Sony’s Xperia Z3 is set to launch on T-Mobile later this month while Verizon announced its own version of the flagship phone last week, but what about the Z3 Compact? The Japanese giant hasn’t said much about its plans to bring the 4.6-inch handset to American shoppers, but starting today you can buy the new smartphone straight from Sony for just $530 off-contract and unlocked.
The Z3 Compact is available from Sony’s website in white, black, orange or green and offers 16GB of storage with microSD support up to 128GB. The smaller handset is nearly identical to its flagship brother when it comes to specs, but manages to fit a premium experience into an easy-to-hold design. The Compact offers a 720p resolution compared to the 1080p Xperia Z3, but otherwise you get the same internal hardware including a 2600mAh battery, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.
Sony is one of the only companies out there that won’t make you choose between flagship-level specs and a screen that’s less than 5-inch across, which puts the Xperia Z3 Compact in direct competition with Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Both are great devices and at the end of the day it really comes down to whether you prefer Android or iOS. The only other question is whether you’re willing to pay for your entire device upfront, or prefer to buy a subsidized smartphone and pay off the rest of the price later on.