Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Review

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Almost everyone knows that Sony is struggling in the smart phone market. In fact the company has decided that if they do not see any growth in their Android handset division, and the sales and profitability of the same, then they can chop the whole unit.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

However, keeping the aforementioned things in mind, let us have look on the smallest phone of the Sony Xperia Z5 series, the Z5 Compact that is just 4.6” long. Whenever it comes to the question of making the compact phone, Sony gains the reputation for it. We definitely remember that Z3 compact was one of the most-successful and best-selling phone models.

With the launch of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, the company has fitted the device with flagship grade specs in a smaller body with a 4.6-inch display.

Design & Build Quality of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

If we talk about the design and have used the older phones of Sony Xperia series, then you would definitely notice the change in the design of Z5 Compact. Sony is trying to revamp its signature design with the launch of Z5 series, as all the members of Z5 family and Xperia Z1 shares the same exterior design.

Design of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

With the new design of Z5 compact, Sony has taken the impression of uniformity to a brand new level and at the same time, it moved beyond the symmetry of previous devices. Some of the people out there may find the design of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact a bit boring; however, it is the opposite of it. The device is charming in its simplicity.

If we talk about the dimensions, the Z5 Compact measures 127 x 65 x 8.9 mm, that is a little thicker than Z3 compact. However, it is hard to notice the difference between these two devices. The weight of Z5 compact is around 135 grams.

Display of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

UI of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

As mentioned above, the screen of the Xperia Z5 Compact is 4.6-inches in diagonal. The screen resolution of the device is 720 x 1280 pixels and is fitted with the IPS LCD variety. Apart from this, Sony has installed the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, X-Reality engine for mobile, and Triluminos technology. The display brightness of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is superbly high with around 680nits. You can use both the auto and manual modes to adjust the screen brightness and you do not have to worry about the display contrast ratio in both the modes.

Battery of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

When it comes to the battery, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is a device with 2700mAh battery fitted inside it, which gives an excellent performance with the endurance rating of around 86 hours. Apart from high endurance rating, you can comfortable have 28 hours of 3G talk time, 11 hours of web browsing and 13 hours of video playback.

User Interface of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Software of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

If we talk about the user interface of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, it is Android Lollipop with a pinch of Xperia. You can say that Sony is now completely comfortable with the newest platform of Android and hence, spreading it across almost all the devices.

So, here is a good news. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact comes with the Android Lollipop 5.1.1 version. If we talk about the interface of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, it is almost similar to its predecessor but with a few notable changes.

To preserve its signature look and feel, Sony has kept the old launcher its phone. Therefore, if you are getting an Android upgrade, KitKat to Lollipop, you will find all your favorite things right there at the same place but with the brand new eye-candy feels of Android Lollipop.

Performance of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Do not make a mistake of thinking that you have downgraded specs in this compact phone. Whatever the size may be, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is the prestigious member of “Z” family. Therefore, keeping this in mind, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact has Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810, 2GB of RAM, a total of eight cores, four Cortex-A53 units clocking at 1.5GHz and the next four Cortex-A57 at 2.0GHz. Adreno 430 powers the graphics of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact.


Camera of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

If you are launching your company’s flagship product, camera is one of the most important features you need to focus on. So, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact comes with a promising 23MP camera paired with an f/2.0 24mm-sensor, same as the Z5 Premium.

Camera of Sony Xperia Z5 Comapct

The camera has got superb color rendering and white balance, good detail preservation, no matter what the light conditions are, and a good flash with pleasant white balance.

Phone gets the two-stage shutter button, making the precise focus extremely easy. However, you’ve got only a plain single LED, instead of dual-tone flash.

In the Manual Mode, you get a lot of awesome options. You can easily switch between the video capture and stills. Apart from this, you get the access to “manual controls” on the viewfinder, an exposure compensation slider and a white balance selector, ISO metering, turn on/off image stabilization, and focus modes. However, to get the access of these options, you will have to go into the Settings menu of the camera.


Z5 Compact Conclusion

Despite its small size, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact has tremendous capability to live up to your expectations. It has comfortably managed to slip in all the major hardware inside its small size. It has got superb build quality, design and is an extremely beautiful device.

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