Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact review

17 March 2018
It's once again peak smartphone season and Sony is next to join the annual spring race. But while others do regular and plus-size models, Sony, as usual, is going towards the other end of the spectrum with the new Xperia XZ2 Compact.

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  • Nick

Anonymous , 21 Mar 2018Please, go into the engineering field before spreading your... more"We"? You mean "I" in that case? Has anybody ever agreed with your comment?

  • Anonymous

AnonD-746023, 20 Mar 2018The worst Sony design ever, I'm officially done being a Son... moreUnfortunately, this is the market trend in the U.S.

  • Anonymous

AnonD-152638, 20 Mar 2018It doesn't feel like a flagship. It is cheaper however... ... morePlease, go into the engineering field before spreading your opinion. We don't care about your opinion.

  • Anonymous

XZ2 Pro = 4K LCD, without jack

XZ2 Premium = 4K WRGB OLED, with jack

  • AnonD-746087

raiden78, 20 Mar 2018Because expectations from Sony are higher than Samsung.Thats because behind the hill Sony's fans are huge compared to Samsung...Sony logo has that called "appeal" and quality..

  • Notch is life

It's pretty simple, no headphone jack, no buy. That should be the whole review.

> but Sony also waves goodbye to the analogue audio jack. There are some very welcome upgrades, though, which put the Xperia series in line with the current trends.

Ahaha. Nice groveling here, Sony will appreciate it.

  • AnonD-152638

It doesn't feel like a flagship.
It is cheaper however... but I'm thinking perhaps Sony was on the right path a couple of generation back, when they decided on a lower level chipset, to lower the price and possibly increase the batterylife.
They should have taken a look at the latest 6-series snapdragon. (the 7-series not being meant for phones, and not out yet, either).
If they could have squeezed a bit more battery out of the device, and reduced the cost. Without having the device feel sluggish, then they could have had a product that would have grabbed my interest.
Now it just feels like a flagship wanna-be, that misses the target.

Also... the size bump, for what is supposed to be a compact high end offerings, makes it feel like they have really missed the target.
It's closing in on the size of the competitors in a way, that it no longer feels like they actually managed to squeze more than expected in to a small package...

The resolution bump on the screen was absolutely necessary, though.

The headphone output, I assume is based on what is actually an external dac/amp, in the form of an adapter, and not an actual adapter accessing some analog path in the plug, thus the performance will depend on what "adapter" is used, and thus the performance can quite easily be improved. (but I don't like having to use "adaptors", as I regularly switch hedphones/headsets, and thus might risk forgetting the adaptor at home).

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 20 Mar 2018It is called SONY tech, and also Need for power banks for t... moreNo Need for power banks,,, that is

  • Anonymous

AnonD-399271, 20 Mar 2018Battery endurance is highly overrated . These days very sl... moreIt is called SONY tech, and also Need for power banks for thus Sony flagship monster... Hehehe

  • AnonD-481725

AnonD-258449, 20 Mar 2018I don't know if they would allow this comment. But i got my... moreThis been always the case unfortunately.

  • AnonD-746023

The worst Sony design ever, I'm officially done being a Sony fan if this is how the design is going to be. Ugly, fingerprint scanner is relocated from the best place ever to the worst place ever. Phone looks like a cheap Alcatel nock off. I hope they do something better with XZ Pro or premium 2

  • AnonD-258449

MikeU, 20 Mar 2018The comments here outnumber those for the Samsung S9+ revie... moreI don't know if they would allow this comment. But i got my three comments deleted from s9+ review. They just promote some specific phones. So they will delete relevant critics..

AnonD-399271, 20 Mar 2018Battery endurance is highly overrated . These days very sl... moreNot everyone has the convenience or the ability to haul around a power brick around as well as their phone. Some just need a phone that will last a full day of hard use, no matter what you throw at it. My particular case demands such battery enduance, and I'm not the only one.

Plus batteries that have to be charged less frequently age more gracefully, as they go through fewer charge cycles over time.

  • AnonD-399271

jrharbort, 20 Mar 2018Since when has 88+ hour endurance for just a 2870mAh batter... moreBattery endurance is highly overrated . These days very slim 20,000 mAh power banks are easily available at very cheap prices.

  • dudecool

this phone looks like a 2014 model

  • Anonymous

The XZ1C was bigger than the Z5C this thing is bigger than the XZ1C, I don't like this trend and surely neither does anyone else they're aiming "compact" phones at. Sony should be reducing the bezel size, yes - but only to make the phones smaller; screen size is fine!

I only bought an XZ1C 6 months ago so when this was announced I felt maybe I should have waited - but actually I'm pretty glad I didn't. I use my headphone socket, and I appreciate being able to unlock my phone without picking it up. 1080p is pointless on a screen this size too.

MikeU, 20 Mar 2018The comments here outnumber those for the Samsung S9+ revie... moreBecause expectations from Sony are higher than Samsung.

MikeU, 20 Mar 2018The comments here outnumber those for the Samsung S9+ revie... moreSony phones tend to be polarizing.

  • Anonymous

AnonD-699987, 20 Mar 2018Sony losing on the ground, can't keep on other rival. Try ... moreor keep the current price but increase the hardware and software quality (like using oled, put back the hp jack, redesign the old boring ui, etc)