Sony Xperia Z5 Compact now official: 4.6-inch 720p display, 23MP camera

by XB on 2nd September 2015

in Featured Content, Videos, Xperia Z5 series


Z5c_yellow_groupThe Sony Mobile Xperia Z3 Compact won rave reviews and high user satisfaction levels last year by combining flagship specs in a smaller form factor. Therefore, it’s no surprise to see Sony launch a successor in the form of the Xperia Z5 Compact (E5803, E5823) at IFA 2015.

Much like last year’s model, the Xperia Z5 Compact has a 4.6-inch 720 x 1280 resolution display. This equates to a 319 PPI pixel density and screen-to-phone ratio of 70.66%, marginally behind the Xperia Z3 Compact at 70.77%. However, the new Xperia flagship ‘compact’ is now powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset and sports the same 1/2.3-inch 23MP Exmor RS rear camera with F2.0 G-Lens and 24mm wide-angle lens found in the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium.

Other changes over last year’s model include a fingerprint sensor power button, 32GB internal storage (21.7GB usable), a 2700mAh ‘two-day’ battery (versus 2600mAh for the Xperia Z3 Compact), capless USB charging and a 5.1MP front-facing camera (versus 2.2MP) with 25mm wide-angle lens.

Other key specifications include 2GB RAM, microSD memory card support, IP65/IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, High-Resolution Audio and Digital Noise Cancellation (DNC), Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC. It also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0.

As with the Xperia Z5, the Z5 Compact includes a frosted glass finish on the rear and the XPERIA logo etched on the side frame. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact has dimensions of 127 x 65 x 8.9mm and weighs 138 grams. It will be available in four colours (Graphite Black, White, Yellow and Coral) when it launches in October 2015.

Xperia Z5 Compact (E5803 and E5823) white paper

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Via Sony Mobile Blog, Sony Developer World and Sony Mobile Press.

  • Srijan Chawla

    The “Compacts” have always been the favorite of the crowd, Sony does wonders with these devices & a fingerprint sensor along with QC 2.0 along with that camera, this is definitely going to set another benchmark.

  • Kristo

    The white theme looks really weird, with the black icons etc

  • Simon Setyadarma

    I think, gonna buy this compact :’ OMG hope the price isn’t high as sky D’X

  • Amirul Jeffry

    Wow! That Graphite Black looks tempting!

  • mukul verma

    Price will be 549 pound for z5c.

  • DBS

    549€ on Amazon Germany

  • Don Reba

    That would be more than twice the price of the z3c (at $390).

  • Lancelotos

    If only it had 3GB ram, would be superb!

  • Simon Setyadarma

    This is ridiculous! I thought it would be around $500 since it is a compact version.
    Oh God, these prices make me insane -_-

  • Michael Reiche

    Why put a (fragile) glass back on it, if it’s not for a shiny surface?!? Waiting for Z6C…

  • spade

    The awkward moment, Sony made the midrange phone with more RAM than a flagship..

  • shhh

    Premium took the spotlight this time, though.

  • This is the phone I want. I have the Z2 and really enjoy it, but something smaller would be great. Just make sure it’s available readily in the US and fully compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile (as mentioned on another thread, no HSPA+ 1700 / Band IV listed in the whitepaper is very very disconcerting for me) and they’d have a winner here. Perfect Android alternative to the iPhone 6 and likely upcoming 6s.

  • JaroB

    frame is polycarbonate???

  • kido

    Z5 is the real flagship.

  • spade

    Really? Tell that to Sony to change Z5C name to M5C

  • Battal Aljadei

    Thicker, Uglier, 3% extra bezels compared to Z3C

  • kido

    Dude z5c will destroy m5 when it comes to processing power and graphics capabilities. 2Gb ram is enough, only thing that is better in the m5 in my opinion is the front facing camera.

  • Vasilis K.

    Thank you but I think I’ll stick to my Z1C for quite a looooong time. SD 810, 2GB RAM, plastic chassis? Not for me.

