Three-day battery, great camera and flagship innards squeezed into a more compact frame make the Xperia Z5 Compact no cut-spec ‘mini’ version


Customisable quiông chồng settings within the notification shade are just one of the useful, small additions Sony makes khổng lồ the standard Android experience. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The GuardianThe Xperia Z5 Compact runs the same software as the Xperia Z5 - a customised version of Google’s Android 5.1 Lollipop.

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Sony’s music, movies và album apps are all solid, but can be ignored for Google Photos or similar apps if preferred. High resolution audio playback, digital noise cancelling và access to Sony’s PlayStation Remote Play – all hallmarks of Sony’s recent smartphones – are present.

Users wishing lớn take advantage of noise cancelling or hi-res music will have sầu lớn buy the right earphones, although some may come bundled in the box depending on the giảm giá.

For more information on the software see the Xperia Z5 nhận xét.


The camera ứng dụng on the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is one of the best in the business. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The GuardianThe Xperia Z5 Compacts camera is the same one as fitted lớn the rest of the Z5 range, & it is great. Autofocus is very fast, images are captured with good detail, video clip stabilisation is fantastic và a dedicated two-stage camera button is very welcome.

It performs better than average in low-light conditions compared to lớn the high-over competition, although, like the Xperia Z5, the flash is basically not worth using.

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The selfie camera produces solid shots in good lighting, but loses detail in in-door lighting conditions. The photos look good zoomed out, but noise is apparent when viewed at full resolution.

Fingerprint sensor

The fingerprint sensor under the power button on the side of the phone is excellent. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The GuardianThe fingerprint scanner hidden under the trang chủ button is one of the best in the business. During my testing only once did it fail to recognise my thumb print when trying khổng lồ unlochồng the phone. I must have unlocked the phone hundreds of times.

It cannot be used for some third-buổi tiệc ngọt apps such as Evernote or LastPass just yet, but that will likely change when fingerprint support becomes standard in Android 6 Marshmallow.


The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is available for pre-order in blachồng, White, yellow and pink costing £450. For comparison, the 4.7in iPhone 6S costs £539 & the Samsung 5.1in Galaxy S6 currently costs around £400.


The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is the best smaller Android điện thoại thông minh of the year & arguably the best smaller smartphone currently available.

The camera is great, the phone is powerful. It’s waterproof and the battery life of three or more days between charges is fantastic. The design will not be to everyone’s liking – it could be thinner & the screen could be of higher resolution, but they are trade-offs worth making.

Pros: three+ day battery life, great camera, microSD thẻ slot, fast, useful software additions, PlayStation Remote Play

Cons: relatively low resolution screen, no wireless charging, selfies soft on detail, chunky thiết kế, volume buttons difficult to lớn reach when on a call

A door seals off the microSD card slot và nano Sim slot. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

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