Sony's Xperia range of handsets doesn't really require a general introduction. They have been around for a long time, and will be there for many more years to come. And in that long process, it will keep delivering handsets that scream class.
The newly introduced Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, as you may have understood already, is the younger sibling of the recently released Xperia Z3. And as compact versions of handset usually are, this one is actually a smaller and more sleek version of the of the bigger one.
But with the Xperia Z3 already creating a sort of buzz around itself, will its smaller version live up to all the expectations? From what we have found out about the handset while our time with it, the compact version is more than just about living up to expectations.
Currently priced at Rs. 41,990, the new Xperia Z3 Compact comes with a 4.6-inch HD IPS (1280x720 pixels) display powered by Triluminos technology with BraviaTV expertise. It is powered by Snapdragon 801 quad core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz with Adreno 330 GPU. It has a relatively lesser 2GB RAM and runs on Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) OS.
The Xperia Z3 Compact shares the camera specs with the larger model. It uses the same 20.7MP rear camera with Exmos RS sensor, HDR photos and videos, 4K video recording, while at the front you will get to see a 2.2 MP camera with 1080p video recording capability.
Hence, we have jotted down a list of 10 reasons why the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the best mini flagship that's currently out there.
It's compact, it's sleek, it's light. It's everything that you want from a handset. This shrunken Xperia handset effectively proves that it's more than just a shadow of its older sibling. There are a few handsets that are actually able to offer that feel good factor that we often look for in new handsets, but the Xperia Z3, on the contrary, is all about class. Sure, the handset is one of the more expensive mini variants of flagship smartphones that you will come across, but it effectively justifies its price tag with its toned down look. The handset looks smart and feels very comfortable in the hands, thanks to its diminutive size and rounded edges.
Apart from the fact that the handset is quite comfortable to hold and light as ever, it's biggest strength lies in its OmniBalance design. This OmniBalance design makes sure that the handset remains fixed in your hands no matter what: be it for taking videos, making calls or playing games. A comparison could be made here with the newly released Apple iPhone 6 in terms of the overall ergonomics, but the Xperia Z3 Compact is much more easy to operate and use. Also add to it the two layers of glass at the front and back of the handset, giving it an even more premium look.
The fact that most of the Sony-based Xperia handsets have a strong resistance against water is nothing new. And the Xperia Z3 Compact is just another example of how a little spill shouldn't play spoil sport in your experience. For that sake, we haven't seen any of the Apple-made devices, especially the new iPhone 6, with such waterproofing abilities. In fact, you will need to buy a separate case for your iPhone if you want to resist any kind of damage from water. The Xperia Z3 Compact, however, is always ready for a quick dip and then some with underwater photography being the most attractive factor.
Just because Sony has released a necessarily mini version of the original Sony Xperia Z3, doesn't really mean that it will also cut down on all the features. On the contrary, like its older brother, it features a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor along with an Adreno 330 GPU. Sure, while the Xperia Z3 comes with 3GB of RAM, this offers a toned down 2GB of RAM, but the difference is hardly noticeable and better than most in its class (and outside). The iPhone 6, for that matter, offers only 1GB of RAM.
The display screen for the new Xperia Z3 Compact also stands as one one its key elements. As you may know, the smartphone business for Sony is just a small part of an immense empire the its has laid out so carefully over the years. And with expertize in technology that has been incorportated into its TV and camera business, it's hardly a shock that we have been offered a display that more crisp than you can actually think of. These features include the proprietary Sony technology that you find in the company's Bravia TVs such as Triluminos and Live Colour LED. And with brilliant viewing angels and boosted brightness levels, there's nothing else out there in the market that can offer so much in a compressed shell.
One of the fortes of Sony remains in the seamless connection between all its devices. And the latest trend to have grabbed users' attention is the seamless coordination between the handsets and the company's smartwatch series. But while support for a smartwatch isn't anything new and most of them in the market offer that, the Xperia Z3 Compact, like its older sibling, can be used as a playing station for the new PlayStation 4. And we don't remember the last time an iPhone actually offered this kind of support.
Like we said before, there's hardly any parity between the original Sony Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact. And that even falls true for the camera that has been embedded into this compact version the handset. Both the handsets feature the same camera, with a 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor with a 25mm G Lens and ISO 12800 settings. The camera on the Z3 Compact packs quite a punch. And if going only by the hardware, we have to say that it has perhaps the most powerful camera in any Android phone. Compared to that, the brand new Apple iPhone 6 offers a new 8MP sensor. What we are concerned about is the low light photography aspect of it, and compared to the iPhone 6, we have see more clarity when photos were clicked at night time with the Xperia Z3 Compact.
True to its promise (of offering a massive two day battery), Sony actually goes ahead and offers a battery unit with the Xperia Z3 Compact that can last more than that. In short, the battery life on the Z3 Compact is brilliant. The handset will indeed last you more than 24 hours on a single charge, and we aren't joking. And this too without even enabling the battery saver mode. Although the iPhone 6, in this respect, offers a massively re-done battery unit compared to its predecessors, it still isn't really matched against the battery life that you will get upon owning the Xperia Z3 Compact.
Most of the Sony fans you ask about their experience, they will tell you that the overall interface of an Xperia handset is nothing like you will come across. And this new compact version the Xperia Z3 runs Android 4.4 modified with Sony's custom user interface, with Android L soon coming up. While all of the Android phones offer the latest Android platform, the flexibility of Android on the Z3 Compact is something to savor. Apart from that, that the phone is backed by the Snapdragon 801 CPU is no joke either. Offering one of the most powerful CPUs in the market, the handset eases past even the most demanding games on the Google Play store.
This is one area that will attract the most ardent Xperia fans. This new Sony handset is closely integrated with a number of Sony services, most obvious among them being the Sony Entertainment Network. Another intriguing feature is the ability to connect the Xperia Z3 Compact to a PlayStation 4 via Wi-Fi. You can use it to play PS4 games remotely using a PS4 controller, while the Xperia Z3 Compact will act as a screen. Things just can't get any better now, can they?