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Alleged Sony Xperia Z3 Compact press photos show up, four color versions revealed

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Alleged Sony Xperia Z3 Compact press photos show up, four color versions revealed
Ladies and gents, here we have what are - reportedly - the very first press photos showing Sony’s unannounced Xperia Z3 Compact - a smartphone that’s expected to be officially showcased on September 3, alongside the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet.

Published by Australian website Ausdroid, the photos reveal four color versions of the handset: black, white, red, and mint. Sadly, the images don’t show the Xperia Z3 Compact’s front, but at least we can take a peek at its back and sides. The device seems to look pretty cool, though it’s not too different from the Xperia Z1 Compact.

As mentioned several times before, the Xperia Z3 Compact supposedly sports a 4.5-inch, or 4.6-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, hence being significantly smaller than the Xperia Z3 (which will have a 5.2-inch 1080p display). That aside, the Compact should have the same internals as the larger Z3, including a quad-core 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, and a 20.7 MP rear camera. Needless to say, both handsets will be waterproof.

What do you think, can the Xperia Z3 Compact be a dream come true for users who don’t want a high-end smartphone that’s larger than 5-inches? Let us know in the comments!

Update: We added a photo showing the Z3 Compact's front side.


source: Ausdroid

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posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:15 8

1. Awalker (Posts: 1432; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I might consider getting this if it's available in the US.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:17 2

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'll save you the heartache - it won't hit NA shores.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:54 1

12. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Why do you think the Z3 Compact won't make it to the US? The Z2 has been available for some time:

http://store.sony.com/xperia-z2-zid27-XZ2D6503//cat-27-catid-Android-Smartphone

Sony even knocked $50 off the price recently.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 19:40 1

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Z1 compact never did. Z3C =/= Z3.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 20:07 7

22. vsanc (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


It did. The official Sony Store US site and a number of US retailers sell it.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 20:15 7

24. Planterz (Posts: 2038; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Never heard of eBay or Amazon?

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 20:16 1

25. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Along with the Z2, the Z1 Compact has been for sale on the Sony site for a while:

http://store.sony.com/xperia-z1-compact-zid27-XZ1D5503//cat-27-catid-Android-Smartphone

I would expect Sony to offer both the Z3 and Z3 Compact in the US, hopefully not too long after the IFA announcement.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 20:37 1

29. na7noo7 (Posts: 278; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


The Z1 Compact did make it to the US shelves. My Sony Store in Houston Galleria has it, a mobile kiosk which I barely go to has it, and the price dropped to $449.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:56 1

13. shamatuu (Posts: 159; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


The the Z 3 will at least.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 08:20

54. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


It really depends how you look at it. Would you be able to get this phone in the US? Yes. Would it be available on any of the major carriers? Probably not. That's why I have been getting the unlock phone now and currently rocking the Z2 strong.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 20:54 9

31. akki20892 (Posts: 3900; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Compact, slim, slick, premium, classic, colorful, bright, eye catching look. And powerful.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:16 6

2. Settings (Posts: 1501; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Sony phones are the best mobile phones in the market!

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:35 1

7. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


well, best or not is a seperate debate but these phones are very nice and elegant looking... sony always take the lead in designs

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:39 1

8. JC557 (Posts: 1321; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


The only problem is availability... though not for me seeing as how I live in NYC where I can buy a Z2 outright or order one on Amazon. Still would love to have one that works on Verizon.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:43

10. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


well, thats the problem

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 01:13 2

48. Settings (Posts: 1501; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


I dunno whats wrong with Sony and NA? Not just Xperia but their Playstation and Bravia lines are always last in line to be available in North America.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 19:20 4

18. jeeta444 (Posts: 154; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


Superb Sony, you rocked again..
alpha is dead now.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:17 8

4. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


the colors are really beautiful, at least they are much more original and pleasing to the eye that Samsung's golden and electric blue S5

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:22 6

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You're the first person I've encountered that has said the Electric Blue S5 isn't eye catching.. My Blue S5 gets a lot of attention in public.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:41 1

9. JC557 (Posts: 1321; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Same with the electric blue One M7 that I got for my sister. It's like people have never seen a blue phone before when her friends look at the phone. What I did not realize was how much it matched out blue MazdaSpeed 3... or my electric blue Monster iSport Immersions.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 05:42 2

50. mistertimi (Posts: 77; Member since: 28 May 2014)


He said "pleasing to the eye", which is very very different to what you took as "eye catching". Case in point -> A bloody body in the street is more "eye catching" than a golden retriever puppy. But the golden retriever puppy is invariably more "pleasing to the eye". Simples.

Damn you Samsung guys jump at anything that might be meant as an insult haha. Dude just said it's more eye catching, chill out!

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 17:53

55. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


it is eye-catching but it's hideous as hell... love me some black S5 tho

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:23 1

6. mokhtar (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


the phone looks great ... also display is gorgeous

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 18:52 2

11. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


That looks beautiful. Would have been nice if the display had a higher resolution than 720p, though...

