Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Philippines Price Php 29,990, Release Date, Specs, Actual Unit Photos

For the past five years, sizes of smartphones have seemingly grown in direct proportion to their power.

The bigger the phone, the more powerful it must to be -- or at least, that's the impression that most consumers get just from looking at many of the new handsets that are out in the market. And in many cases, it's rings true

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

With the freshly announced Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, the legendary Japanese electronics company - I believe - wants to prove that size doesn't necessarily reflect the power that a smartphone possesses.

In fact, even if this phone only has a 4.6-inch HD IPS display, which is a lot smaller than what you'll enjoy on other similarly priced devices, it can definitely stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of them when it comes to raw power and imaging capabilities.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

With dimensions of 127 x 65 x 8.9 mm and weighing only 138 grams, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is the smallest member of the handset maker's 2015 flagship level Z-Series smartphones.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
(L-R) Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5, and Xperia Z5 Premium

And yet, true to its name, it's just as powerful and feature-packed as its bigger siblings.

For one, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact runs its Xperia-skinned Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system with the same powerhouse Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 chipset that's at the heart of the regular Xperia Z5 and the larger Z5 Premium, which means that you get the same beastly gaming and overall mobile performance on this more pocket-friendly model.

While Z5 Compact only has 2GB of RAM, which is 1GB less than what's inside the more expensive models, Z5 Compact nonetheless has the same 32GB of expandable storage and 2 days of uptime with regular use with its non-removable 2,700 mAh battery pack.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

On top of that, Z5 Compact also sports the same 23 MegaPixel main camera with 1/2.3” Exmor RS for mobile sensor for enhanced low light performance and Hybrid AutoFocus that lets you focus on your subject in just 0.03 seconds. This top-notch module make the trio of 2015 Sony Z-Series smartphone releases as the top cameraphones this year, according to DxOMark.

This main camera can also take 4K videos and with the Sony's SteadyShot technology, you can be sure that your videos will look steady even when you record them while you're moving. There's also a 5.1 MegaPixel wide-angle front cam with back-illuminated sensor that you can use to take crisp and clear selfies with your friends.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Looks-wise, Xperia Z5 Compact flaunts Sony's gorgeous OmniBalance design identity -- defined by a mid-frame sandwiched by two sheets of glass albeit the one at the back has a matte, translucent look. This construction is IP65/68 certified water-resistant but the Japanese company doesn't recommend that you use the phone while swimming; Just think of it as an added protection against accidental splashes and spills.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
Sony has been using this design language on its flagship and upper midrange smartphones since the launch of the first Sony Xperia Z way back in 2013. The frame of Z5 Compact is made of polycarbonate in lieu of real metal, which you'll find on the regular-sized Z5 as well as the larger Z5 Premium.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Just like its predecessors - the Xperia Z1 Compact and Z3 Compact, this year's model has all of its hardware buttons on its right panel.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

The main difference, though, is that the power button is no longer but a small rounded metal bump on the Z5 Compact but is now bigger and it even incorporates a fingerprint scanner on top of it mainly for quickly unlocking the phone and for making Google Play Store purchases.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
The handset is available in a number of elegant colors, namely, Yellow, White, Graphite Black, and Coral.

Officially announced in the Philippines alongside its two larger siblings via an exclusive media event held at Green Sun AXON in Makati City, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact will be up for purchase nationwide via authorized distribution channels starting on October 23, 2015. The single SIM model has an official suggested retail price of Php 29,990.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Is it the right handset for you? If you're looking for a beautiful and truly powerful Android smartphone with the best imaging capabilities that you can get on a mobile device this year and you want something that's small enough to fit your fairly small hands perfectly, you should definitely consider getting the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category High End (Flagship Level)
Dimensions127 x 65 x 8.9 mm
Weight 138 grams
Available Colors White, Coral, Graphite Black, Yellow
Operating System Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with planned Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade, Xperia UI
Display 4.6 inches (~68.9% screen-to-body ratio), 720 x 1280 pixels (~323 ppi pixel density), Triluminos, IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, multi-touch up to 10 fingers, X-Reality for mobile – Sony’s intelligent super resolution technology which analyzes each image and optimizes the quality to deliver super sharp videos, Shatter-proof and scratch-resistant glass, Smart White Balance and Contrast
Processor Octa Core = Quad Core ARM Cortex-A53 + Quad Core Cortex-A57 CPU, Adreno 430 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 chipset
Internal Storage 32 GB options, expandable via microSD card slot, supports up to 200 GB
Camera Main: 23 MegaPixels, 5520 х 4140 pixels, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Features: 1/2.3” Exmor RS for mobile sensor, Hybrid AF 0.03 seconds, 5 x Clear Image Zoom, ISO 12800 Photo / 3200 Video, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode
Front: 5.1 MegaPixels, Wide-Angle, Exmor R, BSI Sensor
Video Capture Main: 4K 2160p 30 frames per second, 1080p @ 60fps, 720p @ 120fps frames per second for main camera, video stabilization, HDR
Front: Full HD 1080p, HDR
Audio and Video Playback MP4, H.263, H.264, MP3, eAAC+, WAV, Flac player
Ports microUSB v2.0, TV-out (via MHL 3 TV-out), USB Host, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, ANT+, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat6, 50 Mbps UL, 300 Mbps DL
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope, Fingerprint Scanner
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600
SIM Card Type nanoSIM
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2,700 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 support, Fast battery charging ~ 60% in 30 minutes
Uptime Two Days of Regular Use, 520 Hours of Standby, 14 Hours 50 Minutes of Talk Time, 77 Hours of Talk Time
Value-Added Features Triluminos Display with Live Colour LED and X-Reality, Big Battery, X-Reality for mobile, PS4 Remote Play, S-Force Front Surround, Top-notch Imaging Capabilities, IP65 and IP68 Certified Dust and Water-Resistant
Announcement Philippines: October 21, 2015
Availability Philippines: October 23, 2015
Price TP Guesstimate: Php 29,990