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Sony Xperia X Compact

alaTest has collected and analyzed 491 reviews of Sony Xperia X Compact. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the camera and usability. The performance and size are also appreciated.

portability, size, performance, usability, camera

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Xperia X Compact is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Orlin Milinov (

Sony Xperia X Compact review: Time-saver edition


Sony was the pioneer of compact-sized flagships when it first released the Xperia Z1 Compact back in the day. It packed the same flagship-level processor, the same flagship-level camera and the same flagship-level features like waterproofing, at a...

The polycarbonate body changes hue under different angles. ; True to its compact name, it's a joy to use in one hand. ; Display has great contrast and brightness, and class-leading legibility in the sun. ; 23MP shooter is unmatched for detail, has good...

Sony was the pioneer of compact-sized flagships when it first released the Xperia Z1 Compact back in the day. It packed the same flagship-level processor, the same flagship-level camera and the same flagship-level features like waterproofing, in a...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Patrick Holland (

Sony Xperia X Compact review


The Sony Xperia X Compact is a rarity -- a small phone with a big, terrific camera. That's 23 megapixels' worth of snapping power in a body small enough to fit into almost any pocket. And to me, the pint-size X Compact seems a pretty good fit.

The Sony Xperia X Compact is a small, 4.6-inch phone with a beautiful display, an excellent camera and good battery life.

Only the Japanese model is waterproof, and the fingerprint sensor is disabled in the US. There's a bit of lag when editing pictures or taking low-light photos.

Sony's Xperia X Compact is a small phone with an excellent camera, but it lacks some creature comforts, like waterproofing and, in the US, a fingerprint sensor.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Ajay Kumar (

Sony Xperia X Compact


The Sony Xperia X Compact is a sleek unlocked Android phone you can easily use with one hand, but its price is out of proportion with its size.

Small, lightweight build. Good camera. Expandable storage. Dual-band Wi-Fi and NFC.

Pricey for the specs. Not waterproof. No fingerprint scanner.

Conclusions The Sony Xperia X Compact is a capable midrange phone with a good camera, but at $500, it's priced higher than most of its competition, including our Editors' Choice for compact phones, the Apple iPhone SE. For $100 less the SE gets you a...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Andreas Osthoff (

Sony Xperia X Compact Smartphone Review


Compact and enduring, but no more high-end. Sony once again offers a Compact version of its flagship smartphone this year. However, the smaller model will have to make do with slower components from now on. Our review shows why this is not necessarily...

very good build quality ; good performance ; long battery runtimes in practice ; USB Type-C ; decent speakers ; good camera ; bright display ; storage expansion via microSD

sensitive glossy surfaces ; comparatively thick chassis ; only USB 2.0 ; slower than the previous models in some scenarios ; no IP certification (water, dust) anymore ; no 4K video recordings

After the review of the new Xperia X Compact, we are a little disappointed that there are no more compact and high-end Android phones. If you want to have the fastest components, you will now have to get a larger device or have a look at the...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Daniel P. (

Sony Xperia X Compact Review


Sony's Compact line of Xperia phones has been earning accolades ever since its inception back in 2014 with the original Z1 Compact. It seemed that a lot of folks have been clamoring for small, manageable handsets with flagship specs, that's why Sony...

Compact, comfortable to hold and carry design ; Excellent battery life ; Very good outdoor visibility ; Functionally-rich multimedia apps suite

Smallish keys with shallow feedback ; Comes with a third of the internal storage occupied ; Finger scanner not available on the US version

At the sub-$500 price point that Sony is offering the X Compact at launch, there may be more than enough niche demand to justify its release. The only compromise made with the cutie, compared with its predecessors, is the midrange Snapdragon chipset,...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Dragan Petric (brighthand)

Sony Xperia X Compact Review: Best Small Android Smartphone


There aren't many small Android smartphones with decent specs, so the Sony Xperia X Compact stands alone. Find out if this pint-sized smartphone can compete with the flagship phablets.

Very good battery autonomy ; Modern design ; Display cuts through outdoor glare very well ; Very good battery autonomy ; Modern design ; Display cuts through outdoor glare very well

Not waterproof like Sony's previous compact Xperias ; Dedicated camera key is redundant ; USB Type-C connector supports USB 2.0, but not 3.0 ; Not waterproof like Sony’s previous compact Xperias ; Dedicated camera key is redundant ; USB Type-C...

