And we thought Mobile World Congress was supposed to be the big phone show. CES 2014 saw a surprising number of handsets make their debut, ranging from the tiny 4-inch ASUS PadFone Mini (which fits inside a tablet) to the massive 6.8-inch Hisense X1. We saw a pint-sized powerhouse with a 20-megapixel camera and another behemoth with a battery that lasts two days on a charge. It’s safe to say that CES 2014 was a great show for smartphone lovers. Here’s our top picks.
Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact is the little smartphone that can. While most handset makers saddle the mini versions of their flagship devices with mid-range specs, Sony equipped its 4.3-inch Z1 Compact with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and a massive 20.7-megapixel rear camera. And while its display tops out at 1280 x 720, the Compact's Triluminous screen technology more than makes up for it with vivid colors. To top it off, the Xperia Z1 Compact's water-resistant chassis can survive being submerged for up to 30 minutes. There's nothing small about that.
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