Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Test of Flaggschiffchens – Hardware Tests

Sony has unveiled alongside the flagship Xperia Z3 and the offshoot Xperia Z3 Compact at IFA, 2014. Despite the smaller size, it is his big brother after not only on paper almost nothing. Why the Z3 Compact can safely be described as another flagship and where it perhaps can not keep up with the Z3, shows our test. for beta testers - - mediator, a Stagefright 2.0 patch and are an OTA update to Marshmallow available for the Z3 Compact. The details you can learn in the section "software",

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To the section:

  • Price and Availability
  • Design and processing
  • display
  • particularities
  • software
  • performance
  • camera
  • battery pack
  • Technical specifications
  • final verdict
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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Price and Availability

Many dealers provide the Z3 Compact now for around 370 euros. This makes it considerably cheaper than its more expensive successor but only slightly weaker. If you want to look around you for an alternative in the price range, you should look at this list:

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Design and workmanship

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The Xperia Z3 Compact follows all the actual Sony smartphones the clear and unmistakable design language "OmniBalance" whose characteristics placed the center, shining silver home button on the right side that are smooth front, back and the frame around the housing.

sony xperia z3 compact 2The right side of the Xperia Z3 Compact is typical of Sony hardware buttons. / © AndroidPIT

When Z3 Compact this frame is slightly convex and made of plastic in milk glass appearance - this produces an interesting visual effect, wherein the frame acts concave from certain angles, so as inwardly curved. Of course it is smaller and lighter than the Xperia Z3, but also a bit thicker - therefore it does not work quite as slim and elegant as its big branch.

sony xperia z3 compact 10The headphone input of Xperia Z3 compact is covered with a silver ring. / © AndroidPIT

The slots for Micro-USB connector, as well as for the nano-SIM and the microSD card are hidden behind flaps, the headphone jack at the top is covered by a silvery ring. The volume rocker and the separate camera button are on the right side, the magnetic connector for the dock is right. At the bottom we find only the recess for a wrist strap and a small hole for the microphone.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Display

The display of the Z3 Compact measures 4.6 inches - for some too big for a "small" smart phone, for others the perfect solution among the flagships beyond the 5-inch border and mid-size cars with less size, but also less power , The maximum brightness was evident in our test compared to the Z3 slightly lower pixel density also - at a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, it brings the Z3 Compact at 319 ppi. Sharp enough, the presentation is still Sony's image enhancement "X-Reality for mobile" improves the display of images and videos in terms of sharpness and color presentation noticeable. The color tone can be adjusted manually in the settings from the white balance.

sony xperia z3 compact 8Harmonious relations: The Xperia Z3 COmpact not only has a good display, and the place is better than it exploited its predecessor. / © AndroidPIT

Thus, the Z3 Compact has a good display, which is very plastic and is easy to read from any angle. Positive and the good utilization of the total surface area falls on: The display takes up most of the front panel, unnecessarily wide margins do not exist. The relations are correct, extreme waste of space, you can not blame Sony here, in contrast to its predecessor Z1 Compact.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Features

The Z3 Compact can score mainly by its protection against water and dust to IP68 certification. This means it can survive unscathed up to 30 minutes under water as long as it does not appear deeper than 1.5 meters. In combination with the separate camera button, which has two positions and is pleasantly smooth, the Z3 Compact is good so as underwater camera and can be used carelessly in the wild. The border of plastic to additionally provide a "Bumper" and absorb impact or damage from dropping.

sony xperia z3 compact 9Thanks to the dedicated camera button, the Xperia Z3 Compact can also be used as an underwater camera. / © AndroidPIT

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Software

Android 6.0 Marshmallow

The Xperia Z3 Compact came with Android version 4.4.4 to the market and Android 5.1.1 followed, but now Google has been ringing for the marshmallow era. And soon reached the Z3 and Z3 Compact smartphone. So far, 10,000 testers were allowed to apply for the beta phase of a marshmallow prerelease. For which there is now the first OTA update. This OTA version carries the build number MRA58K.Z1.2085. What marshmallow functions await you so, shows the following items:

  • Android Marshmallow: features and patches

Stagefright 2.0 Fixed

If marshmallow is not yet available as an OTA for the Z3 Compact is available with you, you should definitely your device on the version number 23.4.A.1.264 or upgrade later. Since the 23.4.A.1.232 the gaping Stagefright gap in version 2.0 was stuffed. If the update is not yet available from, you must wait a little longer.

androipit sony xperia z3 compact 15The Xperia Z3 Compact came with Android 4.4.4 KitKat on the market. / © AndroidPIT

From the factory with KitKat

The Xperia Z3 Compact was shipped with Android version 4.4.4. Its interface Xperia UI Sony has unified in the past, so the software is no different on the Z3 Compact from that on the Z3.

