Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Review & Pros And Cons

Picture of the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, by Sony

- Analysis by KJ David


As expected of a Compact version, the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact brings about several downgrades (ergo, cons) over the plain XZ1. That said, as far as technical pros and cons are concerned, it shares most of its base model's flagship genes.

For starters, it brings back the XZ1's swanky 19-megapixel Eye Motion primary camera , with a staggering 960fps Slow Motion Video option , a 4K-2160p maximum video-recording resolution , and a Predictive Hybrid Autofocus system in tow. Additionally, it reintroduces Sony's 3D Creator application , which essentially lets you capture pictures of people or things, render their 3D avatars, and print them out. Unfortunately, this Compact version drops to an 8-megapixel-only selfie camera , which is more of a middle-class facet. In comparison, the original XZ1 touts a 13-megapixel selfie shooter.

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Owing to its Compact moniker, the XZ1 Compact sports a much-smaller 4.6-inch screen than the XZ1's 5.2-inch facade, this time with a mediocre HD-720p sharpness (the XZ1 has an 1080p resolution). Even though it comes with a Gorilla Glass 5 protective finish and the X-reality display engine , the fact that a lot of high-end shoppers are allergic to HD-only screens could prove problematic for this XZ1 offshoot.

Having said that, the XZ1 Compact manages to retain its big brother's high-octane processing specs, namely, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.45GHz octa-core processor and a 4GB RAM . The Qnovo Adaptive Charging and Smart Stamina 3.0 battery technologies are intact as well, although it fails to equal the 3000mAh raw power caps of some of its high-tier rivals -- it has a 2700mAh battery.

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Its remaining multimedia pros and cons include Sony's PS4 Remote Play support , allowing you to play games on the phone using a PS4 controller. Additionally, in true Sony fashion, its audio capabilities are led by S-Force Front Surround Sound and ClearAudio+ . As for connectivity, the XZ1 Compact boasts an 800Mbps peak data rate on LTE Cat 15 bands , which is more-than-promising, given its low-key display.

Although coming with half the XZ1's internal memory (only 32GB, to be exact) , the Compact copies its mother model's 256GB microSD card support , with its IP68/65 waterproof rating returning as well. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and has a slightly-different color pallet, with Twilight Pink and Horizon Blue among its choices.

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Our verdict: Despite taking some hits in terms of display technology and selfies, the Xperia XZ1 Compact ends up as a viable lower-priced alternative to the plain XZ1 by retaining its flagship-caliber main camera and hardware.

** This phone is also known as: Sony XZ1 Compact


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