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Sony Xperia Z3 vs Z3 Compact – Comparison

Updated on October 8, 2014

The Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact are two new smartphones launched by Sony. It may be noted that the two phones are almost similar in all aspects. The only major differences lie in the battery capacities, the screen sizes, and their resolutions. The rest of the hardware and software is almost identical. Users who opt for the Z3 Compact will not have a diminished experience as compared to the bigger Z3.

Presented below is a comparison between the Z3 and the Z3 Compact.

The Design

The design of both the Z3 and the Z3 Compact is minimalist. Both handsets feature a glass front panel and a premium-looking back covered by an aluminum border on the sides. The camera and the bulging power button are still in the same position as seen on the Z2. As compared to the Z2, the bezels on the Z3 have been slimmed, the edges have been rounded, and the corners have given way to nylon caps, thereby giving the device an overall slimmer and narrower appearance. As per Sony, the nylon caps will protect the device from breakage due to falls or drops.

The Xperia Z3 measures 146.5 x 72 x 7.3mm and weighs just 152 g. It is available in metallic shades of white, black, mint green, and copper colors. As opposed to this, the Z3 Compact measures 127.3 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm and weighs 129g. It is available in pastel hues of black, white, aqua green, and orange/red.

Both the phones come with IP65 and IP68 standards of dust and water resistance. The phones can stay sunken in 4.9 feet of water for around 30 minutes. The phones are thus protected from accidental spillage and natural hazards like extreme heat and dust. In fact, users can also watch videos on the phones when taking a shower or capture underwater photos.

The Screen

Just like the Z2, the Xperia Z3 sports a Full HD LCD IPS TRILUMINOUS 5.2inches screen with 1,920x1,080 pixels resolution and an amazing 424 ppi. Unlike its competitors, Sony has not upped the screen resolution to 2K. This however does not affect the screen quality because the screen size on the Z3 has also not changed, while the competitor phones with 2K resolution have opted for larger display sizes. Also, when the Z3 is held side by side with a large-screened 2K phone, one can hardly detect any difference in clarity.

The Z3 Compact also features a Full HD LCD IPS TRILUMINOUS display. However, the screen size is smaller at 4.6 inches along with a lowered resolution of 720x1280pixels.

The screen of both the Z3 and the Z3 Compact can be used as a display for the PS4. All the processing work is done by the console while the video can be streamed to the phones via Wi-Fi. A PS4 controller can be used for navigation and playing games instead of the on-screen buttons on the phones. Sony has suggested the use of the official Dual Shock controller for easier transition to the smaller screens. It will also introduce a GCM10 Game Control Mount for holding up the smartphones when gaming.

The Performance

Both the Xperia Z3 and the Z3 Compact are powered by a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor backed by an Adreno 330 GPU, with the only difference being in their RAM capacities. The Z3 will have 3 GB RAM while the compact version will come with 2 GB of RAM.

Both the phones feature 16GB internal storage, microSD external storage expandable up to 128GB, and connectivity options like 3G, NFC, Wi-Fi,A-GPS, and Bluetooth 4.0. Both will run on the latest Android KitKat OS with the sleek multimedia-centric Sony’s UI. Users can expect to have the usual Android experience free from bloatware and unwanted apps.

The Camera

Both the Xperia Z3and the Z3 Compact come with an imposing20.7MP rear camera with 3x clear image zoom, 25mm focal length for wide angle shots, 8x digital zoom, an ISO speed of 12,800for clearer and brighter photos in low-light conditions, and video recording with 4K resolution, as well as a robust2.2MP front camera capable of recording 1080p video sat 30fps.

The Battery

The Xperia Z3 ships with a 3100mAh non-removable battery. The phone can remain on standby mode for about 740 hours, and offer 16 hours of 3G talk time, as well as 130 hours of audio playback.

The Xperia Z3 Compact has a 2600mAh battery. But fewer pixels and a smaller screen means enhanced graphics performance and increased battery life.


The prices of the Z3 and the Z3 Compact are not known as yet. However, the compact version is most likely to cost about $200 less than the larger Z3.

From the information provided above it can be concluded that the Z3 and the Z3 Compact come with almost the same vital specifications. Thus, the Z3 compact is ideal for customers who are looking for a smaller smartphone without having to sacrifice on power and features.


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