Sony Xperia Z3 Compact topped the smartphone sales list in Japan from April 4th through the 10th

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact topped the smartphone sales list in Japan from April 4th through the 10th
GfK is the agency in Japan that publishes a weekly list of top smartphone sellers in the country. With Sony being a home town brand, and with the Japanese having favored the Xperia Compact models from day one, perhaps it should not be a surprise which handset was on top from April 4th through April 10th, the latest time period that this data was available. That would be the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact offered by mobile operator DoCoMo. Unlike "mini" versions of flagship models, the Xperia Z3 Compact keeps most of the same hardware specs including the chipset and camera.

While the full-size Sony Xperia Z3 features a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, the Z3 Compact offers a 4.6-inch glass with a 720 x 1280 resolution. Both models are powered by the Snapdragon 801 SoC which contains a quad-core 2.5GHz CPU and the Adreno 330 GPU. The regular-sized Xperia Z3 has 3GB of RAM vs. 2GB for the compact variant. Both have the same 20.7MP rear camera, with an aperture of f/2.0, and a front-facing 2.2MP snapper. The Xperia Z3 offers a 3100mAh battery while the compact has a 2600mAh juicer inside.

The 64GB Apple iPhone 6 earned the next three places with models offered by au, SoftBank and DoCoMo holding the second, third and fourth places. Fifth and sixth places belonged to the 16GB iPhone 6 from au and SoftBank, respectively. The Nexus 5 was next followed by the Sony Xperia Z3 from au. DoCoMo's 16GB iPhone 6 was 9th while the 16GB Apple iPhone 5s from SoftBank rounded out the top ten.

The top list of smartphone sales by DoCoMo and au separately can be checked out by clicking on the slideshow, below.

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1. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

No compromise mini phone is the best.

2. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Smart people live in Japan...

4. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Technically Z3 Compact has no competition at all....

5. BruceLeeRoyJenkins

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I'm surprised more OEMs haven't adopted the Compact line mentality

23. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini didn't live up the way his brethren, the S5 does.

12. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

No competition and no alternative for compact only Sony can do it. Good job Sony!

34. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Galaxy Alpha and iPhone are only alternative.

14. romeo1

Posts: 825; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

You could put an iphone6 against it but that is a couple of 100's more expensive.

16. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Last time I used an iphone was the 4s after that no iphone for me a lot of compromises and too much cost for a device that can barely do anything. Z3c way cheaper a lot of usefull functionality not to mention sd slot ip certified.

21. dimas

Posts: 3446; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

What are you saying? There's sharp, panasonic, samsung and in case you don't know how to read: iPhones.

36. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

And where talking compact device that is not a strip down of the flagship device. Panasonic and Sharp's availability globally is not there compared to Sony. The only market that Sony is having problem is the US.

51. dino1019

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 01, 2014

Hopefully the Z5 and Z5 Compact will break through into the US.

52. maestri

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

I heard SONY will start up a new phone line with a new name, new design new everything. That's a good thing for SONY imo. Btw I really want the new Bravia TV lol

56. milkboy54

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

New phone whose design is inspired by the new Bravia TV x900c. I wanna see that

66. Skywax9016

Posts: 8; Member since: May 19, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Apple iphone 5s/6 are the main competitor, there are a few more from other manufacturers such as Oppo, Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi.

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

This is great news, it only shows that Sony will keep making Compact series hopefully other OEMs go this way also

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

True, the Samsung, LG and HTC Minis always have much lower specs and only sell on brand name Also I'm surprised the good old Nexus 5 placed #7 I'm hoping for a 2015 Nexus 5

6. smallworld

Posts: 523; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

No wonder I saw it in a lot of anime recently.

45. JKauzer

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 10, 2015


7. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Hoping Sony will make the next versions of Compact series even delightful as they are successful.

8. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

The next Xperia Compact can wait. This one is a beast :)

9. torr310

Posts: 1725; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

What I see is the list is All flooded by iPhone! Not smart enough! I wish a phone with S6 screen/camera + Z3C battery life + S5 expandable SD slot/removable battery.

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

Keep on dreaming.

10. gaming64 unregistered

Whoooh, Japan! Konichiwa!

15. romeo1

Posts: 825; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Hope they'll make the z4 or z5 compact from metal and with a 1080p screen and i might be in. For me its a very big screen without a tablet or a very small one and a tablet next to it.

27. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

1080p would ruin the compact experience

47. romeo1

Posts: 825; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

How would a sharper display ruin the experience?

17. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Make the next one more compact and increase the screen size, is it possible?

25. gaming64 unregistered

There are some reports that it will be like 4.7 or below, I'm not sure.

18. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

The Compact always does great. I remember that the Z1 Compact beat the iPhone in sales in Japan.

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