sony z1 compact 01 640x490The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, a smartphone that has done pretty well for itself in markets where it has been released in the past, having picked up the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update along the way, is now available for purchase over in the US. Isn’t it about time, you ask? The answer is a definitive “Yes!”, considering the kind of performance that this 4.3” smartphone delivers right out of the box.

Sony is making the Xperia Z1 Compact available to all of us living in the US via its online presence, where the handset will arrive in black, white and pink shades. The asking price? $549.99 a pop unlocked, and for your troubles, you will end up with a 4.3” display at 1,280 × 720 resolution, a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, a 20.7-megapixel camera with an Exmor RS for mobile sensor, a front-facing 2-megapixel camera, 16GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot in case that is not enough, 2GB RAM, HSPA+ 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz, LTE bands 1/2/4/5/7/8/20, a 2,300mAh battery, and IP55 and IP58 ratings that make it waterproof and dust resistant.

Surely it cannot survive being encased in a block of ice and work afterwards, can it? This smartphone is a classic case of better late than never, arriving half a year after it was announced.

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