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:

  • 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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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)

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27 Comments

1. umarmughal

Posts: 20; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

no comparison please with note 4...

6. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Whats new with note4??? S805?? BORING

15. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

22. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

The most practical flagship has arrived...

2. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Y 1.5 metre What about 2m??

3. f35hunter

Posts: 238; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

high class mini smartphone

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 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

4. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

YES, this is more interesting than the Z3.

5. shahulvm

Posts: 124; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

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

7. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

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

8. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

sold. 100%

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Putting Galaxy minis to shame.

18. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

and putting iphone to shame as well

21. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

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

25. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

10. Utopian

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Battery capacity?

14. Kioskmongot

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

2600 mAh according to PA

11. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

12. Rydsmith unregistered

Except all their phone can be purchased on their website?

17. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

24. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Amazon, eBay...

13. Kioskmongot

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

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

19. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

20. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Lovely phone, the best compact smartphone ATM.

23. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Why does it say Z Compact???

26. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

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

27. naveen000can

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

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

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