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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact vs Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Apple iPhone 6: specs comparison

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Well, folks, we have a hot new batch of top-class Xperia handsets – the Xperia Z5, the phablet-class, first-to-have-4K display Xperia Z5 Premium, and the much more manageable Xperia Z5 Compact. That's right, Sony remains one of the few manufacturers out there that understands some users need a flagship device, which doesn't necessarily have a gargantuan size.

The Xperia Z5 Compact doesn't have a lot of direct competitors per se, due to the fact that it's probably the most powerful compact Android-toting smartphone currently. Thankfully, Sony continues to uphold its philosophy that a "mini" version of its flagship doesn't necessarily need to take a huge hardware cut-down. But we guess it's safe to assume that any device with around a 5" – 5.1" display can still step on the Z5 Compact's toes.

So how will the tiny Xperia fare against two of the more popular and relatively compact devices that are out there – the Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6? Let's check them out, side by side!

Display
Size
4.7 inches
5.1 inches
4.6 inches
Technology
IPS LCD
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD
Screen-to-body
65.71 %
70.48 %
70.64 %
Peak brightness
500 cd/m2 (nit)
 
 
Features
Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
System chip
Apple A8
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420 (14 nm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
Processor
Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone ARMv8-A 2nd gen., 64-bit
Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
GPU
PowerVR GX6450
Mali-T760 MP8
Adreno 430
RAM
1GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR4
2GB LPDDR4
Internal storage
128GB, not expandable
128GB, not expandable
32GB
OS
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x)
Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop)
Battery
Capacity
1810 mAh
2550 mAh
2700 mAh
Charging
 
Fast charging
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
Talk time
 
 
11.50 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
Stand-by time
10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
 
21.7 days (520 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
Talk time (3G)
14.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
23.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
14.80 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
Stand-by time (3G)
 
 
21.7 days (520 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
Stand-by time (4G)
 
 
20.4 days (490 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
Internet use
3G: 10 hours; LTE: 10 hours; Wi-Fi: 11 hours
3G: 10 hours; LTE: 12 hours; Wi-Fi: 12 hours
 
Music playback
50.00 hours
57.00 hours
77.00 hours
Video playback
11.00 hours
13.00 hours
8.33 hours
Camera
Rear
Single camera
Single camera
Single camera
Main camera
8 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, PDAF, BSI sensor)
16 MP (OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor)
23 MP (PDAF)
Specifications
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.5 μm
Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Sensor size: 1/2.3"
Video recording
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD)
Recording format
 
 
MPEG4, H.263, H.264, H.265
Features
Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
OIS, HDR, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Video calling
Object tracking, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Front
1.2 MP
5 MP
5 MP
Video capture
1280x720 (HD)
2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
Design
Dimensions
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches (138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm)
5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches (143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm)
5.00 x 2.56 x 0.35 inches (127 x 65 x 8.9 mm)
Weight
4.55 oz (129.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
4.87 oz (138.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
4.87 oz (138.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
Materials
Back: Aluminum
Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass; Frame: Plastic
Resistance
 
 
Water, Dust; IP68
Biometrics
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Features
 
Notification light, Touch sensitive control keys
 
Buyers information
Price
$ 849
 
 


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