Ideal for those looking for a sub five inch phone.
Flagship specifications.
IP certification.
Sony apps and extra features.
Great battery.


720p display not for the spec hungry.
Small screen not optimal for some activities.
Camera doesn't live up to its hype.
Overheats when recording 4K video.

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Bottom Line

Unlike other "mini" handsets, the Z5 Compact retains almost the same specs and quality as its larger siblings while giving consumers a small form factor option. It is certainly a small powerhouse, however the camera could disappoint those who were expecting the very best in photo capture.

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It is no secret that Sony is struggling in the smartphone market. In fact the company has publicly declared that it is now make-or-break time for its Android handset division, if the board doesn’t see progress in sales and profitability then the whole unit could be for the chop. With that in mind we turn to the release of the Sony Xperia Z5 line, a series of three phones, the smallest of which is the 4.6 inch Z5 Compact.

Related: Best Sony Xperia Z5 compact cases

I got my hands on the Z5 Compact a few days ago and following my unboxing on Periscope I have been testing it to see if it will help Sony lift its mobile division out of the doldrums. Let’s see what I found out.


The design of the Z5 Compact will be instantly familiar to anyone who is acquainted with Sony’s other Z devices, particularly the Z3 Compact. As you can guess from the Compact moniker, this handset shares the same design language as its bigger non-compact namesake, the Sony Z5, but in a much smaller body. The signature button layout returns including the the dedicated camera shutter button and a new large power button, which now houses a fingerprint reader.

The new power button doesn’t look as iconic as the round button from before, but still retains a unique look. However, the downside of Sony’s button layout is that the volume rocker is towards the bottom of the right side, between the centrally placed power button and the camera shutter button. This makes the volume rocker hard to reach, regardless of which hand you are using to hold the device.

Going around the device, there is the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top, and the micro USB port on the bottom. Both the top and bottom have microphone holes as well. On the left is the flap which protects the SIM card and the SD card, along with a strange roll out piece of plastic film which holds the CE and FTC information. On the front you will find the 4.6 inch 720p display, the front facing camera and the front facing speakers. On the rear is the main camera and various logos.

Like the Z3 Compact, the Z5 Compact feels nice in the hand and is easy to handle, mainly due to its size. It has a symmetrical design making it easy to grip and although this design has been updated with this iteration, the Z5 Compact remains quintessentially Sony.



Since this is the Compact version of the Z5 you get a 4.6-inch display with a 720p resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 323 ppi. This resolution and pixel density works perfectly for a smaller display, with all text looking crisp and sharp. You get the same color reproduction that you’d expect from the Triluminos display with the X-REALITY Engine enhancements, along with the great viewing angles from this IPS screen. The Z5 Compact also includes Sony’s Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, which the company says makes the bright parts of the screen brighter and the dark parts a truer, deeper black.

Of course, the real question is do you want a 4.6 inch display? When it comes to watching videos, playing games, or reading text, the smaller display size may take some getting used to, especially if you are used to using a bigger screen. The trade off is easier handling, which is something that a lot of consumers do want, but if you are looking for a higher experience in terms of the display, the Xperia Z5 Compact is probably not for you.

Performance and hardware

Although the Z5 Compact has a smaller screen, Sony has not compromised on the internals. Like its bigger siblings, the Z5 Compact uses an octa-core Snapdragon 810 backed by the Adreno 430 GPU and 2GB of RAM. There is 32GB of internal storage and the option to add more via a microSD card. You also get all of the normal connectivity options including NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, Bluetooth 4.1, and 4G LTE. The only difference, in terms of the specs, is that the Z5 and the Z5 Premium boast 3GB of RAM.

The Z5 Compact is significantly cheaper than the similarly sized iPhone 6S.

In terms of waterproofing, the Z5 Compact is IP65 and IP68 rated, which according to Sony means you don’t worry if you get caught in the rain or want to wash off dirt under a tap. However Sony recommends that you don’t put the device completely underwater, expose it to seawater or pour hot drinks on it.

As for sound, the Z5 Compact features dual front facing speakers meaning that the sound is unobstructed when you place the phone on a flat surface and that the sound is projected directly upwards and outwards. The speakers can get quite loud (for a 4.6 inch phone) however at the highest volumes the sound loses depth and can be a bit “squeaky”.


