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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact goes official: a flagship-toting powerhouse in a compact body

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact goes official: a flagship-toting powerhouse in a compact body

Switching the second generation, Sony goes from the first Xperia Z Compact straight to the Xperia Z3 Compact, the newest full-specced flagship by Sony that is smaller only in size, but not in performance power. Sony unveiled the Z3 Compact at IFA 2014, and it’s evolved in terms of looks, getting a rounded liquid reflection frame and featuring tempered glass panels for an good-looking, premium finish.

Sony has also managed to further protect the gadget from water and dust, gracing it with the IP 65/68 rating. This means you can submerge your phone in fresh water of up to 5 feet (1.5m) for as long as 30 minutes without harming it. The new Xperia Z3 Compact comes in a range of colors as well: you can get it in orange, green, white, and black.

After the 4.3-inch Z Compact, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact now comes with a slightly larger, 4.6-inch 720 x 1280-pixel display. Most importantly, though, it keeps the same powerful Snapdragon 801 system chip with a quad-core CPU clocked at up to 2.5GHz. The compact handset also features the same large 20.7MP 1/2.3” Exmor RS sensor as in the Z3. In fact, this is the biggest sensor of any Android phone out there.

Here is a quick overview of the spec highlights for the Xperia Z3 Compact:

  • Smaller does not mean less powerful with the Z3 Compact

    4.6-inch 720 x 1280-pixel display
  • 8.6 mm thick
  • Weight of 4.55 oz (129 grams)
  • Snapdragon 801 system chip with 2.5GHz quad-core CPU
  • 20.7MP camera with 1/2.3” “Exmor RS for mobile” image sensor
  • Hi-Res Audio, Digital Noise Cancelling support and DSEE HX audio upscaling
  • Fully waterproof IP 65/68

“At Sony Mobile, ‘flagship’ now means offering a choice to consumers of enjoying a large screen Xperia Z3 for immersive entertainment or a more compact, lighter Xperia Z3 Compact that doesn’t ask you to compromise on features,” Sony Mobile Communications CEO Kunimasa Suzuki commented on the Xperia Z3 Compact.

The company has not yet unveiled the price for the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, but we do know that its release date will happen by the end of Autumn 2014.

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posted on 03 Sep 2014, 09:46 5

1. umarmughal (Posts: 14; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)


no comparison please with note 4...

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 09:53 5

6. pyradark (Posts: 772; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Whats new with note4??? S805?? BORING

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 11:19 3

15. Ashoaib (Posts: 2116; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


everything is new in note 4, you only need to develop a habit of reading.. thats it

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 12:23

22. neela_akaash (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


The most practical flagship has arrived...

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 09:47

2. mayur007 (Posts: 431; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Y 1.5 metre

What about 2m??

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 09:48

3. f35hunter (Posts: 122; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


high class mini smartphone

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 11:22 1

16. Ashoaib (Posts: 2116; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


yes it is high class and way better than all minis including iphone... now people have an option of beautiful, elegant and powerful mini phone... I hope izombies will reconsider their money wasting decisions on iphone

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 09:49 5

4. anleoflippy (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


YES, this is more interesting than the Z3.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 09:51 6

5. shahulvm (Posts: 116; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Finally the ideal smartphone. Ppl needed a compact and a capable workhorse..

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 09:54 4

7. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 59; Member since: 30 May 2014)


Very good compact phone :)
the home screen has some improvements :)
Front stereo speaker!! :)

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 09:58 2

8. osbert (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


sold. 100%

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 10:03 4

9. Settings (Posts: 384; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Putting Galaxy minis to shame.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 11:25 2

18. Ashoaib (Posts: 2116; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


and putting iphone to shame as well

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 12:22 2

21. neela_akaash (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Putting any flagships to shame with its specs to size ratio...

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 14:47

25. Ashoaib (Posts: 2116; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


not really, not every flagship... now you have exegreted a little

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 10:05

10. Utopian (Posts: 21; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Battery capacity?

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 10:46

14. Kioskmongot (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Sep 2014)


2600 mAh according to PA

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 10:07 2

11. camera531 (Posts: 162; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Cool phone that will NEVER hit the US... Thanks again, Sony

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 10:21 2

12. Rydsmith (Posts: 126; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Except all their phone can be purchased on their website?

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 11:24 2

17. Ashoaib (Posts: 2116; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


they must release it in US so izombies can open their eyes and come out of icomma

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 14:00

24. Planterz (Posts: 835; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Amazon, eBay...

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 10:33

13. Kioskmongot (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Sep 2014)


According to Sony UK homepage the Z3 Compact is priced from £429

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 11:33 1

19. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Beautiful..... Jus beautiful........ And water proof for up to 5 feet!? That's crazy

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 12:00

20. walkman800 (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Aug 2014)


Lovely phone, the best compact smartphone ATM.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 13:15

23. RandomUsername (Posts: 470; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Why does it say Z Compact???

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 16:08 1

26. Neo_Huang (Posts: 413; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


If Sony phones had the same brand recognition as their Playstation Apple will be dead in a couple of years.

posted on 09 Sep 2014, 09:41

27. naveen000can (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


Sony is the only manufacturer who is giving best to their customers. Samsung sucks

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