  • Niels d. G.

    I think the Z3 Compact looks much more charming, and with its unique liquid reflecition frame.

  • kido

    To hell with your z1c. I’m selling my z3c for this :p

  • raju

    It’s inversion.. Go to settings > developer options

  • dragonsneeze

    Well, nobody is saying it. The design is a fusion of some of the leaked concepts. I’m surprised Sony actually used them after them being publicly available.

  • Kompa_

    Feeling like I’m gona just go buy the z3c. I’m not going to wait for a month and pay 200 more for 100 mAh battery, better focus on camera, slight upgrade on processor, new power button and a open charging slot.

  • nick sweden

    so freaking nice , but to expensive 5394 for this in swedish kronor:O

  • jmaxim917

    Definitely a chick phone.

  • RC

    Quick Charge 2.0 (without the flap) is a big improvement.
    Screen functionality should be improved while wet.
    Camera sensor should be noticeably better.

    Depends on you man. Save 200$ to buy something more useful for yourself. Or get the ‘latest and greatest’ compact sony has to offer. I like the Z5C :)

  • Alz

    What I was hoping for:
    1) 32gb Storage (Needed)
    2) 3gb RAM (Very welcome)
    3) better materials (Welcome)
    4) better camera (Welcome)

    What we got:
    1) 32gb Storage
    4) better camera (They claim)

  • Alvin

    But that 720p display though….. It’s a bit strange to me to see that m5 is better by numbers on display than z5c.. So people would think twice before buying the z5c, and they rather change their decision to m5

  • LeVvE

    I never considered the Z3C because of the round power button and flaps for charging, this phone fixes both issues I had so now I’m quite hyped. This phone looks badass.

  • LeVvE

    I’d pay double the price for the open charging slot alone.

  • LeVvE

    It only has a 720P screen so the RAM usage will be lower than on the higher resolution versions so I can see why they only put 2GB in it, not an issue.

  • AudioAw

    I said the same thing in another post, the Z3C seems like a better design.

  • Azurpha

    z5c is compact, m5 isnt as compact is it? its called compact for a reason. 720p is fine, on my z1 compact is sharp as ever it needs to be.

  • Azurpha

    I assume you drop your phone a lot?

  • Snorky112

    16Gb actually

  • Snorky112

    yea

  • Snorky112

    iphone is 699€

  • Billy de Fretes

    that almost pink color… and my wife said …. “can you replace my old acro s to this phone?” and i was like ” oh honey, i never repair my broken screen xperia z and now you want me to buy this phone for you?” , ” yep” , ” oh ok” ….

    http://i.memeful.com/media/post/3dBOAEw_700wa_0.gif

  • dko3tgk

    The white paper does not list Band IV HSPA (1700/2100) which means no HSPA+ for Tmobile in the USA. Only LTE.

  • Eduardo Otero

    Nobody really see the difference between 720 and 1080 on those 4.6″. It is perfect for the compact knowing it is the most and only powerful phone in its size.

  • Eduardo Otero

    Actually the next Compact is Z7 on next year IFA

  • MoYeung

    Not available in Canada.

  • mukul verma

    u r wrong, all z5 got 32 gb internal & expandable 200gb.correct ur info.

  • Budz

    nonsense, i can clearly spot the the pixel density difference between 720 and 1080 on 4.5

  • mukul verma

    sony’s rom doesn’t need 4gb ram like Samsung or other co’s, sony’s rom is fluid. Samsung rom still lags in 4gb model, hangs sometimes. so whats the use of 4gb ram if their rom gonna hang.

  • Eduardo Otero

    Yes and I can survive in Arctics with the heat from Snapdragon 810.

  • Michael Reiche

    My 2 year old ZR has been dropped more than once, and survived each drop. From reading other peoples complaints about broken glass back, I get the impression that you only need to drop a glass back once, and just keeping it in your jeans front pockets is too tough a life for it.

