PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia Z3 Compact vs Galaxy Alpha

Performance

Processing power and speed

Geekbench

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from gsmarena.com, techradar.com, phonearena.com and mobiletechreview.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia Z3 Compact vs Galaxy Alpha

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Differences What are the advantages of each

View of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Reasons to consider the
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

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Significantly higher resolution front camera 20.7 MP vs 12 MP Around 75% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Significantly faster processor 2.5 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 40% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
More battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 1,860 mA·h Around 40% more battery capacity
Better theoretical download speed 42.2 Mb/s vs 21.1 Mb/s 2x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
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Better overall performance 3,092 vs 2,696 Around 15% better geekbench score
Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
More cores Octa core vs Quad core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Lighter 115 g vs 129 g More than 10% lighter
Thinner 6.7 mm vs 8.6 mm More than 20% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Z3 Compact  vs Galaxy Alpha 

9.0
8.0
It fits in any pocket, is easy to use one-handed, has a lovely screen, a top notch camera and it's fast.
Xperia Z3 Compact

9.0
8.8
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

Overall

9.0 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Xperia Z3 Compact  vs
Galaxy Alpha 
Type Super IPS LCD2 AMOLED
Size 4.6" 4.7"
Resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 720
Multitouch N/A N/A
PPI 319 ppi 312 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 2.5 GHz 1.8 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Octa core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 32 GB

photo & video

Camera 20.7 MP 12 MP
Resolution 20.7 MP 12 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2.2 MP 2.1 MP
Video resolution 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps 3840 x 2160 @ 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)
LTE-A Cat 6 (300/)
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 660 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h 1,860 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z3 Compact  vs
Galaxy Alpha 
Weight 129 g 115 g
Thickness 8.6 mm 6.7 mm
Size 64.9 x 127 x 8.6 mm 65.5 x 132.4 x 6.7 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes Yes

software

Operating system Android 6.0 Android 5.1
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 Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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