Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

8.5/10 AVG.
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Specs summary


The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact's screen is 4.6 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC Quad core 2.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

20+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2600 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 38.3 days standby time, 720 minutes (2G), 840 minutes (3G), 892 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

If you are looking for a feature-packed phone that looks fantastic and performs brilliantly, then you'll be very pleased with the Xperia Z3 Compact.

- Matt Hanson , TechRadar 

Rather than calling it a mini version of a flagship device, we think that it is a flagship smartphone in itself for people want a powerful smartphone in a compact form factor.

- Kunal Khullar , Digit 

Reviews summary

Based on 30 reviews

What's good  

  • Waterproofing
  • Fast performance
  • MicroSD card support
  • Comfortable grip
  • Good camera

What's bad  

  • Lack of typical metal Xperia design
  • Mid-range resolution
  • Possible battery life concerns for power users

Sony turned the compact smartphone market upside down the Z1, proving that smaller phones could pack the same punch as their biggest brethren. With the release of the Xperia Z3 Compact, Sony aims to repeat their previous victory. How does the new phone stack up to the competition? Let’s check out the reviews!

For the most part, the Z3 Compact is literally a scaled down version of the Z3. However, there are a couple of differences. The first, and most noted in reviews, is the removable of the metal chassis. While durability seemed excellent in all reviews, most also noted that the plastic and glass design was something they weren’t fond of. CNet stated that the phone “loses the luxury feel of metal found on its big brother and predecessor.”

The other difference is in the memory category. However, with 2GB of RAM to play with, the phone receives outstanding reviews on performance. Forbes called it, “a powerful handset in a wonderfully small package.” The 2.5 GHz quad-core processor is pushing a 4.6-inch IPS display at 1280 by 720 pixels. Digital Spy said, “The Z3 Compact feels virtually as snappy as its Z3 sibling and on a par with a flagship Android smartphone.” Increased brightness and contrast is provided by Sony’s Bravia engine. This brightness was applauded by most reviewers noting how well it performed in bright sunlight.

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The choice to use a 720p display was an area of contention with most reviews. While many pointed out how this falls short of most current flagship phones, including the bigger Z3, the display is running a similar resolution to many of the most popular flagships of last year on a smaller display. If you plan to do a lot of reading with your phone, Trusted Review notes that, “the 720p panel lacks the crispness offered by a Full HD display.”

The phone also sports a 20.7-megapixel camera, making it one of the most powerful cameras available in current smartphones. TechRadar noted, “We’re pleased with the quality of the photos taken, especially outdoors.” Reviews of the camera were positive overall with many reviews praising the intelligence and ease of use of the auto mode and exceptional low-light performance for a smartphone camera. The dedicated shutter button also will make it easier to take stable, blur-free shots.

All of this is packed into a design that is waterproof for up to 30 minutes in 1.5 meters of water. CNet put this claim to the test and found their test model worked with no problems after a lengthy submersion. Just be sure to check the waterproof flaps before taking the plunge.

The subtle tweaks to screen size and specs also allowed Sony to shave a bit of capacity off the battery. Reviews of battery life were hit and miss. Some testers found the device would last days while others barely pushed a full day’s use. The consensus seems to be that the phone battery is particularly susceptible to video streaming, gaming and other high-demand tasks but that typical usage should net a day free of hunting charge ports. However, CNet notes, “With average use, you should still expect to give it a full charge every night.”

One important feature for gamers is the exclusive PS4 Remote Play feature. Previously only available on the PS Vita, this feature will allow Z3 owners to connect to their PS4 and play games using their mobile as a display. Unfortunately, this feature won’t roll out until late in 2014 so reviews are unavailable.

Overall, the reception of the Z3 Compact is extremely positive. When compared to both the full-size Z3 and the Z1 Compact, reviews of the phone stand on their own. Forbes stated, “The Sony Xperia Z3 provides an alternative to the monster smartphones, with very few compromises in performance or presentation.” The Verge was very happy with the device, stating, “There’s no other phone like it on the market today.”

Reviews (8.5/10 Avg. rating)


A small smartphone David comes out to meet the phablet Goliaths

from Reviewed

If you consider a smartphone to be a phone first, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the best of a dying breed. Where most smartphones are leaving some customers in the lurch with rapidly ballooning screen sizes, the Z3 Compact offers a smaller alternative without cutting any corners.

We've seen this strategy elsewhere, and it's one we'd like to see more of. Apple's iPhone 6 is clearly their flagship device, while the 6 Plus is just a bigger version of the smaller phone. The Z3 Compact is the opposite, as it has all the hardware of the larger Xperia Z3 crammed into a tiny, waterproof... Full review


A really good device

from TechSpot

There’s a lot to like about a smaller form factor smartphone with all the power, features and hardware of the larger flagships, especially when that smartphone is the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. While the device isn’t significantly upgraded over the Z1 Compact that was released earlier this year, it still comes with the same great hardware as the Xperia Z3 in a portable and easy to use chassis.