There are a number of Audio settings which can be used to improve the sound quality including DSEE HX, ClearAudio+ and a Dynamic normalizer. There is also a manual mode which allows you to enable the equalizer or activate various surround sound options. Using the Bass Boost mode of the equalizer I found I could improve the speaker reproduction, however your tastes may differ.

When it comes to the battery, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact packs a 2,700 mAh unit, which is more than enough for a smaller phone like this. The lower screen resolution display helps and in general Sony devices have always been known to feature great standby times and useful power saving modes.

With moderately heavy usage, I was able to get a full day of battery life and this could be improved by turning on some power saving features once the capacity goes down to 25 percent. You maybe be able to get more. A screen on time of between 4 to 6 hours is quite possible, as my tests show that you can stream YouTube videos for around 6 hours on one charge or play 3D games for around 4.5 hours.

The first time I fully charged the device I got was 44 hours of standby with 3 hours and 49 minutes of screen on time, however these number were influenced by my Snapdragon 810 thermal tests (see below), which drain the battery faster than normal. On the next charge I got 5 hours of screen on time over a period of 42 hours.


The Z5 Compact supports Quick Charge 2.0 which means that the phone can be charged up to 80% relatively quickly. My tests show that you can charge it from 10% to 80% in about an hour, or to just 50% in about 40 minutes. A full charge from 10% to 100% takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 got a lot of bad press when it first appeared because it was said to overheat resulting in the CPU speed being throttled and the performance dropping. In an effort to rebuild confidence in the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm released a newer version of the SoC with the V2.1 moniker. And it looks like Qualcomm’s plan worked as Sony picked the chip for its Z5 line, as did Huawei for the Nexus 6P.

But the question remains, does the 810 V2.1 overheat? Unfortunately the answer is a little more complicated than the question. During normal usage like web browsing, email, gaming, and when using the camera for photos then the device does not overheat. According to my testing, using a handheld infra red thermometer gun, you can expect the temperature of the back of the phone to raise by a maximum of 9 degrees Celsius during normal usage. To put that into context, the temperature of the top left hand corner of the back of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 goes up by 10 degrees while playing Epic Citadel for 20 minutes.


However, when recording 4K video the device can become very hot, and Sony knows it. When you enter into the 4K mode you are greeted by a nice dialog which warns you, “If the device temperature rises, the app may close during use. You recording will be saved automatically.” And the warning dialog is right, once you start recording 4K the device temperature does rise and indeed if it gets too hot the app close. This isn’t an immediate thing, we aren’t talking about 1 minute of use, but if you record 4K for around 20 minutes the device heats up significantly and the app will close. According to my measurements the temperature of the back of the Z5 Compact can raise by as much as 20 degrees C. It is also worth pointing out that 4K recording eats into your battery life significantly. This excessive heating isn’t just limited to 4K video recordings. If you record HD video (again for 20 minutes) the Z5 Compact also heats up, not as much, but still by a significant 17C.

In terms of general performance the Snapdragon 810 provides a snappy user experience. The UI is smooth and there aren’t any lags, you won’t find yourself wishing there was a different CPU in the phone. The gaming experience is also very good, in fact the Z5 Compact manages an impressive 58.5 fps for Epic Citadel in Ultra High Quality Mode. As for AnTuTu, the device managed a top score of 62,130. A re-run of the benchmark straight after recording 4K video yields a score of 50,955, which is an 18 percent decrease.


With a 23 MP Sony Exmor RS sensor, a wide angle 24mm G Lens, and 4K video recording, I was really looking forward to seeing what the Z5 Compact’s camera could do. However, I must confess that I am a little disappointed. Part of my disappointment might be because my expectations where high: this is a Sony device, Sony make great digital cameras, Sony sells its mobile sensors to lots of other smartphone makers, the Z5 Compact has a 23MP sensor, and so on. Basically I was expecting great things.

All I can say is that the camera on the Z5 Compact did not meet my expectations. That doesn’t mean it is a bad camera, in fact it is quite good, but it isn’t the best. So let me justify my statements. Below are two galleries, one with pictures shot in 4:3 at 23MP, the second in 16:9 at 8MP, the latter should be using supersampling.



