Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

88
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review: small size, big deal

Smartphones that are small in size, but big on performance are a dying breed. With the Xperia Z3 Compact, you get the all the care and attention Sony gave the bigger Z3, just in a more petite package. That includes an elegant design, a (mostly) good camera, strong computing power and spectacular battery life. The Z3 Compact is simply the best small Android smartphone on the market at the moment.

Pros
  • Incredible battery life
  • Top-tier performance
  • Flagship design and build quality
  • Reduced in size, but not capability
Cons
  • Poor low-light camera performance
  • Sony's Android skin feels antiquated
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Engadget

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User Reviews

50
rickgadget
Very slippery phone - glass front and back. A case is an absolute must. Mine...read more
50
boppel
Overall a great smartphone. But the durability is catastrophic - one small (!)...read more
10
lopcharm
To recommend anything , I have two weeks with the phone, not dropped or hit...read more
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16
Screen size
4.6 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])

Camera

Camera
yes (20.7 megapixels) (f/2) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16
Memory card
microSD (microSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (yes)
Bluetooth
4.0 (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], DUN [network sharing], HID [peripherals], OPP / FTP [file transfer])

Media

Media playback
yes (FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV) (AVI, MPEG-4, XviD) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Email
yes

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Maps, Stopwatch

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM, LTE (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (HSDPA) (yes)
Subscriber identity
nano-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.6 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
319 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo () ()
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

Processor make
Qualcomm (Snapdragon 801) (Krait 400)
CPU
2.5 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging, USB On-The-Go [host])

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Gyroscope, Proximity

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
yes
NFC or RFID payment
yes
TV-out
yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))