Sony Xperia X Compact review: Small and brave

17 September 2016
The Compact series by Sony used to occupy a niche of its own as it combined top-of-the-line specs with a pocketable footprint. The latter is still very much true for the just released Xperia X Compact but it no longer has the flagship specs that we’re used to.

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  • chris

A couple of days wait for the battery test means two. So far it has been 3 and no results.

meh, 20 Sep 2016most discussions with sony fanboys are always end up like that. ... moreYeah your right there.

Given up caring about the troll thing, through constant mis-application the term has lost what little meaning it had in the first place.

As for being a Samsung fan, weirdly enough I do get accused of that quite often, funny thing is though I currently own zero Samsung products, and at last count had 6 Sony products around the house (PS3 & 4, my main tv, two pairs of headphones and an M4 Aqua).......if I am a Samsung fanboy, then I am lousy one for sure :)

  • meh

Lex79, 20 Sep 2016I take it sarcasm isn't your strong suit then.... Goodness fo... moremost discussions with sony fanboys are always end up like that.
you'll be accused as a troll, or a dumb, or a samsung fans, etc.

Mastercode, 20 Sep 2016What about sound call quality? All the previous Compacts had a b... more?!?
Perfect call sound on my z1c...
You should check with your signal provider, not Sony.

Tourettes Guy, 20 Sep 2016Are you dumb? The 800 series is strongly superior to the 600 ser... moreI take it sarcasm isn't your strong suit then....

Goodness forfend upsetting one of you Sony fanboys! That was quite the rant. Got to admit I got bored around three lines in and stopped reading, sorry.

  • Mastercode

What about sound call quality? All the previous Compacts had a big problem with that!

  • Jien

I think there is error for the- If you connect a DualShock controller, the Xperia XZ can even double as a portable console streaming your Playstation 4 games via PS4 Remote Play.

Lex79, 19 Sep 2016So, even if true you think that is all down to the SOC??? May... moreAre you dumb? The 800 series is strongly superior to the 600 series. It was only a coincidence that Qualcomm made such amazing 600 series processors this year (650, 652, 625, 617, etc.). Not only that the 600 series from Qualcomm this year is amazing, but Sony is considered one of the best when it comes to software optimization, and it is very apparent on how the Xperia X and X Compact competes even with the flagships of this year. Sony knows QHD is pointless on screens below 6" inches so they adopted to 1080p for better performance, battery life, and overall experience without heating issues. That's also one of the biggest reasons why the XA Ultra with MediaTek Helio P10 matches the speed of big flagship android phones like the Note 7. The story doesn't end there. The Xperia UI is considered the most stable OS in Android platform with only 0.08% crashes, even beating stock android with 0.09%. Xperia UI is super light and well-optimized that even iPhones can run it smoothly if only was dedicated for them. And based on the OS stability ranking, Samsung wasn't even on the top 10, which means it's nowhere as stable as Sony's. And I myself can prove this as I have used a low-end Sony Xperia phone which runs smoothly as hell

AnonD-585282, 19 Sep 2016Actually in performance the Xperia X beats The LG G5 HTC 10 G... moreSo, even if true you think that is all down to the SOC???

Maybe Qualcomm should just ditch the whole 8xx series and start marketing the 650 as its premium SOC eh???

Those are devices with qhd screens, there's always going to be a performance penalty for higher resolutions.

  • Anonymous

I'm waiting for an update to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini. I believe that will be the ultimate Sony Compact device. Tiny device with a 821 SOC, 3 inch full HD display, etc.

  • AnonD-585282

Lex79, 19 Sep 2016In what way?Actually in performance the Xperia X beats
The LG G5
HTC 10
Galaxy S7 SD820

Yeah it actually beats them in app launching/speed.

  • Anonymous

AnonD-243794, 19 Sep 2016Hi there. Have been playing with XC for a while now. Over-De... moreHave you tried usb host?

Tourettes Guy, 19 Sep 2016Don't ever underestimate the amazing power of the SnapDragon 650... moreIn what way?

  • Anonymous

Ameer, 19 Sep 2016i dont understant why sony all of a sudden started making such u... moreAll of sudden? Well, as far as I'm concerned, they've been on it for years with the old Z-series. :) But it's true that looks aren't important to some and some of us just can't deal with the boxy design, while others seem to love it (or the brand...) over anything else.

  • AnonD-243794

Anonymous, 19 Sep 2016Still mediocre camera quality. They make great sensors for other... moreDid you capture a comparison of the images? Or you just "keyboard warrior"? (:
It's never been so easy to point and shoot with smartphone like with Xperia X Compact

  • AnonD-243794

Hi there.
Have been playing with XC for a while now.
Over-Delivering in the photo performance.
Captured Motorcycle race, Dog freesbee - both events where object moves fast (not to say - flying speeds).
Xperia X Compact delivers crisp sharp stills, and not a smallest amount of heat, while camera was operational (for more than two hours nonstop!).
So here's bottom line conclusion - it's a bloody brilliant smartphone.
(:

AnonD-448401, 19 Sep 2016haha right on dude.looks like people here are mostly paid by sam... moreI find that the SnapDragon 650 is actually the easiest processor to optimize. I mean like just some proper optimizations and the SnapDragon 650 will run like it's an 800 series SnapDragon SoC. Only if paired with the Adreno 530 GPU or something as powerful as that, this will be a beast. Only downside of this CPU is that it doesn't support 4K recording, which is weird because SnapDragon 625 supports 4K

  • AnonD-448401

Tourettes Guy, 19 Sep 2016Don't ever underestimate the amazing power of the SnapDragon 650... morehaha right on dude.looks like people here are mostly paid by samsung or apple to comment this type of things when every genuine guys who have knowledge about sd processors know that 650 isnt a slow chipset.its better than sd 810.only in graphic its on the mid side.in cpu performance its in the flagship territory

  • Ameer

i dont understant why sony all of a sudden started making such ugly phones...

Z3C_alive, 19 Sep 2016Its not bad for 300$...Sorry but Sony downgrade, low-mid spec, a... moreDon't ever underestimate the amazing power of the SnapDragon 650. That beast even beats most SnapDragon 820 devices in 2016