As you can see in good daylight the camera works well and there is little to choose between the 23MP and 8MP images (other than the resolution). However some pictures seem dull and washed out. In low light situations the camera tries very hard to produce a good shot, however the noise levels can be very high, even for indoor shots.


The camera in the Z5 Compact is the same as the camera in the bigger Z5, for a deeper comparison of how the camera compares with other smartphones check out our camera shootout – Xperia Z5 vs LG G4 vs Galaxy Note 5 vs iPhone 6S

Having said all that, my disappointment about the camera’s performance was slightly alleviated by the bundled camera app. It is truly a great app and offers much more than just HDR and Panorama. Along with a full manual mode, there are lots of additional modes including an AR mode, which can superimpose computer generated scenes like dinosaurs and fish onto your photos or videos; an AR mask mode, to mask your face with different generated masks; a timeshift video mode, which records at a high frame-rate and applies slow motion effects; and a multi camera mode, which allows you to record the same scene from multiple angles on a single screen.



The Z5 Compact comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop by default and it will receive an upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow at some point in the future. Sony has added a light skin on top of stock Android and also included extra features and Sony related apps.

As well as the software for managing the fingerprint reader there is a myriad of device connection options including the ability to wirelessly play content on your Xperia on other devices (i.e. Sony TVs), screen mirroring, connecting to Playstation controllers, and MirrorLink.

There is also a theme library with some free color based themes (e.g. Dark, Blue, Grey, Light, etc.) and with some paid themes based on movies including Frozen, Cars, Donald Duck, Mad Max, etc. Some of the full themes are also free.


Under Power management there are several different power saving modes available including STAMINA mode, Ultra STAMINA mode, and Low-battery mode. At the top of the Power management setting page the estimated battery time is shown. With just 40% left in the battery the estimate showed that the phone could survive in standby for another 3 days, impressive!

In terms of extra apps, Sony has included Lifelog, for tracking calories, steps and sleep, etc.; Movie Creator, which makes movies from your photos, in a similar way to Google Photos; TrackID, Sony’s music recognition app; Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation software; plus three PlayStation apps – PSN, PlayStation and PS Video.

One final thing worth mentioning on the software side is the inclusion of Sony’s small apps. When you tap the recent apps button there is a small toolbar with a selection of small apps like a calculator and a timer. If you tap the ^ symbol then you will see more apps including a mini browser, Gmail and a music app.


Display4.6-inch IPS LCD display, 720p resolution, 323ppi
Processor64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
GPUAdreno 430
Storage32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
SoftwareAndroid 5.1 Lollipop, Sony's customized UI
SIM cardNano SIM
Dual SIMNo
Water resistanceIP65 / IP68 certification, capless USB
Quick Charge 2.0Yes
CamerasSony Exmor RS 23MP rear-facing camera,
Sony Exmor R 5MP front-facing camera
BatteryNon-removable 2,700mAh battery
Dimensions127 x 65 x 8.9mm, 138g


Pricing and final thoughts

The Z5 Compact is available in the UK from a variety of carriers and outlets and costs around £429 without a contract. In Europe you can buy it off contract directly from Sony for €599. There is no news about when or if the Z5 series will officially reach the USA, however you can find it starting at $560, however the average price seems to be around $700.

To put the UK price into some context, the 16GB version of the iPhone 6S costs around £539.00 without a contract and the 32GB variant of the Samsung Galaxy S6 can bought for around £415. That means that the Z5 Compact is significantly cheaper than the similarly sized iPhone 6S, and in the same ball park as other Android flagship phones.

If you would buy the Z5 Compact really comes down to its compact size. On the plus side the design and size of the Z5 Compact is ideal for those looking for a sub five inch phone. It comes with flagship specifications, IP certification and a whole bunch of extra apps and features from Sony. However, the small screen and 720p display won’t be to everyone’s liking and although the camera is good, it doesn’t live up to its hype.

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  • D13H4RD2L1V3

    So, the camera shuts down after 20 minutes of 4K video?

    That’s actually better than the Z3+, which shut down after 4 minutes in my experience.

    I think the 810’s heating woes may have toned down but all the bad press may still remain. I still don’t like the chip as I think that it’s rep is already in shambles and at this point, it’s probably worth waiting for the Snapdragon 820.

