Xperia Z3 Compact arrives with 4.6-inch 720p display and 2600mAh battery

by XB on 3rd September 2014

in Featured Content, Videos, Xperia Z3 series

Xperia Z3 Compact_9Sony has announced the Xperia Z3 Compact, revealing an impressive successor to the Xperia Z1 Compact packing a 4.6-inch (720 x 1280) display, 2600mAh battery with 2 day battery life, PS4 Remote Play and a higher level of dust/water resistance (IP65/IP68 certified) into a similar-sized body. The design features a rounded liquid reflection frame with tempered glass panels.

Camera duties are taken care of a 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor (including new 25mm wide angle G Lens) along with a 2.2MP Exmor R front-facing camera. High-resolution audio is also supported including DSEE HX, which upscales your existing AAC/MP3 music collection to near high-resolution quality.

In terms of hardware, the Xperia Z3 Compact sports a Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) chipset with 2.5GHz quad-core processor and Adreno 330 graphics. It comes with 2GB RAM (instead of the 3GB on the Xperia Z3), 16GB internal storage and microSD memory card support. The display has a 319 PPI pixel density and screen-to-phone ratio of 70.77% (ahead of the Xperia Z1 Compact at 61.84%).

The Xperia Z3 Compact has dimensions of 127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm and weighs 129 grams. This makes it thinner and lighter than the Xperia Z1 Compact (dimensions of 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm and weight of 137 grams). Like the Xperia Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact will utilise the new nano SIM card standard.

The Xperia Z3 Compact will launch with four colours including traditional Black and White as well as the more vibrant Orange and Green. The handset will launch with Android 4.4.4 KitKat during Q4 2014.

Xperia Z3 Compact (D5803, D5833) white paper

Xperia Z3 Compact press photos

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Via Sony Mobile Blog and Sony Developer World.

  • kuich

    For sure the Xperia z3 compact will be the mini-flagship killer.

  • tristi lumina


  • RED Z3 Compact will be mine, for sure :’D

  • Faisal Armand

    Gsmarena has provided camera samples from Z3 compact and I did a comparison of it against the Z2.

    I cropped 20.7MP images from both

    Z3 C is better than Z2 in terms of image quality. Z3 is more detailed and has less artifacts which Z2 really sufferred from

  • Hassandroid

    it will easily beat the iphone 6 :D


    green z3c is mine baby!!!!!!!!

  • Yasir Fawad

    So Z3C kills alpha, great battery, great style & colors, almost the same size with bigger screen, and an excellent camera, and last not the least great ip certification. Time to move from Z1compact to Z3Compact. Good job Sony. Make-believe

  • AudioAw

    The only thing that irks me about the Z3 Compact is the placement of the rear camera. It’s probably due to the internal design, but can’t they try to move the module closer to the corner? For a company like Sony touting it’s omnibalance design and attention to detail, the camera placement is certainly something they overlooked.

  • Lucian

    I’m in love in this one! Perfect phone for me! It will be the best replacement for my Xperia S :)

  • Ian Cárdenas


  • Midleo

    Thats realy impressive! Sony finaly perfects his devices… Z1, Z1s, Z2 good and great phones but all of them have some little things that the people want another way to see… and Sony doesnt sleep!!! Perfection!!!! Amazing desing…amazing….

  • Luis

    Loving it!

    I live in Brazil, and Sony launched the Z2 oficially here with Digital TV support. Hope Z3 Compact launches here with the same feature! I’m waiting so long to retire my Xperia S. Oh, and hope the memory is 3GB like Z3.

  • TimmY

    The RED one is mine! Now launch it in my country already!

  • Ambroos

    In a phone that small with those high-end specs it’s surprising they could fit in a camera at all, if you ask me :P

  • Faisal Armand


  • Sekai

    From Red Xperia P to Red Z3 Compact, hopefully :)

  • AudioAw

    Good point :P, it’s most likely due to the chassis design and the added waterproofing that they have no space in the corner. But i just wish it was like the Z3… this just looks… off.

  • Abdul Ghani

    now you are cropping when the software is little bit better than z2 ………..and when i was saying z2 software is poor u were saying no its the best lool such a noob

  • Faisal Armand

    Oh, look at my earlier comments.. I never said Z2’s software is the best. I said that bad software doesn’t necesarily translates into bad image quality.

  • cleverthansony

    same size with z1c but biggher display! good job sony! thats ur phone not z3!

