The Sony Xperia Compact line might be making a return with a rumored 5.5-inch model

21 November 2020
The mysterious device will allegedly use an unannounced Snapdragon 775 chipset.

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  • Anonymous

Eldamri, 22 Nov 2020Yes the iphone mini is tempting but it has a small battery ... moreTight

Anonymous, 22 Nov 2020So funny ppl today buy 16,3 cm phones and still try to reac... moreIn 2005. after 3 years of huge screen (for that time) Nokia 7110, I bought Sony Ericsson P800, with even bigger screen, and used almost the whole "P" lineup since (P900, P990, P1), and all of my smartphones after that were Sony (Mini Pro, SP, T3, X Compact, XZ1 Compact), so 15 years of touchscreen use under my fingers.

The whole "P" series had stylus on them. You could write in cursive and it would recognize your handwriting and write any text. But it was a gimmick. After a few days it just got annoying using two hands for typing something quick and also for the long typing too. So, since it needed something sharp for writing, for quick text I used edge of my thumb nail, but for longer text I used either the physical or virtual T9 keyboard with predictive text.

And since the Xperia Keyboard had Portrait mode with the same awesome T9 layout, I just continued to use it on all my Xperia phones. Even when Sony didn't install it on my current XZ1 Compact by default, I sideloaded it in. And I'm typing this text on it too. With my fat cucumber fingers. Comfortably. All with one hand. So, if they made even narrower phone, I could still type comfortably on it.

There are people who just want to use it with one hand. It is just easier. For quick or very long use. In so many situations. It's that simple.

  • Milivoe

Xperian, 22 Nov 2020Hopefully will be like xz1 compact size with 3000mah batter... moreDo not play with suggestions of less than 4000mAh battery. You are abusing the freedom of speech by opening your mouth without thinking first what will actually come out of it. Go to the corner and feel ashamed of yourself for the next 2 years.

  • ME

Compact is less than 5 inch.

  • Anonymous

inSyt, 22 Nov 2020Okay, i'm looking at my dead Z5C, i see the mic differ... moreYeah you are right. I just looked again, the left side is the same as the render. Myne is just a bit dirty and battered after +4 years of faithful service (shattered glass back held together by tape for +1yr).

  • inSyt

Anonymous, 22 Nov 2020Not the Z5 compact, reading this on my Z5c and the top mic ... moreOkay, i'm looking at my dead Z5C, i see the mic difference. But the side looks the same. What's the chances of a 2020 prototype with a lanyard slot?

  • inSyt

Wongwatt, 22 Nov 2020It's still a render because the bezels are not visible... moreYes on the real device, the bezels weren't visible when the screen was off. Almost all phones are like this.

  • Batil

Sony, a company that follows Apple like blind then regret it!

  • Ssmp

Eldamri, 22 Nov 2020Yes the iphone mini is tempting but it has a small battery ... morei'm using the 1 ii since it got released and i can tell you that i can't imagine going back to a 16:9 display anymore. You simply have so much space and when the keyboard opens, you still have the old 16:9 sceen available and cinema movies look just great, ideal. I also don't like other phone's tall phones because they arent following any standard and they all have notches, dots or what so ever. I am sure that if you tried to use the 1 ii or 5 ii for a month, you'd realise the same as i realised. 😉

  • Robbie

Why is everyone so interested in reaching the top of their phone with one hand. Aside from the notification panel there's nothing there

Bud, 22 Nov 2020If sony takes their XZ2 compact as a base, with reduced bez... moreLet's all agree to that :)

Bud, 22 Nov 2020If sony takes their XZ2 compact as a base, with reduced bez... moreExactly, nobody cares about thickness anymore, especially if the phone is small, so I really hope they follow that logic.

  • shortkey

Anonymous, 22 Nov 2020The iPhone 12 Mini is pretty much the same size as the XZ1C... moreI know, but unfortunately, I DO mind iOS. After previous experiences, I said no more of that. At this point I'm just hoping someone else other than Apple is going to make a nice, good, no-nonse compact smartphone. I like Sony, and I've been using their featurephones and smartphones for years but sadly, 21:9 is nonsense. If it's going to have slim bezels and it's going to be really tall (which makes the top of the display hardly reachable), I'm not touching that.

  • Bud

If sony takes their XZ2 compact as a base, with reduced bezels for fitting in the 5,5'' screen, headphone-jack, MicroSD-slot and a big battery (I would not care about thickness of the device), this could be my dream-phone.

  • Anonymous

veryangrynerd, 22 Nov 2020It is as small as it can realistically get unfortunately fo... moreNot really, the compact would need 5.8" diagonal size to have the gross screen size of 135 x 58 add frame, necessary gap to that and you get the device that's net size of 148/151 x 64/65.

Basically the rule of thumb is you have to add 13/16mm of bezel and frame to height and 6/7mm to width to gross screen size. You can play with it yourself to see the numbers if you go below 5.8". Width of the screen is always the same number but in mm as diagonal size is inches.

  • Anonymous

With 21:9 screen and bezels equal to 1ii, a phone would have the size :

5,2" screen = 13,47 cm x 5,81 cm

5,5" screen = 14,18cm x 6,11 cm

7" screen = 17,68 cm x 7,61cm

This means, with 5,5", phone would be bit taller than XA2. But as narrow as iphone 5.

  • hedge

Yes!!! Sony, I'm waiting!!! Please make it real!

Anonymous, 22 Nov 2020The iPhone 12 Mini is pretty much the same size as the XZ1C... moreYes the iphone mini is tempting but it has a small battery at 2200mah plus IOS. Hope sony will go back to the previous aspect ratio since 21:9 is not for everyone.

Goodluck to us compact phone seekers

  • Anonymous

shortkey, 22 Nov 2020I have the XZ1c right now and I love its size. Basically an... moreThe iPhone 12 Mini is pretty much the same size as the XZ1C but with less bezels and it doesn't have the 21:9 display any upcoming Sony will. So if you don't mind iOS thats the best device for you now

  • Anonymous

So funny ppl today buy 16,3 cm phones and still try to reach top of screen with thumb when they could not do it when using 14,5 cm phone years ago.

Is it that hard to hold with one hand and use the index of the other hand?