We don’t know exactly why, but it usually takes manufacturers a few weeks to release mini versions of their flagship phones. Sony, however, is about to change this tradition, or at least this is what we are led to believe by recurring leaks. Earlier this month we stumbled across a report hinting that a miniaturized model of Sony’s upcoming flagship phone, called Xperia Z3 Compact, might go official in August along with the Xperia Z. Now we are hearing it could happen in September at IFA, whatever the case, it won’t be long now and as if to prove that it’s true, the phone just got caught on camera and a leaked list of specs suggests that it could be the next king of the ‘mini’ smartphones.
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact could be the best ‘mini’ flagship phone
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact was spotted on Chinese social network Weibo, and the leaked photos reveal an uncharacteristic appearance for a Sony handset. It looks like the company wanted to try something new in place of the familiar OmniBalance design language. As a result, the phone has more rounded edges and front-facing dual-speaker setup. Sony also opted for very slim bezels to leave as much room for the screen as possible.
Speaking of the screen, it is said to be of Full HD variety. Those 1080 x 1920 pixels will be packed into a 4.6-inches display which will work out into a pixel density of impressive 479 ppi. The Z3 Compact allegedly will be powered by a quad-core 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3 GB of RAM. Other rumored features include a 2-megapixel front-facing Sony Exmor R sensor and a 20.7-megapixel Sony Exmor RS sensor in the main camera.
Ever since smartphones started resembling tablets in size, releasing smaller version became a popular practice among phone makers. In the vast majority of cases, however, scaled-down size is paired with downgraded specs. Sony is one of the very few who offer premium hardware in a more compact package. If the Xperia Z3 Compact indeed comes equipped with the same specs as suggested by the rumors, it will be a great alternative for users who are not so fond of extra-large phones.