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The Z3 Compact is not the usual mini smartphone.

Usually, smaller versions of a flagship model have a smaller screen and reduced specs, to bring down the price. This results in a compromise in the performance of the handset. However, the Z3 Compact has tweaked the design to make it smaller, while at the same time, retaining the high-end specifications. It is also quite pricey for a mini mobile phone.

Size and Display

The Z3 Compact is 8.6 mm in thick and 4. 6 inches in screen size. It has an angular design, and nylon corners that protect it in case you drop the phone. The glass back feels a little slippery, but the phone is small and comfortable while holding in the hand.

The screen is compact but does not have the Full HD seen in the elder sibling. It comes with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and is well defined. The pixel density is 319 ppi and offers good clarity, using Android 4.4.4 version, though it is modified by Sony’s proprietary software.

Chipset Features

The phone stands out in its chipset using a 2.5 GHz, quad-core, Qualcomm, Snapdragon, 801 processor. All this makes it a powerful phone at the price range. Web browsing is smooth, and zooming in and out shows only the slightest of stutters. Android 4.4.4 is highly responsive on this mid-tier and menus show no signs of lag.

Gaming Support

The processor quality also means that the graphics have been improved. Users can run the most demanding of games or applications at the full 60 frames per second. Apart from this, the Compact goes a step further, offering the PS4 Remote Support for Play. It can be accessed from the PlayStation application, which is preinstalled on the mobile. The tool is ingenious and allows the person to use the mobile phone as your remote screen for the PS4 in the home network. It manages to convert the PS4 to a portable game console. However, the screen may not be as suitable as the bigger Z3.

Android Software

The Z3 Compact comes with Android 4.4 KitKat, but an update with Lollipop 5.0 is available. This means that there are some differences, including the notifications seen on Lock Screen. You can use a swipe or a touch for interaction with notifications. Users can also swipe directly for using the camera or the dialer on the phone. You can also customize the Notifications bar, and multiple accounts are now supported.

Battery Capacity

The battery has a capacity of 2600 mAh and offers good staying power. If you are a light user, you should be able to make it last for two whole days without recharging.
Also, you can make it last longer by using the profile for power saving, disabling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi along with auto sync and mobile data.


This Sony Xperia Z3 Compact comes with excellent battery life, good performance, and PS4 Play Support. It offers flagship features at a reasonable price in a smaller device.