SONY Xperia Z2 Compact (Altair): Specs and review of 4.3″ Mini smartphone

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A refreshed “Compact” smartphone from Sony, namely the Xperia Z2 Compact, is on the way! Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact is not too old, however it seems that Sony is already working on its successor – Xperia Z2 Compact .

Sony’s Xperia Z1 has all that we expect from a cutting-edge Android flagship along with all the power and smartness of Sony . Smartphone makers follow the latest trend, wherein they put up a mini version of a flagship phone in the market so that consumers can get all best things to the flagship but in a affordable way. Crushing down the powerful Xperia Z1 however losing just about nothing on the spec list, Sony launched Xperia Z1 Compact to fight in a fierce market that dominated by the HTC One Mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. Thus, it is designed to offer great performance in a compact size and soon become the best small Android phone around. It was entering markets in February & March 2014. However Xperia Z1 Compact is just arrived, we are already hearing whispers about the new compact edition for the new Sony Xperia Z2 flagship – Xperia Z2 Compact . Enjoy more updates, more news, and more details about this refreshed “Compact” here.

SONY Xperia Compact follow-up

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact brings that powerful processor, great camera, decent screen and gorgeous, waterproof design in the compact size phone. It was just beginning of this year, when Sony made official mini version of its Xperia Z1 flagship device. However it is too early, a Sony smartphone featuring the codename of Altair has been spotted at the FCC with model number SO-04F, recently. This mysterious smartphone likely headed to Japan’s NTT DoCoMo has scored FCC certification (wherein foreign phones have to pass through the FCC to permit legal roaming within the U.S.), what’s more, its all signs point that it could be Xperia Z2 Compact, follow-up to the Xperia Z1 Compact.

Recent rumor is largely based on the formatting that is followed by this Japanese carrier. In the FCC filing document, this Sony “Altair” carries the model number SO-04F, which refers to a smartphone for the Japanese network operator NTT DoCoMo. Earlier, the Xperia Z1 was came for testing as SO-01F, the Xperia Z1 Compact as SO-02F and the lately introduced Xperia Z2 is marketed as SO-03F. So, it is expected that the SO-04F tag is used for Xperia Z2 Compact.

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This Altair codenamed smartphone is yet not announced officially, it could be announced this month or the next. However, there will be only a minor upgrade to the already admirable Xperia Z1 Compact.

Seeing a back panel photo on XperiaBlog, this Altair codenamed smartphone may come with the same a 1/2.3″, 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera with Sony G Lens as on the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z2. The camera is proven to be a Compact phone – as the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2 have the LED flash under the camera lens, while this one is to the side, much like the Z1 Compact. Thus, LED flash positioning suggests this one as a Z Compact phone rather than one of the big Xperia Z phones. one more evidence to prove that it would be an upgraded version of Xperia Z1 Compact.

As per the FCC listing, it has a 127.6mm x 65.5mm body, which makes it just a millimetre longer and wider than the current Xperia Z1 Compact. However, there is no idea how thick it’ll be just yet. It is expected that the phone would be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB chipset, and 3GB RAM. It will sport IP55/IP58 certification and noise cancelling tech. Also, there is a doubt whether Sony would keep the same 4.3-inch 720p display size or push it up a bit. However the phone is expected to have a bigger screen judging by the difference in dimensions – a 0.2″ bump to 4.5″ with slightly thinner bezels. Still, it is confirmed after the leak of front panel.

Depending on the frame size, a higher capacity battery is expected against the 2300mAh battery in the Xperia Z1 Compact. It terms of specs, it’s likely to match the big Xperia Z2, aside from the smaller 720p display, of course. Moreover, Japanese parts retailer Moumantai, where the smartphone was spotted, claimed that it has a genuine back cover for the Sony SO-04F. It seems that Sony could still make many changes to the design of the new phone, for ex. it will move away from the plastic case as used on the Xperia Z1 Compact.

As of now, there is no official confirmation for this phone, we’ll know more about Xperia Z2 Compact once it will be unveiled.

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