If it is possible in France to acquire Sony smartphones without necessarily going through an operator and a mobile subscription with a time commitment, this is not the case everywhere. In Japan, for example, no model has been offered naked until now. If we can talk today about the past, it is because the Japanese manufacturer has just unveiled the Xperia J1 Compact smartphone which will be its first model accessible other than by subscribing to a mobile plan.
The Sony Xperia J1 Compact smartphone, which will be delivered with Android KitKat (click to enlarge)
And despite its compact size, the smartphone Sony Xperia J1 Compact in the womb. It is based on the Qualcomm SoC Snapdragon 800 with its 2.2 GHz quad-core processor coupled to a 2 GB RAM and its Adreno 330 GPU. It is certainly not the latest platform, but it still largely holds the road today and has at least deserves to have a better reputation than the Snapdragon 810 generation with its concerns of overheating.
Next to that, there is a screen 4.3 inch in a 720p definition, a home photo sensor capable of producing 20.7 megapixel shots, a 2.2 megapixel sensor for selfies, a 16 GB flash memory expandable by MicroSD and a 2300 mAh battery. Legacy of the Xperia Z family, the Xperia J1 Compact benefits from a IP58 certification, which allows to resist splashes and especially immersions.
For the moment, it is only a question of Japanese availability from April 20, with pre-orders starting March 27 and a price of 54,800 yen ( 425 euros ). To see now if such a smartphone could reach us.