Table of contents:
- Gadget equipment
- Smart phone design and usability
- Graphics accelerator and display
- RAM, built-in storage and expansion slot
- Device autonomy
- Software and its features
A stylish mini version of the flagship smartphone with almost identical hardware is the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Characteristics of hardware and software capabilities, as well as the pros and cons of this device based on real feedback from the owners - this is the material that will be discussed in detail in our review material.
Although this is a mini-version of the flagship solution, you can't tell from the bundle. It has everything you need to start using your smartphone right out of the box. In addition to the device itself (the battery in this case is non-removable, and the case is non-separable), the package includes the following accessories and components:
Quality speaker system.
The usual interface cord with USB connectors and, of course, microUSB.
List of documentation for this smartphoneconsists of user manual and warranty card.
Smart phone design and usability
It should be noted right away that, as in the flagship device, the case of this smartphone has an increased degree of protection - IP65 and IP68. This provides protection against dust and moisture. That is, this gadget can be immersed under water and at this time video or photography can be taken. To do this, a special button is displayed on the left side of the smart phone. The only condition that needs to be met is to install special complete plugs in the corresponding slots. In addition to the previously mentioned camera control button, on the left side of the smartphone there is a power button and the usual volume up and down buttons. Two slots are displayed on the right edge: for a SIM card and for an external flash drive. At the bottom there is only a hole for a spoken microphone, and all wired connectors are displayed on the top side: 3.5 mm and universal microUSB.
Like this manufacturer's tablet, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is equipped with a Gorilla Eye protective glass. It protects its front panel, most of which is occupied by a screen with a very modest diagonal, as of today - 4.6 inches. Above it are several sensors and a front camera. Below, under the screen, there is a typical control panel of three backlit touch buttons. There are 2 speakers symmetrically with respect to the screen: one on top and the other on the bottom. The main camera is placed on the back side andLED backlight.
The flagship Snapdragon 801 solution from leading ARM chip developer Qualcomm provides one of the best levels of computing performance compared to its counterparts in the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. The characteristic of its hardware parameters indicates the presence of 4 high-performance modules. Each of them is built on the basis of the architecture codenamed "Krait 400". This is Qualcomm's own development, which is based on the currently more common "A15" architecture. The clock frequency of each computing cell at maximum computing load can reach 2.5 GHz. As a result, it can be noted that the performance of this chip is at a very high level and allows you to solve any problems. At the same time, energy efficiency leaves much to be desired.
Graphics accelerator and display
The screen diagonal of this smart phone model is very modest, as it is today, 4.6 inches. It is made according to the proprietary technology of this manufacturer - IPS TRILUMINOS. In this case, there is no air gap between the display and the glass, which ensures high picture quality, which does not depend on the viewing angle. The only thing that causes certain remarks is the color gamut, which is slightly distorted in this device, but a competent adjustment of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact will help solve the problem. The display resolution is 1280 by 720 px, that is, the picture is displayed in HD format. Of course, these are more modest figures than the flagshipsmartphone (1920x1080 and FullHD, respectively), but it is almost impossible to distinguish individual pixels on the display. As a video accelerator, this device uses the Adreno 330 graphics adapter, which was developed by the same company as the processor - Qualcomm. Without delving into the architectural parameters, it can be noted that its hardware capabilities are more than enough to run any application, including the most demanding ones.
Like the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, this smart phone is equipped with front and rear cameras. The technical parameters of the last of them are really impressive: a sensor element of 20.7 megapixels, autofocus, a software optical image stabilization system, an eight-fold digital zoom and a face recognition system. Another feature of this camera is the video recording in the new 4K format with a refresh rate of 30 frames per second. Well, do not forget that the case of this device is dustproof and moisture resistant (the smartphone can be immersed to a depth of 1 meter). That is, this device allows you to get a high-quality photo or record a video in almost any conditions. More modest technical specifications for the front camera. It uses a sensing element of 2.2 megapixels. But this is quite enough for both selfies and video calls.