    • Bur

      Indeed, most phones have a 5 minute cap on 4k video…

      • D13H4RD2L1V3

        Yep, and Sony phones are the only phones I know that don’t have a limit on 4K video length.

        Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean their phones are always cool. I used the same Z3+ and my personal LG G4 to record 4K video as a test. The G4 went right up to its limit without issue. The Z3+ first displayed a thermometer, then shut down at the 4:15 mark.

        The Z5 seems to do a better job so far than the Z3+.

      • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

        Also would like to point out that when Sony phones do shut down in filming the video is still saved, while LG will shutdown for overheating and save nothing.

    • joseph carmine nero

      There is video on youtube that Z5 goes beyond 40 minutes

  • bladesuk1

    i wonder if this one will also suffer from the spontaneously shattering screen issue?

  • Fazi A Faizal

    Good review compared to Z5 review :p

  • David Tabernero

    You don’t say that The camera delays about 2 or 3 seconds in open and there is lag between you push button and get the photo. See Sony forums if you don’t believe me

    • ZicmA Holy
      • David Tabernero

        Absolutely false video. You don’t see if the app reside in memory
        See a true video

        • ZicmA Holy


          My testing product not get any lag.

          • David Tabernero

            Well…then many people in Sony forums are wrong
            What firmware versión do yo have?

          • EQ

            Maybe it has to do with the sideloaded modules for the camera as in different camera modes? One of them might be buggy. I recommend disabling the ones never used so there is less to load and less risk of buggy modules delaying camera load.

  • cjoc

    Question how do you have screen size as a con if it’s a compact phone? Isn’t that the point of a compact. Also 720p on a small screen should be fine. You can’t just make that a con for the “spec hungry”.

    • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

      Damn, even the bias as hell site, TheVerge, gave the camera much, much better marks on the camera.

      • DJZ

        The camera is very,very good, but it isnt finall softwear. sony said they will do a overhaul of the camera app and softweare, wait for that befor judging the camera, but to be honest i love the camera :D

    • cyric0

      Exactly what I was thinking when I read screen size as con.for a phone that markets itself as compact. And besides there’s a non-compact Z5 for those that want bigger. Review makes no sense.

    • Utsav Shah

      even the last one. Which phone with 4K recording doesn’t overheat?
      and those low light shot, I don’t believe. My z3 takes better shots. There is definitely something wrong with the camera glass (maybe scratches)

    • Utsav Shah

      And these so called pros think they know better than Dxomark.

      • ACA7

        Just look at the sample photos and judge for yourself. The reviewer isn’t necessarily wrong when you see those. I’m actually surprised how Dx0Mark gave this camera such high marks. This isn’t the only review that’s shown the shortcomings of the camera, despite the marketing hype from Sony.

    • Daniella

      Sony Xperia Z5 is now on sale only on

    • john

      Sony phones are now on sale online only at AndroidSmartphoneDeals;com

  • Tim Austin

    Oddly, I’ve yet to get any camera results nearly as bad as that from my Z5. Truly. Examples:

    • EQ

      Yeah even my Xperia Z1 does much better day and night shots in similar scenarios. Several shots look like they where taken with an unsteady hand. Also the hazy White overlay makes me think the phone cover lens is dirty or scrathed producing overly blurry photos else something is not right with software and/or hardware design or unit sample. Your samples look like what I would expect and some notches above the previous Z models. Good album!

      These are taken with Xperia Z1 in superior mode 8MP, no editing. Sadly removes exif data but it is present otherwise. (1/16, ISO 1250, SA, 8MP at night, industry environment in city, holding with hands, wind and cold weather conditions). (Same conditions as above but ISO 1600)

      Something is wrong with that Z5. Either unit, lens, software/HW or just bad testing with dirty smudged lens and/or overly shaky hands.

      • Tim Austin

        See, yours are clearly better than the ones on review and that’s from older hardware. I hope you won’t mind me saying but my Z5 does better than your shots,.. so what’s up with AA’s unit? Do they have a lens issue??

        • nfs2010

          No issue. They didn’t like the fact that the phone heated up after 20 minutes of 4K recording & listed it as a con while Samsung phones are limited to handle 5 minutes. This review is a complete joke.

          • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

            I would wait for PocketNow’s review, Hayato is doing th Compact, hopefully Micheal Fisher does theZ5. Or even GSMArena, they gave it some good praise, and a few knocks, but also stated there is a huge software update on the works that could improve overall quality. Stay away from PhoneArena, you will only get cancer.

          • ACA7

            I’m waiting for the same but the GSMArena review wasn’t glowing for the Z5 Compact’s camera. It kind of turned me off from this phone…

        • EQ

          Ofcourse not. Z5 has better camera and should and does produce better photos. Your album is proof. Several notches better. Z3+ should also produce better than my Z1 due to camera modifications. Z2 and Z3 has same camera module and since 5.1.1 update should be equal regarding algorithms for BIONZs raw image processing. Looking at the review photos it looks like the person had really shaky hands. Some photos even look like they are taken while walking due to blurriness trails on objects as I would also get walking and shooting in less stelar lighting situtions. Also the night shots look like photos of a TV screen. Strange illumination and hazy like it would have had a greasy or moisty lens cover. I did notice on the Z5 photo test (gold colored one) that it had dirty and scratched lens on previous test here on AA. No wonder if photos came out bad but this review has another unit though..

        • dy

          if u got google+, send me ur id, ill follow u man. u just make my z1 camera better, with ur tips and trick. noise is reduce.

        • Andy

          It would appear that the Z5C does have a problem with its camera/lens. Mine has awful blurring on the left of th image, and I’m not the only one:

          • ACA7

            Same can be seen on some of the sample shots in this review too. Curious…

          • Tim Austin

            Sony should replace it. It’s a fault and you have a warranty; take it back to the shop and swap it for a new one.

            Mine had no fault.

    • Acaa Aca

      your pics does look good. wonder why they said it wasn’t up to the hype. maybe the drop had an effect?

      • Tim Austin

        Wait, they drop tested/just plain dropped this thing before they reviewed it?!! WHAT?? That could easily dislodge a lens in the camera array!! What the hell!

        Clarification please Android Authority. You have a defective unit (left side blur).

        • EQ

          You know I am getting pretty convinced there is either an agenda (cash or bias) or some reviewers (seems like lots) shouldn’t even talk about camera quality at all since they lack the most basic skills and are “photoblind”. Check this out, it’s in swedish but look at their one and only photo sample. They say it sometimes take good photos and sometimes bad and blurry. Now their only photo sample is from dusk in a hard to capture situation.. Only one photo sample for the review.. Secondly it has been downscaled to 2880×1620 and has a filesize of 236Kb (0.24Mb). No wonder it looks shitty with such aggressive jpeg compression..

        • Daniel Lawrence Fernandez Viva

          Hi, Mr. Tim Austin. First of all, fantastic discussion on how powerful the Z5 camera is. I’m just wondering if you have tested the M5 because I’m planning to buy that one as it’s the only one I can afford. Is the M5’s camera as good as the Z5’s camera? Is it also capable of the same quality of shots as you did in your album here . Thank you very much!

    • Utsav Shah

      hell yeah bro. My z3 can take better than the ones in the review. I think their camera glass is scratched.

    • Utsav Shah

      Taken with my z3.

  • Juang Bo

    most people buying small phones dont usually use their phone to watch movie, it’s for comfort use in hand and in the pocket.

    • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

      And if they do use their smaller phones for entertainment the Z5 line all has dual front facing speakers. Something that all OEMs should adopt but don’t.

    • Adobo King

      Exactly! I have the Z5 Compact and I use it as a smartphone, not a TV. If I wanted a mobile device to watch videos on, I’ll bring along my Z4 Tablet, which is amazing, by the way! But for every day use, the compact size is the best for me.

  • xili

    Regarding the low light shot having noise issue, check the video review below from a HK guy, u may not understand cantonese, but he has show the big difference between using night scene/night potriat mode and auto mode on low light shot.

    • rickk74

      So people don’t bother looking all the camera options before criticizing…Not surprising.

  • Diskus1

    720 resolution matches iPhone 6, same size too. Why complain?

    • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

      Because some people are more spec hungry, and don’t care about battery life.

  • Panino, o Manino

    Simply can’t understand this so called “G Lens”.
    Look at all those blurry corners, it’s like the photos came from an old 19 century camera.

  • kin p

    How to destroy a great phone that does almost everything better than the competitors? by giving it a 8.6 score. This review gave me cancer.

