Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review: Not Your Usual Suspect: Performance

By 03:36 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments


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The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact sports a MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core 2.5Giga Hertz (GHz) Krait 400 Central Processing Units (CPU) and Adreno 330 graphics. Apart from the 2GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) (down from 3GB), it's the exact same configuration you'll find on the Sony Xperia Z3, so we're expecting flagship-grade performance. The latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat build should also provide optimizations to the web browser.

First off, we'll be testing the Central Processing Units (CPU) and overall benchmarks. Geekbench 3 tests the processor in a variety of usage scenarios, and although the Z3 Compact doesn't top the charts, it ranks alongside the current top flagships. Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2 also tracks processor performance and even provides individual scores for single-core and multi-core processing. Baseimprint 2's overall score also factors in graphics performance, which is why it's higher.

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GeekBench 3

Higher is better

  • HTC One (E8)

    3229

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    3214

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    3011

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    2968

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    2856

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    2856

  • OnePlus One

    2663

  • HTC One mini 2

    1526

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    1123

  • LG G2 mini

    1123

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II

Higher is better

  • OnePlus One

    1196

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    1167

  • HTC One (E8)

    1146

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    1082

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    1080

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    915

  • HTC One mini 2

    517

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    419

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II (single-core)

Higher is better

  • HTC One (E8)

    2579

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    2579

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    2415

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    2282

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    2253

  • OnePlus One

    2213

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    1353

  • HTC One mini 2

    1304

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    15096

  • OnePlus One

    10234

  • HTC One (E8)

    10219

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    10063

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    10063

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    10044

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    5283

  • HTC One mini 2

    5182

Moving on to graphics performance, again we find the 720p display does the Z3 Compact a honest share of favors. The remarkable onclassy screen numbers shown from the Adreno 330 GPU are brought down to earth in the offclassy screen tests, where the 1080p resolution evens out with the flagship competition. Baseimprint X also runs at its native 720p resolution, which is why we see such high numbers

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    31.3

  • OnePlus One

    28.3

  • HTC One (E8)

    28

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    27.8

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    27.4

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    27.2

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    22

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    6.7

  • HTC One mini 2

    5.8

  • LG G2 mini

    5.8

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    48.4

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    41.3

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    34

  • OnePlus One

    30

  • HTC One (E8)

    29.9

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    28.7

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    28.1

  • LG G2 mini

    14.9

  • HTC One mini 2

    11

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    9.3

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    13.4

  • HTC One (E8)

    12.3

  • OnePlus One

    12.1

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    11.8

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    11.8

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    11.7

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    9

  • HTC One mini 2

    1.7

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    25.4

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    25.3

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    17

  • OnePlus One

    12.9

  • HTC One (E8)

    12.9

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    12.2

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    11.7

  • HTC One mini 2

    3.8

Finally, we come to JavaScript and HyperText Markup Language (HTML) 5 performance where we have Mozilla's Kraken 1.1 and Rightware's BrowserMark 2.1. JavaScript performance seems comes in at around the middle of the pack, but the HTML5-intensive Browserimprint test was where the Z3 Compact really shined.

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    4911

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    6043

  • HTC One (E8)

    6460

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    6480

  • OnePlus One

    7008

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    7041

  • HTC One mini 2

    15684

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    15885

BrowserMark 2.1

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    1500

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    1398

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    1364

  • HTC One (E8)

    1362

  • OnePlus One

    1339

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    1224

  • HTC One mini 2

    945

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    861

The Z3 Compact's flagship pedigree really stands out in these performance benchmarks. Not only is the Z3 Compact able to run with the gigantic boys in every aspect, what's even more notable is how much better it is than other compact flagships. The likes of the HTC One mini 2, Samsung Galaxy S5 mini, and LG G2 mini are clearly a step behind the Xperia Z3 Compact, and should be considered as being in a separate category.


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