Specs summary


The Sony Xperia X Compact's screen is 4.6 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 MSM8956 Hexa core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

23+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 23+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2700 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 31.3 days standby time, 660 minutes (2G), 840 minutes (3G), 689 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Better in some ways than the Z5 Compact, but worse in others, Sony's new compact smartphone fails to move forwards.

- Jonathan Bray , Expert Reviews 

The Sony Xperia X Compact is designed for people who still want a small phone without a lot of compromises.

- Lanh Nguyen , Android Authority 

Reviews summary

Based on 13 reviews

What's good  

  • Crisp, bright display
  • Comfortable grip
  • Easy one-handed use
  • microSD support
  • Plenty of internal storage
  • All-day battery life

What's bad  

  • Price
  • No fingerprint scanner on US model
  • Hit-or-miss camera quality
  • Bloatware
  • Odd button placement

If you’re looking for a phone that still fits in your pocket or doesn’t rival the size of the tablet on your nightstand, options seem to get slimmer each year. Sony’s Compact series have always turned heads by offering the classic smaller phone experience with a premium flagship treatment.

The latest entry in the series is out--the Sony Xperia X Compact--and reviews are rolling in. Is this small phone worth its big price tag? Let’s see what reviewers are saying!

In a world of 5+ inch phones, most reviewers loved the smaller 4.6-inch size of the X Compact. While the phone’s shell is made from plastic, few reviewers had any complaints. TechRadar noted, “While it does give off the high-end look it aims for, it collects small scratches and fingerprint smudges a little too easily.” Android Authority was more positive, saying, “It feels good in the hand, partially due to its novel size, but also thanks to the curved edges and polycarbonate material. The X Compact feels sturdy, light and is refreshingly easy to use with one hand.”

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Button placement received mixed reviews. While it includes the standard headphone jack and USB-C ports at the top and bottom, Sony opted to put the rest of the controls along one side of the device. Some reviewers felt this made volume changing difficult. Others loved the addition of a dedicated camera button.

Heading around front, you’re greeted by a 4.6-inch Triluminous 720p display. While the resolution is lower than many flagships, so is the screen size. Reviewers all raved about the level of detail and color from the phone. PC Magazine stated, “I had no problem seeing the phone under direct sunlight.”

Inside the phone, Sony went with a six-core Snapdragon 650 processor. Paired with 3GB of RAM, the processor appears to provide snappy performance. TechRadar put the phone through its paces and declared, “Whether you play a game that requires tilt, or one that demands power, the X Compact doesn't break a sweat - even when we thought it would.”

If you’re planning to install a lot of apps and games or take your media collection on the go, the phone’s 32GB of storage should suffice. Reviews found roughly 19GB of space is available after Android and pre-installed apps. Should you need more space, microSD support makes upgrading simple.

The phone run a modified version of Android Marshmallow 6.0.1. Sony has promised a future update to Android Nougat. Reviews on the interface are mixed with some loving the bright colors and added features.

Another area where reviews are mixed is the camera. The 23MP rear-facing camera includes a wide-angle lens and Sony’s 5x Clear Image technology--allowing for reduced detail loss when using the digital zoom. The front-facing 5MP lens is more than enough for selfies or video chat. In good lighting, reviews of the camera are stellar. However, in less ideal environments, reviews get inconsistent. GSM Arena noted, “Image quality on the Sony Xperia X Compact is a mixed bag. For one, the level of detail is very high - in high-intricacy subject matter (foliage, for example) it's hard to rival the 23MP sensor's resolution. All that detail, however, is mixed up with tons of noise and the resulting texture looks unnatural from up close, and not too pleasing.”

Of course, none of these features do any good without the phone being able to keep a charge while using them. Although the phone’s 2,700mAh battery looks small on paper, reviews show it’s more than capable of pulling a full day of battery life with typical usage. Light users might even make it two days. Support for QuickCharge 2.0 and 3.0 ensures quick top ups when needed.

International variants of the phone include a fingerprint scanner. However, the US models do not.

