Great Sony Xperia Z5 Compact With Large Size

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The Xperia Z5 Compact sits alongside two other new phones from Sony. There’s the Sony Xperia Z5, which offers a 5.2-inch 1,080p screen and 3GB of RAM that you don’t get here. Then there’s the Xperia Z5 Premium, which will be here in November with a 5.5-inch screen and a 4K resolution screen.

One problem for the Xperia Z5 Compact is its price. High-end specs require a high-end price, even if the reduced frame might lead purchasers to expect a bargain. However, it does come in appreciably cheaper than the Xperia Z5, and a good deal below our original expectations.Sony Xperia Z5 Compact hands on
The Xperia Z5 Compact costs £429 in the UK (about AU$915) – that’s over £100 less than the slightly breathtaking price of £549 that Sony originally put on its site. The new price matches the launch price of the Xperia Z3 Compact last year, and you do get a lot for your money here.

Design
The Xperia Z5 Compact follows closely the excellent design established by the Xperia Z5. It isn’t drastically smaller than the Z5 – the Compact is 127 x 65 x 8.9mm, compared to 146 x 72 x 7.3mm. But it’s enough to make a difference.

The Xperia Z5 Compact has lost a lot of the bezel space that felt so redundant on the Z5, and feels a lot more concise than its bigger sibling.Sony Xperia Z5 Compact hands on 05
The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact weighs in at 138g, 16g lighter than the Z5. Build wise, it’s a similar size and weight to the iPhone 6S.

Key features
Fingerprint sensors have come to the Xperia series for the very first time. On the Xperia Z5 Compact it’s sat on the right hand edge of the phone inside the power button and sits flush to the side of the phone.

It’s about time Sony went for a more secure way to unlock your phone. With the launch of Android Pay coming soon, it’s no surprise Sony has pushed it through for this iteration of the Compact. We just wish it was also a part of the US Sony Xperia Z5 model.Sony Xperia Z5 Compact hands on 03
Considering this is the first attempt from the company at making a fingerprint sensor, it’s surprisingly good. After I’d registered five fingers, I didn’t encounter any problems with how quickly it unlocked.

The position also makes it a pain to unlock when the phone is lying down on a table. But it is quick once you get in: without any booting or loading animations, it means you’re into the phone in record time and it’s more efficient than entering a PIN or passcode.

Sony phones have a major USP that the company seems to have forgotten about: they’re durable. The Xperia Z5 Compact is water and dust proof meaning, you can wash off your phone whenever it gets dirty.