Features Key features of the Xperia Z5 Compact  vs Galaxy A3 

screen size

screen resolution

Xperia Z5 Compact
1280 x 720
Galaxy A3
960 x 540



Xperia Z5 Compact
Octa core
Galaxy A3
Quad core

camera resolution

Differences What are the advantages of each

View of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

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Much higher resolution front camera 23 MP vs 8 MP Around 3x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
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
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
Significantly faster processor 2 GHz vs 1.2 GHz More than 65% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
More battery capacity 2,700 mA·h vs 1,900 mA·h More than 40% more battery capacity
Sharper screen 319 ppi vs 244 ppi More than 30% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Higher resolution 1280 x 720 vs 960 x 540 Around 80% higher resolution
Front view of Samsung Galaxy A3

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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 138 g More than 20% lighter
Thinner 6.9 mm vs 8.9 mm More than 20% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xperia Z5 Compact  vs
Galaxy A3 
Size 4.6" 4.5"
Resolution 1280 x 720 960 x 540
Multitouch N/A N/A
PPI 319 ppi 244 ppi


Clock speed 2 GHz 1.2 GHz
Number of cores Octa core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 1.5 GB
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats

photo & video

Camera 23 MP 8 MP
Resolution 23 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 5 MP 5 MP
Video resolution 3840 x 2160 @ Unknown 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G 4G
LTE Cat 4 (150/)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 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)


Talk time (3G) 888 min 720 min
Capacity 2,700 mA·h 1,900 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z5 Compact  vs
Galaxy A3 
Weight 138 g 110 g
Thickness 8.9 mm 6.9 mm
Size 65 x 127 x 8.9 mm 65.5 x 130.1 x 6.9 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio Yes No


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


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes No
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
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