As much as we appreciate Sony’s courage and unique integrity, we can’t help but wonder whether the Xperia creators made a few strategic mistakes in conceiving the Z3/Z3 Compact pair. For one thing, we realize the Japan-based smartphone manufacturer promised to upgrade the Z-series flagships every six months, but was the Z3 really necessary… now?
I mean, this “new” spearhead is merely a repackaged “old” Z2, with a more rounded, chic frame, a lousy mm shaved off the already uber-slim profile and, um, some kind of camera improvements only hardcore photo buffs are likely to notice… in time.
Which brings us to what we fear was Sony’s second tactical error. Why so shy? Okay, maybe Quad HD resolution on a 5.2-inch display is a waste. But Snapdragon 805 processing power clearly isn’t. And yet an aging S801 is found inside the Z3, just like beneath Z2’s hood.
Don’t get me wrong, the Xperia Z3 is no pushover, what with its 3 GB RAM, 20.7 MP rear snapper and 3,100 mAh battery. But we simply don’t see the point in waiting for it one, two, maybe three months or more when the nearly identical Z2 can be had now. End of story.
Wait, because Sony did do something right in setting up the stage for IFA. It took the best pocket-sized Android handheld in the world, and made it better. By a landslide, the Z3 Compact is superior to the Z1 Compact, packing a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 chip that’s really mind-blowing for such a tiny device. And 3 gigs of RAM. On a larger 4.6-inch screen that sadly retains its predecessor’s 1,280 x 720 pixel count.
That’s strike three, Sony, but luckily, only if you sum up Z3 and Z3 Compact’s flaws. Otherwise, the latter feels like a home run, with increased water protection, 20.7 MP camera and an 8.6 mm wasp waist.
Via [Sony Mobile Blog]