Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 

Released September, 2014
  • Android 6.0
  • 4G
  • 4.6"
  • Quad core 2.5 GHz
In the default Superior Auto shooting mode, the handset shoots 8-megapixel photos made by pixel processing of the 20-megapixel feed from the sensor for better overall quality.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
You can still shoot full 20-megapixel images (without this processing benefit) in Manual mode, but those images tend to have lackluster sharpness, more artifacts, and are also noisier than the 8-megapixel shots.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
6.9 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Performance

Processing power and speed

Xperia Z3 Compact
7.6
Xperia Z2
7.5
iPhone 5s
7.6
Passmark and Geekbench

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Xperia Z3 Compact
n.d.
Xperia Z2
n.d.
iPhone 5s
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Xperia Z3 Compact
5.2
Xperia Z2
5.2
iPhone 5s
n.d.
Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time (3G), Standby time and 1 more

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Xperia Z3 Compact
9.0
Xperia Z2
9.1
iPhone 5s
8.7
Reviews from gsmarena.com, techradar.com, phonearena.com and mobiletechreview.com

6.9

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Xperia Z3 Compact
6.9
Xperia Z2
6.9
iPhone 5s
8.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Xperia Z3 Compact
2,696
Galaxy Alpha
3,092
iPhone 5s
2,523

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Xperia Z3 Compact
4,338
iPhone 5s
4,906
Xiaomi Mi 4
3,930

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact


9.0
It fits in any pocket, is easy to use one-handed, has a lovely screen, a top notch camera and it's fast.

9.0
Despite getting a larger, 4.6” screen, the Z3 Compact remains just as petite and single-hand-use-friendly as the original, and it’s got an even faster processor and longer-lasting battery.

9.0

Overall

9.0 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Viewing angles are also excellent with little distortion to colors and brightness when you tilt it.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
The phone has a really lovely 1280 x 720 (319 PPI).
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2014)
Images in it look very good, with lively color and plentiful detail.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)

Camera

The 20-megapixel camera on the Z3 Compact delivers very good image quality with mostly nice colors and good detail.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
In terms of optics, Sony's G lens is one of the widest lenses we’ve seen on Android - a 25mm one.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
Indoors, the camera does a very good job as well, keeping noise at a reasonable level and colors are pleasingly balanced.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)

Apps

Apart from doing all that a typical music app should do - namely, categorize your music by albums, artists, songs, and so on; allow you to view your songs per folder; give you an equalizer to tweak the sound - the Walkman app also has some brand new signature Sony features.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
Boasting top specs makes the Z3 Compact a great device for stressful applications like games.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
The Android 4.4.4 KitKat phone has Sony's lightly customized UI and their apps like Walkman for music and PlayStation are here.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2014)

Video

At 319 PPI pixel density and 720p on a 4.6" panel, we can't discern individual pixels, HD videos look awesomely detailed and photos are very sharp.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2014)
One could argue that performance in 3D games could be a bit better than the 1080p or higher crowd since the Xperia Z3 Compact only has to drive 720p resolution.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2014)
4K is great for a 3 minute video, but don't count on it for a 20 minute video unless it's chilly outside.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2014)

Battery

In part it's hard to fit a big power hungry processor, high capacity memory chips, a large battery and bigger image sensors in a small package.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2014)
Unfortunately, it seems that the Z3 Compact does not feature any kind of the new QuickCharge technologies that allow a very fast charge-up of the phone.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
You'd need to wait nearly 3 hours and a half for a full re-charge of the handset's 2,600mAh battery.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type Super IPS LCD2
Size 4.6"
Resolution 1280 x 720
PPI 319 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 2.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
RAM 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD

photo & video

Camera 20.7 MP
Resolution 20.7 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 2.2 MP
Video resolution 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  2. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  3. HSPA (unspecified)
  4. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  5. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  6. LTE (20 Mb/s)
  7. HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
  8. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  9. LTE Cat 4 (150/)

battery

Talk time 720 min
Talk time (3G) 840 min
Standby time 52,848 min
Standby time (3G) 55,152 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h

form factor

Weight 129 g
Thickness 8.6 mm
Size 64.9 x 127 x 8.6 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes

software

Operating system Android 6.0
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
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