- Analysis by KJ David
Released alongside the 5.7-inch Xperia XZ2, the 5-inch XZ2 Compact loses some of its sibling's gimmicks, such as the Qi-standard wireless charging , while dropping to only 2870mAh of power (The XZ2 has a 3180mAh battery), although Sony's signature Qnovo Adaptive Charging and Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 remained intact .
Just like its big brother, the XZ2 Compact's cons also include a disappointing 5-megapixel-only selfie camera whose resolution does not echo 2018 high-end standards. In comparison, many of the best selfie smartphones rock 13-megapixel-or-higher front cameras. We are also unimpressed with its 64GB maximum internal memory , though this one is not that big of a setback, given its up-to-400GB external memory support .
As for its pros, this Compact edition is equipped with a similar 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera as its bigger sibling, delivering the sophisticated (as of this specs-based review, that is) super slow-motion video capture capability of up to 960fps as well as 4K (3840 x 2160) HDR video-recording technologies, which means that it potentially joins our list of the best phones for photography or film-making . Additionally, it brings back Sony's 3D Creator app , which basically lets you create 3D avatars of yourself that can be shared on social media or printed using a compatible 3D printer.
Powering the aforementioned camera (and the rest of its pros and cons) is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 eight-core processor boasting a top speed of 2.8GHz , one of the fastest smartphone processors available as of its MWC 2018 announcement -- feel free to discover the XZ2 Compact's competitors in the fastest phones category here. It also still comes with 4GB of RAM, which we would say is reasonable for a multimedia-driven high-end 5-incher.
Screen-wise, the XZ2 Compact offers the same display pros and cons as the larger model, despite the reduction in screen size, from 5.7 to 5 inches. These are led by its HDR screen architecture, which, when combined with its X-Reality engine, up-converts SDR visuals to HDR -- Sony claims this facet would bring the XZ2 Compact's visuals closer to cinema quality. It is furbished by a scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover glass , while the rest of its water-resistant (IP65/68) body is coated in a frosted finish. Speaking of its body, some users might pull back at the sight of its 12.1mm-thick housing , which makes it roughly 40 percent thicker than the average smartphone as of this-write-up.
Also joining the the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact's feature set are stereo speakers with the S-Force Front Surround technology , an LTE Cat 15 adapter reeling in up-to-800Mbps data rates , and Sony's PS4 Remote Play function, all of which top it off as a respectable choice for multimedia junkies who don't fancy broad screens.
** This phone is also known as: Sony XZ2 Compact
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