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xperia z1 compact

Sony has pulled the wrappers off its much–rumoured new Xperia Z1 smartphone at this year’s CES bash in Las Vegas. The new phone comes in a smaller package, but still manages to cram in the same impressive specs as its bigger bro'.

Unlike so-called ‘mini’ versions of top-end devices offered by Samsung and HTC, the only changes Sony has made is with the Z1 Compact’s screen size. It drops down to a still decent 4.3-inches.

That, Sony reckons, has helped it create a new segment: ‘the premium compact Android smartphone’. That’s somewhat debatable, but there’s no denying this device has got skills.

It has the same 20.7 megapixel camera as the Z1, as well as the larger device's waterproof build. There’s the same BIONZ image processing engine too and a vast suite of dedicated camera apps that mean you can ditch your compact snapper for good.

4G and a quad-core processor come as standard, while Sony reckons the battery will best similar-sized smartphones. We’ll see about that once we’ve had a proper play.

Sony says the Xperia Z1 Compact will get a global launch in February. Pricing is yet to be confirmed.

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