  • Thariq Mohammed

    we are the kings, z3 will be more capable than z3c but, note4

  • Abdul Ghani

    as for gsmarena samples sony could just remove horrible post processing and give us pure quality in images because of post processing which is little less than z2 the images are slight better but still looses details

  • tim212

    waiting is over….green or white is mine

  • SWAT Xian

    I always have a question to these Z series, where is the damn speaker ?????

  • SopNaw

    This phone is (almost) perfect. Just one disappointment: Sony not put the 3gb of ram because it have 2gb of ram compared to the 5.2″ version… :(

  • HaiTek

    It use normal mini-SIM or nano-SIM as iphone ?

  • Abdul Ghani

    its 3gb

  • Wolf0491

    Wish regular Z3 came in that awesome red/orange color! Copper is ugly

  • co ray

    welcome z3 compact
    the z1 compact is cooler isn’t it?

  • David Hvatov

    I see nothing is changed between Z2 & Z3. But Z2 looks better.

  • SopNaw

    Unfortunaly no… :(

  • Dan Vafidis

    yea 3gb on a 720p screen is useless


    Z3c is really a looker than Z1c. i own Z1c and Z3c is far better than Z1c. i mostly have problem with the back panel.


    also to mention large camera sensor.

  • Compact fan

    I don’t mint 4K but I would like to be able to film 1080 at 60fps, is Z3 compact able to do it as Z2?

  • Niels d. G.

    Once again, horrible image quality from Sony :( . Details look terrible and
    synthetic. The oversampling in “superior” (read: slightly less horrible)
    auto mode is basically worthless. Take a look at what Microsoft achieves
    with their Lumia 1520/930 cameras! Time to catch up, Sony!

  • Niels d. G.

    Even my Sony Ericsson j20i Hazel made nicer-looking pictures!

  • Niels d. G.

    You need punctuation in your petition text, it makes a very unprofessional impression at this moment.

  • Guest

    If Gsmarena’s specs page is correct, then the D5803/6603 model (for either the Z3 or Z3c) does not have the same set of LTE bands as the Z2 D6503. Waiting for the whitepaper to settle this.

  • Nice joke here.

    Alpha have bigger screen, metal bezels, much slimmer and weights less.

    And it have physical controls… It’s a win for me.

  • As 4 me, Z3 looks much more stylish.

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Actually compare these images with Xperia Z2(Final software version) and you will find the superiority…. And these Samples are from pre-production Unit so you can expect much better result at the final versions !!!

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Details are actually good, what hinders is the noise…. Bear in mind the Images are much sharper than Z2(check yourself at gsmarena side-by-side) and Z3 still at pre-launched Software…….

  • Niels d. G.

    This Z3 likely uses exactly the same horrid camera drivers as the current build of Z2 units, and that didn’t get any better compared to when it first released. This isn’t a matter of pre-production at all. And I honestly don’t see any noteworthy improvement over the Z2 image quality. The details are still distorted into noticeable weird straight horizontal and vertical line artefacts. Ever since Sony separated from Ericsson, their phone cameras’ image quality has been getting further and further behind the competition. Even my old Sony Ericssons Elm and Hazel produced nicer-looking images than any Sony Xperia to date!

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Ok, lets not debate here and wait for the Actual and final camera reviews…. If it vl get some bad views, I will Skip this one anyways :)
    (I hope not)

  • DrazenDodig

    Z3C and Z3 has exactly the same lens and camera… which is great of course.

  • raheemdot

    Copper looks sexy imo, I guess different people, different tastes.

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  • Faisal Armand

    Z3’s lens is different, it is wider than before now

  • DrazenDodig

    looking over Sony PR, it seems they both include 25mm wide lens and high ISO settings. It seems that camera is exactly the same.

  • LB

    No wireless Charging?

  • Faisal Armand

    The sensor size and resolution are exactly the same. But i’m impressed with the improvements that sony made.

    In Z2 the 20.7MP mode was sh*t and can’t beat galaxy s5 and even g3 and find 7 in daylight conditions. It took oversampled 8MP mode to put equal fight and to be better than them.

    In Z3/Z3C the 20.7MP mode is waaay improved and now it is able to beat galaxy s5 in daylight. Indoors and night shots are certain victory for the Z3 as well

    I hope Z2 and Z1 gets updated with this kind of image processing

  • DrazenDodig

    might be also function of updated lens… in any case, it is superior to any other phone on the market.

  • scw

    Is that orange or red?

  • Faisal Armand

    Might be yes.. But as far as I know, the purpose of the lens is to eliminate certain image defects such as chromatic aberation, purple fringing, corner softness, and moire artifacts. Detail & Noise management depend on image processing.

