While Samsung has held back from launching a new flagship smartphone at CES 2014, Sony has gone full steam ahead with two new devices.
The Xperia Z1 Compact is, as you may have guessed, a mini version of Sony’s flagship Xperia Z1 smartphone. It features pretty much all the same specs as the 5-inch Z1 but packs it all into a device with a slightly smaller 4.3-inch display. It also has a slightly smaller 2300mAh battery compared to the Z1’s 3000mAh one.
The Z1S also comes with similar specs to the Z1, but it has a higher IP58 waterproof rating so it can be submerged into water for more time and depth.
It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor and has 2GB or RAM. There’s 32GB of inbuilt storage and a Full HD 5-inch Triluminos display powered by Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2.
As well as smartphones, Sony has unveiled a host of other products at CES 2014, including a 4K camcorder priced at under $2,000 (£1,220), which the company says is 46 per cent smaller and 67 per cent lighter than previous models.
In the TV stakes Sony has unveiled a new form factor called ‘Wedge’. The new TVs have deep, triangular sides which are thicker at the bottom.
This extra space makes way for better speakers in-built into the device to provide ‘better bass, a wider sonic range, and clearer vocals’ than a common pair of speakers.