Overall, the biggest issue reviewers had with the phone wasn’t about the phone itself--it was the price. Ars Technica summed up opinions well, saying, “X Compact is a good smartphone, but it's not a great smartphone.” Unfortunately, it carries a “great phone” price tag, so finding similar (or better) features at the same price isn’t hard.

Reviews (7.5/10 Avg. rating)


Small body with great capabilities

from LaptopMedia
When we are talking about Android smartphones, it is difficult to find models with screen size less than 5 inches as the 5.5-inch diagonal is growing ever more popular. We believe that there certainly is a group of users who still prefer more compact devices. These who provide not only comfortable grip with one hand but also the ability to easily operate with this very hand. Usually, when we are discussing a compact smartphone it’s most likely a budget offer. Xperia X Compact, however, is something different... Full review

Best small Android smartphone

from Brighthand
The hardware keeps the Sony Xperia X Compact out of the flagship space, but it’s still one of the best devices smaller than five inches on the market. Its long-lasting battery deserves the most praise, and we also like its modern design, attractive display, and decent performance.We just wish it was waterproof... Full review

No more high-end

from Notebookcheck
You will see that the new Sony is a very solid mainstream smartphone, and the price has also been reduced compared to the previous Xperia Z5 Compact. Yes, the performance is slower in some situations, but you will hardly notice it in practice and the gaming performance in particular benefits from the comparatively low display resolution. One drawback is the missing IP certification and the sensitive and glossy plastic surfaces are not to everyone’s taste either. We do, however, like the long battery runtimes.ok at the competition from Apple... Full review

A tiny phone with a camera that will blow you away

from Cnet
Sony's Xperia X Compact is a small phone with an excellent camera, but it lacks some creature comforts, like waterproofing and, in the US, a fingerprint sensor... Full review

A passable mid-ranger, let down by an ugly design

from TrustedReviews
The Sony Xperia X Compact is far from the worst Android phone I've used this year, even if it is one of the ugliest. If you want an Android phone with a display size smaller than 5 inches then it’s probably your only choice. Widen your horizons, however, and there are better choices out there... Full review
PC Advisor

Small size and midrange specs at a high price

from PC Advisor
The Sony Xperia X Compact is an odd little smartphone. On the one hand its build quality, lack of waterproofing and lack of a standout feature make it harder to recommend compared to the older Xperia Z5 Compact. However, if you want a sub-5in Android smartphone with excellent battery life it’s the best current option out there. For all its flaws, we also kept coming back to the phone largely due to its sheer portability. Just don’t buy the blue one... Full review

A rare step backwards

from Alphr

The Sony Xperia X Compact isn’t a bad phone, but it’s one I find very difficult to endorse. Chiefly that’s due to the handset putting the squeeze on all smartphones in the mid-range to high-end space: the OnePlus 3. Weaker on every metric, except one, perhaps: its size. It’s true that smaller smartphones are hard to come by, and this would be the best out there… except it’s actually a step back from last year’s Xperia Z5 Compact in terms of performance, and aesthetic. Now, in Sony’s defence, the X Compact launches at £90 cheaper th... Full review

Ars Technica

Small Android is still good, but not much better

from Ars Technica

The X Compact is Sony's way of bringing a small handset into its new line of smartphones and is a way for it to bring its advanced camera experience to a compact device. It's a decent handset for those who want a solid Android device with a smaller footprint and also require the flexibility of full photo and video controls. But if you're not interested in the new photo perks, the Z5 Compact is the better option, as it has a longer battery life, a faster processor, and a more durable design. Also, now that the Z5 Compact has been on the market for a while, you can usually get it for less tha... Full review

Expert Reviews

Small, but not quite as mighty

from Expert Reviews
With a price that’s £70 less than the Xperia Z5 Compact at launch, an improved camera, and even better battery life, the Sony Xperia X Compact is clearly not a bad phone. If you’re looking for a pocketable Android smartphone, in fact, it remains pretty much the only game in town... Full review

Great size, long-lasting battery, dependable camera

from Recombu
Sony’s Xperia X Compact isn’t much of an evolution over last year’s Xperia Z5 Compact, offering up pretty much the same performance and battery life while also stripping away water resistance and 4K video recording. Considering it’s about the same price, that means existing owners have no need to upgrade... Full review

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