Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review

Sony Xperia Z3 compact is the pocket friendly version of Sony’s flagship smartphone, Z3. Z3 compact claims to have high-end features in smaller size.

Almost every smartphone vendors has produced a compact variant of their flagship handsets. Sony earlier launched Xperia Z1 compact, which was actually a high-end smartphone in a compact size.

With Xperia Z3 Compact Sony has tried to keep what people liked about the original Z1 Compact, and improved on some other features.

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Sony skipped a generation and went from the Z1 Compact straight to the Z3. Is it worth buying? Let’s check out in our review of the Xperia Z3 Compact.

PROS

  • Stylish dual glass-panel design
  • Underwater photography
  • Large screen
  • Fast, smooth performance

CONS

  • Low screen resolution
  • Non replaceable battery
  • Lacks metal frames of the Z3
  • Speakers sound a bit muffled

 

DESIGN

As far as the physical dimensions are concerned the Z3 Compact remain the same as the Z1 Compact. However it does have a larger 4.6 inch display.

The bezel are now thinner, increasing the screen size within the same size frame. The phone’s frame is covered with translucent, silicon material.

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The Xperia Z3 Compact is IP65/68 water and dust-resistant. The company claims that the phone can be kept under 1.5m of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

The 3.5mm headset jack is placed at the top on the Xperia Z3 Compact, while the micro-USB and microSD card ports are placed at the left edge under a flap. Another flap on the same edge FOR the nano-sim card slot. It also features a dock connector.

DISPLAY

Just like its predecessor, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has an IPS LCD display. The Z3 Compact’s screen doesn’t have the Full HD resolution like the Z3.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact sports a 4.6-inch TRILUMINOS display with a resolution of 720x1280p and pixel density of 320ppi.

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The screen features a ‘Glove-on’ mode that recognizes touch even when user operate it with gloves on, if the feature is enabled in settings.

The Z3 Compact’s viewing angles are good, as users could see the screen clearly from even the most acute angles.

USER INTERFACE

The Xperia Z3 Compact runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of box  with the latest Sony improvements to its custom Xperia overlay.

The lockscreen supports widgets, with a camera shortcut at the bottom. There are a few available default widgets, and users can always get more from the Play Store.

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Xperia Z3 Compact boasts Sony’s Xperia keyboard which offers a fast typing experience and even offers a Swype-like mode for entering words by sliding fingers across keys.

CAMERA

The Xperia Z3 Compact features a 20.7MP rear camera with autofocus and an LED flash and Sony’s G lens.

It shoots with a maximum resolution of 5248 x 3936 pixels (20.7MP) in manual mode, or 3264 x 2448 (8MP) in Superior Auto.

The phone takes great pictures in daylight and good quality noisy pictures in low-light conditions.

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It also supports 4K video recording. The 4K shoots extremely high-resolution videos.

There’s also a 2.2-megapixel camera on the front for video calls. Xperia Z3 Compact has one of the best smartphone cameras available inthe market.

UNDER THE HOOD

The Xperia Z3 is powered by 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 2GB RAM.

It has internal storage of 16GB, expandable up to 128GB via Micro SD card.

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The device is juiced up by 2600mAh with a standby time of 920 hours and talk time up to 14 hours on 3G.

WRAP UP

The Sony Xperia Z3 compact is an exceptional and one of the best compact smartphone available in the market.

The Z3 Compact will also be an attractive option for PS4 owners once the Remote Play support arrives.

It is priced for Rs 44,990 with good hardware, optimum display, fluid user interface. It is a bit overpriced, but overall it’s a decent samrtphone with high-end features.

 

Vishal Kawadkar

editor@gizmolead.com

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