Wednesday , March 29 2017

CES 2014 — Sony announces the Xperia Z1 Compact, coming to Australia in April


Sony today confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in recent months – a smaller, “mini” version of its flagship Xperia Z1 (which we rather liked) is coming. It’s called the Xperia Z1 Compact, and it brings the headline features from its big brother into a 4.3 inch device.

The big draw card for the Z1 Compact is that it doesn’t compromise on specs for its smaller form factor, a trend many of us at Ausdroid have been lamenting for the past couple of years. The main changes for the form factor are a 720p display in place of the Z1’s 1080p, and a 2300 mAh battery in place of the Z1’s 3000 mAh. Everything else about the Z1 remains intact, including its 20 MP camera and waterproof housing.

Making one final point of differentiation from the original, the Z1 Compact will be offered in 4 colours – white, black, green and pink. We don’t know if all of those colours will make it to Australian shelves though, and unfortunately it seems that the sexy purple colour that defined the Z, Z1 and Z Ultra is a thing of the past.

It also seems likely that the Z1 Compact will maintain compatibility with Sony’s accessory range, both NFC-based and those using the left edge connector seen on the Z1 and Z Ultra in 2013.


The device hasn’t been listed on Sony’s Australian site yet, but the company has advised that the Z1 Compact will be exclusive to Telstra for 60 days after launch, which it anticipates will be April – a few months later than its US launch, and it’s worth remembering that the Z1 f has been on sale in Japan for a while.

You can sign up on Telstra’s “Keep Informed” page to receive news about the device closer to launch. A specific launch date and price are yet to be provided.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Z1 Compact does in 4 months’ time, given that we’re expecting to see new devices launched by Samsung and HTC in the intervening months. Perhaps Sony’s hoping to see the Z1 Compact compete in a different class, away from the 5-inch flagships. It’s definitely got the technical pedigree to hold its own in a distinct “compact” class.

If you’re not a fan of Sony’s Android skin, remember that the Z Ultra saw a recent release as a Google Play Edition device, leading to stock Android ports for both it and the Z1. It’s also possible that we’ll see a CyanogenMod port for the Z1 Compact at some point in the future, given the CM team’s history of supporting Sony hardware.


  • 4.3″ 720p LCD “Triluminous” display
  • 2.2 Ghz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage (12GB usable), microSD up to 64 GB
  • 20.7 MP rear camera, 2 MP front
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • UMTS HSPA+ 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz (Bands V, VIII, IV, II, I)
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20
  • Android 4.3
  • 2300 mAh battery
  • 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm, 137 grams
Source: Sony Global.

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

  • And the display is…. drumroll… IPS! Well done Sony, in so many ways with this phone.

  • JeniSkunk

    Jason, what about the purple colour? What happened to it?

    • rend2688

      There never was a purple colour available. The Z1f, Japanese version of the Compact, which has been out since December, was released in the same 4 colours: Black, White, Lime and Pink.

  • Ben Freke

    According to Gizmodo it will be available in February, not 4 months time. I couldn’t find a reference to a release date in the linked article either?

  • rend2688

    Press release lists Feb as release date. As Ben posted earlier, where is AUS release time frame mentioned?

    • @rend2688:disqus can check out the Telstra Post about availability in April here :

      • c3vzn

        What the…I’m not waiting till April for this. Hopefully Kogan or someone sells it next month.

        • JeniSkunk

          MobiCity will likely be one of the first to sell it outright, before Telstra.
          But expect to pay a premium for getting it early.

          • Sean Royce

            Mobicity is always first off the mark.

      • rend2688

        Thanks for the link!

        Hope its released sim free earlier than that, from the likes of Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, Mobileciti, JB etc. And of course Sony themselves.

        Otherwise a purchase from Clove/Handtec or a HK Ebay seller may be in order!

  • Chris Watson

    Great to see Australian confirmation, this will likely be my next phone. But I don’t wish to wait till April

    • pdffs


      Telstra needs a couple of months to pack the firmware with bloat. I’ve been waiting for this to launch for months already, and April really is longer than I can wait to replace my current phone that’s on it’s last legs 🙁

      Here’s hoping for Handtec or Clove stock in Feb…

      • JeniSkunk

        And until Hell$tra are finished weighing down this phone with their bloat, they will not let it be “officially approved for use on Australian networks.

        • kjmci

          Why would a decision by Telstra have any bearing on whether or not Optus, Vodafone or an MVNO could launch a phone?

          • JeniSkunk

            Because of how the rules are set up. Phones have to be approved by the majors, before they can legally be used on Australian phone networks.

            What would not surprise me in the least would be to learn that Android phones which the majors cannot ‘customize’ (stuff full of their bloatware and lock down against connedsumers), will fail to be ‘approved’.

          • kjmci

            Telstra approves phones for use on Telstra’s network. Vodafone approves phones for Vodafone’s network. Optus approves phones for Optus’ network. MVNOs, if they sell handsets, approve phones for use on their own networks.

            So again, a decision Telstra makes has no bearing on whether Optus, Vodafone or an MVNO launch a phone on their own networks.

            Not to mention Mobicity and other grey-market importers bring phones in all the time

            How do you explain the Optus HTC G1 launched by Optus? Or the HTC Magic, Nexus One and Nexus S launched by Vodafone? What about the GALAXY Nexus launched by all three majors?

            You’re clearly jaded and your comments on Ausdroid reflect that. But let me tell you that spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt doesn’t help your “cause” (whatever it may be). It only serves to make you look hyperbolic and inflammatory.

          • pdffs

            Except that Telstra has an exclusive on the Xperia Z1 Compact, according to their press release, so no other local carriers will be getting stock. It will be grey imports, or wait until April.

            I’ve just placed a pre-order with Handtec, who should get stock when it’s available in Feb in the UK.

  • Joshua Hill

    Unfortunately by the time this launches in Australia it will have compromised specs as Sony are already talking about a release for their next flagship smartphone with better hardware specs for February.

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