Sony Xperia X Compact v Xperia Z5 Compact vs Xperia Z3 Compact: specs comparison


Sony is once again trying to retake the compact market segment with its brand new Xperia X Compact, though we are not that sure how this will play out for Sony.

See, previously Sony released such sub-5.0" phones alongside their main flagships, but those boasted mostly the same hardware specs as their larger peers, making them potent alternatives for people who like smaller-sized phone more. Like the Xperia Z1 Compact and Z3 Compact, for example. The Z5 Compact also employed the same formula, but it had a few issues that really pulled it back.

So, is the new X Compact a worthy successor to Sony's compact previous devices or not? We are about to find that by comparing it with the Z5 Compact and the excellent albeit dated Xperia Z3 Compact.

Sony Xperia X Compact vs Sony Xperia Z5 Compact vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Display

Display size

4.6 inches
4.6 inches
4.6 inches

Resolution

720 x 1280 pixels
720 x 1280 pixels
720 x 1280 pixels

Pixel density

319 ppi
319 ppi
319 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

69.53 %
70.64 %
70.64 %

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

23 megapixels
23 megapixels
20.7 megapixels

Hardware Features

CMOS image sensor, Laser and Phase detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Autofocus, CMOS image sensor

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 24 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"
Sensor size: 1/2.3"
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)

Recording format

 
MPEG4, H.263, H.264, H.265
MPEG4, H.264

Features

Video light, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Object tracking, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Digital image stabilization, Video calling

Front

5 megapixels
5 megapixels
2.2 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.08 x 2.56 x 0.37 inches (129 x 65 x 9.5 mm)
5.00 x 2.56 x 0.35 inches (127 x 65 x 8.9 mm)
5.00 x 2.56 x 0.34 inches (127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm)

Weight

4.76 oz (135 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
4.87 oz (138 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
4.55 oz (129 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

 
Back: Glass; Frame: Plastic
Back: Glass; Frame: Metal

Resistance

 
Water, Dust; IP 68
Water, Dust; IP 68

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 8956
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC

Processor

Hexa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A72 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400

GPU

Adreno 510
Adreno 430
Adreno 330

RAM

3 GB LPDDR3
2 GB LPDDR4
2 GB LPDDR3

OS

Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4)

Battery

Capacity

2700 mAh
2700 mAh
2600 mAh

Charging

Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Talk time

11.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)
11.50 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)
12.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)

Stand-by time

29.6 days (710 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)
21.7 days (520 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)
36.7 days (880 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)

Talk time (3G)

14.10 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
14.80 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
14.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

31.2 days (750 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)
21.7 days (520 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)
38.3 days (920 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

27.9 days (670 hours)
the average is 24 days (575 h)
20.4 days (490 hours)
the average is 24 days (575 h)
33.3 days (800 hours)
the average is 24 days (575 h)

Music playback

65.00 hours
77.00 hours
110.00 hours

Video playback

10.80 hours
8.33 hours
10.00 hours



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14 Comments

1. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Bigger than Z5C? Pfffff... Thicker is okay, but taller is NOT.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

even worse screen-to-body ratio.. and RAM speed jump back to Z3 compact era... $200-$300 price range will be a better place for this phone...

5. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Damn,you must have eagle eyes when you can spot 0,9% worse screen/body ratio and difference of 2mm compared to Z5C.

11. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

This is a compact device, so every 0.1mm matters. Besides it's a newer model so 'compactness' should be improved, not the other way around. Also not just eyes, but hands and pockets.

3. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

So they killed the compact flagship line. To bad. They messed up a good thing. They had one job. 820 with 4gb drr4 ram RIP compact flahship

8. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

iPhone is still available in stores, you know.

9. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I was obviously talking about the Sony compacts. They were the only source for compact flagship phones

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

iPhone SE is another compact phone, so Sony was not the only source. Why would you reject it?

12. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Some people want Android. But I guess now people like us are going to have to cave in and pack up and move to iOS.

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Why would you want to use something that doesn't want you as a user? Fk Android and fk iOS if they don't meet your needs.

4. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Why they couldnt do XZ Compact instead with full high end specs? Damn,good phone,but price/specs ratio is so bad.

6. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Not much improvement between devices this past years

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Xperia Z5 Compact, last of the dying breed.

14. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Perhaps if Sony fixes this Xperia X issue, they could release a proper flagship at MWC along with a compact version at IFA. You see, the Xperia X was what Sony put the spotlight on as a flagship so, the X was the one to be given a compact version. (Quite odd with the XC and XZ though, the XZ was supposed to debut with a compact of it's breed, not of a previous generation one)

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