Sony Xperia Z3 Compact seemingly discontinued in the US

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact seemingly discontinued in the US
Sony is no longer selling the Xperia Z3 Compact via its official US website. The handset is now listed in the "discontinued" category at Sony's online Store, despite the fact that it's alive and well in other parts of the world. Luckily, the Z3 Compact can still be bought in the US if you're visiting Amazon, Best Buy, or Newegg (though only a few color variants are available).

Until recently, Sony was selling the Z3 Compact in the US for $469.99 (unlocked, of course). It's a bit weird that the handset is no longer available to buy, especially since Sony continues to sell older smartphones, including the Xperia Z1 Compact. Perhaps the Z3 Compact is simply out of stock, and Sony isn't producing more units (at least not for the US) because it's getting ready to unveil a successor to it.

Sony already announced an Xperia Z4 in Japan, though it's calling it Xperia Z3+ in the rest of the world, so we're not really sure what to expect from an eventual successor to the Z3 Compact. In any case, it's probably safe to assume that the next Xperia Compact will have a screen measuring less than 5 inches, while offering high-end specs.

What would you like to see on the next Xperia Compact from Sony?

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source: Sony via Xperia Blog

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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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33 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Best compact phone compared to the minis offered by Samsung, HTC, and LG.

14. waddup121 unregistered

TOOOO FAST To discontinue!

17. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Sony is taking some weird steps in smartphone business for some time. Really don't understand what are they up to.

26. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Agree. Mine Galaxy Alpha was discontinued even faster...

27. Virage

Posts: 88; Member since: May 25, 2015

I have a feeling Samsung will revive the Alpha, its just a matter of time. With a dash of s6 style ,maybe, its a nice phone but battery is underpowered (the z3c isn't plus it has micro sd card) . Especially if sony really does discontinue the compacts. Expect a Alpha with z3c samsung wants it all $$$$$

16. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

This is best phone Sony has ever created.

2. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

But this device was released in October 2014? Wasnt it? Its too fast to discontinued it

3. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Z3+ compact incoming.

4. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Yeah with nothing but new chipset, 5MP FFC, capless port and slimmer :D If Sony keep doing it the end is near for Sony Mobile division.

9. kingEngine

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

Hopefully Z5 or whatever its gonna be called will be a game changer. I like Sony but their design, while nice, is getting a bit stale IMO.

10. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Don't forget larger storage options, faster LTE, and newer bluetooth tech. The jump from 801 to 810 is a better reason to release a new phone than other incremental upgrades I've seen. I think naming it the Z3+ is a fair indicator that even they know this wasn't supposed to be anything that unique.

18. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I may sound like Sony hater or something like that, but if you know me or pay attention to most of my posts you would know that I was a big fan of Sony that also Xperia Z3 user. They should never launch Z3+ just make better phone and release it at IFA. Because other than LDAC there is nothing groundbreaking or innovative in Z3+. "Don't forget larger storage options" no i'm not but with the latest storage optimization (Move apps to SD Card) in lollipop i don't see any problem with 16GB. "Faster LTE" great i love that but some other phone is already done that before and in some country they won't even able to feel the speed. "LDAC" (your prefer to called it newer BT tech) just like i said before this one is the only innovative tech in Z3+ because now audiophile can enjoy higher quality sounds through BT that no other phone can. The best thing about 810 is only 64 bit because with only 801 and 1080p screen my Z3 can run games and apps without any problems.

19. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I usually upgrade my phone every 2+ years but with rapid technological advancement and my annoyance when my friends brag that his phone can focus faster, capture sharper images, do this and do that better than my Z3. I think i need a new phone from Sony that is really great.

20. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I agree that this is nothing innovative but I don't think it was meant to be. Everything is incremental nowadays but the changes made to the Z3+ are at least more than iPhone users get for their 's' upgrades. Sony has been a bit stagnant of late but they've always been less prone to do gimmicky things. They've had the same design language for years when Samsung, LG and HTC have changed at least once or twice recently. They're due for an overhaul but in the meantime I welcome the steady upgrades. It doesn't affect my buying pattern and gives me more options when I do.

23. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Please don't comparing any phones with iPhone because there is simply no competitor in iOS ecosystem. For me Z3+ is nothing but a waste of time and resource. I'm not asking for much i just want Sony to focus on 4 most important and timeless things Battery, Camera, Display and Sounds Sony actually doing pretty good job for Battery, Display (still need some extra work on calibration) and Sounds (Higher quality speakers and better audio chip would be great) But when other manufacturers put the latest sensor in their phones, Sony keep using the same old sensor since Z1/Z2. If Sony can't put something innovative at least use the latest tech available.

24. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Unrivaled iOS ecosystem? 1)Fanboying doesn't win you any points. 2) I was talking about the hardware which is very relevant to the conversation of incremental upgrades. Stay focused. Everything else I've already addressed.

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The sony compact phones seem to be near perfect for a phone under 5in anyway so what i'd like to see is an improvement over the z3 compact if that's even possible lol. I say 4.6in 720p screen with an sd808, if the screen is bigger than 4.6in then 1080p.

21. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'd rather see a 1080P 4.6" display with the 808. The 808 is more than capable of handling 1080P and 4.6" 1080P comes out to just under 480ppi which isn't that crazy at all. I'd understand if they stayed with 720P though. The density is respectable and they prioritize battery life so it makes sense. I just don't know if I can move down from 1080P to 720P.

28. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

my iphone 5s's screen looks just as good as an htc one m8 i honestly cant tell the difference without holding the phone really close to my face and even then the difference is minuscule. as long as the ppi is above 300 and the screen is calibrated very good then the phone will have a great looking display regardless of the resolution.

29. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I actually just moved from a Nexus 5 to a LG G2 today and even though the ppi went down a bit the screen looks so much better. I agree with you but 300 may be a little low.

30. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

yea 326 like on an iphone the best.

31. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

326ppi* is the best*

32. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I think the word you're looking for is sufficient.

33. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

yeah that's a better word lol

6. XperiaX

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

successor incoming...

7. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Might come back soon with a price cut, maybe? The successor won't be launched in the US right now, since they didn't even announce it in Japan yet. Plus, US isn't the main market for Sony, so Americans will have to wait longer.

8. AnthonyBOrtega

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

It says "Out of stock" as for now.

11. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

I nearly bought this phone once! But when I compared to my device Lumia 930 then, I found camera and screen of Z3c disappointing! Still, a great compact phone!

12. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

great phone but its screen cracks very easy :(

13. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Is Sony even making profit in their mobile department? Seems they make good phones but never really sell alot of it. Sony should just sell their mobile techs to Apple or Samsung if they aren't committed. These new releases just seems like half a** work.

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