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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact hands-on: The most powerful modern smartphone under 4.7 inches

If rumors prove true in a couple of weeks Apple will announce a 4-inch iPhone. The smallest iPhone, the iPhone 6s, has a 4.7-inch display and as ZDNet’s Jason Perlow states in his post there are plenty of folks who like the smaller phones and are tired of the 5-inch and greater line-up that has become the new standard.

For years, Sony has stood out as a major manufacturer offering a smaller version of its flagship line with very few compromises. I’ve been testing out the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact that is now available for purchase in the US from Amazon, B&H, and Best Buy. The one major difference between the US model and the model available around the world is the removal of the fingerprint sensor from the power button.
I owned an Xperia Z3 for about a year and absolutely loved the phone. I switched when it was apparent that T-Mobile gave up on the phone and Sony didn’t care to provide any updates. However, I still loved the audio capabilities, water resistance, long battery life, and more.

People generally expect just a single full day out of their modern smartphones, but thankfully this continues to be one area where Sony excels. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact packs a 2,700 mAh battery and can go for a couple of days between charges.

You don’t see many MP3 players around as people primarily use their phones for music. Like its predecessors, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact supports high resolution audio and it sounds fantastic. There are also great sounding front facing stereo speakers and a FM radio on board for the ultimate audio experience.

Let’s take a look at the specifications of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact:

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor
Display: 4.6 inch 1280 x 720 pixels resolution
Operating system: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
RAM: 2GB
Storage: 32GB internal, with microSD card slot
Cameras: Rear 23 megapixel camera and 5 megapixel front-facing camera
Wireless: Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, ANT+, Wi-Fi MIMO, MHL 3.0
Battery: 2,700 mAh battery
Dimensions: 127 x 65 x 8.9 mm and 139 grams
As you can see, the specs are top notch with the the only compromise being the 720p display and 2GB of RAM, when compared to current flagships. It’s a bit thick, but the overall size is so compact that I’m willing to give up a bit in thickness for long battery life and solid performance.

The camera is good and performs well, but the cameras on the latest Samsung and LG phones are better. Sony has always done well, but leave me looking for a bit more in order to be great. Sony cameras should be amazing, but they still fail to blow me away.

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