    Let’s hope for the best anyway

  • reddish orange? :|

  • same sensor, different lens

  • image quality is damn better, now imagine what more can the curved sensor do when it comes out :) (Z4 please)

  • tri do

    it looks very nice indeed, but why they have chosen the plastic frame instead of metal frame. I thought they want un-compromise experience for the user. Almost a perfect product but have to mess a small detail up.

  • Yasir Fawad

    But not for me, kid.

  • Faisal Armand

    Yeah a 1/1.5″ 22MP sensor. I’m sensing an obliteration of lumia 1020

  • DrazenDodig

    according to 10 different Sony PR sites, Z3C has wide 25mm lens and 12800 ISO… so same sensor, same lens, exactly the same everything.

  • Z1 Compact uses 27mm lens so how is it the same?? I think you need to do some more reading.

  • DrazenDodig

    Z1C? We are talking about Z3C… which uses 25mm lens. From the link I already gave you, since you dont seem to be able to follow it: “Sony’s award-winning G Lens captures more light and the 25 mm wide-angle lens allows you to fit more in the frame.”

  • I’m 30 years old..

  • Yasir Fawad

    Hahahhaa, but u r acting like one. The difference in screen size wont let u experience IMAX. So is the case with other differences u mentioned. In last every human has a unique mind. U love alpha, go for it. I love Z3Compact, i’l go for it. Cheers

  • blitz_arc

    alpha has 1860mah battery compared to 2600mah of z3c. having almost similar size display and resolution. are you seriously gonna buy that phone?

    i admit it has great spec, but i bet it will easily drain down the battery to zero in half a day.

  • KMG

    Go away, Samtard!

  • sidewinder_x5

    sony, you had one job. one damn job. why cant you center the top and bottom speakers? it looks terrible now. this reminds my of why i didnt get the galaxy s3, cause the home button is too far to the bottom of the phone. ruins the whole design.

  • inspired

  • Jaywalker

    Compact means small. 4.6″ doesn’t seem small to me. Almost a tablet. VW Golf is compact VW CC isn’t. This is like a VW Passat that is presented as a compact car. Well, it isn’t. And they should have kept the style from the other colors to the whot, I mean with black bezels on front. Like Z1 Compact.

  • Jaywalker

    Error: “to the white” instead of “to the whot”. My bad.

  • paul4id

    One thing I don’t like after seeing a video is how tint the notification light appeared. Just a tiny LED and not the whole speaker width like in the Z1C. They should really get back to those designs with the huge notification light (like the Xperia SP I think it was), or even better do something new like making the entire edge of the phone one huge notification light, right around the entire circumference.

    I also think plastic is better for the back than glass as it doesn’t shatter so easily, and they really need to get back to a design that allows easily removable batteries yet with a quality, sturdy and waterproof design.

  • paul4id

    Auto-correct is driving me nuts after moving from the good old Xperia Pro to Z1C. I also wish that they’d make a decent official hardware keyboard accessory, designed to be slim and powered from the magnetic dock port.

    They should really also design their Qx camera and PS controller add-ons to take power from the magnetic dock port so that you don’t keep having to charge two sets of batteries.

  • oh.. I’m sorry about that my bad, I should be the one reading more, I thought you were comparing it to its predecessor :P peace :)

  • paul4id

    Seriously? It’s the way it is so the Sony logo fits in.

  • sidewinder_x5

    i understand that, but would it be such a bad thing to move the sony logo off to the side, while centering the speakers? i dont think it would be as noticeable as the off-centered speaker position. hell, it’d be interesting if sony moved their logo to the side and put the from cam within the ‘o’ of sony.

  • if i were samtard i would not be reading this blog. Or you separate people on samtard and sontards?

  • All serious review sites already tested it’s battery life. And it’s ok due to lower screen resolution and new 20nm processor which use less power.

  • Only difference between me and u is that i don’t offend anybody when expressing my point of view.

    When i say that screen is bigger u say “so what?”. But in reality screen is bigger even if difference is small. You did not provided any valuable arguments to prove that “Z3C kills alpha”. Who is the kid now?

    I don’t love Alpha since i did not bought it(not tried it yet). I can say that i like it or not after week of usage.

  • AlexperiaT

    Black and white colors are perfect. Red – would have been better dark red.

  • MasterYoda

    I would say the only way to sell the alpha would be by kilogram.. at the recycling depot.

