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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

A compact phone with a huge potential – the perfect description for the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. This phone is a downsized version of the Xperia Z3, but that doesn’t make it inferior to its parent model. Click here to know more about this phone.

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Smaller but Better

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is an Android smartphone flagship manufactured by Sony. It was first released in 2014 and is a compact version of the Xperia Z3. Although released in 2014, its specs and features are basically future proof which is why it could still keep up with the latest smartphones of today.

Sony Xperia Z3 Design

Like all Sony Xperia Z flagship smartphones, the Z3 Compact features Sony's signature "Omni-Balance" design. The "Omni-balance" design is explained by Sony as being a focus in which they can create symmetrical balance in all directions. This design can be seen with the Z3 Compact’s plain black rectangular slate design, with its power button situated at the side, closer to the middle of the smartphone. The front and back of the smartphone is covered by strong tempered glass.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: IP Certifcation

The Z3 Compact, like most other Xperia smartphones, has protective an extreme protective feature: the water and dust proof with IP55 and IP58 protection rating. With this the phone can be submerged in water at a depth of up to 3 meters and can resist a large amount of dust from entering the internals of the smartphone.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Miniature Powerhouse

Being a compact version of a flagship smartphone means that the mobile device is blessed with a high end specification which is just one step behind its parent version; A little compromise for a more convenient size. That is true with the Xperia Z3 COMPACT. This device is powered with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core CPU (Krait 400) and an Adreno 330 GPU which gave the smartphone almost unrivalled performance in terms of power. Plus, its 2GB RAM allows users to enjoy a seamless multitasking experience.

An Outstanding Smartphone Camera

In a nutshell, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is equipped with a 20.7MP rear (main) camera powered by Sony sensors, and a 2.2MP front (secondary) camera. Despite being small, this phone remains to be one of the most pixel heavy shooter even against the newer smartphones of today. Its pixel count is not the only caera feature where it stands out, the Z3 Compact also delivers an unparalleled performance in low light, thanks to Sony’s Cyber-shot technology.

