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Asus has tried to invent a new segment by combining a smartphone and a tablet into one product called the Asus PadFone S.
This device works by making the tablet act as a docking station for the smartphone, which in turn provides a lot of possibilities beginning from being a portable charger. There is nothing much innovative about the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, which is the latest miniature version of Sony’s flagship model, the Xperia Z3.
The Sony Xperia Z3 comes with a mammoth 5.2 inch display that increases the overall dimensions of the phone beyond those deemed comfortable by some. After not coming up with the Xperia Z2 Compact, Sony has announced the successor to the highly successful Xperia Z1 Compact. This device will be featuring a 4.7 inch display, which is fast becoming an acceptable size of display even for those with small hands. The smartphone with the PadFone S has a display of 5 inches in size. Unlike the Xperia Z3 Compact, this display has 1080p resolution on offer. The Sony device only offers a 720p resolution.
Meanwhile, the docking station or the tablet offers a 9 inch IPS panel with a full HD resolution. The bezels surrounding the tablet may be more than ideal, but it is a small inconvenience when looking at the overall picture. Apart from being a tablet, this will be converted into a docking station for the smartphone once it is slid into the provision at the back. Sliding the smartphone into the tablet establishes a bridge between the two and the tablet effectively becomes as a large display screen for the phone. This feature can be conveniently used to view the phone’s content on a large screen.
The most interesting feature of this docking station a.k.a. tablet is the ability to charge the phone at two times the rate of your normal charger. Further, the two devices will be using the same internet connectivity without any hiccups. This eliminates the need for a separate data plan for a tablet and the phone.
The Xperia Z3 Compact provides jaw dropping power in a compact dimension. The phone does so by attacking the latest version of the snapdragon’s 801 processor. This processor is rated at 2.5 GHz and it is identical to the one found in the flagship Xperia Z3. The amount of RAM has been reduced to 2 GB, but this is unlikely to make a difference in the competition with the PadFone S since it also packs a similar amount of RAM. PadFone S uses a slightly older version of the snapdragon 801 processor and it is also clocked slightly lower at 2.3 GHz.
Battery life is undoubtedly a strong point in the Xperia Z3 Compact, with Sony claiming well over two days of usage due to its 2600 mAh battery. The phone in the PadFone S has a 2300 mAh battery. The PadFone S is available at $390 while the recently launched Xperia Z3 Compact costs $520.