Sony's heavy metal heaven, the 5-inch Xperia Z1, landed on our desks last September and was quickly awarded an almost-perfect review rating. While most companies busily chuck out specs when shrinking phones, Sony's retained all of the flagship Z1's guts in what it called an "engineer's nightmare," for the 4.3-inch Xperia Z1 Compact.
Size is a very personal thing (in and out of the bedroom), but not everyone's going to get to grips with a 5-inch smartphone. Acknowledging how insulting the trend for smaller phones containing smaller specs is, Sony's done very well to keep the quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset with 2GB of RAM; 4G LTE speeds; 20.7MP rear camera (with 1/2.3-type CMOS Exmor RS sensor) with 1080p front-facing camera, plus the 16GB onboard storage (with microSD card slot).
The only quibble we have is that the Z1's 3000mAh battery wasn't able to be transplanted along with the rest of its vital organs, but given the size, 2300mAh will have to do -- for now.
Naturally, this slimfit water and dust-proof solid aluminium Z1 Compact is going to come in colour options other than black -- the lime ticked me pink, but there's also pink and white too. Compatible with Sony's QX10 and QX100 camera lenses which launched last September (as you can see in the photo gallery above), plus the SmartWatch 2, DK32 magnetic charging cradle, too.
If you're weighing up whether to swap over to this one (or any of Sony's phones), Xperia Transfer Mobile (available from February) will allow any Android or iOS users to send media and contacts over, plus a list of apps you must re-download. It'd be nice if they were auto-downloaded for you, but perhaps Sony can look into that for the app's next iteration.
Available in mid-to-late February, expect the Xperia Z1 Compact to come in at the usual contract prices, or somewhere below the £479 upfront cost of a Z1.