Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs. Sony Xperia Z2 – Specifications and Pricing Comparison

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Keeping in tune with the demands of the smartphone segment, manufacturers have been increasing the screen size at a rapid pace in the last few years.

Ironically, this has also resulted in demand for phones with smaller screen sizes so that they would be comfortable to hold. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is one of the first phones from Sony to take advantage of this demand. The Xperia Z2, meanwhile, is the company’s latest flagship.


The Xperia Z2 is a device that builds on its predecessor, in every possible way. It is one of the best looking phones, if not the best, in the market today. The extensive use of plastic in phones from manufacturers like Samsung has resulted in the demand for phones like the Xperia Z2 growing. The outer shell of the phone is almost made entirely from glass and metal. This provides the premium feel that can be matched only by a handful of phones in the market. It is not only great to look at, but also good to hold as well.


The Xperia Z1 Compact, meanwhile, provides a 4.3 inch display and this drastically contributes to its reduction in size. It is not hugely different from the Xperia Z1, in terms of features, like thickness, but the use of this smaller display makes a huge difference in the overall dimensions. The Xperia Z2 comes with a 5.2 inch display that has full HD resolution. Resolution is compromised on the Xperia Z1 Compact since it comes with only a 720p display. Owing to the small size, this resolution will be more than enough, to handle high-quality content.


The content is accessed from the internal memory or external memory since the phone supports both. Internal memory will be a standard 16 GB on both the Xperia Z1 Compact and the Xperia Z2. However, the memory card support extends to 128 GB in the case of the Xperia Z2 and 64 GB with regard to the Xperia Z1 Compact. Given the ever-decreasing prices of memory cards, it would not be surprising to see the device feature large amount of content.


Accessing a large amount of content is hard work, but the Xperia Z2 is equipped with a Qualcomm snapdragon processor that is clocked at 2.3 GHz. This quad core unit comes from the 801 range, which is the latest. The Xperia Z1 Compact uses the older 800 version of snapdragon processors. Further, the quad core units are also clocked at a slightly lower 2.2 GHz. Both devices, however, are supported by the same graphics processing unit, Adreno 330.


Battery life is substantially better on the Xperia Z2 due to a very large 3200 mAh battery. In fact, this remains as one of the best performing devices in battery tests. The Xperia Z1 Compact uses a 2300 mAh battery, but it should be sufficient, given its smaller screen size.

The Xperia Z1 Compact is available for around $420 while the Xperia Z2 retails at just under $600.

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