8.1/10
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The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact offers fast performance, sharp screen, and great battery life in a small package. Despite its price and middling camera, it’s an excellent option for those who want or need one-handed usability. For everyone else, there are better, cheaper options.

What's good

  • Speedy performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Vivid, bright display
  • One-handed usability

What's bad

  • The camera performs poorly in most lighting situations
  • The camera is slow to focus
  • Chunky body

Tired of all those large smartphones? Then the Sony Xperia XZ1 compact might be right up your alley. 

Measuring in at 5-by-2.5-by-0.37 inches, the XZ1 compact is small enough to slide into your pockets and use one-handed. It’s on the thicker side when compared to other smartphones in the same price range. Still, when compared to many flagships, it lives up to its compact name.

However, it also has thick bezels around the screen. This is due to the overall construction and layout of various components from the power button to the camera sensor. 

While many manufacturers are turning to aluminum and glass for the body, Sony has used a glass fiber woven plastic. While some had no issues with it, others thought the body felt and looked a bit cheap.

It comes with an IP65/68 rating for decent water- and dust-sealing. So, it should survive a brief dunk it a puddle or tub.

For those used to QHD, the 4.6-inch 720p display might be disappointing. But for its size, it provides adequate sharpness. In comparison, the iPhone 8 is only a tad sharper. 

Even if it might not claim the title of sharpest screen on the market, the XZ1 Compact makes up for it by offering vibrant colors, excellent viewing angles, and good outdoor visibility. Still, its small screen size might be a detriment for games and movies.

Crammed into this small package is 4GB of RAM and an octa-core Snapdragon processor -- the same guts as found in the standard XZ1. As expected, reviewers found the phone incredibly speedy. Apps opened fast and there were no hiccups or slowdowns when multitasking. Even graphics-intensive games played without a hitch.

Armed with the same 2,700mAh battery found on its larger sibling, the compact ekes more life from it due to its smaller screen size. In real life testing, critics could easily get through the day even with heavy usage.

Sadly, the camera proved to be a weak link for the XZ1 Compact. At 19MP, the rear sensor should capture some beautiful detail. Yet, in practice, the pictures ended up a mixed bag. 

While experts could get some impressive photos in good lighting situations, mixed- or low-light images often looked grainy. 

They also discovered the autofocus system often struggled in anything but sunny conditions. This combined with a lack of optical image stabilization often led to blurry photos.

Overall, reviewers recommend the XZ1 if you specifically want a smaller phone. Digital Trends states, “If you’re a diehard Sony fan, or have your heart set on s small form factor... XZ1 Compact is worth considering. Everyone else can do better.” Android Authority adds, “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.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.45 GHz
Screen Size
4.6"
Camera
19+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSM Dome

The best sub 5 inch smartphone that you can buy right now, well till the Xperia XZ2 Compact hits the shops. It beats the iPhone 8 where it matters: camera, battery and brightness, plus the speakers are excellent too.

- Alexandru Stănescu, GSM Dome
V3

The Sony Xperia XZ Compact is a fine smartphone beating beneath a somewhat humdrum exterior.

- Graeme Burton, V3
Notebookcheck

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.

- Manuel Masiero, Notebookcheck
Android Authority

While most small smartphones sacrifice hardware and specifications, the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is one of the few smartphones on the market that delivers a flagship experience in a smaller size. The XZ1 Compact takes all of the important components of the standard Xperia XZ1 and puts them in a small...

- Lanh Nguyen, Android Authority
Digital Trends

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is one of the few, powerful, small Android phones around, but it’s too expensive.

- Simon Hill, Digital Trends


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Screen Size
4.6"

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact's screen size is 4.6 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.45 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.45 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo (Update Available: 9.0 Pie) operating system (OS).

Camera
19+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 19+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

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

Battery
2700mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2700 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 1423 minutes, 864 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Xperia XZ1 Compact Specs

Overview
Release date September 25, 2017
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo (Update Available: 9.0 Pie)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.45 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.97 W/kg
Body: 0.78 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2700 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 957 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 864 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1423 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 21.25 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors White Silver, Black, Horizon Blue, Twilight Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13 x 6.4 x 1 cm (5.1 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 139 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 319 pixels
Size 4.6 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.3
Resolution
19+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Super slow motion recording (960fps), HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
ISO, Self-timer
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Spotify, AR Effect, Xperia Lounge, 3D Creator)
Included Software / Apps -
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