Sony have recently unveiled their latest Xperia Compact handset, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. To keep things simple and in-line with their full-sized Xperia handsets, they decided to call their second compact mobile phone, the Z3 Compact even though it's a successor to the Z1 Compact.  Here's how the two Xperia Compact smartphones measure up.

Look & Display

Whenever a new smartphone is launched, there's the expectation that it will be more stylish, thinner and lighter and the Xperia Z3 Compact is no exception. The new Z3 Compact sports a slightly larger screen than the original Z1 Compact, a 4.6-inch IPS LCD 720p display protected by shatter-proof glass. This compares to the 4.3-inch 720p display on the Z1 Compact which has a similar pixel density and resolution. Both the Z3 and Z1 Compacts have the reassurance of water and dust resistance with the Z3 Compact boasting a higher degree of protection from both with IP68 certification versus IP58 standard.

The design of the Z3 Compact has also been enhanced with new tough corners and 0.9mm shaved off the thickness of the handset which means it measures 8.6mm and is 8 grams lighter. Sony have also gone for some more earthy shades of colour for the Z3 Compact which is available in green and orange as well as white and black.


There's not been much of a change to the cameras on the new Xperia Z3 Compact, after all the Z1 Compact was only launched at the beginning of this year and its main rear camera is a superb 20.7-megapixel snapper which features a Sony Exmor RS sensor. There are a few tweaks to the rear camera on the Z3 Compact which include better ISO and a welcome 25mm wide-angle lens. There's been a slight upgrade to the front facing camera on the Z3 Compact which is now 2.2-megapixel compared to 2-megapixels on the Z1 Compact.

Performance & Battery

Sony have gone for the new Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5GHz processor on the Z3 Compact combined with 2GB of RAM. The Z1 Compact comes with a decent quad-core Snapdragon 800 2.2 GHz processor and the same amount of RAM. The Z3 and Z1 Compacts have a respectable 16GB of expandable built-in memory with the Z3 Compact able to take a 128GB microSD card compared to a 64GB card for the Z1 Compact.

Both handsets have 4G connectivity, the Z3 Compact also benefits from faster WiFi capabilities. The batteries for the two Xperia Compact smartphones are certainly powerful for devices of their size with a 2600mAh battery for the Z3 and a 2300mAh battery for the Z1. This means that both handsets are super responsive and a single charge will provide approximately a day's worth of 3G talk time.

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