Sony Xperia Z3 Compact vs Z1 Compact: specs comparison

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The Xperia Z3 Compact was announced at IFA 2014 meeting just about all of our expectations. We've already written a hands on Xperia Z3 Compact review, getting a first look at how the device performs, but now its time to see how it weighs up against the previous model, the Z1 Compact

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The Xperia Z3 Compact (left) has a larger display and thinner body. / © Sony


The frame of the Z3 Compact follows a similar design philosophy to the Xperia Z3, with slightly softer edges compared to the more square-looking Z1. The Z3 Compact screen is noticeably bigger, but the device itself is a very similar size to the past iteration, if a little lighter and thinner. The new Xperia Z3 compact will also be arrive in a number of color variations. We certainly still like the look of the Z1 Compact, but the new version is undoubtedly easier on the eye.

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Despite the larger screen, the Z3 Compact (left) is about the same size as the Z1 Compact. / © Sony

Technical specifications 

The Xperia Z3 Compact improves on the previous device in screen size, processing power, battery capacity and camera, which is now capable of recording at 4K resolution (even if it made the device heat up quite a lot in our tests). Where the Z1 Compact beats the Z3 Compact is in the pixel density, with 342 pixels-per-inch compared to new screen's 319. The Xperia Z3 Compact will also be running the latest version of Android. Below are the complete specs side-by-side.

  Xperia Z3 Compact Xperia Z1 Compact
System Android 4.4.4, Xperia UI Android 4.4.3, Xperia UI
Display 4.6-inch, LCD, 1,280 x 720 Pixel (319 ppi) 4.3 inch, LCD, 1,280 x 720 Pixel (342 ppi)
Dimensions 127.3 x 64.9 x 8.64 mm 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm
Weight 129 g 137 g
Battery 2,600 mAh 2,300 mAh
Camera 20.7 MP (rear) with 4K recording, 2,2 MP (front) 20.7 MP (rear), 2 MP (front)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2.5 GHZ, Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2.2 GHz, Quad-Core
Internal Memory 16 GB + microSD 16 GB + microSD
Connectivity HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, WLAN HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, WLAN
Sensors Waterproof IP 55/58 Waterproof IP 65/68

Those are the main differences we have gathered so far regarding the Z3 Compact and the Z1 Compact. Don't forget to check out our hands on Xperia Z3 Compact review, and anything else you missed at IFA 2014.

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  • Random Username Sep 13, 2014 Link to comment

    The Waterproof spec is switched.
    Also, the Z1C is on 4.4.4 too.