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CES: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact looks to rival the iPhone 5S

Firm also unveils Sony Core fitness tracking device in Las Vegas
Tue Jan 07 2014, 03:03

LAS VEGAS: JAPANESE HARDWARE MAKER Sony unwrapped the Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone during its CES press conference on Monday.

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is a scaled-down version of the company's flagship Xperia Z1 smartphone, but the firm has been keen to stuff it full of the same high-end specifications.

The handset arrives powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip that is the force behind its 4.3in Triluminous HD display.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

High-end specifications continue throughout the rest of the device. On the rear there's a 20.7MP Exmor RS camera, which is coupled with Sony's custom photography software and Augmented Reality features. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact also packs a 2,300mAh battery and support for 4G LTE, and just like its high-end sibling, the handset is resistant to dust, scratches and water.

Sony's Xperia Transfer software is also included, which the firm claims makes it easy to switch from an iPhone.

Sony Mobile president Kunimasa Suzuki said, "We've taken the power of the Xperia Z1 and we have made it smaller without compromising on features. The Xperia Z1 Compact houses all of the power of the flagship [Xperia] Z1."

Sony will launch the Xperia Z1 Compact globally in February, but has not announced pricing. Sony also announced Lifelog today, an Android app that acts as a fitness tracker.

The firm gave us a glimpse of the Sony Core, a USB-stick sized tracking device, and the Sony Smartband that houses it, which will pair with the Lifelog app. These gadgets will be available this spring.

Check back soon for our Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on review. µ

 

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