Features Key features of the Xperia Z3 Compact  vs Galaxy A3 

screen size

screen resolution

Xperia Z3 Compact
1280 x 720
Galaxy A3
960 x 540

memory

processor

Xperia Z3 Compact
Quad core
Galaxy A3
Quad core

camera resolution

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Much faster processor 2.5 GHz vs 1.2 GHz More than 2x faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Much higher resolution front camera 20.7 MP vs 8 MP More than 2.5x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes vs No Somewhat common; Share your cellphone's data plan with other devices
More battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 1,900 mA·h More than 35% more battery capacity
Sharper screen 319 ppi vs 244 ppi More than 30% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Records higher def video 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps vs 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 4x higher def video
Higher resolution 1280 x 720 vs 960 x 540 Around 80% higher resolution
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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
Lighter 110 g vs 129 g Around 15% lighter
Thinner 6.9 mm vs 8.6 mm Around 20% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Z3 Compact  vs Galaxy A3 

9.0
7.0
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.
Xperia Z3 Compact

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Xperia Z3 Compact  vs
Galaxy A3 
Type Super IPS LCD2 AMOLED
Size 4.6" 4.5"
Resolution 1280 x 720 960 x 540
Multitouch N/A N/A
PPI 319 ppi 244 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 2.5 GHz 1.2 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 1.5 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 20.7 MP 8 MP
Resolution 20.7 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2.2 MP 5 MP
Video resolution 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

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

battery

Talk time (3G) 840 min 720 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h 1,900 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z3 Compact  vs
Galaxy A3 
Weight 129 g 110 g
Thickness 8.6 mm 6.9 mm
Size 64.9 x 127 x 8.6 mm 65.5 x 130.1 x 6.9 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes No

software

Operating system Android 6.0 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

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes No
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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