For a certain type of smartphone user, Sony’s something of a savior: in a world where all too often carrying a phone that dares deliver a screen size south of five inches means living with sub-par hardware, Sony and its Xperia Compact phones have managed to not skimp on flagship-level components. This week at IFA, we saw Sony introduce its latest hot rod in a tiny package, the Xperia Z5 Compact, and on the show floor in Berlin we’ve tracked the handset down to bring you a close-up look.

Sure, the Z5 Compact doesn’t get anything like a 4K display, but at just 4.6 inches diagonal, even the phone’s meager 720p panel manages to deliver a respectable pixel density of 323ppi. When you marry a screen like that with the Adreno 430 running graphics for the phone’s Snapdragon 810 SoC, you’ve got some blazing performance to look forward to.

On paper, at least, the Z5 Compact sounds like it poses a great alternative to the Z5 for users interested in a slightly smaller phone; will our hands-on interaction live up to the hype? We put the Z5 Compact head-to-head with the full-sized Z5 to find out:

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