Its interface Xperia UI Sony has unified in the past, so the software is no different on the Z3 Compact from that on the Z3.

Functionality and appearance are identical, apart from the Sony apps that bring added value especially in multimedia applications (for example, the audio enhancement "Clear Audio +" in the Walkman app), is also the more developed over several device generations Stamina mode to save energy at board, recently supplemented by an ultra-saving mode that we find something like that in all current flagships. After setting up the Ultra Stamina Mode, which takes a while, the screen in grayscale displays, the App Drawer disappears, only a handful of applications are available. If you disable the mode, the device is restarted - this process is therefore somewhat more complicated than other smartphones.

Another big change is "PS4 Remote Play". Thus games of the PlayStation 4 seamlessly to all Z3 models (Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact) transmitted. The PlayStation controller is connected to the unit and start the game can be resumed.

sony xperia z3 playstationPS4 Remote Play turns the Z3 Compact in a mini PlayStation. / © AndroidPIT

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Performance

In Compact Z3 is the same processor as in Z3 clocks, a Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz clock rate. He is flanked by two gigabytes of memory, a combination that is more than adequate for most tasks. During the trial period, the Z3 Compact will also almost always showed it was at its best, dropouts or delays hardly only when snapping photos, it might be a little faster, here there is a significant gap between the super-fast top devices like the Galaxy S5 or LG G3 and the Z3 Compact. In AnTuTu Benchmark test, the Z3 Compact achieved through several cycles always values ​​ranging from 42,000 to 44,000 points, which are for a current smartphone peaks.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Camera

The Z3 Compact has the same maximum resolution as the Z3 - 20.7 megapixels in 4: 3 format and 15.5 megapixels in 16: 9 format. Thus the Z3 Compact comes up almost to the Galaxy S5, but it soon becomes clear that the high resolution is connected with limitations - the HDR function for example can not be activated in high resolution, only at 8 megapixels or less, the feature is supported , Also Sweep Panorama images can not be canceled at any point - to stop recording earlier, on the right edge is a black bar.

sony xperia z3 compact 5currently no other Android phone comes close to the maximum resolution of 20.7 megapixels of Xperia Z3 Compact - but the high resolution is connected with restrictions. / © AndroidPIT

but the camera app offers a good range of functions otherwise, new features such as the retroactive adjustment of background blur are like with the Xperia Z2 also on board.

The picture quality is good, but also with limitations: appeared HDR shots pale and grayish to our review of the Z3 Compact, in the normal mode, the recordings have very high contrast and low light, the software intervenes noticeably to the image noise in dark to suppress areas. Thus, the Z3 Compact has an overall good camera, but how can not reach from the Galaxy S5 on top models.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Battery

The battery of the Z3 Compact has 2,600 mAh capacity good - smart phones like the Galaxy S4 had at a larger display and higher resolution the same capacity. The runtime proved in our review of the Xperia Z3 Compact as a little above average, in our usage scenario in the WLAN and mobile network, with background synchronization for multiple Google accounts, some test photos, app downloads and several passes of the AnTuTu benchmarks and the display at maximum brightness held the Z3 Compact by more than a full day. By different power mode, the runtime can also extend - depending on the mode the estimated remaining time is displayed, however, such information is not very reliable. Sony's notice for a period of about two days seemed somewhat resorted too high for us, but 1.5 days maturity are already accessible.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Specifications

Dimensions:Mass:Battery capacity:Display size:Display Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Lightning:Android:User interface:R.A.M:Internal memory:Removable storage:chipset:Number of cores:Max. Frequency:connectivity:
127.3 x 64.9 x 8.64 mm
129 g
2600 mAh
4.6 inches
1280 x 720 pixels (319 ppi)
20.7 megapixels
4.4.4 - KitKat
Xperia UI
2 GB
16 GB
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
2.5 GHz
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0

final verdict

Sony shows the competition with the Z3 Compact again, as you can also implement the idea of ​​a small offshoot flagship. The term mini is deliberately avoided, and after our test, we can say: compact it hits actually better. Technical swabs were hardly made, performance and workmanship are first class - so Sony brings the currently only competitor to the iPhone, which plays in the same size class and can compete technically.

Where to buy the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

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