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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini are two completely different devices manufactured by different OEM’s, they have a completely different approach towards the consumers. But what these two devices have in common, is the “MINI” tag. Each of these devices as a mini or a compact version of their older siblings and  the tag “MINI” demands a sort of comparison.galaxy-s5-mini-vs-xperia-z3-compact

Here is an in-depth comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact’s specifications and features.

Design & Display:

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini, literally follows the same footprints of the its siblings,  the Samsung Galaxy S5 in the design department. This is, literally, a trimmed down version of the OEM’s Flagship of 2014. Like Samsung Galaxy S5, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is also entirely manufactured with polycarbonate.

It has the same perforated pattern designed back with an unusual faux-leather finish, as well as, placements of the sensors, buttons and the ports are the same too. Both the devices are ready to resist water and dust with their water resistant coating and dust proof capabilities. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact stands out with its fantastic IP65/68 certification.

The scenario is same for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact too, almost each and everything looks similar to its original version Xperia Z3. But there is a slight difference in the panel up-front and the Compact also has much thinner bezels than the flagship Z3. Similar to Samsung S5 Mini, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is also made up on polycarbonate and in order to add premium look, Sony has added two glasses in front and rear of the device.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini comes with a 4.5 inch display panel with a resolution of 1280×720. It’s a Super AMOLED panel with a total pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, comes with a larger screen size of 4.6-inch display and has a true IPS panel with vibrant colors at the same resolution of 1280×720 of the S5 Mini. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact comes with a PPI of 319 only, the Z3 compact has a larger panel, but it turns out to be a little one while comparing the two devices, and which a good thing to consider. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini has a dimension of 131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1mm, while Sony Xperia Z3 has 127.3 x 64.9 x 8.6mm.

Processor and Graphics:

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini comes with a Samsung home-made Exynos 370 quad-core processor with Mali 400MP4 GPU and in the same time, Sony Xperia Z3 compact has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processor with a clock speed of 2.5 GHz.

Storage and Memory:

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact comes with 16 GB of on-board storage that allows the users to store more data and also comes with an extension MicroSD card slot for extending memory. In the meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini comes with same 16 GB on-board memory, but Xperia Z3 Compact comes with 2 GB of RAM, whereas S5 Mini has only 1.5  GB of RAM.

Connectivity and Operating System:

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact comes with comes with LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual band, Bluetooth 4.0 and MHL support too. The device is powered with latest version of the Android Operating system, as Sony always does. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini has the almost same connectivity option except 802.11ac support and it comes with Android 4.4.2 Kitkat.

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Battery and Price:

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has a battery capacity of 2600 mAh and S5 mini has only 2100 mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini comes with a price tag of $449, international unlocked version. In the meanwhile, Z3 compact available for $520 at Amazon (at the time of writing).


The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini comes with an 8MP rear camera and a 2.1MP front facer. The rear shooter can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps and front facer shoot at 1080p. Xperia Z3 crushes the Samsung’s shooter at 20.7MP and has a 2.2MP front facer. Sony’s camera is capable of 4K video recording at 30fps and at 60fps, it can shoot 1080p videos. The camera has a f 2.0 aperture and 26mm lens which is a wide angled one.


The Samsung S5 mini has the same fingerprint scanner as the S5, same heart rate sensor as the S5 and a few add-ons, which is rare to find in a mid-range device. On the other hand Z3 packs high resolution audio playback. PlayStation remote play app for the new PlayStation 4 and few Sony unique apps too. So it is harder to conclude which device will be worth buying, with a budget of $70 you can use the Z3 compact for your Playstation too. Those who never use PlayStation should buy S5 Mini, which is worthier for that price.

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