PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia Z1 Compact vs Galaxy Note 3


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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 

PhoneRocket recommends the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact  based on its performance and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia Z1 Compact vs Galaxy Note 3

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Significantly better overall performance 2,723 vs 870 Around 3.2x better geekbench score
Faster web browser 3,191 vs 2,783 Around 15% better BrowserMark score
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Significantly higher resolution front camera 20.7 MP vs 13 MP Around 60% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Lighter 137 g vs 168 g Around 20% lighter
Longer standby time (3G) 40,200 min vs 25,200 min Around 60% longer standby time (3G)
Longer standby time 40,176 min vs 31,680 min More than 25% longer standby time
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Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
Noticeably bigger screen 5.7" vs 4.3" Around 35% bigger screen
Store significantly more stuff 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720 2.2x higher resolution
More battery capacity 3,200 mA·h vs 2,300 mA·h Around 40% more battery capacity
Longer talk time 1,500 min vs 600 min 2.5x longer talk time; go days without charging
Records higher def video 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps vs 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 4x higher def video
More RAM 3 GB vs 2 GB 50% more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Sharper screen 386 ppi vs 341 ppi Around 15% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Thinner 8.3 mm vs 9.5 mm Around 15% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Z1 Compact  vs Galaxy Note 3 

The beefy 20.7 MP G Lens camera of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has absolutely the same characteristics as that of the Z1, which is a great technological achievement by Sony – to fit the same sensor in a considerably smaller body.
Xperia Z1 Compact

But whereas the Z1 was a device we weren't taken with - it didn't feel right to us because it was too large and didn't seem to hang together well as an overall device in everyday use - can the Z1 Compact fair better in a world of giant rivals?
Xperia Z1 Compact



9.3 Out of 10
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xperia Z1 Compact  vs
Galaxy Note 3 
Size 4.3" 5.7"
Resolution 1280 x 720 1920 x 1080
Multitouch N/A N/A
PPI 341 ppi 386 ppi


Clock speed 2.2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB
Supported card formats

photo & video

Camera 20.7 MP 13 MP
Resolution 20.7 MP 13 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G 4G
LTE Cat 4 (150/)
LTE Cat3
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time 600 min 1,500 min
Talk time (3G) 1,080 min 1,260 min
Standby time 40,176 min 31,680 min
Standby time (3G) 40,200 min 25,200 min
Capacity 2,300 mA·h 3,200 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z1 Compact  vs
Galaxy Note 3 
Weight 137 g 168 g
Thickness 9.5 mm 8.3 mm
Size 64.9 x 127 x 9.5 mm 79.2 x 151.2 x 8.3 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio Yes No


Operating system Android 5.1 Android 5.0
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps


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