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The Z3 Compact will be officially revealed tomorrow in Germany

Sony is expected to officially unveil its Xperia Z3 Compact tomorrow in Berlin, Germany, but the smartphone has already seen the light of day in the form of leaked photos courtesy of AUSDROID.
 
As expected, the design for the smartphone doesn’t stray to far from what we’d expect to see from a member of the Xperia family, with the device being shown in red, white, black, and mint.

 
The mid-range Xperia Z3 Compact packs in some pretty hefty specs including a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (microSD slot included), 4.6” 720p display, 20.7MP Sony Exmor RS rear camera (capable of 4K video recording) and a 2.2MP front-facing “Selfie” camera. Other features include a 2600 mAh battery and IP68-rated dust- and water-resistant protection.
 
The device itself measures 5” x 2.55” x 0.33” and weighs in at 4.55 ounces.


Sources: AUSDROID, Xperia Blog



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Mid range?
By jimbo2779 on 9/2/2014 10:35:24 AM , Rating: 2
The only down sides to this phone are that it has a "small" 4.6" screen (plenty big enough by most standards), isn't the thinnest and the great rear camera doesn't have OIS.

I wouldn't exactly call this a mid range phone, it packs a whole lot of phone into a small(er than most of the other high-end phones) package so it is really a high end phone for those that don't want a huge phone.

There are plenty of supposedly "high end" phones with similar specs, the HTC One (M8) comes to mind.




RE: Mid range?
By flyingpants1 on 9/2/2014 11:51:46 AM , Rating: 2
It's narrower than a Galaxy Alpha.


RE: Mid range?
By quiksilvr on 9/2/2014 4:22:48 PM , Rating: 2
I guess it is considered mid-range because it's the compact version of the new flagship, the Z3.


RE: Mid range?
By piroroadkill on 9/3/2014 4:33:31 AM , Rating: 4
Downsides?

4.6"? Perfect. Fuck 5"+ up the ass.
Isn't thinnest? Perfect. Fuck small batteries in the eye.
Doesn't have OIS? Fair enough.


Killin it!
By EasyC on 9/2/2014 12:25:57 PM , Rating: 2
I'm very happy with my Z1C and this just improves on the small areas that would be nice with the Z1C. Stereo speakers, 4K recording, slightly bigger screen, slimmer, etc. If it holds the same price tag ($500-550), even better.

I'm actually really glad they decided to keep the 720p screen. My Z1C lasts 2 days on a charge under moderate (average) use right now with a 720p screen. The Z3C has 300mAH more and supposedly a more efficient CPU. It also took Sony 1 day to update the Z1C to 4.4.4 after Google started releasing it to Nexus devices...

I am going to probably try out the Alpha as well. It may be a couple mm wider, but it's also a couple mm thinner.

Keep up the good work Sony.




RE: Killin it!
By Operandi on 9/2/2014 3:05:20 PM , Rating: 2
I had a Z1C for a week and more or less hated it so offer my counter opinion on this the phone and the issues that might remain with this one. First for a high-end phone the camera sucks. Images are always soft looking and lacking detail which should not be the case if those 20 megapixles are at all working as they should. Color can also be pretty far off if lighting is less than ideal overly aggressive image processing is likely the problem trying to compensate for hardware shortcomings. On the plus side the camera is fast. Build quality has some serious issues as well. The AL unibody frame is nice but the back of the phone is glossy plastic and not glass unlike the rest of Z line. Basically anything is going to scratch the crap out of the back of the phone, totally unacceptable on a phone of this category. Also there is the weird plastic film on the front of the phone that pics up finger prints like crazy and just makes the phone feel cheap. Lastly the great idea that was horrible executed feature that is the magnetic charging port; just about impossible to visually determine which way the cable is supposed to go and the slightly bump on the cable knocks it loose, insanely frustrating.

On the plus side the CPU/GPU is nice and the battery is great but that’s about it in my opinion.


RE: Killin it!
By ritualm on 9/2/2014 5:05:28 PM , Rating: 2
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First for a high-end phone the camera sucks.

In a pinch I'd use the camera integrated onto the phone. When I'm not - let me drag my GX1 + 20mm out of the dusty shelf, because honestly every smartphone camera sucks total ass. Even the Nokia 808's suck.

With my GX1 I'm one button away from manual focus and a focusing control interface that doesn't rely on a touchscreen display. Can't even do that on most phones.
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The AL unibody frame is nice but the back of the phone is glossy plastic and not glass unlike the rest of Z line.

I'd rather the backside be something other than glass. If anything, plastic is more durable vs falling damage than glass.
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Basically anything is going to scratch the crap out of the back of the phone, totally unacceptable on a phone of this category.

LOL. Even with the iPhone I see very few people use it without a case. Most people use a case or sleeve to protect from damage and scratches anyhow, or at least to make it less slippery.


RE: Killin it!
By darkfalz on 9/4/2014 6:53:22 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Even with the iPhone I see very few people use it without a case. Most people use a case or sleeve to protect from damage and scratches anyhow, or at least to make it less slippery.


True. But it's a shame because they put all the effort into making these phones look beautiful, then you cover them with an ugly rubbery case. My phone looks really nice without a case, considerably less nice without, but the case has probably saved me from breaking it on a dozen occasions.


RE: Killin it!
By EasyC on 9/2/2014 7:13:55 PM , Rating: 2
I'm going to have to disagree with the camera. I'm a photographer (shoot a D800E), and I found this camera to be 2nd, maybe 3rd to the Lumia 1020 (which I've also owned). It's worlds better than the iPhone, and that's usually regarded as a "good" camera for a phone.

I have to agree with the other person who replied. In a pinch, I'd carry something like an A6000 CSC for any "serious" photography where I don't want to lug the behemoth around.

Also, you should have looked into a case like the Dreamviva or the like. It's .3mm thick and prevents scratching to 95% of the phone which isn't the face.

Sounds like you got a bad sample. Unfortunately there isn't a lot of competition in the reasonably sized flagship arena.


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