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With Sony you know that when they unveil a shiny new Xperia smartphone, you can bet your dollar, pound or euro that a Compact version will be just around the corner. This was the case at IFA 2014 which was held this month in Berlin when Sony launched both the Xperia Z3 smartphone alongside the Xperia Z3 Compact. Don't be fooled by the smaller size of the Z3 Compact though as it packs a lot of features and power into its more petite frame.

If you don't want to carry around a larger smartphone and, let's face it, the average screen size usually measures around 5-inches, then a compact or mini handset is the answer. With many smaller sized smartphones, there's always a fair bit of compromising on the specs however Sony are very adept at producing smaller versions of their flagship mobile phones but with very decent specifications.  The Xperia Z3 Compact is no exception with frankly an incredible amount of features and power compressed into a neat handset.

The Xperia Z3 Compact comes with a 4.6-inch 720 x 1280 resolution HD display.  Similar to the full-sized Z3 it also now sports a higher degree of resistance to water and dust with an IP68 certificate. It also shares the new plastic rounded corner pieces to lessen the impact of any falls and has a shatter-proof glass screen. As you would expect from a compact device, the Z3 Compact is a little bit thicker than the Z3 but it's still almost a millimetre slimmer than its predecessor the Xperia Z2 Compact at 8.6mm and it's also slightly lighter in weight.

There's no downsizing on the camera for the Z3 Compact as it boasts an impressive 20.7-megapixel camera on the rear which comes complete with a range of great new shooting modes and editing effects. In addition there's a good quality 2-megapixel camera on the front.

Other new features for the Xperia Z3 Compact are Sony's health app LifeLog which is compatible with many wearable devices and can monitor calories, sleep and exercise and the PS4 Remote Play technology which allows you to play your PS4 console games on your smartphone.

There certainly hasn't been any scrimping on the processor as the Z3 Compact comes with exactly the same one as its big brother, a quad-core Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz processor no less. A further boast to speed and reaction times is the 2GB of RAM and a generous 16GB of expandable onboard memory. It also has a powerhouse of a battery for a mini-sized phone with a 2600 mAh Lithium battery which is expected to last for around 2 days between charges.

The Z3 Compact comes in the same range of colours as the full-sized Z3 (white, black, copper and silvery-green) and is likely to be available in the next few weeks.

If you'd like to read the review of the Z3 Compact's bigger brother, the Sony Xperia Z3, you can find it here.