Handset launched elsewhere worldwide in February

For what its worth, the Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone is now available to U.S. consumers as an unlocked $549.99 USD handset.
The phone launched in Europe in February, priced at €550 (~$750 USD), and is sold as an unlocked handset.  Comparatively, the U.S. launch trims a little over a quarter of the price of the international edition.
These spec was modest at the the start of the year, but by now looks a little dated:
  • Form Factor
    • Size:   127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm (5.00 x 2.55 x 0.374 in.)
    • Weight: 137 g (4.83 oz)
  • OS
    • Android 4.4 "Kit Kat"
  • Colors
    • Black
    • White
    • Luscious Pink
    • Lime Green
    • Yellow
    • Red
  • Hardware
    • Screen
      • 4.3-Inch
      • TRILUMINOS In-Plane Switching (IPS) LCD
      • 1280x720 pixels (720p)
      • Tempered Glass
    • SoC
      • Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Snapdragon 800
        • MSM8974
        • 2.2 GHz
        • 4 cores
        • Krait 400 core design
        • Adreno 330 GPU
    • RAM
      • 2 GB
    • Battery
      • 2,300mAh lithium-ion
    • Storage
      • Internal:16 GB
      • External: MicroSDHC, up to 64 GB
    • Camera(s)
      • Rear
        • 20.7 MP (fixed-focus)
        • Carl Zeiss optics f2.0
        • LED flash
        • 1080p video @ 30 fps
      • Front-facing
        • 2 MP
    • Wireless/Cellular
      • 4G LTE
      • NFC
      • FM Radio
      • Bluetooth: v4.0 LE
      • WiFi/WLAN: 2.4/5Ghz a/b/g/n
    • Sensors
      • accelerometer
      • multi-touch input
      • proximity sensor
      • Other
      •  IP55/58 water and dust resistance
First the good -- this Xperia Z1 Compact is one of the best small (3.5 to 4.5 inches) Android smartphones out there.  It's worth noting that the weight and thickness are virtually identical to the iPhone 4 from Apple, Inc. (AAPL).  The camera looks terrific.  And the inclusion of premium perks like waterproofing is nice.

Sony Z1 Compact

However, the processor (Snapdragon 800) and display (720p) are rather pedestrian, given the relatively high price.

Sony Z1 Compact

Sony has struggled to win over U.S. carriers.  T-Mobile U.S., Inc. (TMUS) is the only major U.S. carrier to carry Xperia smartphones, according to CNET.  Sony's response is an intuitive one -- offer handsets unlocked direct to consumers.  But that model is rather foreign to the thinking of U.S. customers who are used to paying for handsets via inflated contract fees.

Sony Z1S Compact
(Sony Z1 Compact is on the right, Z1 S is on the right.)

Still, the device's biggest flaw isn't the lack of carrier support or unlocked sales model.  At the end of the day the glaring problem is a price.  It remains to be seen how many people would be willing to pay $550 USD for a 720p device.

Sources: Sony, CNET

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