It’s that time of year again – one of my favourites – the Consumer Electronics Show in sunny Las Vegas.

It really is an inspiring event for tech-heads like me and the more I see, the more eager I am to get home and hit the ground running to bring the most innovative and exciting products to our customers.

There have already been some big stories out of this year’s CES – none more so than Sony’s announcement of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone. And in great news, Telstra will be the first to bring this 4G-compatible handset to Australian customers this April.

Our customers have absolutely lapped up the Sony Xperia Z and Z1, and after trialling the compact version at CES, I’m sure they’ll be just as impressed by this new version which comes in white, black and pink.

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact in white, black and pink

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact offers all the features of the Xperia Z1, just in a smaller, stylish handset, which fits nicely in your pocket.

It’s waterproof (up to 1.5 metres of freshwater for 30 minutes), dust-resistant, it has the same incredibly sharp 20.7MP camera and a crystal clear 4.3 inch screen.

The most impressive thing about this handset for me is that there is no change in the technology from the larger Z1 – as Sony says, it’s compact without compromise.

And with the Telstra Mobile Network now providing 4G coverage to 85 per cent of the Australian population, customers will be able to connect with the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact faster in more places.

11/03/2014: Pricing and availability update

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact will be available in Telstra stores from Tuesday, 18 March 2014 and online pre-orders are now open. Customers pre-ordering the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact will also receive a bonus gift of a Sony wireless headset valued at $199.95. Pre-order customer can also enter into a competition to win tickets to the much anticipated 2014 FIFA World Cup, as a guest of Sony Mobile.

Consumer customers can purchase the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact on the $70 Mobile Accelerate Plan for 24 months, with $700 worth of included calls and MMS, unlimited SMS and 1.5GB of data, all to standard Australian numbers (and excluding use overseas) each month. Min cost over 24 months is $1,680 and 2 minute standard call is $2.38, excess data $0.03/MB.

Business customers can purchase the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact on $60 Business Performance Plan with a $3 per month handset repayment for 24 months when you stay connected for 24 months, with $600 worth of included calls and MMS, unlimited SMS and 1GB of data, all to standard Australian numbers (excludes use overseas) each month. Min cost $1,512 ($63/mth) and 2 minute standard call is $2.38, excess data $0.03/MB.

The Telstra Mobile Network offers 4G in all capital CBDs and associated airports, many surrounding suburban areas and in over 100 regional areas. You’ll automatically switch to our fastest available 3G in other coverage areas around Australia. Check coverage at telstra.com/coverage. Typical download speeds of between 2Mbps and 50Mbps are available to 4G devices in 4G areas. Outside 4G areas, you will switch to our fastest available 3G speeds. Speeds vary for reasons like location, distance from base stations, terrain, user numbers, hardware/software configuration, download source and upload destination.