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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact




Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Overview

The world of smartphones is gradually becoming dominated by big screen handsets. Whilst many love this trend, for some they are just not as suitable. As great as a big screen is, these phones often require two-handed use and are not as practical or so comfortable in the hand.

Smaller handsets exist but they often lack the power and performance of the flagship devices, why should this be the case?

In early 2014 Sony stepped in to resolve this issue. The original Z1 Compact offered high-end mobile computing in a small and manageable form factor. The Z3 Compact is the direct replacement to the Z1 Compact (a Z2 Compact was never made) and offers even an better specification, with a bigger screen and stereo speakers in a form factor no bigger than the original Z1C.

Continuing Sony's extremely popular Xperia range, the Z3 Compact builds on the prestige and now offers a quad-core 2.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory.

The more rounded edges and slimmer profile of the Z3 Compact makes for a softer in hand feeling at just 8.65mm .

Physically the same height and width, the Z3 Compact has a 4.6” 720p HD display for interacting with, and watching back, media.

That media could be stored on the internal memory, on a microSD card or streamed from the cloud using 3G, 4G or WiFi.

The Z3 Compact has a better audio experience than the Z1 thanks to 2 new front facing stereo speakers, coupled with the DSEE HX digital sound enhancement engine, and Hi-Res Audio, for a cleaner and more natural sound.

For those gamers out there the Z3 Compact continues to retain the PlayStation certification and is also capable of Remote Play with the PS4 for an even better mobile gaming experience.

An IP rating is still present too, so the Z3 Compact can survive a splash in the sink, shower or even a lake, do make sure those port covers are closed though! IP65/68 rated the Compact can go to depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

A magnetic charging connector on the side of the device reduces the need for using the microUSB connection, but if you do choose to use it, you can use a USB On The Go Cable or output video through the MHL 3.0 connectivity option.

The sort of content you output could include images and videos captured on the rear 20.7 megapixel camera, or the front facing 2.2 megapixel.

Included in the Compact is the same 20.7 megapixel camera found on the Z1 Compact which will ensure great photos and videos. Capable of an ISO of 1800 you can take your mobile photography to new highs. The large camera sensor, along with the various shooting modes, should leave you with pictures that bring the memories flooding back.

That same camera is capable of 4K video recording!

Once captured, share with the web or use NFC to beam images, videos and other files to friends and family.

Running the popular Android OS you can be assured of all your favourite apps being available from the Google Play Store and, of course, you can personalise the device in a way you see fit.

Whether your day consists of GPS navigation, writing emails, scanning social networks, or perfecting your wildlife photography, the 2600mAh battery fixed internally in the Compact will keep you powered through the day. Should things get a bit tough, turn on the tried and tested STAMINIA mode to increase the usability time of the Z3 Compact.

Available in a variety of colours, the Z3 Compact is a powerhouse that is more than capable of keeping up with the most demanding of users.

Reasons to buy the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

  • Android 5.1 operating system
  • 20.7 megapixel camera
  • 4K video recording
  • IP65/68 rating
  • Powerful 2.5GHz quad-core processor
  • 4.6" HD display
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • MHL 3.0
  • Stereo speakers
  • PlayStation certified with remote gaming
  • 8.65mm thin

What's in the box?

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • EP880 Charger (3 pin UK)
  • EC803 USB Cable
  • EC310 Cable (USB-microUSB)
  • Screen Protector
  • Quick Start Manual


