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Sony Xperia Z3 vs. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact – Pricing and Specifications Compared


Following in the footsteps of the Xperia Z2, Sony has launched two versions of the Xperia Z3.

The much larger Xperia Z3 is sold alongside the Xperia Z3 Compact, which is much handier. Aside from the basic differences in the size, both phones are almost similar.


The differences in size are brought about by the display, which is 5.2 inches in size on the Xperia Z3. It is substantially smaller – 4.6 inches – on the Xperia Z3 Compact. This reduction in the screen size not only makes changes to the phone’s dimensions, but it also reduces the weight substantially. Compared to the 152 g weight of the Xperia Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact feels much easier to hand due to its 129 g weight. Being the premium of the two, it is not surprising to see the Xperia Z3 come with class leading figures in terms of thickness.


Sadly, the smaller screen size on the Xperia Z3 Compact allows the company to just get away with a 720p display instead of the 1080p resolution on the Xperia Z3.


At just 7.3 mm, the phone is one of the thinnest in the market with the Xperia Z3 Compact more than 1 mm thicker than this high-end product. Even the Xperia Z3 Compact is a high end device and this is learnt from the features provided inside the device. The Xperia Z3 is not the only one to come with a powerful QUALCOMM processor from snapdragon. The processor found on this device is similar in every regard to the processor on the Xperia Z3 Compact. The quad core 2.5 GHz chipset has the capability to provide incredible power for running the latest versions of Android.

It is not surprising that the Xperia Z3 initially came with the android 4.4, but it has since been updated to the 5.0 versions. A planned update to the 5.1 version is also on the cards and should roll out sooner rather than later.

Battery Life

A big advantage of the smaller dimensions of the Xperia Z3 Compact is the battery life. Even though the battery has been reduced to 2600 mAh, this phone can easily last for more than two days on average usage. However, many would find the Xperia Z3 to have more than sufficient battery life. The largest size of the phone enables Sony to provide a 3100 mAh battery in the rear. It is a non-removable battery just like in the case of many new high-end smartphones, but it can easily last for two days due to the plethora of battery saving options inbuilt in the operating system. There is even an ultra-saving mode in both these phones should there be in desperate need to extend battery life by several days.


Prices of the unlocked Xperia Z3 however at around $470 whereas the compact version is cheaper by around $100. Both prices are for the 16 GB variants.