The hardware keeps the Sony Xperia X Compact out of the flagship space, but it’s still one of the best devices smaller than five inches on the market. Its long-lasting battery deserves the most praise, and we also like its modern design, attractive...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Vijay Anand & John Law (

In Pictures: The Sony Xperia X Compact up-close


Besides Sony's new flagship smartphone, the Xperia XZ, the smaller Xperia X Compact cousin will also soon be in retail, so here's a closer at it.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Althea Chang (

Sony Xperia X Compact Phone is Small But Lasts Forever on a Charge


Sony's Xperia X Compact has a bright, beautiful display that's easily viewable outdoors on a sunny day. The phone's 11-hour battery life impresses, and its compact size makes it easy to hold and use with one hand.

Bright display ; Excellent battery life ; Good for small hands

Camera disappoints in low light ; Sound could be better ; Smudge-prone design

The Xperia X Compact has a beautiful screen and amazing battery life. But its camera doesn't live up to Sony's claims of blur-free photos.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Valentina Palladino (

Sony Xperia X Compact review: Small Android is still good, but not much better


Aside from camera tricks, the $499 handset is a slightly sub-par Z5 Compact.

Compact size is ideal for those who prefer smaller handsets. ; Bold, bright display. ; Long battery life will last all day. ; Rear camera produces rich photos with decent detail. Full manual mode is convenient. ; Hands-free selfie timer makes it easy...

Plastic material holds onto fingerprints, making the handset look dirty. ; No fingerprint sensor in the US. ; Handset isn't waterproof like the Z5 Compact. ; Cannot shoot 4K video.

The death of Sony's Xperia Z branding implies that the X was meant as a new, fresh face for the company's smartphone offerings. But the X Compact shares a lot in common with its predecessor—like the Z5 Compact, the X Compact is a good smartphone, but...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : S21 (

Sony Xperia X Compact review


The Sony Xperia X Compact is a high-end compact smartphone with a fast processor, outstanding camera and plenty of memory. Lightweight and easily pocketable, it offers most of the features of Sony's flagship devices. However there are a few compromises...

The Xperia X Compact is a good phone for anyone looking for a pocket-sized device that can be used with one hand. It retains most of the performance of a flagship phone, and costs almost as much, but there are a few compromises.

Sep, 2016

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:2700
Battery performance:2700
Battery recharge time:10.8
Continuous audio playback time:65
Continuous audio playback time (display off):10.8
Continuous video playback time:10.8 / 65
Standby time (2G):710
Standby time (3G):750
Standby time (4G):670
Talk time (2G):11
Talk time (3G):14.1 / 14.4

Call Management

Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating alert:Y / Yes


Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:5 / 8
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Image Stabilizer:Y / Yes
ISO sensitivity:12800 / 2000, 3200, 12800, Auto
Main camera resolution (numeric):23
Maximum frame rate:30 / 60
Multi-shot:Y / Yes
Optical sensor size:1 / 2.3
Rear camera aperture number:2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):23
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@30fps
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:5
Self-timer:Y / Yes
Sensor Type:Exmor RS
Smile detection:Y / Yes
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p
Zoom capability:Y / Yes


Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes


Brand color:Mist Blue / Universe Black / White
Color of product:Black / Blue / White
Fingerprint reader:Y / Yes
Form Factor:Bar


Aspect Ratio:9:16
Display Diagonal:4.6
Display number of colors:16.78 million colors / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 720 x 1280
Display Type:TFT
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Screen shape:Curved / Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes


Internal RAM:3


Chat:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes


FM radio:N / Y / Yes
Image formats supported:BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG,WEBP
Radio Data System (RDS):Y / Yes
Video compression formats:H.263,H.264,H.265,VP8,VP9
Video formats supported:3GPP,H.263,H.264,H.265,MKV,MP4,MPEG4,VP8,VP9,WEBM,XVID
Voice codecs:AMR-NB,AMR-WB


Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Barometer:Y / Yes
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y / Yes


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:800,850,900,1700,1900,2100
3G standards:HSPA+,UMTS
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVCTP, GAP, GAVDP, HFP, HID, OPP, PAN, SPP
Bluetooth version:4.2 / 4.2 LE
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
Security algorithms:64-bit WEP,128-bit WEP,EAP-AKA,EAP-SIM,EAP-TLS,EAP-TTLS,WPA,WPA2
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes


Flight mode:Y / Yes
Graphics adapter:Adreno 510
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Blacklist, Calculator / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Video call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y


64-bit computing:Y / Yes
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.4
Processor:650 / MSM 8956
Processor cores:2 / 6 / 8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.8
Processor model:650 / MSM 8956


Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:6.0 / 6.0.1 / 7.0


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:3 / 3072
Internal storage capacity:32
Maximum memory card size:256
RAM capacity:3
USB mass storage:Y / Yes
User memory:20


Subscription type:No subscription

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