Sony_Xperia_Z1_Compact_vs_Z1 (1)One of the highlights of this year's Consumer Electronic Show held in Las Vegas earlier this month was the launch of the Sony's new Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone -  a wholly new slant on the 'mini' version phenomenon.

You see, unlike many mini or smaller smartphones, it doesn't lose out on any specs compared to its bigger sibling the Z1. Sony have managed to cram in the same features and capabilities of the bigger Xperia Z1 into a very pocket-compatible mobile phone. The main difference of course is the size, the Z1 Compact has a 4.3-inch screen compared to the 5-inch screen of the Z1. The Z1 Compact is also slightly thicker but only by 1mm and as it boasts such a decent processor and camera, it's easy to see the reason why.

Like the Z1, the Z1 Compact is a seriously robust smartphone. The Triluminos display is both shatter proof and resistant to scratches and the entire handset is water resistant up to 1 meter and dust proof. A recent report revealed that 19% of people had dropped their smartphone down the toilet, so clearly a handset which can withstand water and knocks is an advantage.

The Z1 Compact comes in the usual colourways of black and white as well as more vibrant choices of lime and pink. Inside, it also impresses with a 2.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor alongside 2GB of RAM. The in-built memory is a decent 16GB and thanks to a micro-SD slot, this can be upped to 64GB with a micro-SD card. The 2300 Li-lon mAh battery provides a respectable talk time of 10 hours, 18 hours of online surfing or 94 hours of music play time. Initially the Xperia Z1 Compact will run on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but there is a planned upgrade in the near future to the latest Android operating system, KitKat 4.4.2.

The Z1 Compact camera sports the same camera as the original Z1, a fantastic 20.7-megapixel rear loaded camera. The camera features autofocus, an LED flash, image stabilisation, face detection as well as HDR and panoramic settings. It records video at 1080p as does the 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

All in all, the Xperia Z1 Compact is a powerhouse of a smartphone especially considering its size. Check out the latest Z1 Compact deals on Chitter Chatter here