Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

8.2/10 AVG.
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Specs summary


The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact's screen is 4.6 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop 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 5+ megapixels resolution.

32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2700 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 21.7 days standby time, 690 minutes (2G), 890 minutes (3G), 680 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

By squashing powerful specs into a smaller, water-resistant body, the Z5 Compact earns the title of best "mini" Android phone.

- Andrew Hoyle , Cnet 

One of the precious few compact Android flagships, but not without compromises

- Gary Sims , Android Authority 

Reviews summary

Based on 23 reviews

What's good  

  • Snappy performance for all tasks
  • Over 2 days of battery life during moderate usage
  • Incredibly fast autofocus
  • Highly detailed photos in bright and low light conditions

What's bad  

  • 720p resolution display
  • Camera lag issues when navigating app and in-between shots
  • Difficult to adjust to smaller keyboard when typing

While other companies are pushing forward with larger and larger screens, Sony's Xperia Z5 Compact is one of the few smartphones in 2015 that offers a sub 5-inch display. Despite being only 5 inches tall, it manages to be fairly thick at 0.4 inches, leading many experts to call it chunky and chubby. This slight thickness made it feel like a less than premium device to critics, which was only amplified thanks to its plastic sides. With that said, they still found it to be an attractive device thanks to the frosted glass back panel and array of color options. As well, the added thickness and rounded corners provided them with a comfortable fit.

Gracing the front of the Z5 Compact is the petite 4.6-inch, 720 IPS LCD screen. This provides a Retina-like pixel density of 323ppi. While some critics bemoan the fact that it isn't full HD, they all agree it is sharp enough for most people. Still, there are some limitations to this resolution as they were not able to watch some videos at the intended resolution. The screen did deliver in other aspects, however. They describe it as bright with good viewing angles and good color balance. Unlike larger smartphones, they were also able to use the phone one-handed easily. Some reviewers did discover it took them some time to get used to typing on the smaller screen as they had become accustomed to larger ones.

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Just because it's small doesn't mean it's underpowered. The Z5 Compact comes with an octa-core processor that consists of four cores running at 1.5GHz for basic tasks and four 2.0GHz cores that kick in during more intensive tasks. This is backed by 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. For the most part, experts experienced fairly snappy performance regardless of whether they were simply browsing the web or playing a 3D game. Thanks to the 2700mAh battery, they were also able to get a full day's worth of life even when leaving 4G on for hours. Moderate usage netted them a whopping 72 hours.

The Z5 Compact comes with the same camera as the Z5. This means a 23MP camera, new autofocus, stronger zoom and optical image stabilization. According to Sony, the camera can autofocus in 0.03 seconds. While experts didn't time it, they were impressed with the incredible speed citing it as one of the fastest they've tested. Bright light situations provided them with detailed shots and excellent contrast between light and dark. Unlike many other smartphones, critics were also able to take excellent pictures in low light conditions as well even without flash. Still, many experts were unsatisfied with the camera due to shutter lag, delay between shots and sluggishness when navigating the app itself.

Experts recommend the Xperia Z5 Compact for people who are looking specifically for a smaller smartphone. Tech Radar states, "If you're looking for a small Android phone right now, this is it. With an incredible battery life, a new high-end processor and some impressive camera upgrades…There's much more to like here than criticize." Android Pit adds, "The Xperia Z5 Compact must be the best 'small' smartphone in the world."

Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


A unique smartphone emerges from the shadows

from Reviewed
The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact managed to accumulate high marks in just about every category we test for, but the day-to-day experience of using one tells a slightly different story. It takes beautiful photos, but the process of taking them isn't very fun or intuitive. It crushes our hardware benchmarks, but its less-than-stellar UI feels more intrusive than helpful. It fits in the palm of your hand almost perfectly, but its physical buttons leave a lot to be desired... Full review
PC Magazine

A bit pricey, but the best small Android phone

from PC Magazine
With its powerful processor, good battery life, and solid camera, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is a great choice for a one-handed Android device that doesn't trade power for size. It offers more power and better battery life than any of the similarly sized Android competition... Full review
Know Your Mobile

Good things still come in small packages

from Know Your Mobile
A truly one-of-a-kind handset, the Z5 Compact proves that big isn't always better. It's the perfect phone for those who don't want a phablet but still want cutting-edge power... Full review
Phone Scoop

For the phablet-averse who still want quality hardware

from Phone Scoop
The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact offers what few other phones do: flagship performance in a petite piece of hardware. The Z5 Compact is refined, small, and manufactured with the best materials. The glass-and-metal combo offers a premium experience, and its waterproof nature makes it all the more appealing... Full review
Tom's Guide

Teeny tiny powerhouse

from Tom's Guide
The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact offers speedy performance and excellent endurance in a petite, waterproof frame. But it has too much bloatware to be the best compact phone... Full review
Ars Technica

Not an amazing phone, but a small phone

from Ars Technica
The bottom line is that the Z5 Compact isn’t a great phone, but it is a good one, and it’s also the only game in town if you want something smaller than a typical flagship without sacrificing speed or capability entirely. It’s possible that the release of Apple’s 4-inch “iPhone 5SE” will inspire the other Android OEMs to do some more small-screened experiments, but until that happens, the Z5 Compact is what you want... Full review

Good things come in compact packages

from AndroidPIT
The Sony Xperia Compact line should never be compared to other Mini smartphones. Sony has provided the same CPU, GPU, camera and audio quality as the Premium device in this series, just with a smaller, lower-resolution screen. You don't find other Android OEMs taking this approach. The battery life is strong, the performance is in the same region as any 2015 flagship and the camera is at the peak of Sony's potential... Full review

Good things come in compact packages

from AndroidPIT
The Sony Xperia Compact line should never be compared to other Mini smartphones. Sony has provided the same CPU, GPU, camera and audio quality as the Premium device in this series, just with a smaller, lower-resolution screen. You don't find other Android OEMs taking this approach. The battery life is strong, the performance is in the same region as any 2015 flagship and the camera is at the peak of Sony's potential... Full review

A rare small flagship

from Brighthand

When all advantages of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact are summed up, its practical nature is what stands out the most. For those who do not like the trend of big smartphones, the Compact offers a powerful flagship in a smaller body. Possible issues with color calibration on the display and the phone’s chunky appearance are only minor gripes.

Apart from the odd combination of supreme specifications and small dimensions, Sony’s compact flagship model also offers a powerful camera, sustainable battery, modern, credible and waterproof body and an unobtrusive and simple user i... Full review


Heavily customisable and has plenty of power and a good camera

from Cnet
The Z5 compact has very little competition as a small, high-performance phone. Most Android phones tend to be 5 inches or larger, even at the budget end of the market, and, all flagship devices with specs comparable to the Z5 Compact have much larger displays. It's really the only option for a powerful mini Android phone and I hope Sony continues the Compact line in the years to come... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date October 31, 2015
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/800 /850/1800/2600/2300 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.97 W/kg
Body: 0.72 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2700 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 500 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 680 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
690 minutes (2G)
890 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 21.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Coral, Graphite Black, White, Yellow
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.7 x 6.5 x 0.9 cm
(5 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 138 grams
(4.9 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 (IPS)
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 Yes
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
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 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, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info ISO, Night mode
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, ASF, DivX, XviD, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
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 Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Sony E5803, E5823

Additional Sensors
- Finger Print Sensor
- Pedometer
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