  • Basti

    i really love that the white one has white bezels now!

  • Scomii

    Lol even the z1c beat the alpha in battery according to Gsmarena and Phonearena how much more z3c. Away with your alpha , there’s even no comparison.

  • Are we talking about exclusively about battery life?

    Away with your z3c…

  • Sam Albalushi

    I will go for z3 compact

  • Yasir Fawad

    Hahahha dear, ans the questions and u’ll knw hw it kills alpha.
    Alpha tid larger screen but low ppi, though small but its low than Z3Compact.
    Battery 1860 vs 2600
    Z3COMPACT IP65/68 vs alpha?
    Plastic vs glass
    Sony brand vs samsung brand
    Camera 20.7 vs ?
    8.6 is more than justifiable as my Z1compact is 9.4mm.
    And u 30 years kid, its my choice. It shouldn’t b bothering u. Dont take head aches.

  • Z3 got different front speakers location. I do prefer the Z2 version on the very top/bottom of the front face, I think it’s cleaner.

  • Yep, the left one (real one) is more orange/corail :(

  • paul4id

    A lack of symmetry like that would upset my superior OCD, which clearly trumps your badly thought out OCD with your toleration of such asymmetrical ugliness

  • sidewinder_x5

    ad hominem attacks are not cool bro, not cool. what, besides your supposedly ‘superior’ OCD, would be the problem if sony moved their logo to the left side and centered the speakers?

  • paul4id
  • Celso Ishikawa

    Faisal Armand, hey bro, seriously… where did you get those shots? Because I tried to track then at gsmarena… found nothing there. Looks like Sony really did some improvements over Z2 when it comes to quality, I really want to believe this is true!

  • Celso Ishikawa

    Faisal Armand, hey bro, seriously… where did you get those shots?
    Because I tried to track then at gsmarena… found nothing there. Looks
    like Sony really did some improvements over Z2 when it comes to quality,
    I really want to believe this is true!

  • Danny

    When they made the Z3 and Z3 compact official, I loved the Z3 for myself and the Z3 compact for the wife. but while it’s a superb and better product, especially love the White bezel and the larger battery, 4.6″ is not. I guess it’s back to the 4.3 Z1 compact for the missus.
    I hate the bezel on the Z1 Compact, compared to the bezel on Z3 compact, all one color.

  • Faisal Armand
  • Alpha – ~312 ppi Z3c – ~319 ppi
    You are right, Z3c have 7 ppi difference. But i think nobody will notice this.

    Yes, battery is a win on Z3c.

    IP68 – this means that phone will have flaps which you will need to open daily to charge it.

    Glass is cracking after falling. Plastic is not… You’d better mention that Alpha have metal frame while Z3c plastic…

    I thought you knew that megapixels it’s just the size of a picture… What really matters is optics and sensor. So there is no visible benefits in Z3c camera.

    Why you say that Compact is your? Did you purchase it already?
    Dimensions of Alpha – 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm ( much sleeker/slimmer)
    Dimensions of Z3c – 127.3 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm

    I don’t care about your choice (as almost anybody else on this planet). Just don’t think that your choice is the only right option for everybody else…

  • Dan Vafidis

    not different than Z3C

  • Dan Vafidis

    Physical controls… that’s so 2006
    Also we know already that Z3c has better battery than Z1C
    here are the results of the tests form GSM ARENA

    Talk time:
    Alpha 13h20 – Z1C 20h42
    Web Browsing:
    Aplha 8h25 – Z1C 12h37
    Video Playback
    Alpha 8h05 – Z1C 10h01

    So The Z3C has: Better CPU/GPU, Better Camera, Better Battery, Lower Price.

    what’s your excuse now ?

    EDIT: Did I Mention the SD Card Slot ?

  • Physical controls… that’s so convinient. They don’t eat screen space…

    Z3c have bigger battery.

    Why do you think that Z3c have better CPU/GPU and Better Camera?

  • Dan Vafidis
  • Nico Lumaniog

    I like the white version of the Xperia z1c (black front) rather than the z3c’s white front..

  • You did not proved anything by providing this link.

  • Ziich

    so compared to the z1 it practically retained the same length and width but became thinner while increasing the screen size by .3 inches. bezelitis cured!


    yes even this 1080 60/P now available on z1 and z1c

  • USA Citizen

    USA RELEASE AT ALL? C’mon Man!

  • Donald McPherson

    I loaded LGcamera so I could get 25fps but locks up. Works great with 30 but I want need 25 fps. Any suggestions welcome.

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