Somewhere along the line manufacturers decided flagship phones should be big and mid-range phones should be small. Frankly, this sucks. Especially if you have small hands or tight pockets. Sony abides by this unwritten rule with their 5.2-inch Xperia Z3, but they buck the trend with the newly announced Z3 compact. It’s the perfect combination of reasonable size and flagship features
There are three major differences between the Z3 and the Compact: 4.6-inch display, 720p resolution, and plastic frame. That’s it. A 720p display at this size is perfectly adequate, and the plastic frame has a very nice translucent effect. Almost everything else about the Compact is pretty much the same as the Z3, which is a really big deal.
Most notably is the same great 20MP camera. Usually when you buy a device of this stature you have to sacrifice a flagship camera. That’s not the case with the Z3 Compact. It also supports Sony’s PS4 Remote Play feature. Other specs include the Snapdragon 801 processor. !P86 waterproofing, and 2600mAh battery. If you’re looking for a phone that doesn’t require two hands to use, this is the one for you.
The Xperia Z3 Compact will be released this Fall. Sony did not mention carriers or pricing. We hope it comes to the U.S. Would you buy one?