Sony Xperia Z3 Compact to be cheaper than initially believed (at least in the UK)

Earlier this month, when Sony officially announced the Xperia Z3 Compact, the company said that the handset would be available to buy before the end of this quarter - at the same time with the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Tablet Compact. Sony even revealed pre-order prices for the Z3 Compact: £429 in the UK, and €499 in other European markets.

In case you think these prices are too high, we have good news: the Z3 Compact may cost less at launch. In fact, a few British retailers (including Clove and Handtec) are already listing lower pre-order prices for the handset: around £349 - which means €438. At the same time, however, Sony UK still lists the initial £429 pre-order price, so we’ll have to wait and see exactly how much the smartphone costs when it becomes available.

Just like the larger Xperia Z3, the Z3 Compact runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and offers a dust- and water-resistant body (IP68-certified). The Z3 Compact sports a 4.6-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, being powered by a quad-core 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor. Other features: 20.7 MP rear camera with 4K video recording, 2.2 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2600 mAh battery. The smartphone will come in four color versions: black, white, red/orange, and green.

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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. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Acd cheaper in Asia, same as always.

8. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Can't wait for this to be available in our country!!! Go Sony !!

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Worth the price, considering that flagship phones are around £550 ( excluding iPhones).

4. hmd74

Posts: 542; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

You mean iFail 6?

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

IPhones cost over £600.

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Mostly around £700.

3. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Yeah KILLL those ipongs sale!!

7. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Only in your dreams. Even samsung with huge marketing funds and so many version of galaxy unable to "KILLL those ipongs sale!!"

11. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

iPong sales and marketshare are indeed dying, so your argument is invalid...

13. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Dying are you serius?? Last time i check iPhone is still the best selling smartphone in the world.

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

iPhone is a very general term, and does not constitute a single device...

15. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

16. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I know that both the Z3 and Z3C is the most well rounded smartphone available in the market today. But don't dream that Z3C will beat the iphone in terms of sales, at least not now. There are still many things sony need to do to be able to compete with apple.

20. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I like to have devices that are not the best selling... I am not saying that I like a dying company but I do like that companies are not simple the top in the market because most of the time that generates over-confidence and lack of innovation... I think Sony has been doing a great job with their phones portafolio but they are still behind in terms of software bugs, marketing and availability... I will get the Z3 Compact because it is, feature by feature just what I have been wishing after owning the Acro S... I hope it delivers, improve and learned from past mistakes, with the Z1 Compact.

9. gadgeteer

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Sony just keep a giving value for money. I was considering the big z3 but at thia price, will definitely go with the compact. As for iphong, don't worry, its days are numbered. The masses are waking up to the reality that Apple is now a mere follower bereft of innovative ideas. Personally, I wish Apple would reduce prices before its too late as I see Android going to 90% market share. Apple is making the same mistake, again. These companies never learn !

10. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I think the OG Moto X is a better value. BTW PA, do you think I should wait for the Moto X's price to drop, or is it too risky as the phone may be discontinued soon? What do you think?

12. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE IPONGS! (Mocking amiaq)

17. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

why the hell are you guys saying Ipong.......

18. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

For outright buying, Sony phones are always cheaper than the other bigger brands, this is something not often raised in comparison.

19. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

If only they made them more widely available. The Z2 was a step in the right direction but still limited in availability compared to other flagships. I hope to see the Z3 Compact in the US and working on Verizon so I can replace my smaller backup phone(s) as the Z3c will most likely have better battery life and dual front speakers without being too big.

21. romeo1

Posts: 823; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

In holland it 498 euro for pre order. Wich is around the 400 pound

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