    There are a lot of ridgid alternatives to glass, when the material doesn’t have to be transparent: plastic, rubber, carbon fiber, metals. Yet they choose glass for a non transparent part!?!

  • Michael Reiche

    Let’s see :-)

  • jangaleon

    Wait, does the front panel frosted glass too?

  • Benjamin Levy

    The Z3C was over $500 when it came out.

  • Azurpha

    I rather like the fact its frost glass so I cant complain. besides glass is plenty strong just not very malleable .

  • Don Reba

    Still, 549 pounds is 70% more than $500. Lower prices have been cited, but much higher than z3c’s.

  • echomrg

    i don’t get the new pricing, it’s 200€ more than the Z3C.
    that’s a 40% increase.
    and it doesn’t offer any really important upgrades on specs.
    it even still has a 720p display…
    no way i’m going to upgrade from the Z3C at these prices…

  • Sean

    My Z3C is shattered as well (dropped 30 cm on a carpet) and if you check (German) Amazon’s reviews, it is a widespread problem. Thing is, that they put ordinary window-glass on the back. I hope for them, this time it’s gorilla glass at least.

  • Budz

    don’t care about that, i just want to make clear, most people can spot the difference between those two resolution on 4.6

  • Eduardo Otero

    Let’s believe most people do. Now give me a better 4.6″ FullHD smartphone than this Z5 Compact

  • Snorky112

    wow thanks thats niiice

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  • Alexx

    I dont like it… The bezel was better to see in the Z3C
    It’ s better keep the wider bezel at the bottom

  • Exodite

    You != most people

  • Exodite

    The Z3C allows you to use the magnetic charging dock however, while the Z5C forces you to plug it in – even when you use the dock.

    I’m personally not keen on the flaps but with ~90% of my usage of the USB port being charging that’s less of a concern when I can just use the dock.

    YMMV.

  • Exodite

    Doesn’t matter.

    All the fancy hardened glass types they use for smartphone displays are really good at resisting scratches and often allow for a moderate amount of flex as well.

    They’re all still absolutely terrible at surviving quick, sharp blows like being dropped however.

  • Exodite

    The Z3C supports QC 2.0 as well, it even works with the magnetic charging dock.

    Source: this very site.

  • Exodite

    The Z3C certainly looks better in profile!

    Question is how much you’d notice that while using it.

    Anyway, I’m more interested in whether or not they’ve fixed the 810 issues and how the performance compares.

    The Z3C is certainly a viable option, feels like the Z7C/Z6C should be the real upgrade. I just hope they give us 3/4 GB memory the next time.

  • Exodite

    Not true.

    Many games, and even Chrome on occasion, will unload the launcher after a time. We’re still memory constrained too often for comfort.

  • Exodite

    It’s still a poor comparison, as UK (and EU) prices include a significant amount of VAT.

  • Azurpha

    in any case the screen on the z1c or z3c has is sharp. 1080p would be nice to have but is considerably enthusiast level stuff, like the z5 premium.

  • jauling

    LOL, the M5 has 3GB memory… Z5C only has 2GB? The keynote speaker yesterday lied… the Z5C has compromised memory FFS

  • J Smith

    It is thicker than its predecessor, heavier than its predecessor, and thus far both E5803 & E5823 appear to be missing Band IV (1700/2100 MHz) LTE so it is near useless in Canada/USA. (Z5 & Z5P do have versions with this Band) Main upgrade is processor from 32 bit to 64 bit. Z3C was fragile (cracked glass), so hopefully this design fixes that too.

    Personally I don’t care about the camera, and I’d prefer a smaller compact, between 4 and 4.3 inches with same screen resolution.

  • hansip

    I feel ya.. Just say “Wait till dollar at least 10000 honey”

  • hansip

    Yeah m5 might be a better purchase. But for enthusiasts it is not. I mean those Mediatek chips.. Plus 720p on 2gb is still more than enough.

