Mobile phone world has tended, over the last 3 years, to see smartphones with increasingly big screens appearing so much so that the standard seems to have become that of the 5.0 inches.

However, not all users want big and bulky smartphones, or even difficult (if not impossible) to use with one hand. And recently, some manufacturers are playing a reverse game, offering more reasonable screens, from 4.5 to 5 inches.


This is the case of Samsung with its “mini” models and Sony with its “compact” models. But only if the South Korean manufacturer offers the mini version that the transition have reduced performance. However, compactness and performance have a price, and that is why the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is much more attractive.

Aesthetic: beautiful, elegant and sober

Sony is not a manufacturer that does not fish the eccentricity of its designs. And yet, no another smartphone has its look. An inimitable style that, in addition, smells the good quality finish. The Xperia Z5 Compact is also, as the name suggests, a mobile to the reduced dimensions.


And so, the grip is excellent, and it is perfectly possible to use it with one hand. Besides this successful design, the manufacturer also thinks about making this model waterproof.  This phone is therefore rated IP65 / 68, resistant to water and dust. This phone is available in 4 colors: black (tested version), white, yellow or red (coral).

  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm long x 6.5 cm wide x 0.9 cm thick
  • Weight: 138 grams

Image and sound: beautiful image

Another point on which the brand has nothing to learn, image quality. For example, the Z5 Compact’s screen has a resolution of “only that” HD 720p, but with a battery of home technologies that improve image processing (TRILUMINOS Display, Mobile X-Reality Motor, Dynamic Contrast Optimization System).


Technologies whose names have nothing evocative, but which are clearly useful and sublimate the image. Watching a movie on this screen and therefore quite nice, but the feeling of immersion will be less than that provided by a 5 to 6-inch screen at the QHD resolution. As for the sound, we note here also the presence of a home technology with Clear Audio + mode.  A mode that improves the power / finesse of the sound.

  • Display: 4.6-inch HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels) or so a 319ppp density.
  • Sound: 3.5 jack and front speaker.

 Performances: Great performance in pocket format

The interest of the “compact” mobiles of Sony, compared to those of possible competitors, rests on their performance. Thus, if the size of the compact Z5 is smaller than that of its big brother, its performances still remain high. All the more so, good news, its Snapdragon 810 processor did not show signs of heating “out of the ordinary”. That is to say that although it is used to the maximum, this phone heats, without however becoming burning during the grip.


So high performance, in a pocket size, allows this phone to operate absolutely all the applications and games available on the Play Store, without any slowdown. Which is particularly appreciated with the big 3D games of the moment, which often jeopardize mobiles with the more reasonable specifications? Note also the memory of internet storage of 32GB.

  • CPU: 8-cores – 4 x 4 x 2.0GHz and 1.5GHz (Qualcomm Snapdrago 810)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • GPU: Adreno 430.
  • Storage memory: 32GB of memory.

 Connectivity: complete, with 4G LTE

We expected no less, this smartphone offers complete connectivity. At the risk of falling into the obvious, I will allow me to confirm that this mobile has the 4G LTE, and therefore logically, the 2G / 3G. Added to this is a quad-band GSM connection. You will be able to take this phone and receive / send your calls and SMS all around the globe. And finally, there are the classic connections for a smartphone: aGPS, NFC, FM radio, micro USB (2.0 and MHL 3.0), sim card (nano format), micro SD (up to + 200GB).


As well as some additional standards that are usually found at Sony with, for example, the DNLA. In addition, one will notice the presence of a fingerprinting on the on / off button. An original position, but has the advantage of falling instinctively under the index and making it even more obvious the unlocking.

Operating system: Android 5.1 “Lollipop”

As always at Sony, there is an Android system. Version 5.1 “Lollipop” to be more precise.  However, good news is that the manufacturer is in the process of deploying the “Marshmallow” update (Android 6.0). There is a generously provided overlay for special effects, applications, wallpapers, etc.


Use: for all, even the most demanding!

  We will pass quickly on the standard uses proposed by any smartphone of our days (mp3 player / videos, reading of emails, consultation of a web page, etc.). Same thing for 3D games, with the assurance of running all the big hits of the moment, in high graphic quality, without any problem.


There remains the quality of the photos offered by the 2 sensors present on this mobile. The quality is impressive. The frontal sensor if it is good is, in comparison, clearly less bluffing but nevertheless offers a satisfactory result. As for the autonomy, one could have feared that a battery of less than 3.000 mAh could be a problem on such a powerful mobile. Still, the 720p screen is a good choice, not only for the cost of production but also for energy gluttony.

  • Device back picture: 23MP, with LED flash and autofocus.
  • Front camera: 5MP.
  • Battery: Non-removable 2,700 mAh of. 1 hour of video will consume 20-22% of energy. The mobile phone has an optimized energy saving mode (“Stamina” mode).

In conclusion: compact and high-end, 2-in-1 

Specifically, finding weak points for this mobile is a feat. If some people find the screen “too small”, it is necessary to put in the context that this is the aim to make the phone compact. And this Sony Xperia Z5 Compact bears well its name of the blow.  Offering a really good grip, and allowing its use with one hand. We love the look, the seal, display, performance, connectivity, back camera.


Sony Xperia Z5 compact is a mobile equipped with a waterproof IP68. And among the many good points, we can also mention high performance, connectivity, quality of photos, etc. So many elements that militate for the purchase of this mobile, and in fact, which urges me to recommend it without any questioning. The amazing thing about a mobile in this category.