Sony Xperia X Compact Pros & Cons Review

Picture of the Sony Xperia X Compact, by Sony

- Analysis by KJ David

A sidekick model (specs-wise) to the flagship Xperia XZ during the IFA 2016 in Berlin, the Sony Xperia X Compact is marred by a couple more cons, but it does pack a few flagship-caliber pros of its own.

Unlike several other upmarket Xperia models, which rock Full HD displays, the X Compact settles for a 4.6-inch HD-720p-only screen , potentially giving it a hard time versus comparable devices from other brands. It does, however, mimic the XZ's sophisticated 23-megapixel camera with triple image sensing and hybrid autofocus , although it drops the 4K video-recording option .

As for the remainder of its features, the X Compact runs on a dual-cluster hexa-core (dual 1.8GHz + quad 1.4GHz) Snapdragon 650 CPU aided by a 3GB RAM , with a fingerprint sensor leading the security department. Additionally, it comes with 32GB of memory with an up-to-256GB microSD support that we rarely see in the high-end market (as of August 2016). Topping off the X Compact's mix of pros and cons are Sony's signature PS4 Remote Play , a 2700mAh battery with Qnovo Adaptive Charging , and a 5-megapixel sub-camera.

In essence, the X Compact is an Xperia that offers flagship-class imaging and performance for high-end phone hunters who find 5-inch displays too big.

On-paper Review score:


Quad microprocessor:

Not only does it have a Dual 1.8GHz + Quad 1.4GHz processor clock speed, it also features 4 CPU cores.

The Xperia X Compact boasts a larger-than-average 4.6-inch display

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4.6-inch screen is above average:

It boasts a larger-than-average, 4.6-inch display, with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

The memory can be expanded up to 256GB:

The Sony Xperia X Compact is not sold with a memory card but it supports up to 256GB of memory expansion, which is convenient to store photos taken with the built-in 23-megapixel camera.

Outstanding camera:

The Xperia X Compact is has an exceptional 23-megapixel camera. It also has these features: Fast Capture, HDR photo, Low-light photo (up To ISO 12800), SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization).

Decent-resolution selfie cam:

The selfie cam resolution seems just about average.


NFC is becoming increasingly important for electronic payments and other applications.

It supports Miracast:

It sports Miracast, a system that lets you share your display with a TV


Obviously no HDMI connector:

It's great that the Sony Xperia X Compact can record high-resolution 1920 x 1080 videos, but we were disappointed not to find any evidence of the Xperia X Compact featuring an HDMI port (which is convenient to watch HD videos on your shiny HDTV.)

Unknown weight:

It's frustrating that we could not find its weight information.

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

*** These pros and cons are generated automatically based on our analysis formula and the specifications we have in our database for this phone. If you spot a mistake, please let us know.

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