  • Battal Aljadei

    It was there almost two years before Sony:
    Huawei Honor 3 & HTC Desire Eye & Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 & Motorola Moto G (3rd gen)

    Sadly Sony’s the last company copy that feature .

  • Battal Aljadei

    I’d go for the Z3C for it’s great battery life and design but the charging flap make it worthless .

  • Kotatsu

    No green no compact.
    See you next year compact.
    Z3C ftw

  • Exodite

    Well, as I wrote in other replies here there’s the magnetic charging dock.

    I, too, am not a fan of the flaps but as I mostly use the USB port for charging the dock neatly solves that problem for me.

  • Kotatsu

    You meant Z7C?

  • Emil Oskarsson

    They used gorilla glass on the back since the original Xperia Z. Well the z1c had a plastic back but the rest of the z devices have a gorilla glass 3 or newer gorilla glass on the back :) Xperia Z had dragontail on the front but gorilla glass 3 on the back to be exactly

  • Emil Oskarsson

    This phone is about as compact as an Iphone 5/5s which had a 4 inch screen and really big bezels. So i guess you can keep looking because this is the best phone you can get in this size today. Theres no other phone who has the same specs in a package that small.

  • spade

    You know dude, after experiencing myself 5.0.2 with 2GB ram phone, my next phone must have more than 2GB ram, simple as that

  • spade

    I’m not talking about Samsung devices here, what i’m saying is that Z5C Sony called a flagship has less memory than their midrange, get it?

  • Francis.F

    slightly bigger battery is the difference in thickness

  • Arngrim

    How bad is a 720P screen compared to the AMOLED screen in a Galaxy 4? Im “upgrading” from a G4 to the Z5C (i found the other two version to be way to big for my taste, and i hope the Compact isnt to small) While i dont like the less RAM in the compact (even though its the same as my current phone, so i wouldnt notice a differnece i guess) i dont mind the 720P screen unless its really bad in comparison.

  • Arngrim

    Pre-ordered the white one (Last phone was black so changing it up abit, the black one looks awesome though) from webhallen and they come with headphones aswell. Expensive yes, but fuck it i want to get away from my Galaxy4 so bad i don’t care. Let’s hope the compact isnt to small though.

  • ZoubIWah

    same, love the dock actually. id go the z5c gets a usb dock if anything, it makes stuff really easy to plug in

  • ZoubIWah

    i dropped the z3c more times than id like to admit (10 times, including on asphalt) and i got scared every single time. yet, it did not break (i chipped the paint a bit).
    i keep it in my front jean pocket (tight) daily for about a year now.
    I bring it on my bike rides, including rainy, muddy ones. I just wash it with clear water. Its been on +45C hikes and -15C ones multiple times.
    Its been in the sand, on the beach, in sea/salt water a bit (oops).

    No issues except one, the coating on the lens is gone which makes exposure control a little bad. But glass never broke, and has zero scratch (this is the first phone i own with no screen scratches after a year – i dont use a screen protector).

    My brother and 5 colleagues got the phone (they instant-bought it after using mine and noticing my actual 2 days battery life, loved the small form factor), no issues either.
    All that to say the “breaking glass” reports got me super suspicious.

    id like if the phone was a little less slippery though as it tends to fall down when you look at it wrong.. ;)

  • Budz

    you should check your eyes

  • Cakefish

    *£439 from Clove

  • Cakefish

    Nexus 5 and Moto X Play handle 2GB RAM like champs with 5.1.1 Lollipop (I have owned both devices) and it’ll only get better with 6.0 Marshmallow. I’m willing to forgive the 2GB RAM. After all, what other phone has this power in such a small package?

  • tri do

    it seems to be a killer of a phone but could have improved such the screen like 1080p would be nice. 3gb of ram would help the os to run smoother and not much hiccup as my z1c ran into almost daily seems the ui has to refresh or apps to refresh constantly which is abit annoying. So far the z1f was the uncompromised miniture of its flagship model. looking at pricing for europe it is only 50 euros difference between z5 and z5c . not much sense to get the c over the z5 with such small diffrence in price

  • Alvin

    So you’re talking about your Galaxy S4 or LG G4??

