News by Luke Jones on Friday July 04, 2014.
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A leaked screenshot from the soon to be released Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reveals the handset is going to have blockbuster performance.If you want some flagship performance, but do not want a large screen device then your options are quite limited. Manufacturers now build their marquee devices with larger screens, with most boasting panels at 5-inches or more. The Apple iPhone remains the one flagship holdout, but even Cupertino is bumping to 4.7-inches with the upcoming iPhone 6. That?s why Sony's Compact range is so important, perhaps not for its effect on the consumer base but for what it represents. The Z1 Compact bucked the infuriating "mini" flagship trend where companies like Samsung and HTC have release smaller versions of their standout devices, but mark down the specs considerably. Instead, Sony opted to make the Xperia Z1 Compact a flagship rival, albeit one with a smaller screen. The Z3 Compact will follow in the Z1's footsteps and will again have blistering specs, with Sony only really cutting corners with the screen. The device will pack a Snapdragon 801 processor from Qualcomm paired with 2GB of RAM, a 20.7 megapixel rear camera, a 2.1MP front facing lens, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. As for the screen, it is a 4.5-inch 720p panel, which tones down things from the Z2's 1080p full HD display. That said, the Snapdragon 801 is currently the most popular mobile flagship chip and is found in the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, and the Xperia Z2. With no heavy lifting from a 5-inch plus full HD screen the 801 should be able to make the Z3 Compact a seriously fast handset, and one that would appeal greatly to those looking for something a little smaller. As for the name, the upcoming Sony is getting the Z3 Compact moniker according to numerous reports and will launch alongside a full Xperia Z3 flagship. However, my sources tell me that while the Z3 flagship will launch with a 5.2-inch screen later this year, the smaller 4.5-inch device will actually be called the Xperia Z2 Compact and will be a sequel to the Z1 Compact. source: Xperia Blog