Sony has been greatly successful in turning its flagship smartphone into a more compact device without downsizing the hardware specifications that were often the solutions of other manufacturers including Samsung and HTC. The case has been evident ever since the glory days of the Xperia Z1 Compact, and it even holds until now with the Xperia Z5 Compact. With Apple going back to its compact roots starting with the iPhone SE, will there still be room for Sony’s flagship-grade mini handset? Read on and find out.
Starting off with the specifications, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset that features a 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU and a 2.0 GHz quad-core Cortex-A57 CPU along with an Adreno 430 GPU. It’s also paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 200GB via microSD card slot. It comes with a 4.6-inch display with 720 x 1280 resolution. Its photography performance relies on the 23MP primary shooter and the 5.1MP selfie snapper.
On the other hand, the iPhone SE features Apple’s A9 chipset running under its hood. It comes with a 1.84 GHz dual-core Twister CPU and a six-core PowerVR GT7600 GPU. Its RAM sits at 2GB while storage options are offered in 16GB and 64GB capacities. Apple also shrinks with the iPhone SE all thanks to the 4.0-inch Retina display, which would somewhat feel small especially if you’re coming from an iPhone 6 or an Android smartphone. For photography, the iPhone SE features a 12MP primary camera and a 1.2MP front-facing snapper.
As far as the pricing goes, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact starts at AU$849, while the iPhone SE arrives with a AU$679 price tag. Sony’s compact offering is more expensive than Apple’s, but it doesn’t trail too far from its original counterpart. On the other hand, the iPhone SE is the cheapest iPhone offering from Apple, but some of its internal hardware and display would seem outdated today.