Sony recently introduced a brand new smartphone to its home country, the Sony Xperia J1 Compact. The device is a high-end Android smartphone dressed in a metal body, and is the company’s first SIM-free Xperia smartphone in Japan.
The Xperia J1 Compact (not to be confused with the entry-level Galaxy J1 from Samsung), is similar to the Xperia Z3 Compact announced last year. It has a 4.3” 720p display, and is powered by a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD card slot.
The rest of the specs is pretty in-line with Sony’s flagship Z series such as an IP58 certified dust/water resistance build, 20.7MP Exmor RS rear camera, a 2.2MP Exmor R front-facing camera, and a 2300mAh built-in battery that boasts a long battery life made possible with Sony’s own STAMINA mode.
There’s LTE connectivity on board, Bluetooth 4.0, and despite its smaller display compared to the Z3 Compact (4.3” vs 4.6”) it is also slightly bigger than the Z3 Compact measuring at 128 x 65 x 9.7mm,138 grams (the Z3 Compact measures at 127.3 x 64.9 x 8.6mm, 129 grams), giving it a pretty thick bezel all around.
The Xperia J1 Compact will be available in Japan on 20 April 2015 retailing at 54,800 yen, that’s about RM1,690 – just a little bit cheaper than the Z3 Compact that retails at RM1,799 in Malaysia.