I was a little disappointed that Sony didn’t bother to give the Compact the same beautiful aluminium body as the upgraded Xperia Z3, but the functional design is still reason... Full review

PC Magazine

Only high-end, smaller Android phone available

from PC Magazine
Nobody wants a small, powerful Android phone, except for everyone who does. So Sony hasn't been able to find a carrier to pick up the Z3 Compact. Instead, it's available for $529 unlocked direct from Sony or through electronics stores like Newegg. That will seriously limit its popularity in a nation where people prefer to pay less up front for their phones.America needs the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Smaller doesn't have to mean cheaper. If you want a super-phone that fits easily in one hand, you absolutely must take a look at this device... Full review

The little flagship

from Brighthand

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the most well-rounded sub 5-inch Android phone on the market today. Its 4.6-inch display wouldn’t put it in the “compact” category until recently, but since we live in a world of phablets and huge handsets, the Z3 Compact’s thin profile and high-level performance make it worthy of the “flagship” title, regardless of its size.

Its precise design and water-resistant body, top-notch camera, powerful battery, and strong chipset are all fantastic selling points. There’s still room for improvement when it comes to... Full review


A high-end, waterproof phone with a great camera, that is portable enough

from UnleashThePhones

Remember how I said the Xperia Z3 was the best smartphone you could buy today? Well the Xperia Z3 compact is exactly like it, just more portable. If the Xperia Z3 is too large a phone for you, Sony’s given you a choice of a more compact phone here.

I’ve quite enjoyed my time with this phone. The Z3 compact takes everything I liked about the Z1 compact from last year, and improves it even more. The colours are more fresh, the glass panels make it feel more premium, and it is even thinner and lighter, while still being as petite and waterproof, even while it has a large... Full review

Tech Advisor

A better deal than the Z3 and most smartphones

from Tech Advisor
The Xperia Z3 compact is great little smartphone offering pretty much everything available on the full-size Z3 (including PS4 Remote Play and High-Res audio) apart from a Full HD screen. The new design is thinner and lighter plus the display is bigger than previously. At £349, this is not only the best mini smartphone you can buy, it's one of the best smartphones around... Full review
Droid Life

Flagship-level device

from Droid Life
I really like the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. It probably isn’t my favorite phone of 2014, but it has been (mostly) a pleasure to use, thanks to its perfect size, awesome battery life, and impressive display. Its camera is capable of taking some really nice photos too, the performance issues I mentioned above aren’t deal breakers, and features like water and dust resistance help place it up there with the other flagships of 2014. By all means, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is a winner that Sony should be proud of and fans of small phones should consider... Full review

Intuitive software with great design and build quality

from Coolsmartphone
Overall I really liked the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, I hoped it would be a little Android powerhouse and in that respect I wasn’t disappointed. The design and the quality of the Z3C is top notch and I often found myself inexplicably staring lustfully at the phone. I did however feel a bit let down by the camera on the Z3C, in low light or bright light the auto mode just did too much processing, leading to odd colours and digital noise in the shot. In normal light though the camera was spot on... Full review
Digital Versus

Some of the best components around, squeezed into a small body

from Digital Versus
The Xperia Z3 Compact may not be perfect, but it's pretty darned close. It once again proves that a "mini" model can be just as good as its larger counterpart. Given its record-breaking battery life, top-notch performance and reasonable price, we consider the Z3 Compact to be the true flagship model in Sony's 2014 catalogue... Full review
PC Pro

A host of premium features without the high-end price

from PC Pro

The Xperia Z3 Compact can't quite match the very best smartphones we've seen over the past year in terms of all-round performance, but then it doesn't need to. Why? First, if you want flagship performance and features in a smaller package, it's currently your only option other than the iPhone 6. Second, its £348 SIM-free price undercuts all of its larger-screened rivals by a huge margin.

We've been waiting almost a year for a smartphone to dethrone the Nexus 5 from the top of our A-List, and finally we have our man. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact may be a little smaller, but it... Full review

Good phone with junk screen.

I finally decided to upgrade from my previous Xperia Arc due only to speed/storage issues. Being so happy with the previous Xperia, which I had for 3-1/2 years & took a beating, I decided to stick with this product line & got the Z3 Compact. In my first month, it fell out of my chest pocket while... More
I finally decided to upgrade from my previous Xperia Arc due only to speed/storage issues. Being so happy with the previous Xperia, which I had for 3-1/2 years & took a beating, I decided to stick with this product line & got the Z3 Compact. In my first month, it fell out of my chest pocket while bending over at about 1'. The screen totally fractured & the phone is now useless. In searching Google, there are substantial reports of similar failures. This phone is far too fragile to last out your contract. This is nowhere near as robust as my previous. Less

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Full Specs

Release date September 28, 2014
Regions available USA
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC Quad core 2.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.947 W/kg
Body: 1.098 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2600 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 600 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 892 minutes
3G Surfing Time 602 minutes
4G Surfing Time 602 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
720 minutes (2G)
840 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 38.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Green, Red, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.7 x 6.5 x 0.9 cm
(5 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 129 grams
(4.6 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 319 pixels
Size 4.6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 20+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 8x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Panorama, Burst mode, HDR, Object tracking, Scene recognition
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Chrome, Facebook, Google+, Twitter)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Sony D5803, D5833

Additional Sensors: Barometer, Pedometer
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