SIM Free & UnlockedYes
Operating SystemAndroid
  • Version5.1
  • Custom Skin
  • Speed2.5GHz Quad-Core
  • Dual Core
  • Quad Core
  • Make/ModelQualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974AC
  • OtherAdreno 330 GPU
Expansion SlotYes
  • TypeMicroSDXC
  • Capacity (Up to)128GB
Internal StorageYes
  • Capacity16GB (Up to 13GB user-accessible)
  • TouchscreenYes
  • Size4.6
  • Type
  • Resolution 720 x 1280
  • OtherTRILUMINOS Display, X-Reality for mobile
  • Frequencies850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
  • SpeedUpload: Cat 6, up to 5.8 Mbps Download:Cat 24, up to 42 Mbps
  • FrequenciesBands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20 (700 / 750 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 MHz)
  • SpeedUpload: Cat 4, up to 50 Mbps Download: Cat 4, up to 150 Mbps
  • Version4.0
  • FunctionsaptX, A2DP
  • Version802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 / 5 GHz)
  • VersionM-DMS, M-DMP, M-DMC, PU , DN , UDO
  • DataMicroUSB
  • PowerMicroUSB, 2 pin magnetic connector
  • Audio3.5mm audio jack
  • Video OutMHL 3.0 via MicroUSB
Device Controls
  • Keyboard
  • Optical Trackpad
  • Hardware ButtonsPower button, volume keys
  • Other
  • Antenna TypeInternal Glonass
  • A-GPSYes
  • Built-in SoftwareGoogle Maps
  • Megapixels20.7
  • FlashAuto Focus and LED Flash
  • Camera Lens25 mm wide-angle Sony G lens
  • Other8
Front Facing CameraYes
  • Type2.2
  • AccelerometerYes
  • Proximity SensorYes
  • Digital Compass
  • GyroscopeYes
  • Light SensorYes
  • Formats3GPP, MP4, ADTS, AMR, FLAC, Matroska, SMF, XMF, Mobile XMF, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, iMelody, MP3, WAV, OGG, ASF
  • Recording3GPP, MP4, AMR
  • Formats3GPP, MP4, Matroska, AVI, Xvid, WebM
  • Recording3GPP, MP4
Near Field CommunicationYes
FM RadioYes
  • Capacity2600mAh
  • Type
  • Removable
Call Time
  • GSMUp to 12 hours
  • 3GUp to 14 hours
Standby Time
  • GSMUp to 880 hours
  • 3GUp to 920 hours
Dimensions127.3 x 64.9 x 8.64 mm
Weight 129g
OtherIP65/68, PlayStation Certified, PS4 Remote Play,Sony 3D Surround Sound technology (VPT), Clear Audio %E2%80%93 Sound improvement software, xLoud%E2%84%A2 Experience, DSEE HX, High-res audio
Warranty24 months


Sony_Xperia_Z3_Compact_User_Guide.pdf Sony_Xperia_Z3_Compact_User_Guide.pdf (3018KB)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Whitepaper.pdf Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Whitepaper.pdf (591KB)



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Do you ship internationally?

Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world.

Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No - There is only the manufacturer’s branding.

Does the phone have a Micro SDXC/memory card slot?

Yes – this phone supports up to 128GB of external storage

What SIM card does this phone use?

This phone takes a nano SIM card

Is this handset LTE compatible?


Does this phone have a removable battery?


Does this phone have video out?

Yes, via the microUSB port, but a MHL adapter is required. This is sold seperately.

Is the phone water resistant?

Yes, it has an IP65/68 rating. It can be immersed in water up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes.

What languages are on the phone?

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  • kevin 7/4/2015 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    always loved Sony phones it has lovely camera battery very good sound screen lovely love mine used Sony back to Erickson days
  • Bami 29/9/2014 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    Excellent phone, fast, good build quality and very good camera
  • TJ 29/9/2014 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    Great phone, good build, good camera, good screen, good everything. Worth every penny, thanks clove
  • Karwing Tang 31/10/2014 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    The phone is good, the service is beter!

    My Z3C was working all well but I kept on noticing the flap on the usb charger never closed properly anymore. Wasn't tight so changes are the waterproof feature wasn't going to work.

    Contact Clove who acknowledged it was a fault and I sent my one back in to get a replacement and they all did this so smoothly.

    Great Service, I only ever use to buy stuff from Amazon but Clove has really impressed me here.

    Well done and I would still recommend the phone 100%.
  • smallfather 16/10/2014 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    i ordered this phone, and did not regret my action. right now, its the best phone i can boast of.
  • Jack 16/10/2014 Recommend to a friend? Yes

    All the reviews tell you how great this phone is & they're right.
    This replaces my Xperia S which I've had for 3 years.
    The reviews complained about the dpi of the screen not being higher.
    Even though the dpi on my Xperia S is higher the screen on the Z3 Compact is brighter & looks sharper & the colours are more vibrant.
    I have only ever had Ericsson or Sony Ericsson & now Sony phones going way back in to the 90's. They all still function which shows their build quality.
    I look forward to looking back in 20 years at my Z3 Compact & saying the same thing.
    I believe the build quality is as good as it has always been.
    Water proof phones are a must!
    I do a lot of hiking & outdoor activities so not having to put my phone in a ziplock bag will be great.
    Thanks Clove for another great deal & prompt service.
    This is the 3rd phone I have bought with Clove. Always a pleasure to deal with them.
    Prompt, friendly & informative service.

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