android 4.4 KitKat will follow soon.
T-Mobile will be carrying the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact when the device launches in the coming months; there’s no word on whether Sony has managed to court other carriers into offering its devices to consumers, so for the moment it seems you’ll have to be a T-Mobile subscriber if you’d like to pick up the Xperia Z1 Compact under contract.