Sony Xperia Z3 Compact vs its mini rivals: size comparison showdown

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact vs its mini rivals: size comparison showdown
It's hip to be “mini” these days – devices that were considered “regular” a year or two ago, are now called “compact” or “mini” and are a downsized version of a larger flagship. Usually, these pack hardware specs that are nothing to write home about, but Sony decided to make a difference with the Xperia Z1 Compact. Well, the manufacturer just unveiled a successor to the munchkin.

Contrary to what sound logic suggests, Sony decided to skip a generation and instead of an Xperia Z2 Compact, it unveiled the Z3 Compact, a smaller version of the Xperia Z3, its newest flagship. With dimensions of 127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm and weight of 129 gr, it's a worthy heir to often-lauded Xperia Z1 Compact.

As it's flying in the lightweight “mini” category, we decided to make the Xperia Z3 Compact wrestle against a slew of its more popular rivals in the same compact segment and check out which one is the most pocket-friendly one. We are talking about a showdown with the petite versions of formidable flagship devices – the ones in question are the HTC One mini 2, the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini, and, of course, its predecessor, the power-laden Xperia Z1 Compact. 

Oh, and we've also added some other, pretty notable devices that might be considered compact - Apple's latest smartphones, the iPhone 5s and 5c, as well as Samsung's Galaxy Alpha.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Dimensions

5 x 2.56 x 0.34 inches

127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Dimensions

5 x 2.56 x 0.37 inches

127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

Dimensions

5.16 x 2.55 x 0.36 inches

131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

HTC One mini 2

HTC One mini 2

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.56 x 0.42 inches

137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Dimensions

5 x 2.56 x 0.34 inches

127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Dimensions

5 x 2.56 x 0.37 inches

127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

Dimensions

5.16 x 2.55 x 0.36 inches

131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

HTC One mini 2

HTC One mini 2

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.56 x 0.42 inches

137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Dimensions

5 x 2.56 x 0.34 inches

127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 5s

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

Apple iPhone 5c

Apple iPhone 5c

Dimensions

4.9 x 2.33 x 0.35 inches

124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97 mm

Weight

4.66 oz (132 g)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Dimensions

5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches

132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm

Weight

4.06 oz (115 g)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Dimensions

5 x 2.56 x 0.34 inches

127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 5s

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

Apple iPhone 5c

Apple iPhone 5c

Dimensions

4.9 x 2.33 x 0.35 inches

124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97 mm

Weight

4.66 oz (132 g)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Dimensions

5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches

132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm

Weight

4.06 oz (115 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page




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24 Comments

1. f35hunter

Posts: 238; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

It is the giant of the mini's

2. alextdarling

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

I know the iPhone 5S isn't a registered mini device, but wouldn't it make it more interesting just to include it? (Im a heavy android user.)

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Funny how you had to put that certain sentence to the end to save yourself from the hate xD

6. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

And also include the crappy alpha.,

23. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Your father should have slept that night ! :/

8. alextdarling

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

And just like that its added.

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Gotta make my mom buy this for herself lol.

5. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

And the Z3C takes the cake.

7. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I better start saving then!

9. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

It is remarkable they were able to increase the screen size, battery, IP certification and adds a front facing stereo speakers into a slimmer body. For me the Z3 Compact is truly an engineering marvel.

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's down to the alpha and Z3 compact for me. The Alpha is smaller than the HTC One Mini 2. Lol The Alpha is actually pretty impressive. If it had the same screen as the HTC One M7 it would crush everything.

11. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Sony is doing good thing by not stripping SOC in Z3 compact. Best android phone for people not interested in larger screens. Even Galaxy Alpha is good but touchwiz is worst of all android UX.

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Alpha is the only one with a flagship CPU and flagship thinness. The SD801 is last years tech. Battery size is fine because of the 20 nm process and the tests show it lasts longer than the 1080p phones. My main concern is the screen. It tests well but so does the 5s screen and I thought that sucked. If only they used the HTC M7 screen on the Alpha. Then it would be perfect. Conflicted.

18. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Alpha is the only one? I don't think so. Z3 Compact also comes with the same CPU as the bigger brother Z3. The thickness maybe not on the same level as the alpha, but 8.6 mm still slim enough and compareable with other flagships i'm sure if they reduce the battery to 1800 mAh and remove the IP certification they can make Z3 Compact 6.4 mm thin. Battery size is fine and longer than 1080p phones are you sure about that?? Let me show us you the battery life test and comparison with 1080p phones From a much more reliable source.http://m.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_alpha-review-1118p3.phphttp://m.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s5-review-1064.phphttp://m.gsmarena.com/htc_one_m8-review-1062.phphttp://m.gsmarena.com/lg_g2-review-982p2.phphttp://m.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z2-review-1078p3.php 20 nm sounds great at least on paper and absolutly more cutting edge than 28 nm in Z3 Compact. But when it comes to real life performance i'm sure overall Z3 Compact will be faster than alpha than to lighter and smoother ui. After benchmark cheating and video comparison i've lost my faith on bechmark apps but just to let you know the S801 is still pretty much on par with the Exynos 5 Octa 5430 and that's also why samsung choose S801 for the other version of Galaxy Alpha.

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Sd801 is last years CPU and the Exynos is the most cutting edge. You can't dispute that no matter how hard you try. The Exynos compares vs the Sd805 and just ignores the Sd801. So yes, the only one unless you start counting last years flagships.

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

http://www.tlbhd.com/galaxy-alpha-xperia-z3-compact-19037/ According to the embedded YouTube video, the Alpha has better battery life and performance speed. If only the screen was better it would be game set and match alpha.

15. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Actually I used to see his video because ussualy his review are faster than other, but I stopped after I realized how clueless he is. If watch his video comparison you'll see that he said the Z3 Compact has higher resolution display than alpha lol. Better battery life??? This is what he said about battery life "Despite packing a smaller battery than the Z3 Compact, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha can easily get through the day and even reach the end of the second most of the time. The Sony packs a larger, encased battery, and will usually go for about 2 days of average use easily, which is definitely not bad at all." If I did not misunderstand his words, most of the time alpha can reach 2 days and Z3 Compact can easly survive for 2 days wich mean it has better battery life or at least on par. Better performance speed are you serious?? In the video he can't decided wich one faster but Z3 Compact faster than alpha when opening setting, phone dial and geekbench app the alpha only faster when opening gallery. "Before you proceed, please keep this in mind: I’ve used these devices for a few days before they were officially announced and the Z3 Compact mentioned here is a pre-production sample and not the final release unit."

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The written review is different from what he said in the YouTube review. In the YouTube video he clearly says the Alpha lasts longer and performs better and you can see by the apps opening faster in the video. But that is to be expected considering the new 20nm Exynos smokes the crap out of the Sd801 and is a Sd805 competitor not a Sd801 competitor.

17. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

You haven't checked GSMA lately, have you? The Alpha flopped on their battery life test and did worse than the Z1 compact.

20. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

So I guess the Z3 compact will flop too if the Alpha has better battery life compared to it. I will probably end up getting the Z3 compact due to the apparently better screen but I am not going to ignore hands on reviews that say the Alpha has better battery life.

14. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

This is the phone I need....no doubt

21. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Galaxy Alpha still the best mini flagship to date. Even better than the Z2 compact...oh wait, the Z3 compact

22. Freelist86

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Z3 Compact will sell more than Z3.

24. edelxander

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

z3 compact rocks!!

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