Smaller but still very powerful – we love the Compact range

ByJames Peckhampublished 30 June 17


Sony"s new small form phone is the hidden gem of the Xperia Z5 range - it"s just a shame there isn"t a Full HD screen.

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Sony"s new small form phone is the hidden gem of the Xperia Z5 range - it"s just a shame there isn"t a Full HD screen.

Update: It"s now quite difficult lớn find the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact on sale because the company is focusing its small phone attention on the newer Xperia X Compact. If you"re after a smaller phone from Sony, be sure to check that more recent device out.

The Xperia Z5 Compact stands alone: Sony is the only apk manufacturer making a small high-end phone right now.

Like the Xperia Z3 Compact before it, the Xperia Z5 Compact puts an impressive array of features comfortably into the palm of your hand, và makes you wonder why no other brands are interested in this niche.

Not everyone wants a giant phone, and who could be blamed for wanting khổng lồ use their whole screen without needing both hands?

The Xperia Z5 Compact sits alongside two other phones from Sony. There"s the Sony Xperia Z5, which offers a 5.2-inch 1,080p screen và 3GB of RAM that you don"t get here. Then there"s the Xperia Z5 Premium, which will be here in November with a 5.5-inch screen and a 4K resolution screen.

These have since been superseded by Sony"s new X line of handsets, including the Sony Xperia X Compact - although it fails khổng lồ hit the same heights as the Z5 Compact.

Weight: 138gDimensions: 127 x 65 x 8.9mmOS: game android 5.1.1 (upgrades to android 6)Screen size: 4.6-inchResolution: 720 x 1280CPU: Snapdragon 810RAM: 2GBStorage: 32GBBattery: 2,700mAhRear camera: 23MPFront camera: 5.1MP

One early problem was the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact price. High-end specs require a high-end price, even if the reduced frame might lead purchasers khổng lồ expect a bargain.

At launch the Xperia Z5 Compact price was £429 in the UK (about AU$710) – but since launch that"s dropped và it can now be picked up SIM-free for as little as £350 (around AU$580).

Meanwhile, in the US the Z5 Compact unlocked now retails for $400 - down from $500 at launch. It"s not available via popular US carrier subsidies, which will blunt its success.

It"s now quite difficult khổng lồ find a store selling the Xperia Z5 Compact, but the price may be even lower if you vì find a retailer stocking the aging phone. If you can"t find this phone, we"d recommend checking out our guide to the best compact phones out right now.


Traditional Xperia styling at a palm-friendly sizeFrosted glass rear provides premium appeal

The Xperia Z5 Compact follows closely the excellent thiết kế established by the Xperia Z5. It isn"t drastically smaller than the Z5 – the Compact is 127 x 65 x 8.9mm, compared to lớn 146 x 72 x 7.3mm. But it"s enough to lớn make a difference.

The Xperia Z5 Compact has lost a lot of the bezel space that felt so redundant on the Z5, and feels a lot more concise than its bigger sibling.

The back panel is much nicer on this new version of the Compact model. Instead of the clear glass back from previous handsets, it"s now a frosted glass that feels good against the palm and looks stylish.

Colour options are white, black, yellow or coral – I was able lớn use all versions but the white for this review. The đen version feels the most stylish, while the yellow & coral are particularly bright. They wouldn"t be my choice of phone, but for those who liked the colour-pop aesthetic of the iPhone 5C, they"re perfect.

The corners have been rounded off even further on the Xperia Z5 Compact than on the Z3 Compact, making it a much more comfortable fit in the hand.

The anti-break bumpers of the Xperia Z5 aren"t included here, so the Compact is more likely khổng lồ shatter if it falls on one of the four corners. It"s unclear why Sony made this decision – they would have been easy khổng lồ implement, và would make a big difference khổng lồ the durability of the phone.

At the đứng top of the left hand edge of the phone, there"s the indented Xperia logo, which actually looks good this time around. On the bottom of that edge is the only flap on the handset, covering the microSD và nanoSIM slot.

The nguồn button itself sits flush with the design. This is metal with the on/off symbol engraved on it. It looks good, but the exciting part is that this now features the fingerprint scanner – a new addition khổng lồ the Xperia Z series, except in the hobbled US variant.

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On the front of the phone, there are bezels above và below the display to house the front-facing speakers, microphone và front-facing camera. These are thinner on the Xperia Z5 Compact than on the Xperia Z5 and that means a better screen-to-body ratio.