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

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!

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact vs Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6



4.6 inches
4.7 inches
5.1 inches


720 x 1280 pixels
750 x 1334 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels

Pixel density

319 PPI
326 PPI
577 PPI




70.64 %
65.71 %
70.48 %

Peak brightness

500 cd/m2 (nit)

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
Apple A8
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420


Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone ARMv8-A 2nd gen., 64-bit
Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm


Adreno 430
PowerVR GX6450
Mali-T760 MP8



Internal storage

128GB, not expandable
128GB, not expandable


Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop)
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



2700 mAh
1810 mAh
2550 mAh


Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
Fast charging

Talk time

11.50 hours
the average is 18 h (1103 min)

Stand-by time

21.7 days (520 hours)
the average is 21 days (515 h)
10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 21 days (515 h)

Talk time (3G)

14.80 hours
the average is 23 h (1399 min)
14.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1399 min)
23.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1399 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

21.7 days (520 hours)
the average is 27 days (645 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

20.4 days (490 hours)
the average is 25 days (590 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

77.00 hours
50.00 hours
57.00 hours

Video playback

8.33 hours
11.00 hours
13.00 hours



Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

23 megapixels
8 megapixels
16 megapixels


Phase-detection autofocus
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Phase-detection autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)


Sensor size: 1/2.3"
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

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, H.265


Object tracking, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Video calling


5 megapixels
1.2 megapixels
5 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1280x720 (HD)
2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)



5.00 x 2.56 x 0.35 inches (127 x 65 x 8.9 mm)
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)


4.87 oz (138 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (177 g)
4.55 oz (129 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (177 g)
4.87 oz (138 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (177 g)


Back: Glass; Frame: Plastic
Back: Aluminum
Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum


Water, Dust; IP 68


Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)


Notification light, Touch sensitive control keys

Shopping information


$ 849



1. _KIRA_

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2013

1.2 megapixel front camera on the iPhone us just hilarious

6. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

well... to be honest one of the things I truly envy of an iPhone 6, having a Z3C (with a 2.2MP camera) is the front facing camera... it is SO much better on the iPhones, despite the low resolution... Anyway, I almost never use it... most of the time I turn the phone around and let the wide-angle lens do its magic

2. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Such a beast in small body, look at iphone 6 size with only 0,1 inch more screen and lower specs. Still sad about the fact that it doesn't have 3gb ram and 1080p, would be insta buy. Now I'm gonna compare it to htc aero and Z5

3. mukesh1826

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

DON'T BUY........DON'T BUY Don't know about others but my experience with the Sony is really Bad. Don't ever buy Sony highend handets they are s** makes fool to their consumer...i bought xperia z3 compact 10 months back and experienced 4th time similar display blackout problem...simply they are keeping my mobile for 20-25 day in the service centre...everytime they promised me that this will never happen again....I am regret of my decision I purchased Sony

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I had Z3C and no problems at all

7. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I have a Z3C (no warranty for buying overseas) and the only problems I've had are easily fixable and very cheap... magnetic port loose... (replacement cost 5 bucks) and one of the flaps had a loose O-ring... YES I agree that quality of their handsets could be better... but on the other hand for me has been otherwise pretty sturdy and I have abused it a little bit

4. Topcat488

Posts: 1422; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Please re-due this using the iPhone 6S specs... My iPhone 6 is really looking mid-range against these two. O.o

8. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

the 6s still will look like a mid-range... the only pro is that iOS is better optimize for the phone and will perform just like Android top dogs, if not better... good to see that they will provide more RAM, as it was a true necessity.

9. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

1810 mAh?!?!? What's the average SOT for the iPhone?

10. Haania

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Samusng lack innovation and idea of its own. They are always at the back side of apple iPhone.Samusng will be the next Nokia to fall.... trust me.... while Microsoft and apple will dominate

11. JMartin22

Posts: 2415; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

How is Samsung lacking innovation compared a company that probably only spends a quarter of what Samsung does in R&D? The 2010 stereotype era has passed, let it go now.

12. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

U mad bro? if Samsung will be next Nokia then what about LG, Sony, HTC, and all chinese manufacturer? you are hater and you gonna hate Samsung no matter what they do. Microsoft dominate? now i am sure you are trolling here, i'm not saying it's imposible but it's a looooong way to go.

13. knoxred

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

I'm planning to get the Z5 Compact. Btw there will be Z5C Premium with 1080 FHD EXCLUSIVELY for Japan according to a rumor. True? If true, that's not fair... I really want Z5C with FHD.

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