Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Review
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
- Outstanding battery life
- Powerful hardware ensures smooth operation
- Compact dimensions and good grip make it easy to hold
- IP68 water-resistant
- Not the most beautiful phone out there
- No fingerprint scanner on US model
- No wireless charging
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Review – Experience more, in a compact size.
The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact may be small, but it packs a powerful punch. With the latest Sony innovation, a Motion Eye camera with Super slow motion, and a premium audio experience, everything becomes wow. Capture unbelievable moments with our Motion Eye camera and the latest Sony memory-stacked sensor.
Reveal more details than you’ve ever seen before. With the unique Super slow motion, footage is more dramatic than videos from other smartphones.
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|Dimensions||129 x 64 x 9.3 mm (5.08 x 2.52 x 0.37 in)|
|Weight||140 g (4.94 oz)|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|- IP68 certified - dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes|
|Display||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|4.6 inches (~70.7% screen-to-body ratio)|
|720 x 1280 pixels (~319 ppi pixel density)|
|Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating|
|- Triluminos display|
|- X-Reality Engine|
|OS||Android 8.0 (Oreo)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB|
|Internal Memory||32 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||19 MP, EIS (gyro), predictive phase detection and laser autofocus, LED flash|
|1/2.3" sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]|
|Secondary Camera||8 MP, 13mm, 1/4" sensor size, 1080p|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|- 24-bit/192kHz audio|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery|
|Disclaimer||If you see any error or incomplete data, please Contact Us.|
Sony is the only player left in the compact flagship game. So, is it a win? Apple had one successful entry, but it may as well be the last one by Cupertino. The rest? Well, the bezel-less race is on and it’s much more attractive and entertaining.
As for Sony, it has a winner in the XZ1 Compact but some tough questions to answer too. If you give users so much horsepower and imaging capabilities, will they not want more screen real estate and resolution to enjoy them on? If the Compact had a 1080p screen it would perhaps have made the XZ1 redundant, wouldn’t it?
Now, the XZ1 Compact’s screen is about the size and resolution of an iPhone 7 or 8 – which is to say no worse than some of the best-selling phones around. Yet, from a purely Android perspective the screen size and resolution are some two-three years behind. What’s wrong – the size or the perspective? Can you blame Sony for focusing on the performance? Most midrange phones today come with 5-inch full-HD screens and offer reasonable speed and productivity. An edge in performance is a lot less tangible than a few fractions of an inch of screen diagonal.
In hindsight, last season’s Xperia X Compact isn’t such a disappointment after all. It had to answer the same questions and it did as best it could. But the XZ1 Compact deserves that much more credit for trying to restore the lineup’s reputation. Credit to Sony too for believing that it’s not the size of the phone in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the phone.
Simply put, the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is a remarkable little phone. While it has its flaws and annoyances, while it is undoubtedly a device targeting a niche audience, having it as a daily driver for a week was a genuinely fun and refreshing experience. Indeed, bigger isn’t necessarily better, especially if practicality and convenience are your top priorities when picking a phone.
Should you pick the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, currently priced at $600? If you want a phone that’s truly small but uncompromisingly powerful, one that takes good photos and videos, one that lasts long between charges, then yes, this guy should be on your shortlist. Just keep in mind that for another $100 you can get the iPhone 8, which is of the same caliber, but packs a better screen, superior stereo speakers, and a functioning fingerprint scanner.
The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is a promising step forward for the popular one-handed-use series.
The price is a touch higher than we’d hoped for, but there are still a lot of reasons to recommend this capable and pocketable smartphone as your next handset.
The fact that it’s one of the most powerful phones on the market, and is running Android Oreo software, are just a couple of the big highlights of this phone.
The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is the phone for you if you’re looking for a compact device that offers high-end spec and runs Android software.
Sony is the only company making handsets with screens this small that can still keep pace with the big, high-end handsets, and the Xperia XZ1 Compact is even more powerful than its close riva, the iPhone SE.
This phone is also a great buy if you’re looking for a phone that’s running the latest Android software, as the Oreo update is ready and waiting for you.
Unlike Pixel handsets it’s not running stock Android O, but you’ll get all the benefits of the newest software and it means your phone is fairly well future-proofed too.
