Nexus 7 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact – Best Specs and Price Comparison

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Google’s famous Nexus series has always been compared with Sony’s own flagship series, Xperia. The Nexus is always a competition for the Xperia, so today we thought we would compare another pair of ‘archenemies’ to figure out the differences between them and which one would be worth the buy. The Nexus 7 is a very well-liked mid-sized tablet, while the Xperia Z1 Compact has the characteristics of a tablet, but it comes in a smartphone format. Keep reading for a full specs comparison.

Nexus 7

The processor that powers the Nexus 7 is paired up with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chipset and it works at 1.5 GHz. The graphics chip included in the package is an Andreno 320 (working at 300 MHz) which guarantees for a smooth, trouble-free performance. The tablet supports 2GB of RAM and it can be purchased with two options of internal storage: 16GB and 32GB.

The display featured on the Google device measures 7.2 inches and can render a screen resolution (HD) of 1920 x 1200 pixels. The pixel density of the screen is of 323 ppi. The device comes with multiple connectivity possibilities like NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Also, by using a SIM card from any telecom service provider, you can use LTE, HSPA+ and GSM networks on your device.

Regarding the camera specs, we can see that the tablet comes with a 5MP main camera and a 1.2MP secondary camera. As for battery, the device houses a 3950 mAh battery unit. An interesting fact about the battery is that you can charge it wirelessly and the recharge will give you 9 hours of talking time. Another feature that might interest you is that Asus (the manufacturer of Nexus 7) has equipped the tablet with the surround sound feature on its speakers.

The price range varies on what internal storage capacity you choose: If you’re going with 16 GB, then the Nexus 7 is priced at $205.96. If on the contrary, you’d like more internal memory (32 GB), then the price for this version is of $220.00.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

We have smartphones, we have tablets, we have phablets and there is… the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. It might as well be given another name than smartphone, since the device comes with tablet features and a spectacular camera. The main camera has 20.7MP which would already be great, but it also has features like: photo clicking capabilities, the BIONZ image processing engine and G-Lens. Even if the conditions are not that great, the Xperia Z1 Compact promises to shoot a high quality photo.

This device has an obviously smaller display measuring 4.3 inches that has a higher pixel ratio than the Nexus 7, of 342 ppi.

As for hardware, we can see that Sony equipped its device with a Qualcomm original quad core processor. To help ensure a smooth experience, the device also has an Adreno graphics chip and a RAM capacity of 2GB. Interesting enough, Sony improved on the location capabilities of the device with A-GPS and GLONASS support. We find that the device is quite heavy, at 137 g, considering its small dimensions.

This device also provides multiple connectivity options like Bluetooth, Wi-Direct, Wi-Fi and NFC. As for networks, we can see that the handset has available 2G, 3G and 4G networks. The operating system for the Xperia Z1 Compact is the Android Jelly Bean OS, which Sony wants to upgrade to Android KitKat. The price of the device is $423.98.


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