Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs. Oppo N1 Mini – Specifications, Features And Price Showdown

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By Pavithra Rathinavel | August 22, 2014 12:31 PM EST

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact was released in January, whereas the Oppo N1 Mini has recently been released in China. Furthermore, the Oppo handset will be launched in other countries shortly. Readers who are interested in the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact or the upcoming Oppo N1 Mini should check out the specifications, features and price comparison.

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A receptionist speaks on a phone under a Sony Corp logo at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, in this file picture taken February 6, 2014. Sponsors Adidas, Sony, Visa and Coca-Cola on June 8, 2014 called on soccer's rulers to deal thoroughly with allegations of bribery to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, an issue overshadowing this week's kickoff in Brazil.

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Display, Exterior And Size

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact features a 4.3-inch IPS LCD display bundled with 720 x 1,280 pixels screen resolution. The Oppo N1 Mini, on the other hand, features a relatively bigger 5-inch IPS LCD display with the same resolution as the Sony device. In addition, the pixel densities of Sony and Oppo handsets stand at 342 ppi and 294 ppi respectively.

When it comes to exterior, the beautifully crafted Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is made of premium materials and the handset fits perfectly in the palm. In addition, Sony has used Triluminos display and X-Reality Engine to provide impressive viewing experience. The device is IP55/IP58 certified that translates to having water and dust proof body. However, there is no information available on the exterior of the upcoming Oppo N1 Mini at this point.

The thickness and the weight of the Oppo N1 Mini are 0.36-inch and 150 g respectively, whereas the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is 0.37-inch thick and weighs 137 g.

Hardware, Software And Memory

The Oppo N1 Mini is powered by a quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 400) Cortex-A7 processor, clocked at 1.6 GHz. The Xperia Z1 Compact, on the other hand, is powered by a superior quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800) Krait 400 processor, clocked at 2.2 GHz. Also, both the phones house the same 2 GB of RAM.

In addition, the compact device from Sony runs on Android v4.3 Jelly Bean (upgradable to higher versions). And the mini device from Oppo runs on Android OS v4.3 Jelly Bean with ColorOS UI. Furthermore, both the phones offer 16 GB of internal storage. While the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact supports microSD card for expansion up to 64 GB, the Oppo N1 Mini doesn't.

Camera And Battery

The Xperia Z1 Compact sports a whopping 20.7 MP primary camera with LED flash and a 2 MP secondary shooter. The Oppo N1 Mini, on the other hand, houses a unique 13 MP primary camera unit with LED flash that can be swivelled (turned) back and forth. This way, even the front-facing camera can capture images with the same 13 MP sensor.

Additionally, the Sony handset houses a good Li-Ion 2300 mAh (non-removable) battery unit, whereas the Oppo N1 Mini houses a relatively lower Li-Ion 2140 mAh (user-replaceable) battery unit.

Connectivity And Colour

Both the phones support Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi, LTE and microUSB slots. In addition, the Sony device supports NFC, while the Oppo device doesn't. The Oppo N1 Mini comes in white, whereas the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact handset comes in black, white, pink and lime.

Price

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is priced at AU$439.95. The Oppo N1 Mini, meanwhile, is priced at CNY 2,699 in China that roughly translates to US$437, AU$468 and £259. Interested readers should check out the impressive image of the Oppo N1 Mini from Oppo Mobile India.

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A receptionist speaks on a phone under a Sony Corp logo at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, in this file picture taken February 6, 2014. Sponsors Adidas, Sony, Visa and Coca-Cola on June 8, 2014 called on soccer's rulers to deal thoroughly with allegations of bribery to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, an issue overshadowing this week's kickoff in Brazil.
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