What do you know, Motorola isn’t the only Android player rewarding its users with unexpectedly expeditious product launches, as Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact has gone on sale in a couple of European countries earlier than expected as well.
A few days earlier, but it’s the gesture that counts. Besides, the Z1 Compact is so marvelous and unique it probably didn’t need this kind of publicity. Remember, we’re dealing with hands down the best Android handheld of a smaller than 4.5-inch footprint, seasoned with quad-core Snapdragon 800 zip, 2 GB RAM and 20.7 MP camera.
Now, where exactly can you find the punchy midget? In UK, via O2, and Germany, through Amazon and Sony’s online store. The former has the 4.3-incher both on and off contract, free of charge with certain 3G and 4G tariffs or at £479.99 ($790) on Pay as You Go.
Hey, that’s quite a way north of what Clove charges for SIM-free flavors. Well, yeah, but think of it as an early adopter’s fee. After all, Clove’s ETA is mid-February.
Meanwhile, both Amazon and Sony Germany ask €499 ($678) outright for the Xperia Z1 Compact. In black, white or lime, with pink coming soon. Any words on stateside availability, Sony? Anything at all? Oh, alright, we’ll wait.