For $600, the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is the most powerful Android phone you can comfortably use with just one hand. That’s increasingly rare to find, and combined with its high-resolution audio and 3D scanning capabilities, the XZ1 Compact is a viable alternative to the pricier Galaxy S8. But if you’re not tied to the Android ecosystem, the $399 Apple iPhone SE is still the small phone we most highly recommend. Sony’s challenge, as always, will be to sell the XZ1 Compact in a market where very few people buy unlocked phones that aren’t from Apple, Google, or Blu.
If you’re the kind of person who wants a small phone then these days your options are rather limited. Thankfully, then, the Xperia XZ1 Compact is a decent option. While you might be sacrificing screen size, this isn’t at the expense of performance. In addition, you benefit from stellar battery life too.
Where the XZ1 Compact is docked points is for its actual design: it feels dated. The camera performance is also a little underwhelming considering its price.
For me, however, moving to a smaller handset was the most difficult part of the review experience.
The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is a decent phone with good battery life, great performance, and the latest version of Android. It’s a shame it’s too expensive, looks dull, the lack of a fingerprint sensor is irritating, and the camera simply isn’t as good as it should be.
Is there a better alternative? At $600, Sony is asking too much for the Xperia XZ1 Compact. Just $50 more nets you the far superior HTC U11 or you could snag the OnePlus 5 for just $480. Both are much bigger, though.
If you prefer something smaller, check out the Essential Phone ($500) or the Google Pixel 2($650). They have their flaws, but they’re both better prospects than the Xperia XZ1 Compact and feel a little more contemporary.
If you don’t care about sticking with Android, then Apple’s iPhone 8 is worth a look. It’s a very similar size and it’s a better phone, but it does cost an extra $100.
How long will it last? If you do buy a Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, then you can expect to get a couple of years out of it. There’s enough power there to future-proof it for the foreseeable. Our Xperia Z1 Compact lasted three years before the power button began to fail. We think you’ll get sick of the XZ1 Compact and want to switch it long before it actually gives out.
Should you buy it? No. We think there are too many better options for most people. If you’re a die-hard Sony fan, or you have your heart set on a small form factor, and you live outside the States so the fingerprint sensor works, then the Xperia XZ1 Compact is worth considering. Everyone else can do better.
The Xperia XZ1 Compact is available as an unlocked GSM device and starts at $599.99. It can be purchased through retailers such as Best Buy or Amazon and at the time of this writing it can currently be found at a discount. Unfortunately, you won’t find this phone hitting carrier shelves any time soon if that is your preferred method of purchase.
The 600 dollar price tag is admittedly steep considering there are many other flagships with better specifications and more forward looking designs for an equal or lesser price. The XZ1 Compact does however have it’s advantages such as the 3D scanning capabilities and Android Oreo out of the box.
But ultimately what it boils down to is how much that compact form factor is worth to you. After all that is the main appeal of this phone. In this day and age a small sized smartphone with flagship specs is hard to come by and if one handed usability is your main priority, you won’t find a phone that does it better than the XZ1 Compact.
The Xperia XZ1 Compact is a premium smartphone with a 4.6-inch display; such a form factor is quite unusual for that class. Those looking for a high-performance smartphone which can still be operated with just one hand, do not have to look any further than at Sony’s $599 smartphone. Still, the Xperia XZ1 Compact has much more to offer than that.
The benefits enclose the OS, of course – the Xperia XZ1 Compact is the only smartphone available with Android 8.0 to date. In addition, one gets really fast WiFi, a good camera, well-sounding speakers, a luminous, well-illuminated HD display as well as a surprisingly long battery life. Underneath its case, the high-end SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 makes for fluid usability at all times.
There is hardly anything to criticise with the Xperia XZ1 Compact. The non-removable battery might be acceptable. A greater cause of concern could be the case, whose design with its sharp edges and corners and its relatively big frames at the top and bottom of the display might not please everyone’s eyes.
There’s simply no direct competition for Sony’s XZ1 Compact, which combines a small size with big power. While it is true that it has only 720p definition, for a screen size of 4.6 inches, that’s not a problem at all. What can hinder it, however, is the quality of the camera: despite the 3D scanner and SuperSlowMotion mode, it didn’t really convince us.
If you are looking for a compact smartphone that has the technical potential of a true flagship, the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is the one for you!