  • 3223

    I truly wished they kept the metal borders like how they did on the z1 compact. That would perhaps allow better heat dissipation? And it does feel much better in the hands.

    Despite this, I would still give this phone a shot once the price goes down low enough. The 32gb built in makes this a worthy successor to my z1 compact despite having a slightly less premium build. :)

    I’d assume, with the adreno 430 and 720p screen, that this phone absolutely owns games? If so, I’d be super excited as this would eh a great gaming phone!

  • nfs2010

    So if there was a 5 minute hard limit on 4K like the Samsung phones, Z5C would have received higher score. But Z5C did 20 minutes & got a con “Overheats when recording 4K video” . But you know you could always stop at 5 minutes, but you don’t like the option to go over 5 minutes. Now I understand why this world is full of monkeys.

    • kin p

      Paid rival journalism at its best. The internet is full of lies. If it was Apple, it would had been revolutionary.

  • joseph carmine nero

    wait for Camera update that is coming in november.They said it at IFA.gsmarena has a vid

  • Cakefish

    I’m waiting for an exchange to be dispatched as my first unit had a faulty camera. Providing that the second unit I recieve is unaffected it’ll be replacing my venerable Nexus 5.

    From my experience the hardware is rock solid. My complaints are almost entirely software related. I believe that the Marshmallow update can resolve my biggest bugbears with the phone. These are; the custom icons that Sony uses for the phone app and the settings menu (also within the settings menu itself), the inability to disable small apps which are not very useful on a small display, inconsistent performance with occasional stutters here and there in animations and the camera app being slow to load up and requiring separate apps to use features such as slow motion video.

    • EQ

      You can disable small apps and more via putting the phone in “Debugging mode” and via ADB disable these app(s) on non-rooted phone. Though remember to use the command “hide” without quotes as that is the new “blocked” command for Lollipop. You can undo it by using “unhide”.

      • Cakefish

        Oh neat! Thanks for the heads up. I’ll definitely try that out once my replacement phone is in my hands (hurry up Sony).

  • shyam

    can you tell me what is the idle ram usage?

  • mau

    Not sure if it’s meant to be happening but all the pictures in the gallery have this weird blur on the left-hand side of the images…

    • Warren Shaw

      My thoughts exactly. Lots of reports of thing in xda developer forum.

  • I love how non of the major Android sites are praising the 20 freaking minutes of 4K recording that wipes the floor of the competition.

  • ack

    Looks like the reviewer had a hard time steadying the camera. The low light shots are not noisy; they are grainy and lack fine detail from a short exposure time, probably because the Z5 was trying to keep the shot from blurring. Conversely, in the Verge review, the reviewer had no problems keeping the camera stable. For night shots, it’s probably best to use a tripod, instead of seeing which reviewer can hold still the longest!

  • DJZ

    Awesome phone, i got the yellow one, it is very good :D

  • Warren Shaw

    Wow every picture blurry down the left side, possibly more pronounced in the top left corner. Surely this is a hardware problem not software! Terrible for a flagship 2015 phone :(

  • It would be great if the photos were edited in VSCOCam

    • deekbee

      I tried that on mine …. but you can’t get back details that are missing as a result of Sonys image mangling algorithms.

      • Who’s gonna want to see the extra tiny details? heart and eye captures the personality and beauty. I’m just suggesting on you

        In VSCO cam you will get no ‘washed out’ quality of the picture. It deliver the same picture but with an addition of filter on it :))


  • MindGame

    Sounds like a very promising phone, but previous Zs seem to have a significant problem with the fragility of the glass enclosure. It would be helpful to see some tests of its ruggedness.

  • madethatway

    You don’t seem like much of an ‘Android Authority’ to me. Your article appears to have been written by someone who’s never used one of these phones, much less taken one out of the box.

    As far as users go (including me), the Z5 Compact can do no wrong and is far superior to anything else on the market – especially in terms of battery life.

    Now that I have one, I’ll never buy anything else again.

  • Sanders

    Thanks a lot for your review.

  • Harry Ramsden

    No mention if the 4k shooting is in h264 or h265. If h265 it will need more cpu but less space. Do any other 4k phone camera makes do both h264 and h265?

  • Matt Allen

    Solid review thank you…