We won’t say better late than never, because in this case it’s about high time! Sony has finally released the Xperia Z1 Compact in the US, making the mini flagship available unlocked but only through its online store. Perhaps a bit too late as there already rumors about an Xperia Z3 Compact, completely skipping over a still non-existent Xperia Z2 Compact.
Sony is a well-known Android OEM even in the US, but it doesn’t seem to be too eager to cater to the country’s market. It’s devices don’t always launch on time together with other key smartphone markets. And even so, this case of the Xperia Z1 Compact is almost too extreme. The smartphone was unveiled early January at CES 2014 and has been available in markets around the world. In the meantime, the Xperia Z2 has been revealed, though it too has yet to hit the US market. Six months later, the Xperia Z1 Compact finally lands, but truth be told, it is still a tempting option, if you don’t factor in the timetable.
Although it bares the name of a previous generation flagship, the Xperia Z1 Compact is, as the community so enthusiastically put it, still king of the mini flagships. It towers over larger and newer devices like the HTC One mini 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini, as you can see in our side by side by side comparison of the three. A high-end processor, 2 GB of RAM, a handy and manageable size, and official support for unlocking the bootloader, what is there not to like? Well, the one thing that probably mars this almost perfect mini smartphone is the not so mini price tag, as Sony is selling it with a $549.99 price tag on its web store, available in black, white, and, surprisingly, pink.
Those considering whether to get this smartphone, however, will most likely be caught in limbo due to recent rumors. Sony has promised to refresh its flagship twice a year, and the Xperia Z2’s time will soon be up. But together with a the Xperia Z3, there are also leaks of a Xperia Z3 Compact, which seems to be ready to be unveiled at the same time. With the unexplained absence of a Xperia Z2 Compact and the shadow of an Xperia Z3 Compact, buyers are likely to be left undeciced. But if you do want something now and can live with your decision even after those two minis are revealed, then the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is definitely something worth considering.