Before you even think it, don’t go there. Just… don’t. We know it may feel like Apple is boldly swimming against the tide in trying to bring compact phones back in the spotlight, but Android manufacturers such as Sony never gave up on diminutive flagships.
Granted, the Japanese OEM that continues to offset big mobile losses with a well-oiled gaming machine did recently decide to retire the high-end Xperia Z family, introducing instead three 5-inch X-series handhelds.
If you feared that meant the end of unusually powerful sub-5-inchers, we now have proof a Z5 Compact sequel of sorts is in the pipeline. This carries the model number F3216, so it could be branded in many ways, but make no mistake, its intentions are crystal clear.
The Xperia Z5 Compact torch will be passed on to this… Xperia X Compact (?), with a higher-res 4.6-inch 1080p display in tow, as well as 2GB RAM, an octa-core 1.9GHz MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 processor, 16GB internal storage space, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-loaded.
The most intriguing aspect of the mysterious Sony F3216 is how it appears to downgrade the Z5 Compact’s 23MP rear-facing camera to “only” 20MP, while significantly upping the selfie-friendly ante from 5 to 15 megapixels. That probably rounds up to a cool 16MP, so you shouldn’t rule out this being a mini variant of the recently rumored Xperia M Ultra after all.
Meanwhile, the same benchmarking database that broke the F3216’s cover also exposes an equally cryptic, lower-end F3311, with a 4.6-inch 720p screen on deck, quad-core MT6735 power, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB ROM, 13 and 5MP cams, as well as pre-installed Android 6.0 software goodies. Any guesses regarding a moniker here? Anyone?