News by Josh Dasey on Thursday October 29, 2015.
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We love Sony's new flagship range because there is something for everyone. Want bleeding edge specs and innovation, opt for the Xperia Premium, for a rounded flagship experience the Xperia Z5 is a good option, while if you want arguably the most potent small screened smartphone on the market then the Xperia Z5 Compact is a good bet. Speaking of the Z5 Compact, it is making its debut in the United States, heading to online retail giant Amazon.Sony has a weird trend of not launching its high end smartphones in the U.S. until months after their release, the company has been improving on that front, but still the Xperia Z5 Compact launched in other regions two months ago. Still, it is good to see it finally land on these shores and it can be yours unlocked from Amazon at a cost of $530 and $540. Sony's Compact smartphones are full blown flagship quality in a small chassis and have always been expensive, but even so this is a high price to pay. The reason for the price tag is that the handset is not actually getting a U.S. release, so you will be getting the international version from third party sellers on Amazon who likely need to import them. These unlocked devices will be compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, but will not match bands run by Verizon and Sprint. The Xperia Z5 Compact comes with a 4.6-inch IPS LCD display with 720p resolution, and while it would be great to see Sony bump this panel to 1080p by now, it is understandable that the company is keeping the Compact on that lower resolution to differentiate from the Xperia Z5 flagship. Away from the screen the specs are impressive and include Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage that is expandable via micro SD card, a full flagship Exmor 23 megapixel camera that is stocked to the brim with leading technology and features, and a 5 megapixel front facing lens. A 2700mAh battery keeps the lights on and we are willing to bet that it will be one of the best performing juicers on the market. Like the rest of the Xperia Z5 range, the Compact comes with a fingerprint scanner embedded in the side lock button. All in all then another stunning small device from Sony, and in fact probably the best spec'd smartphone with a small screen.
Josh is our European editor, tackling news events, reviews, and new items from his UK home. As a former HTC marketing employee, Josh is close to the industry and bring his experience to MobileBurn.