Performance & Battery Life
Qualcomm’s octacore Snapdragon 810 processor enables the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact to fly, especially when its undemanding display is taken into account. The chipset is aided by Adreno 430 graphics and 2GB of RAM, 1GB less than the standard Z5. Despite this, Xperia Z5 Compact reaches even better results than the Xperia Z5 on synthetic benchmarks. This difference is hard to see in everyday work and both handsets offer entirely fluid performance, irrelevant of the number of running applications. Internal memory storage of 32GB can be expanded with microSD cards, it supports up to LTE Cat6 radio with speeds up to 300/50 Mbits/s. Some newer Android handsets support Cat9.
The Xperia Z5 Compact’s battery also deserves credit. Its capacity of 2700 mAh means just 7 percent less than what the bigger Xperia Z5 offers, but the smaller display with a smaller resolution is largely more economic, therefore, users can enjoy greater autonomy on Sony’s compact flagship. To be precise, with intense usage, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact will secure two full days of carefree work.
The Compact’s two cameras – the rear-facing 23-megapixel and front 5.1-megapixel camera – are identical to the cameras on the Xperia Z5 and are two of the best parts of this device. These are identical cameras in practice too, therefore this smartphone is the only compact device which matches many ‘big’ flagship rivals when it comes to the quality of their images. The phone can also record 4K video clips with 30 fps and Full HD videos with 60 fps with the back-facing camera, while even the front one offers Full HD video recording.
The Exmos RS sensor interprets colors and exposes shots with great precision, irrelevant of the lighting conditions, and – what is perhaps even more important – does this exceptionally fast. The images have great saturation, plenty of details and the night shots are particularly impressive, as they are made in very stable conditions with such a compact and square device. Just as is the case with the Z5 the only problems with the camera come with the software image processing, which introduces fewer details on the edge of pictures, due to a wide shooting angle, and with some blur on darker surfaces at night.