Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Hands On Impressions


Compact phones won’t need to compromise on features or specifications. This is what Sony believes and it shows, with their “compact” series of devices that launch alongside the Z series flagships. The Z1, Z3 and now the Z5 have “compact” versions that cater to the people who still want smaller screens despite the entire market moving in a different direction. We went hands on with the Sony Xperia Z5 compact at their IFA booth in Berlin, and this is what we think –

Design wise, the Z5 compact feels tiny in comparison to today’s phones, however it does feel chunky and thick on the sides, a compromise we have come to expect from the compact series. This is due to the many features that it packs, along with a decently big 2700 mAH battery.


The right side of the phone also features the new home-button-cum-fingerprint sensor, which actually works great and the rare camera button is present here alongside the volume rocker.


The back features the new 23 MP sensor which packs a lot of megapixels and not only that, the software has been improved to bring it on par with Sony’s point and shoot offerings.


The display, at 4.6 inches has a decent 720p resolution but now knowing that the Japanese variant gets a full HD screen at the same size along with an extra GB of RAM, we feel betrayed. But hey, the launch is going to be limited to a very few countries anyway, so the chances of getting it here are already doubtful.


The Z5 compact is running on the same Snapdragon 810 processor as the Z5 and packs 3 GB of RAM. As usual, the phone is dust and water resistant with IPX5/IPX8 ratings. Of all the Z Compacts, the Z5 might feel chunkier but definitely packs the best features yet, in a small package. If you are the kind of person who hates big screen phones, Sony loves you, but you would need to travel to a different country or import it here. However, you can still make your voices heard in the comments section below.

Video credits – Varun Krishnan

Author: Bharadwaj Chandramouli

Bharadwaj is a content creator who has been obsessed with technology since the early days of smartphones. He loves talking about tech, is a fan of good design and photography. You can follow him on Twitter @gadgetbuff_ to know what he's upto!