Mobile phone companies are never reluctant to attract more customers by producing smaller versions of a main model. Examples are HTC 1 Mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. These ‘mini’ phones are for people reluctant to spend large amounts and Sony is now entering this row. The company has launched the smaller version of their leading model Xperia Z-1. The new phone was presented at the international Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014) in Las Vegas. The Sony Xperia Z-1 maintains most features of the mother phone. Besides adding the word ‘mini’ to the name, most companies do not add many specifications of the mother phone to their smaller versions. ‘Sony’ is bringing a change to this practice.
Features like CPU, camera, memory, water proof, NFC, 4G have been maintained in the ‘compact’ model. The only differences are in screen size, display and battery. The model is 4.3 inch long. Its display (341 ppi) is Triluminous HD (720 p). The Xperia Z-1 model has a display of 5-inch full HD (1920 X 1080 pixels). Yet the ‘compact’ model camera is capable of capturing a full HD video.
Like the main model, the compact one has 2.2 GHz qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. Though the phone has a RAM of 2 GB, GPU Adreno 330 and works in the operating system Android 4.3 Jellybean, Sony promises to change to the latest version of 4.4 KitKat in weeks. The device has an inbuilt memory of 16 GB extended up to 64 GB with a microSD card. Another main attraction is a 20.7 mega pixel camera. There are no other leading companies with ‘mini’ models of above 8 megapixel cameras. In fact the model’s camera resembles that of a Sony camera in features. External camera lenses can be fitted to it. The front camera is 2 mega pixel. While the Z-1 has a 3000 mAh battery, the ‘compact’ model has a 2300 mAh one.
The phone with dimensions of 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 weighs 137 gram and is available in black, white, pink and lime colours. The device can withstand immersion in water as deep as one metre for 30 minutes. Hence it is water and dust proof. Sony has not yet given a clue about the phone which is expected to hit the international market next month. On Indian online stores, the Z-1 model costs INR 38,990. The ‘compact’ model will definitely cost less than this but up to what extent is yet to be seen. Sony’s official press statement describes the phone as ‘pocket-fitting’, not just in size but also in terms of price, observes the tech world. The ‘compact’ model will be a challenge to Apple’s iPhone in Europe. With regard to pixel density and camera, the ‘compact’ model fares better than latest iPhone models. Taking into consideration the price of iPhone, Sony is sure to create tough competition.