Samsung and Sony’s rivalry continues in this review comparison, as the Xperia Z5 Compact (priced at around Php 29,990) takes on Samsung’s mid-ranger, the Galaxy A8 (priced at Php 24,990). Lets check out their specs, features and price and decide which device fits you better.

Design and build

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The Galaxy A8’s overall design compared to the Xperia Z5 Compact has its advantages and disadvantages, one in which is the premium metal material on the A8, while utility and portability is on the Xperia Z5 Compact’s side. Both have fingerprint scanning feature, with the Xperia Z5 Compact’s scanner conveniently located on the side of the device, while the A8 is on the menu button.

Choose the device that fits you? Do you want a more classier and premium looking device, then the A8 is a good choice, however if portability and handling is what you’re looking for, then the Xperia Z5 Compact fits your interest well.

See also: Samsung Galaxy A8 Review – A Superior Mid-range Android

Display and viewing experiences

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The Galaxy A8 has a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, while the smaller Xperia Z5 Compact has a 4.6-inch 720p HD display. The A8’s OLED tech by far played a major role in establishing a bright and punchy display, however, despite being relatively smaller, the Xperia Z5 Compact’s display was able to par up with the A8’s easily, though the 5.7-inch display truly brings out the beauty of its resolution and display.

What do you prefer? the small and adorable Xperia Z5 Compact or the huge A8? Hit us up on the comments section and share your thoughts.

See also: Sony Xperia Z5 Compact VS M5 Comparison, Camera Review, Benchmarks

Camera basic/quality/still image

The Xperia Z5 Compact has a 23MP rear shooter, with phase detection feature and 5.1MP selfie shooter, while the Galaxy A8 carries a 16MP rear shooter and 5MP selfie shooter. In still image shooting , Galaxy A8 was seen to be really responsive in term of shade, enabling a bright output, despite being under daylight, while the Z5 Compact delivers a pretty colour accurate and detail-wise outputs.

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HDR shot of Xperia Z5C and A8. A8 showcases a brighter output, while Z5C delivered a colour accurate output

The Galaxy A8 provided colour aggressive outputs, bright ones at that, while the Xperia Z5 Compact’s were clear as day. For night shooting, it seems that Z5 Compact was just triumphant, with its clearer and reduced noise on its outputs. Brightness still stood out for Selfie outputs on the A8, with a brighter output at that, while the Xperia Z5 Compact was a tidbit more focused on the crispness of the image.

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Front facing camera shot of Z5C and A8. brighter output for A8, balanced on Z5C
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Low light shot of Z5C and A8. Z5C delivered bright and clear night output, while A8 delivered a dim output

The Xperia Z5 Compact shoots 4K UHD video, while the Galaxy A8 shoots 1080p videos, which was a bit far, on the Xperia Z5 Compact’s 4K UHD video output.

Which among these two shooters peak your interest? Share it with us on the comments section below.

See also: Sony Xperia M5 VS Samsung Galaxy A8 Comparison, Camera Review, Benchmark, Speed Test

Performance and benchmarks

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The Galaxy A8 carries a Snapdragon 615 chip on its helm, while the Xperia Z5 Compact has a Snapdragon 810 chip to back it up. Both devices have the same RAM and ROM capacity. For benchmark scores, the Xperia Z5 Compact’s more up-to-date system provided excellent ratings, in comparison to the Galaxy A8s.


  • Xperia Z5 Compact: 54214
  • Galaxy A8: 48405

Basemark OS II

  • Xperia Z5 Compact: 1281
  • Galaxy A8: 976

Geekbench 3

  • Xperia Z5 Compact: scs- 1346, mcs- 4025
  • Galaxy A8: single core: 937, multi-core: 3258

MicroSD card expandability limit are all but the same on both devices, both the Xperia Z5 Compact and Galaxy A8 has 128GB of microSD card limit.

See also: iPhone 6s vs Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Comparison, Camera Review, Speed and Battery Tests

Battery Life

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The Galaxy A8 has a 3050mAh battery capacity, while the Xperia Z5 Compact has a smaller 2700mAh battery capacity. On the standard battery test initiated on both device, the Galaxy A8 provided a 16-hour and 39-minute battery longevity period, while the Xperia Z5 Compact was able to hang on for 11 hours and 6 minutes.

  • Xperia Z5 Compact- 11 hours and 6 minutes
  • Galaxy A8: 16 hours and 39 minutes

See also: : Samsung Galaxy A8 VS LG Nexus 5X Comparison, Camera Review, Benchmarks

Speaker and audio quality

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The Galaxy A8 and Xperia Z5 Compact carried a good speakers overall, however, quality and volume-wise, the Xperia Z5 Compact was just better all in all. The sound outputs of the A8 was okay, but, quality was a bit different, when compared to the Xperia Z5 Compact. Stereo speakers on Xperia Z5 Compact just seem to have the upper hand, against the mono speaker of the A8.

See also:Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Specs Comparison VS Xperia M5 and iPhone 6S

Price and verdict

Price-wise the Xperia Z5 Compact, which is priced at Php 29,990 is a bit more hefty to the Php 24,990 A8, however, with the performance power and ability to par up with a device that is bigger than it, the Xperia Z5 Compact surely deserves that little buck. However, the Galaxy A8 is no pushover, it has proven time and time again that it can par up with the latest flagships, so its not much of brainer, why the A8 is doing good in the market.

Now, which do you prefer? The portable and easy to carry Z5 Compact or the premium built mid-ranger, Galaxy A8? Hit us up on the comments section below and share your picks. Also check out this video comparison, starring the Galaxy A8.

Specs/PH Price

Samsung Galaxy A8 specs, PH price, features

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, specs, PH price, features

Display5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 386ppi4.6-inch 720p HD IPS Triluminos ,323ppi
Size5.9mm thickness, 151g weight8.9mm thickness, 138g weight
ColorPearl white, midnight black, champagne goldYellow, Pink, White, Black
ProtectionCornings Gorilla Glass 4Scratch resistant glass, triluminos display, X-reality engine
ChipQualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip
ProcessorQuad-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 processorQuad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 2GHz Cortex-A57 processor
GraphicsAdreno 405 GPUAdreno 405 GPU
Memory2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD card up to 128GB2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD card up to 128GB
Main shooter16MP rear shooter23MP rear shooter, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Multimedia1080p@30fps video2160p video, 1080p video, 720p video, HDR
Front facing shooter5MP selfie shooter, 1080p5.1MP, 1080p, HDR
Connectivity4G LTE, WiFi ac, BT 4.1, GPS, GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, FM Radio   with RDS recordingDual 4G LTE cat 6, WiFi ac, BT 4.1, FM Radio, GPS, GLONASS/Beidou, NFC
OSAndroid 5.1 LollipopAndroid 5.1 Lollipop upgradable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Software featureOk Google, Android TVOk google, Android TV
Battery Capacity3050mAh battery2700mAh battery
Ports and chargingmicroUSB v2.0microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3 TV-out), USB Host
Release dateAugustOctober
Official PricePhp 24,990 PH price in Lazada PH, as of October 16, 2015Official PH price of Php 29,990 as of October 21 2015
Where to buy?Online stores like Lazada, Hotgadgets and official retail stores, Samsung storesOfficial Sony stores or retail stores in the country, Online stores and grey markets.

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