Alleged Xperia Z3 Compact pics leak out, reveal rugged beauty in a scaled chassis

Alleged Xperia Z3 Compact pics leak out, reveal rugged beauty in a scaled chassis
We've barely had the Z2 out of the door, and it's not that we've had many hints on an Xperia Z2 Compact just yet, but Sony is apparently already mulling the reveal of both a Z3 and a Z3 Compact sidekicks. We just got the invitation from Sony about its scheduled September 3 event at the IFA expo in Berlin, where the Z3 will allegedly make a splash, and now a few pretty convincing pics are trickling down the rumor pipe, claiming they represent the Z3 Compact.

What we are seeing is a rectangular chassis styling in the general Xperia Z line tradition of late, with comparatively wide top and bottom bezels, and rugged good looks that indicate waterproof certification might be in store here as well. The back of the handset is hinting at perhaps the same high-res Sony camera with G lens that we've had since the Z1, next to a single LED flash. The eventual Z3 Compact is put in a transparent case, but it still looks pretty slim from the side, in line with Sony's conventional practice with both its flagships, and its midrangers now. 

Given that the Z1 Compact is the best spec'd mini flagship edition out there, and no other can compare to its roster, even from this season's crop, it makes sense that a Z3 Compact might be next in the line of Sony's palm-friendly flagships, instead of a Z2 Compact. What do you think, is there any chance Sony will skip a "mini" generation, and introduce a Z3 Compact this fall?

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Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I have a feeling that the Z3 will look almost the same as the Z2, I hope I'm wrong.

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Not to mention Z2 looked the same as Z1 and Z1 looked the same as Z. They also haven't refreshed their stale UI for ages now. Every other big OEM including Samsung, HTC, LG, Apple, Google, etc.even chinese OEMs have done that.

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Well, they changed their UI a bit. But yeah, they should really refresh their UI, maybe make it more simpler and cleaner since that's a mainstream now. The design though, they should really change it. Maybe like combine a bit of the old NXT design, current Omnibalance design and the new design just like Honda did with their new Accord.

7. josephnero

Posts: 778; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Because it's slick and many of reviews listed it in pros.i just love it.if you don't like it it's your opinion

8. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

You don't have eyes right? I used Z, now Z1 and my brother has Z2.. I can clearly see the design changes Sony did.. They are sticking with omnibalance doesn't mean that they all are under a same chassis..

11. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Oh you can? And how does that detract from the point, one can also see design changes from Samsung in every Galaxy S release but that doesn't mean it isn't the same old stale design.

10. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

their UI is still simple in my taste, and their design is still good, but then again they have to start a new design because competitions are really high now... by 2016, they will really look stale IMO, also with nokia, and HTC... samsung was by far the worst stagnated design..

13. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Same same everything looks same. Inside (UI) outside (design). Wanna be Sammy.

15. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Every manufacturer is using the same design from Sony, Xiaomi, LG, Samsung, HTC, Apple and plenty more. So tell me more about it being the same

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

This will be my next phone, next February after I get my income tax refund and the price goes down. I don't care if it has an SD801 or 805 (hell, the 800 is enough), 2 or 3gb RAM, or 720 or 1080p screen. I'm getting this phone.

4. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

oh god yes! it can't come soon enough! cpu and screen details are all important though, Hope they can keep it

6. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

ok, seems you can't do angle brackets (less than, greater than sign) in PA comments... Hope they can keep it less than 4.7" - 720p, SD 801, 3GB but 2GB would be fine too. Rest of my comment was about Sony's OLED tech they showed off in their prototype TVs. That was the first time I saw it, years and years ago, but they never seemed to make any phones with OLED panels? I'd love to see them bring that tech to their phones too.

12. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Granted, "compact" is more about the overall dimensions, but I agree about the screen size. 4.3" is a bit small for me (especially with those big bezels on the Z1C). Earlier rumors had the Z3C screen at 4.5", which made me very excited. Now the rumors say 4.6", which would be outstanding. 4.7" I feel is maybe pushing it just a bit. Personally, I'd love if they could cram a 1080x1920 res screen in there, (The One M7 has a 4.7" 1080p screen, so I know it's possible). But a 720p screen wouldn't disappoint me, and would make the phone run smoother/faster. The screen on my Nexus 4 looks plenty clear to me.

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

That design is still blocky, and the UI is same too. Though it is a mini powerhouse. BTW Phonearena is almost 24 hours late than gsmarena for this news lol.

16. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I don't mind blocky as long as is a bit curvy on the back like the Z3... that would make it more comfortable in the hand... It was something I dislike about the Z, Z1, Z2...

14. dimitrisantoniou

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

As I hate sony Z1 I think dat Z2 and Z3 are quite elegant

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