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Sony is doing lots of things right in its quest to become a force in the mobile industry, and offering quality compact devices is one of its smartest decisions. No other Android phonemaker has delivered true flagship specifications in “mini” devices, leaving Sony’s Xperia Compact series as the best option in the small device category.

At IFA last week, Sony launched the Xperia Z3 Compact, a 4.6-inch device combining a powerful processing package with a great camera and other top features. Now the device is up for pre-order at several UK retailers, and the price is surprisingly good.

Clove Technology and Handtec, two of the country’s biggest electronics retailers, are offering the Xperia Z3 Compact at about £350, VAT included. Handtec has the device up for pre-order in black, white, green, and orange for £347.99, while Clove only has black, white, and orange models, for £349.99. These are prices for the 16GB model.

For comparison, the Galaxy Alpha costs £500 at the same retailers.

This is an excellent price for a great device, especially considering that Xperia Z1 Compact (launched at CES in January) costs £310 on Sony and Amazon UK.

Interestingly, Sony and Amazon have also put up the Xperia Z3 Compact for pre-order, but at a much steeper £429. It’s not clear why Clove and Handtec offer so much better deals, or if their prices will remain low permanently or just for the launch.

Both Clove and Handtec ship internationally, North America included. While Sony has shown some more interest in making a bigger presence in the US, we’re not sure if the Z3 Compact will ever go on sale there. According to this user on Reddit, the total cost of importing the Xperia Z3 Compact (from Handtec) to the US is around $550.