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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Hands on Overview, Features, User Queries And Photos

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is a compact and svelte smartphone which evolves from Xperia Z3 compact. We got to spend some time with Sony’s new mini-flagship model and here we chalk down our initial impressions.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Photo Gallery

Physical Overview

Like other phones in the Z5 family, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact follows the same design language, but materials used rob it of the ‘premium feel’ its elder siblings elegantly flaunt. The frosted rear glass which no longer attracts finger grease, and is something which we really liked in Z5, has made the cut for the Z5 compact too.

Fitting all that high end hardware in a compact form factor comes at a price too. The handset grows in thickness all the way to 8.9 mm and feels boxy. Nevertheless, all these minor flaws are rather easier to look past, if you love compact phones. On the whole, Xperia Z5 Compact feels lovely, though not premium.

The side frame is continuous without bulging edges and the 720p HD display feels great too. However, this year we would have liked to see how 1080p Full HD looked on the new Xperia Compact device.

User Interface

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The user interface is much lighter as compared to what we are used to seeing on Xperia devices. The software this time is closer to stock android. Some notable changes include new camea app, new power saving menu and a new app drawer. We will dig our claws deeper when we get our review unit, but for now new Sony Software looks good.

Camera Overview

Sony has used the same 23MP Exmor RS camera sensor on the Xperia Z5 Compact as well, and we value this consistency. The updated camera app now allows us to shoot images in full resolution. We didn’t get to extensively test the Z5 Compact camera, unlike the Xperia Z5, but since the hardware is same, camera performance should be similar.

Recommended: Sony Xperia Z5 Quick Camera Shootout


Sony Xperia Z5 Compact pretty much stands alone in its league. Only Sony is catering to audience which values compact form factor. Only competition for compact series were Apple’s iPhones, which have also scaled up.

Common Questions

Here are some answers to common questions, that you might be looking for.

Question – How much Internal Storage is free?

Answer – Out of 32 GB around 23 GB is available at user end

Question – Is MicroSD card slot available?

Answer – Yes, up to 200GB MicroSD card slot is supported.

Question – How much RAM is free on first boot?

Answer – On first boot, around 800 MB RAM is free out of 2 GB.

Question – Is USB OTG supported?

Answer – Yes, USB OTG is supported.

Question – Is the Battery removable

Answer – No, battery is not removable

Question – How efficient is the fingerprint sensor?

Answer – The fingerprint sensor is quite accurate, but the tactile feedback isn’t great.


Sony Xperia Z2 Compact is neat little colorful phone, ideal for those who value compact form factor. Since there are only 1280 X 720 pixels on board, we expect the battery backup to excel beyond what the rest of the Z5 family has to offer. We will reserve our verdict till we get to know it better, and that would need some more quality time with the device.

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