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 20:20 3

26. Planterz (Posts: 2038; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Reports/rumors of the screen differ. PA says 4.5" 720p screen, other sites say 4.6" 1080p screen.

Either way, I want this phone. A 1080p screen would be great for visual quality, but a 720p screen would still look great, and would absolutely fly in use and give crazy benchmark scores.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 20:25

27. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


"Would have been nice if the display had a higher resolution than 720p, though..."

I concur -- 1080p would have been great on this phone. As Sony bumped up the screen size from 4.3" to 4.5", it would have been super cool to also get an amazingly sharp screen too.

Like the Alpha, though, they are going for battery life. A lot of customers are fed up with the generally poor battery life on their cell phones, even if the problem is bloatware and not the battery :)

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 20:41 3

30. Planterz (Posts: 2038; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Oh yeah, I forgot the battery life part. As I said, I'd love a 1080p screen for detail, but a 720p screen would be smoother/faster. And battery life would be better with a 720p screen too. I'm torn between what I hope for. But either way, I'll be buying this phone come next year.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 20:58 2

32. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I see. But the Alpha has a miniscule battery so battery life is going to suck anyway...

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 21:17 1

34. Planterz (Posts: 2038; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I'm still reserving judgment on the Alpha until we see some reviews. Obviously the battery size is a concern, but the processor raises some interesting questions about power management.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 22:00

35. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


With 720p AMOLED and a 20nm processor with a low power core for some functions, it is hard to say what real world battery life people will get.

I don't think Samsung made the Alpha for crazy long battery life, but for good battery life for a thin/light phone.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 19:00 7

14. buccob (Posts: 2522; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Now where are the "huge bezels" haters out there?

This phone is what got me excited about IFA... I am not into phablets so this one is what I expect to replace my current phone.

And according to my calculations, from data leaked... this phone will have a screen-to-size ratio of 71% which would become the best (or at least one of the best) of waterproof phones out there...

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 19:03 1

15. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


That thing's battery is going to be insane, would buy this off contract if they make a international version for tmo

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 19:57 2

21. rnagic (Posts: 150; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)


I'm definitely going to get this thing. It's perfect.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 19:04 1

16. Frankiebeans (Posts: 33; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


that really cool purple color is gone :(

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 19:08 2

17. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 433; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


I find the Z2 compact and now the Z3 compact sexy as hell, but I just couldn't give up my moto x for one....yet

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 19:24 1

19. JaroB (Posts: 107; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


woooow...beautiful...SONY GOOO

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 20:09 1

23. hellonerds (Posts: 313; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Nice.. anyone else think the front screen panel should match the same color like the white?

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 20:28 1

28. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


The white panel does look very nice on the white phone. It would be cool if Sony would open up their own customization shop, ala MotoMaker, so customers could choose the front color and other options.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 20:58 1

33. Af1rPA (Posts: 683; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


One more generation to go and I'll finally see a 4.7 inch compact ala Moto X.
I hope Sony keeps the bloatware to a minimum.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 22:06 1

36. Vinayakn73 (Posts: 191; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


come to papa.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 22:07

37. nanozander (Posts: 85; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


It's sad only the white variant has a corrosponding front faceplate colour. While i don't mind the red version as red/black does seem to go quite well together based on the leaks, the green one really... doesn't.. =(

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 22:10

38. Mube007 (Posts: 235; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


i want atleast 4.7 or 4.8 screen size in a compact size just like sharp

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 22:34

39. Mube007 (Posts: 235; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


i want atleast 4.7 or 4.8 screen size in a compact size just like sharp

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 22:37

40. areeeeez (Posts: 17; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


the side looks like its made of rubber instead metal.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 22:59 1

41. Freelist86 (Posts: 37; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


RED Z3!

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 23:24 3

42. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


OMG that mint green! This might end up being a fantastic phone! Maybe I'll make my mom buy this for herself so I get to play with it xD

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 23:34 2

43. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Hope z3 compact sells well .

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 23:38

44. Canaan (Posts: 331; Member since: 25 May 2014)


They look really nice, but I want a phone that has at least 1080p.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 00:14

45. supa_dupa (Posts: 78; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Poor Z2 owners...

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 00:16

46. M5OOO (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 May 2013)


where is blue?! :D

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 01:11

47. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Looks thick still. Sony failed if this is true. So close.... Just a 1080p screen plus a slimmer profile. Hopefully it is just the pictures that make it look thick because I need a new phone already...

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 05:45

51. mistertimi (Posts: 77; Member since: 28 May 2014)


It's 8.6mm thin. Only 1mm more than the iPhone 5S, chill bro.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 08:14

53. buccob (Posts: 2522; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Why is ir more important unnoticeable pixel density than battery life to you?

I am actually crossing my fingers for 720p so that the phone can retain amazing battery specially when they slimmed down from Z1C to this.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 02:09

49. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice colors. Looks cool.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 07:37

52. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


What about the Ram?..... Hope it has a 3gbRam

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