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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Android, 4.6", IP 68, IP 65, Release Year 2015, 23 Megapixels, 138g, 4G LTE, 3G, HSPA, EDGE, GPRS, Wi-Fi, Miracast, NFC, Bluetooth, DLNA, 2G, VoLTE, DC-HSPA, HSPA+
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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

A super little Android that outperforms others at the same price.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is the little brother of the Xperia Z5 and the slightly more luxurious Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. It’s very similar in terms of both size and features, but with a lower price tag. UK buyers looking for an inexpensive mobile phone should have this on their shortlist.

When it comes to design, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is obviously one of the smaller members of the Xperia family, fitting comfortably even in a trouser pocket and feeling snug in the hand. It has a fingerprint reader on the side, bucking the trend of the majority of mobiles which tend to use the home button for fingerprint unlocking. But actually the placement to the side is practical as well as unconventional. In addition, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is equipped with a dedicated camera button, which is a great for instantly bringing up your camera app even while your phone is in standby mode.

Sony is renowned for designing brilliant cameras on their Xperia phones, and the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is no exception. The phone's rear-facing main camera has a massive 32 megapixels while the phone's "selfie camera" goes up to 5.1 megapixels. Although the number of pixels on a camera is far from being the only factor to take into account when determining its quality, it is a good indicator of how seriously Sony takes the Xperia Z5 Compact as a premium camera phone. If you wish to create home videos, it shoots in HD quality at 30 frames per second, while providing a wide range of fantastic effects and filters.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is equipped with a 4.6 inch 720p HD LCD screen that reaches 323 ppi. The screen is scratch-resistant, which is nice to know if you're the type who absent-mindedly puts their phone in their pocket together with coins and keys. With Sony's Bravia display technology, the screen on the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is sharp and delivers great colour reproduction, although the resolution falls short of being in full HD. For some, the colours might even be a bit too lively, as Sony's built-in image enhancement function really cranks up the vibrant tones to the max. However, if you prefer a more subdued colour scheme you can easily turn off this feature. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is both dust and waterproof - features you usually only find on the top models. It can even survive under water for up to 30 minutes, which is quite exceptional. Overall this is a great little handset for someone on a budget who nevertheless wants a fantastic camera and some top features.

What’s hot:

  • Excellent camera
  • Good battery life
  • Nice fingerprint sensor

What’s not:

  • No wireless charging
  • Blocky design
  • 720p screen - would expect more for the money

Why you should buy it: This is one of the best “mini” Androids on the market, no question. Its performance is up there with some pretty big players, the camera is awesome and it’s water-resistant which, let’s face it, is always a useful thing given the UK weather. It was pricey when it launched, but at the current prices it’s actually decent value for money. Add it to your shortlist.

Product nameXperia Z5 Compact
Product properties
Operating System
Android Version
5.0 - 5.1.1 Lollipop
Release Year2015
Senior PhoneNo
Positioning SystemGLONASS, BeiDou
Headphone Jack3.5mm
0.97 W/kg
Touch ScreenYes
Type of Touch TechnologyCapacitive
Simultaneous Touch Points3+ Multi-Touch
Active DigitizerNo
USB Version2.0
USB On-The-GoYes
Video OutputMHL
File FormatseAAC+, MP3, H.263, H.264, FLAC, WAV
SIM SlotsSingle SIM
SIM TypeNano
FeaturesFingerprint Reader, FM Transmitter, Built-in Stereo Speakers, Gyroscope/Accelerometer, Proximity Scanner, ANT+, Pedometer, Barometer, FM Radio, Fast Charging
2 GB
Processor Speed2.0 GHz
Processor Cores
Octa Core
System on Chip (SoC)Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
ProcessorARM Cortex-A57
GPUAdreno 430
Built-in CameraYes
Front CameraYes
Number of Cameras2
23.0 Megapixels
Megapixels Front Camera5.0 Megapixels
Max Frames Per Second
30 fps
Auto FocusYes
Maximum Resolution (Pictures)5520x4140
Maximum Resolution (Video)
1080p, 2160p (4K)
Optical Image StabilizationNo
Sensor Format1/2,3"
Integrated GeotaggingYes
Communication StandardsBluetooth, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPRS, VoLTE, HSPA+, DC-HSPA, 3G, 2G, DLNA, Miracast, HSPA+, EDGE
Bluetooth ProfileA2DP aptX, A2DP aptX, AVRCP
Bluetooth Version4.1
Wireless Networking Standards802.11n, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11g
4G Speed (Mbit/s)300/50
HSDPA Download Speed42 Mbps
HSUPA Upload Speed5.76 Mbps
ColourRed, Pink, White, Yellow, Black, Grey
Material (Body)Glass, Plastic
Water ResistantYes
Water ProofYes
Shock ResistantNo
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
IP-ClassIP 65, IP 68
Physical KeyboardNo
Home ButtonSoftware Button
Placement Fingerprint ReaderSide (Power Button)
Screen Size
4.6 "
Screen Resolution720x1280
Pixel Density (PPI)319
Display TypeLCD
Panel TypeIPS (TFT)
Number of Colours16 777 216
Secondary ScreenNo
Internal Memory Size
32 GB
Memory Card ReaderYes
Memory Card IncludedNo
Max. Memory Card Size200GB
Memory Card TypemicroSDHC, microSDXC, microSDHC
Power source
Battery Capacity (mAh)2700
Battery Time48 h
Exchangeable BatteryNo
Wireless ChargingNo
Fast Charging StandardQualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
Standby Time (2G)520.0 h
Talk Time (2G)11.5 h
Standby Time (3G)520.0 h
Talk Time (3G)14.9 h
Standby Time (4G)490.0 h
Height127.0 mm
Width65.0 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Weight138.0 g