Expert Reviews

Reviewed on 2016-07-01
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Reviewed on 2015-08-12
Speedy performance stacks up to other devices in this class, Impressive battery life surpasses other wellknown devices on the market, Superior audio features provide you with excellent listening as well as great call quality, Waterproof and dustproof prot...good Device ships with a fair amount of bloatware, Camera interface requires a learning curvebad
Following the release of the Xperia Z3, Sony unveiled a smaller version of the Z3 known as the Xperia Z3 Compact . The nice part is Sony did not sacrifice the technology included in the original Z3 when producing a smaller version of the device. In fact...
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Reviewed on 2015-07-22
There was no Sony Z2 Compact, which we thought was a massive shame, because the Z1 Compact was an awesome phone. Usually, when companies scale down their handsets, there is a reduction in power, but that wasn't the case with the Z1 Compact, it was every b...
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Reviewed on 2015-07-20
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Reviewed on 2015-07-08
Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact was one of our favourite phones of early 2014, squeezing big performance into a lightweight, water-resistant chassis, and it's aiming to continue in the same vein with the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. It's endearingly petite compared...
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Reviewed on 2015-05-27
I'm here to tell you why the Sony Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact are two of the most underrated Android phones currently available. In the smartphone market, at least in North America (and especially in the US), Sony can't seem to catch a break. Its Xperia range...
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Reviewed on 2015-05-19
Playing PS4 in the bath/shower, Fantastic battery life, Most games perform quite well, Portable gaming with proper controlsgood WiFi and Bluetooth don't work underwater, Only works well over local WiFi, Limited portabilitybad
Before you can use the app with your PS4, it has to paired first. This is done by searching for the PS4 either remotely via the internet, or ad hoc via your Wi-Fi network. The latter is obviously the preferred method, since this yields the lowest delay be...
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Reviewed on 2015-04-22
Where do you begin writing about a product that, an aberration today, was representative of the norm just two, three years ago? Simply, by explaining its objective benefits, despite the quickly-changing tide of consumer preference.Even as smartphones have...
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Reviewed on 2015-03-26
The age of the small phone isn't dead yet. Not willing to let this category go quietly into the night, Sony brought forth one the best small smartphones of all time, the Xperia Z3 Compact (MSRP $469.99 unlocked). Offering stunning battery life and mid-ran...
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Reviewed on 2015-02-16
S ony's Xperia Z1 Compact was one of our favourite phones of early 2014, squeezing big performance into a lightweight, water-resistant chassis. Now the range continues in the same vein with the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. It's endearingly petite compared to...
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Reviewed on 2015-02-15
I've been using the Xperia Z3 as my daily driver for a little over a month now. It's one of those phones that I actually bought, and is not a review unit. I've really started liking Sony smartphones lately. I attended their launch event in NYC for the Xpe...
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Reviewed on 2015-01-23
Excellent design, small form factor, highend processor, good battery life, vast camera improvementsgood UI looks dated, no HD displaybad
As with the first gen concept, the Xperia Z3 Compact packs the same internals as its larger counterpart - a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Triluminos display technology, and Sony's 20MP Exmor RS camera sensor. It's also waterproof. Does all this ...
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Reviewed on 2015-01-22
The Xperia Z3 Compact continues Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact philosophy: to create a miniature handset packed with the same high-end specs as the flagship device. Compared to the Xperia Z3, the Z3 Compact comes with a pretty similar looking spec sheet. Both h...
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Reviewed on 2015-01-15
The 720 x 1,280-pixel resolution may sound underwhelming compared to the 1080p flagships, but the display's modest physical dimensions mean you won't notice the drop in pixels. Images are sharp and bright, and the screen makes the most of its real estate ...
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Reviewed on 2014-12-31
There's less than 12 hours left in 2014. Hopefully we'll all be sipping on some sparkling in less than that, but in the meantime, here's our pick of 2014's smartphones.Don't forget to have your say - make sure you put your vote in for our reader's choice ...
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Reviewed on 2014-12-31
Inside the handset's dust-resistant and waterproof chassis (to IP65 and IP68 standards, respectively) sits a far from slouchy 2.46GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB RAM with 16GB internal memory. Running Android 4.4.4, the Z3 C...
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Reviewed on 2014-12-26
It seems that there's a new phone getting released every week, and it's easy to get confused as all the manufacturers attempt to grab your attention with snappy marketing and bewildering spec-sheets.Amidst all the noise it can be very difficult to work ou...
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Reviewed on 2014-12-17
Great design and screen, Very good battery life, Excellent performancegood Camera slightly disappointing, Camera app over heatsbad
Sony isn't the first handset manufacturer to create a shrunk down version of its flagship phone, with HTC recently bringing out the HTC One Mini 2 and LG coming up with the LG G2 Mini . What makes the Xperia Z3 Compact stand out from the crowd is that it'...
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Reviewed on 2014-12-17
It's a little gem of a phone boasting quite outstanding battery life. If your ideal phone is a tad larger than a classic iPhone, and you have no wish to follow the market (or Apple) into 5-inch territory, then the Sony Z3 Xperia is a no-compromise option ...
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Reviewed on 2014-12-11
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Processor frequency

2.5 GHz

Processor family

Qualcomm Snapdragon

Processor model

MSM 8974AC

Processor cores



Display diagonal

11.7 cm (4.6")

Display resolution

1280 x 720 pixels

Orientation sensor
Display type


Display number of colours

16.78 million colours

Touch technology


Touch screen type


Ports & interfaces

USB port
USB connector type

Micro-USB B

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
MHL version


Weight & dimensions


129 g


6.49 cm


8.6 mm


12.7 cm


SIM card capability

Single SIM

SIM card type


2G standards


3G standards


4G standards


Wi-Fi standards

802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Bluetooth version

4.0 LE

Bluetooth profiles


2G bands (primary SIM)

850,900,1800,1900 MHz

3G bands supported

850,900,1900,2100 MHz

Near Field Communication (NFC)
Security algorithms



Video call


Internal storage capacity

16 GB

Internal RAM

2048 MB

Compatible memory cards

MicroSD (TransFlash)

Maximum memory card size

128 GB


Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
GPS (satellite)
Electronic compass


Main camera resolution (numeric)

20.7 MP

Auto focus
Built-in flash
Second camera
Optical sensor size

25.4 / 2.3 mm (1 / 2.3")

Digital zoom


Face detection
ISO sensitivity

2000, 3200, 12800

Video recording
Maximum frame rate

120 fps

Flash type


Night mode
Smile detection
Second camera resolution

2.2 MP


Battery technology

Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Battery capacity

2600 mAh

Talk time (2G)

12 h

Standby time (2G)

880 h

Talk time (3G)

14 h

Standby time (3G)

920 h

Standby time (4G)

800 h

Continuous audio playback time

110 h

Continuous video playback time

10 h


Form factor


Colour of product


International Protection (IP) code


Protection features

Dust resistant, Water resistant


Operating system installed


Operating system version


Subscription type

No subscription

Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Personal info management (PIM)

Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Stopwatch

Flight mode