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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact: Pros and Cons

Android OS v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
Adreno 430
2 GB / 32 GB
4.6 inch (720 x 1280 px)
23 MP, 5520 х 4140 px, autofocus

Sony announced the launch of the Xperia Z5 Compact smartphone in 2015. The manufacturer is offering this smartphone with 4.6 inch IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 SoC, and 2 GB of RAM. It comes with Android OS v5.1.1 (Lollipop) out of the box, and a Li-Ion 2700 mAh, non-removable battery. The IPS display panel has good color accuracy. It can display a wide range of colors, this makes visuals look more lifelike and vivid This smartphone has a single camera on the back (23 MP, 5520 х 4140 px, autofocus). Is this phone worth its price? Hopefully, it will become clear by the end of my review.

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device. The specifications below are from the official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you've seen any mistakes or things missing in these specifications, please let us know.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact specifications

BrandSony
NameXperia Z5 Compact
ModelE5803
Release date2015

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight4.87 oz
Dimensions5.01 x 2.55 x 0.35 inch
Colorscoral, graphite black, white, yellow
SIM typeNano SIM

The weight of Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is about 4.87 oz with battery. This is average for smartphones of the same size. Smartphones use a Nano SIM as a small chipcard for a subscriber identity module (SIM).

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System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
CPUOcta-core, Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53, Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57
GPUAdreno 430

The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact comes with Android OS v5.1.1 (Lollipop) out of the box. Google has integrated many services with Android. These include Google Maps, Gmail, and Google Drive. It's a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 octa-core processor. It can handle complex tasks and run many applications. Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors work with Adreno GPUs. The processors are designed for the GPUs.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeIPS
Screen size4.6 inch
Resolution720 x 1280 px
Multitouch supportyes

The 4.6 inch IPS display has better features. These include optimal viewing angles, color accuracy, and unchanging color reproduction. Smaller smartphones are generally more compact and easier to handle. The size of the screen is measured diagonally, from corner to corner.

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Memory, storage

RAM2 GB
Internal storage32 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

The smartphone has 2 GB of RAM. It can run many apps at once without much lag or slowness. Having more RAM alone does not guarantee better performance. Generally, a smartphone should have a minimum of 32 GB of internal storage. The Xperia Z5 Compact has 32 GB. You can expand the internal storage (32 GB) with a compatible microSD card.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera23 MP, 5520 х 4140 px, autofocus
FlashLED
Selfie camera5.1 MP

The single camera can be enough for many smartphone users. It depends on their photography needs and preferences. The Xperia Z5 Compact does not have optical image stabilization (OIS).

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv4.1, A2DP
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
NFCyes
FM radioyes, with RDS
USBmicroUSB 2.0, USB host
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact supports 4G/LTE networks. This phone like all modern smartphones, is capable of connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The Xperia Z5 Compact smartphone is capable of connecting to Bluetooth devices. This phone has a built-in GPS. This phone is NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows you to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 2700 mAh, non-removable

The Li-Ion 2700 mAh, non-removable battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. The battery of Xperia Z5 Compact isn't removable without voiding the warranty.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, barometer, compass, gyroscope, proximity
SpecialsTriluminos display

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer provides information about the smartphone's movement in three axes. These are X (horizontal), Y (vertical), and Z (depth).

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this Sony phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • microSD slot

Cons

  • limited-size screen
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • no 5G support
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no fingerprint reader
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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