  • Arngrim

    Galaxy S4. ¨^

  • Billy de Fretes

    make it 9000 and or even below 8000 so i can buy Z5 premium for myself :D #nasibrupiah :D

  • sidewinder_x5

    while looking at the whitepapers, the only difference i can see is that the e5823 has lte cat6 capabilities, while the bads are the same. wondering why sony would do this.

    also, it does have band 4 LTE for both models, just not AWS band HSPA

  • Damon Adrian

    Remember the z1 days when the z1c was just like the z1 except resolution?

    Now it has lower resolution, lower RAM, and lower build quality….

    Rip compact series

  • Damon Adrian

    It looks like a big white thick cover

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  • lol, but it is already on high end quality though.

  • dko3tgk

    I agree with you. I have a ZL. And I want to upgrade to a Z5C. However my ZL has 5″ 1080p screen, 2GB RAM and has nearly the same small size as the Z5C. Of course I want all the newer features, but its hard for me justify going from 1080p 5″ to 720p 4.6″, for the same sized phone. Why can’t they just put a 1080p 5″ screen in a Z Compact like they did in the ZL? I’ve held my ZL up against a Z3C and its just a few millimeters narrower, and about the same height. Compact sized with 5″ 1080p has already been possible, why can’t they put these features in a Z Compact?

  • Vasilis K.

    Who gives a f@ck about your Z3C?

  • Michael Reiche

    Like to hear that Z3C can live a rough life :-)

  • nick sweden

    ja det e dyrt men den e nog snygg och jävligt klockren ska testa imorgon :)

  • Battal

    I couldn’t find it, only for Z3 and Z3+ but not the compact !
    if you have the link, i’ll be glade .

  • Exodite

    The dock is called DK48, as per Sony’s homepage:

    http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/accessories/magnetic-charging-dock-dk48/

    I was lucky enough to get mine included in the purchase (I preordered the Z3C last year, upgrading from an original Xperia arc).

  • spade

    Same as my Z3C on 5.1 1, but runs like crap on 5.0.2 due to 2GB ram, my sister’s Z2 that i sold to her runs better on 5.0.2 due to more ram, that explained a lot.. My next phone must have more than 2GB ram in case Google fucks up with Android Marshmallow.

  • spade

    I read somewhere before that Z3C was top 5 selling phones in their homeland, i’m surprise that they didn’t learn anything from that..

  • Azurpha

    if u have read z1c review, 720p was noted but considered still a very sharp display, I wouldn’t expect it to be much different, i.e. you definitely wouldnt see any pixels. Don’t worry about the 2gb of ram compared to 3gb, it will do fine. Size-wise its a little wider than an iphone 4, in term of s4 its a little shorter, here is a link: http://www.phonearena.com/phones/size#/phones/size/Samsung-Galaxy-S4,Sony-Xperia-Z5-Compact/phones/7597,9611

  • Arngrim

    cheers!

  • jamie evans

    GSMArena reports Sony is planning to launch Z5C Premium with 1080p FHD ONLY in Japan. really?? I want it so bad. Sony, please launch it WORLDWIDE. Z5CP would be the star attraction, seriously

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  • Andy Roid

    Yeah, so many people confuse scratch-proof with shatter-proof

  • Battal

    Thanks man .

  • LeopardSurd

    Sadly It has only 2 GB of RAM and it looks cheaper as my Z1 compact. I’m in love also with dock charging using magnetic contacts or induction fields. I don’t like the per-dock-charging solution for Z5 compact. I wanted this year an upgrade but I’ll pass Z5 compact. Waiting for Z6 compact.

  • iosvsios

    Exactly as I predicted, now that Sony is making changes to the design, people are complaining that the design changed! Even though using the same design as before was a mistake, too.

  • jb

    just what i was looking for
    i love u sony

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