Saturday , October 21 2017

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact goes up for pre-order at Mobicity – will cost you more than a full size Z1

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With features that almost match its larger sibling, the Z1 Compact caused a stir when announced at CES last month and while it’s due in Australia as a Telstra exclusive in April, Mobicity have just opened up pre-orders for the Z1 Compact on their website.

Available to pre-order in four colours – Pink, Lime and of course Black and White – the Z1 Compact is unfortunately not compact in price, at least at the moment – sometimes the price drops as the stock availability draws near – with Mobicity asking for $729.95 + postage to pre-order. That price makes it a full $80 more than ordering the full Xperia Z1 LTE, which Mobicity are currently selling for $649.95 + postage.

While the full size Z1 comes with a 5″ 1080P display and a 3,000mAh battery and the Z1 Compact which comes with a 4.3″ 720P display and 2300mAh battery, the Z1 Compact is a pretty full featured smartphone. All the features of the full sized Z1, including the same 20.7MP Exmor RS image sensor and G Lens, with BIONZ image processing for image stabilisation and full IP55/IP58 Ingress Protection to guard against dust and water.

There’s no exact date for shipping, although Mobicity are hoping to have more details on availability by the end of this week. If you’re deadset on the Z1 Compact, then head over to the Mobicity website.

 
Source: Mobicity.

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34 Comments on "Sony Xperia Z1 Compact goes up for pre-order at Mobicity – will cost you more than a full size Z1"

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vijay alapati
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vijay alapati

will buy this for my girl on her birthday after couple of months when the price gets reduced and being sold by local carriers 🙂

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Yup.
Don’t need to preorder. When it arrives, there wont be a problem buying it.
Don’t need it on day one. Wait a month and the price will drop.
A bit of calmness and self restraint and things will work out.

Fred
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Fred

Hmm, I think if I wanted a 720p, 4.5″ish phone – I’d be getting the MotoG for ~$250 (a third the price). Or if I were particularly needing 4G, it would be a Nexus 5 (two thirds the price).

People really need to start holding companies with silly price expectations to account. There is no excuse for prices greater than $500-$550.

Joshua Hill
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Joshua Hill

2 days battery life for z1 compact vs can’t even get through a day N5. That’s worth a premium IMO.

mike
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mike

Well you clearly don’t understand the specs and engineering involved. I agree that it is fairly pricey, but when you think of things that other phones have yet to achieve – waterproofing, 20meg camera etc – add that to the specs you get, and you realise that you’re confusing size of screen with internal capabilities. Which is exactly what makes this phone great.

Fred
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Fred

Sigh.

YOU don’t understand how the BoM add up. Take a look at some of the breakdowns, and how the component costs stack up. The reason for the high cost is a high (and unacceptable) profit margin attempt by Sony.

Joshua Hill
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Joshua Hill

Sigh, what Josh said. Don’t be so patronising, especially when your blatantly wrong by completely ignoring R & D costs. Rememeber the BOM cost for Moto X and the huge difference between retail. Now Moto sold a lot in the USA yet they lost money again. How come they’re not turning big profits if BOM is all we need to consider?

Josh
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Josh

I’m sorry but just cost of goods aren’t the only thing. There RnD costs, testing costs, prototype costs and manufacturing costs. Just because of the pieces of the phone add up to $200-$300 doesn’t mean thats what it cost to make a phone.

pdffs
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pdffs

I don’t understand why people expect this phone to be cheaper than the full-sized Z1, considering it’s brand new, IPS and all the internals are the same.

JeniSkunk
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JeniSkunk

Because the Z1 Compact is smaller than the Z1, and the Compact has lower specs in certain areas than the Z1.

pdffs
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pdffs

Smaller is actually *harder* from an engineering viewpoint – packing everything from the massive Z1 into the Z1 Compact is impressive. The battery costs basically nothing, and the screen, whilst lower resolution (which only makes sense, because it’s smaller physically) is actually higher quality than the Z1. I’d expect them to be roughly equivalently priced if they were both released at the same time. Now, the Z1 is 6 months old, and the Compact is actually cheaper from reasonable retailers.

Sean Royce
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Sean Royce

Agreed pdffs.

Phil
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Phil

Mobicity, the most overpriced grey market shop ever.

Joshua Hill
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Joshua Hill

Agreed. I seem to remember the Moto X was $800 – $900 from Mobicity at release. So $700 odd makes me hopeful that other shops like Kogan might sell this at closer to $500 at some stage.

Chris
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We’re not beholden to MobiCity; if any other importers are selling the Z1 Compact, let us know and we’ll post on it. Idle complaints about MobiCity’s pricing aren’t really productive for anyone.

Sean Royce
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Sean Royce

I’ve never had problems with mobicity. They might be a little pricey, but it’s a great site.

jason
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jason

Not sure how the camera can offset the screen and battery…especially in terms of pricing margins.

Will be curious as to how the two compare.

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