The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is a high-end Android smartphone. It is a smaller version of the Xperia Z3, which is Sony's flagship. But don't mistake the Xperia Z3 Compact for a cut down or cheaper version of the Xperia Z3. Like that smartphone the Xperia Z3 Compact has a very strong specification and features such as waterproofing, PS4 Remote Play and a quality camera.
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact UK release date
Sony told PC Advisor that the Xperia Z3 Compact will launch in the UK in September 2014 and has now given is a release date of 29 September. However, Clove is already selling the device (see below). See also: best smartphones of 2014 UK.
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact UK price
Sony is listing the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact for pre-order at £429 and while Clove had the device originally priced at £432, it has now dropped the price significantly to just £349.
The Xperia Z3 Compact is a high quality smartphone. Like the full-sized Xperia Z3 it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor: a quad-core CPU running at 2.5 GHz. There is a 4G LTE modem to ensure that mobile connectivity is fast, too. And graphics are taken care of with an Adreno 330 GPU. The Xperia Z3 Compact takes a Nano SIM and comes with 3GB RAM. It comes with either 16GB or 32GB of onboard memory, and has an SD card slot that will take up to 128GB.
The Xperia Z3 is waterproof and dust-tight to take with you wherever you go. It has a 20.7Mp camera with 1/2.3in Exmor RS for mobile image sensor. Sony claims that along with the Xperia Z3 the Compact is one of the first two smartphones with ISO 12800 sensitivity for superior photos, even in low light. Around the front is a 2Mp camera that takes 1080p video for video calling. (See also: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact release date, price and specs UK: Smaller Xperia tablet to launch.)
You get a 3100mAh battery, and Sony says that the power-saving technologies included with the Xperia Z3 Compact allow for up to two days usage between charges. Multimedia is taken care with Hi-Res Audio, Digital Noise Cancelling support and DSEE HX audio upscaling.
The Xperia Z3 is just 8.6mm thick, and weighs only 129 grams according to Sony. It is available in orange and green, in addition to the usual white and black.
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact display
According to Sony the Xperia has an ultra-bright display. It combines Sony's TRILUMINOS Display for mobile with Live Colour LED, X-Reality for mobile and intuitive contrast enhancement. More importantly the Xperia Z3 has a 4.6in 720p HD display. Sony says it will be sharp and vivid even in bright sunlight - but it would. We will bring you more detailed specs as we have them.
New features in Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: PS4 Remote Play
The Xperia Z3 Compact is one of only two smartphones that comes with PS4 Remote Play. Remote Play allows you to stream the biggest and best PS4 titles direct to your smartphone, freeing you to continue your game anywhere you can get online.
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: what Sony says
"At Sony Mobile, 'flagship' now means offering a choice to consumers of enjoying a large screen Xperia Z3 for immersive entertainment or a more compact, lighter Xperia Z3 Compact that doesn't ask you to compromise on features," says Kunimasa Suzuki, President & CEO, Sony Mobile Communications.
"Consumers demand and deserve greatness from their smartphone – in design, camera and battery life. That's precisely what we aim to deliver with Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, at the same time as delivering leading innovations such as unique Sony camera experiences and, for the first time, PS4 Remote Play in two beautifully designed, fully waterproof smartphones." (See also: How to watch Sony Xperia Z3 launch live video: press conference IFA 2014.)