Late last month a leak outed what were claimed to be front panels for the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. While a little hard to believe at first, a series of subsequent leaks detailing the Z3 have really brought us around to the idea that this is a model Sony’s working on. But what of the smaller phone, the presumed Z3 Compact? We haven’t heard much of it since then, but now a new series of photos has arrived alongside some hardware rumors – the question is, is this the Z3 Compact or not?
Here’s the problem: while the basic shape of the phone is a close enough match to that front panel pic from last month, some of the details are off – the front-facer appears to be in a different place here, for instance. And instead of the shiny glass we’d expect, the bezel around the screen appears to be a matte plastic – not to mention missing its Sony logo.
Could we excuse those inconsistencies as evidence of multiple variants of the same basic hardware, or maybe just early prototype builds? Sure, but we should also keep in mind that the identification of this device as the Z3 Compact may not be nearly so clear-cut.
We’re also a little concerned about the specs attached to these images. Considering the top-tier hardware the Z1 Compact got, rumored details for the Z3 Compact like a Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and another 20.7MP camera are believable enough. But then there’s the claim the phone could get a 4.6-inch 1080p screen. That’s both a bit larger than we’d expect for a Z-series Compact model (not to mention larger than the phone seemed in that comparison pic), as well as quite small for a 1080p panel; we’re not sure we’ve seen a phone with such a dense 1080p display before.
In light of all this, the Z3 Compact is looking like a lot less of a sure thing than the Z3 itself, and we’re going to need to see some more evidence before we’re fully sure of just what we’re dealing with.