Sony Xperia Z1 Compact SA price

Sony has announced that its Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone is expected to be available in South Africa from March 2014 at a price of around R9,000 (exchange rate willing).

That’s the word from a spokesperson for Sony Mobile South Africa, and follows the unveiling of the device at a recent press event in Cape Town.

The company had previously said that the Sony Xperia Z Compact would be available in South Africa from February 2014.

Sony launched the Xperia Z1 Compact at CES in January 2014, saying that it complies with all the same environmental resistance specifications as its larger twin, the Xperia Z1.

According to Sony it would run Android 4.3 “Jelly Bean” at launch and feature a smaller display and battery than the Z1.

The table below compares some of the key specifications of the Sony Z1 Compact, Z1, and Z:

Specifications Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Sony Xperia Z1 Sony Xperia Z
Dimensions 127 x 64.9 x 9.5mm 144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5mm 139 x 71 x 7.9mm
Weight 137g 169g 146g
Display 4.3″ 720p (720×1280) “Triluminos” 5″ 1080p (1080×1920) “Triluminos” 5″ full HD (1080×1920) Bravia Engine 2
Rear camera 20.7MP 20.7MP 13MP
Front camera 2MP 2MP 2.2MP
Storage, internal 16GB 16GB 16GB
Storage, expandable microSD microSD microSD
RAM 2GB 2GB 2GB
Processor 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (APQ8064+MDM9215M)
Graphics Adreno 330 Adreno 330 Adreno 320
Battery 2,300mAh 3,000mAh 2,330mAh
Cellular data LTE, HSPA+ HSPA+ and LTE HSPA / LTE
NFC Yes Yes Yes

In South Africa the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact will also launch alongside Sony’s “Privileged Movies” service, the spokesperson told MyBroadband.

According to Sony, users will initially be able to download six movies from a selection of ten.

The entire selection will be confirmed closer to the Z1 Compact’s launch date, but Sony said it will include Captain Phillips.

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