RAM, built-in storage and expansion slot
An impressive amount of 2 GB of RAM is integrated into the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Embedded characteristicThe drive is also impressive - 16 GB. This is quite enough to start using the gadget out of the box. If the indicated values are not enough for someone, then you can increase the memory subsystem by 128GB by inserting a flash card into the appropriate slot. OTJ technology is also supported. That is, using a special cable, you can connect a regular USB flash drive to the phone. Personal data is best stored on some cloud service. This will allow you to restore all photos and videos in case of loss of a smartphone or its breakdown.
On the one hand, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact phone comes with a built-in battery, the capacity of which is a "solid" 2600 mAh. On the other hand, the screen diagonal, as noted earlier in the text, is 4.6 inches, the processor is high-performance, but not energy efficient, which consists of 4 computing cores - these are quite serious battery consumers. At first glance, the declared capacity of the battery with a mediocre load on the device should be enough for 2, maximum 3 days of battery life. But Japanese programmers carried out some software optimization, and in reality the phone can even function for 5 days instead of the declared 3 days. There are also more energy-efficient modes in this smartphone, which allow you to stretch a week on a single battery charge. But the functionality of the device in this case is significantly reduced, and some important options are disabled (data transfer to the Internet, receivingmultimedia messages).
Software and its features
Something unusual in terms of system software can not stand out from the competitors Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Android is the operating system of this device. At the moment version 4.4 is installed on the device. Regarding updates to more recent versions, it is rather difficult to say something definite. The situation is similar with another device in this line of mobile gadgets: the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact tablet boasts a similar software filling.
An impressive list of supported interfaces for this model of smart phone, like the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Reviews indicate that this list has all the most necessary interfaces. Among them are the following:
The phone has only 1 slot for installing a SIM card. But the device itself can function in all existing mobile networks: GSM (data transfer rate is limited to hundreds of kilobytes per second), 3G (in this case, information will be loaded at a speed of several tens of megabits per second) and LTE (up to 150 Mbps - this is maximum speed of receiving data from the global web).
There is also "Wi-Fi", which allows you to receive information from the Internet at a speed of 150 Mbps. This allows you to download files of an impressive size to your device, or just chat on social networks.
One of the most versatile interfaces in thisThe phone is rightfully considered "Bluetooth". It allows you to exchange information with similar devices. And it can be used to connect a wireless stereo headset and listen to music or communicate via mobile networks.
This gadget is equipped with a GPS transmitter to determine your location or make a travel route. Also, this module can interact with the GLONASS system. Additionally, you can use the A-GPS system to determine the most accurate location. The first two systems are satellite based and the last one uses mobile tower locations for navigation.
The second universal interface is microUSB. It is indispensable in cases where it is necessary to charge the battery of the device. It can also be used to connect to a personal computer.
Worth mentioning is the 3.5mm audio port. With its help, an external speaker system is connected to the gadget.
The price difference is quite serious between Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. Comparison of their hardware and software characteristics suggests that the devices are almost identical to each other. Against this background, the cost of the flagship at $ 502 versus $ 456 for the compact version looks overpriced. Still, shelling out an extra $50 for 1GB of RAM and a slightly larger screen with a higher resolution isn't quite right. Moreover, it is easier to work on a smaller copy of the flagship.
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact phone has two important advantages: relatively compact size and impeccable hardware and software stuffing. It is on these points that most of the reviews of the owners indicate. In addition, we can also note a powerful main camera, protected from dust and moisture, which allows you to record videos and take photos even under water. Well, the degree of autonomy of the device is at a high level. Of course, the $456 price tag may seem a bit high, but such a good smartphone is worth the money.
The review shows that the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has no weaknesses. The characteristic of its hardware and software resources indicates that it will cope with any task without problems. And with performance, and with autonomy, and with the graphics subsystem, this smart phone has no problems. The only thing that can be listed as a liability is the price of $456. But the smartphone is really very good, and it is definitely worth the money.