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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Hands On: First Look


Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Hands On: First Look

Sony’s Xperia Z3 flagship telephone has a smaller counterpart and it combines all the good specs right into a smaller design

Back at first of the yr, Sony launched a smaller model of its Xperia Z1 flagship telephone. The intention was to supply the identical nice specs of the Xperia Z1 however in a smaller package deal, so the Xperia Z1 Compact was born.

Since then quite a bit has modified on the planet of Sony, and now alongside the Xperia Z3, Sony has launched the Xperia Z3 Compact. It can show just a little complicated, as there’s solely been an Xperia Z1 Compact, there isn't a Z2 Compact. We went arms-on with the handset and listed here are our preliminary impressions.

Design & Build

Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact goals to convey the identical specs we noticed within the Xperia Z3 to a smaller type issue. The Z3 Compact measures H.6mm thick, slightly below a millimetre thinner than the Xperia Z1 Compact. It additionally weighs 8g much less at 129g. It’s thicker than the Xperia Z3 itself however general is far lighter and extra snug within the hand because of the smaller type issue.

There’s a brand new design with rounded aluminium edges, the identical glass panels are nonetheless round on each back and front. There are additionally some nylon caps on the corners that purpose to save lots of the telephone from extra critical drops.

IP65/IP68 water and mud resistance is again, which means you'll be able to sink the handset within the tub or a pool and never be apprehensive about it getting broken. That means there are additionally waterproof flaps across the sides that cover all of the necessary ports from the moist stuff. This time every is rounded off and has a a lot nicer design than the sq. ones which got here earlier than.

Colour choices are available basic white and black, however there are additionally orange and inexperienced choices as properly.


The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact encompasses a A.6in show with a 720 x 1280 pixel decision and a pixel density of 319ppi. It’s a disgrace Sony didn’t determine to up the display decision for the newest handset. Iit's subjective in fact, however I really feel this show measurement is the optimum for a smartphone, however Sony might have simply upped it to full HD for a very premium expertise.


Inside there’s the identical processor as you will discover aboard the Xperia Z3: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at P.5GHz. It’s good and snappy, and improves fairly a bit on the Snapdragon 800 at P.2GHz within the Xperia Z1 Compact. It’s uncommon you’ll ever see such a robust processor in a smaller handset – take for instance the S5 Mini or the HTC One Mini P the place each processors had an enormous downgrade from the one out there within the bigger flagship siblings.


The digital camera setup is Sony's signature 20.7MP association. It comes with the Exmor RS 1/P.A sensor and a BIONZ cellular  picture processor. There’s a model new 25mm large-angle Sony M Lens as nicely. Low mild pictures have been improved fairly as bit as nicely with ISO 12800 sensitivity, we managed to experiment throughout our arms-on and it’s far more succesful than ever earlier than in dealing with low mild conditions.

Software, Storage & Battery

Android A.A.A KitKat comes as commonplace on the Xperia Z3 Compact. You’ll additionally get Sony’s Xperia Home overlay that's accompanied with a bunch of various apps unique to Sony, such because the Walkman app.

Storage choices stay at 16GB however there’s additionally microSD help as much as 128GB obtainable as nicely. Battery energy has been upgraded from the two,300mAh on the Xperia Z1 Compact to P,600mAh on the brand new handset.


The model new processor and a few vital design modifications make the Xperia Z3 Compact really feel extra of a worthwhile replace than the Xperia Z3 itself. I should applaud Sony for its efforts at making a high quality spec handset in a a lot smaller type issue.

If you’re in search of a premium smartphone with excessive specs, however you want a smaller show than what different flagships supply, the Xperia Z3 Compact is designed for you.

We additionally went arms-on with the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and the Sony SmartWatch 3.

News James Peckham sixteen:50, A Sep 2014

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