Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact review

25 September 2017
The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is a rare breed - it's small on the outside, but big on the inside. Packed with all the latest hardware and having only a small screen to power, Sony’s latest super-mini may very well be the performance champion to beat. But whenever there is a superhero, there is a villain lurking in the shadows. So yes, the Compact has its own battle to fight that’s not all about size or speed.

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  • Anonymous

I love my SONY XZ1 Compact!! I have been looking for a phone with a smaller screen than 5 inch. I have had this phone for over a year now. I have to say it is one of the best 3 phones I've ever had!!

  • NOBODYOLD -

I buy this phone because i utilised 3 years another model sony[zi compact] and i was verry satisfait .I want buy the new xz1 compact because the Procesor is more powerful and his memory too. the phone is magnific and i verry enchanted about performances.

  • Reprotski

Hi guys,
Any reported camera going black on this model yet. I'm hesitant to buy Sony as I had 2 Xperia Z3 compacts which the camera didn't last for a month on the first and about 3 month for the second. I had the Xperia Ion and Acro S which still running but very outdated.

  • Couch expert

Pas, 19 Oct 2018So cutting through all the rigmarole ... does this phone overhea... moreNo, it shouldn't.
And by XZ Compact I meant X Compact, sorry.

  • Pas

So cutting through all the rigmarole ... does this phone overheat?
Or is that all in the past

  • Couch expert

As of now, IMO, this is one legend of a phone, together with the original Z1 Compact. Z3 Compact would also be eternally awesome if not for screens and back panels falling off from heat. At the same time Z5 Compact overheated and had a weird cheapish design, XZ Compact was a midrange with flagship pricing. XZ2 Compact took another direction and it's just not my cup of tea, RIP jack and 16:9 screen.

crentist, 11 Oct 2017If they had kept up the high quality compacts last year for the ... moreSo did you change from Z3C to Iphone SE? :-ss?

  • alessandro

as is the reception of the signal, I resold the xz2 compact because compared to my BB priv often lost the signal, same card placed same hours. I would like to try this maybe it has a more stable signal

  • Anonymous

wild dawg, 28 Mar 2018which is better iphone 7 or xz1 compact? i have ip7 but damn bat... moreXz1 compact much more better than ip7 totally.Not being biase but that's true because every update in ios will ruin older phones

  • wild dawg

which is better iphone 7 or xz1 compact? i have ip7 but damn battery life is sucks. planning to buy this phone.

  • AnonD-171425

I'm not sure why the review ends by criticising that Sony didn't "keep up" in terms of increasing screen sizes and resolutionsÂ… hello, that's exactly the point of the Compact range. The rest of the review seems to understand this. It seems as if the conclusion was written by a different author. People such as me like the Compact series *exactly* because it doesn't follow on gimmicks and trends just because they're hyped. 1080p or HDR give absolutely no benefit on a screen this size, and most of its buyers would rather have the added battery life any day. The 4.6" screen is not "three years behind", it's made for people who don't want to carry around a window pane in their pockets all day.

The review mentions a lot of software details and changes as new, which however have been around on Xperias for at least one or two Android versions. Also, Track ID is no longer available from Google Play, since Sony have discontinued the service last year. Even if you still have the app installed on an older model, it won't work anymore.

USB 3.1 is mentioned, everywhere else I've read it only supports USB 2.0, including GSMArena's own spec sheet. That's a bit disappointing, and I wonder why Sony decided to switch to Type-C plugs right now, if they didn't also upgrade the speed. That means I'll have to replace a whole lot of USB cables for no benefit (and won't be able to borrow from friends or colleagues as easily).

  • Anonymous

How much is the screen on time?

  • AnonD-393912

Scoop, 11 Nov 2017Why do phones sold in the USA not have fingerprint scanner?Sony have fingerprint scanner exclusivity contract with some barely alive carrier apparently.

It going to take quite amount of money to nullify the contract and somehow the ever so (un)wise Sony mobile division higher ups decide to not to bother to fight to nullify it.
Somehow they thought that Android Pay and some other stuff that require or will be much convenient with fingerprint scan is not worth the fight.

How they able to retain their position again? Maybe its like Sony other division whose units and higher ups have failed big time yet manage to convince Sony that they've do the best they could and any other management will not able to do better so lets abandon/shutdown this division. Sigh...

RC, 07 Nov 2017When I use manual mode on night, do I need to set on the flash?Try using the red eye reduction plus hold the phone still for night shooting and backlit capture.

  • Scoop

Why do phones sold in the USA not have fingerprint scanner?

  • RC

When I use manual mode on night, do I need to set on the flash?

  • AnonD-711132

AnonD-698475, 29 Sep 2017Sony, a company that nobody appreciates their mobile phones prod... moreSorry, but:
- the sound qualitiy is great, on speakers or headphones(with headphones maybe the best quality on all phones)
- oh yes, the really untrue colors of a AMOLED where just colorful but not true, sorry, when i view my pics on a phone i want they looks like reallife n not like a over colored bubblegum machine.
- the bezels on sony phones i like, play games with a bezel less phone, some mistakes will be happen when u r in action mode(one reason why apple still have bezels too)
- the 16:9 ratio is the best for vids n pics, the ugly 18.5:9 ratio is just awful for multimedia.
- so, where is ur problem dude?

Small comment; it's a mistake to compare this to the iPhone SE. The screen is about the same size as the standard iPhone. It's somewhere between the iPhone 7 and 8, but with an SD card slot and a $200 price cut.

  • Tons143

I love XZ1 compact b,coz 4.6 siZe its fit on my hand.

  • Mike

The screen resolution is perfect for this size, making it 1080p would give absolutely no benefit, only the performance and battery life would drop. Phones used to last for 2 week on battery without charging, now they last for 2 days - do not criticize the phone for not catching up with today's poor standards, and staying better than the others.