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Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

alaTest has collected and analyzed 247 reviews of Sony Xperia XZ1 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 design. The performance and size also get good comments, but the price and screen get mixed views.

portability, size, performance, design, camera

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Manuel Masiero (notebookcheck.net)

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Smartphone Review

 

A wolf in sheep's clothing. Housed in its little 4.6-inch case, the Sony Xperia XZ1 embraces an understated style. But underneath that unassuming exterior lurks a full-fledged, high-end smartphone that can compete with the likes of the Apple iPhone 8...

very fast ; stable, high-quality case ; dust- and water-resistant ; Android 8.0 ; quick WLAN module ; accurate GPS ; good cameras ; bright display ; long battery life ; quick charge function

boxy case ; USB port only 2.0 speed ; PWM flicker ; weak power supply impedes quick charge times

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is a high-end smartphone with a 4.6-inch display, and such a small form factor has scarcity value. If you are looking for a powerful smartphone that can be easily operated with one hand, this is definitely a device for you....

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Simon Hill (digitaltrends.com)

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact review

 

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is one of the few, powerful, small Android phones around, but it's too expensive.

Long battery life ; Fast performance ; Small size ; Android 8.0 Oreo ; Water resistant

Dated design ; Only 32GB of storage ; No fingerprint sensor in U.S. ; Too expensive

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is a decent phone with good battery life, great performance, and the latest version of Android. It’s a shame it’s too expensive, looks dull, the lack of a fingerprint sensor is irritating, and the camera simply isn’t as good...

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Stefan Etienne (theverge.com)

Sony’s Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact are more of the same

 

The best of 2015 in a 2017 phone

Snappy performance ; Solid build quality ; Video stabilization is on point ; Display has great color and HDR ; A headphone jack!

Android 8.0 would look better with even less of Sony’s skin ; No fingerprint sensor ; Huge bezels

Don’t misunderstand my lack of enthusiasm: the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact are definitely usable phones. But, with so many compelling flagship phone duos on the market, I haven’t come across enough reasons to ignore an ocean of similarly priced devices for the...

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Sascha Segan, Ajay Kumar (pcmag.com)

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

 

With a 4.6-inch screen, the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is the smallest, most powerful premium Android phone.

Small Android phone with powerful specs. 3D-scanning feature. Runs Android Oreo. High-resolution audio.

Average battery life. No fingerprint sensor.

For $600, the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is the most powerful Android phone you can comfortably use with just one hand. That's increasingly rare to find, and combined with its high-resolution audio and 3D scanning capabilities, the XZ1 Compact is a viable...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Nick Todorov (phonearena.com)

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Review

 

There's so much more to like about Sony's latest pocket-friendly handset than just size, but ultimately, is its price of $600 justified? Well, perhaps it is...

Outstanding battery life ; Compact dimensions and good grip make it easy to hold ; Powerful hardware ensures smooth operation ; Cool camera perks like Predictive Capture and 960fps slow-motion video

Uncomfortable to use power/lock button ; No fingerprint scanner on US model ; Not the most beautiful phone out there

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Lanh Nguyen (androidauthority.com)

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact review: small but powerful

 

While most small smartphones sacrifice hardware and specifications, the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is one of the few smartphones on the market that delivers a flagship experience in a smaller size. The XZ1 Compact takes all of the important components of...

Small form factor ; Front facing speakers ; Solid build quality ; IP68 certified ; Fast and fluid performance ; Long lasting battery life ; 3D scanning is impressive ; Expandable storage

Underwhelming picture quality ; No fingerprint sensor in the U.S. ; Steep price tag

Nov, 2017

Expert review by (androidpit.com)

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact final review: the triumphant return of the compact

 

Last year, Sony released its Xperia X Compact, a small mid-range smartphone. Now, Sony is back with another compact smartphone, but this time it's a flagship. In our final review, we explain exactly what this device is capable of.

Very good battery life ; Easy to use one-handed ; Great performance ; Ships with Android 8.0 ; Good audio quality

Deceptive camera

There's simply no direct competition for Sony's XZ1 Compact, which combines a small size with big power. While it is true that it has only 720p definition, for a screen size of 4.6 inches, that's not a problem at all. What can hinder it, however, is...

Expert review by : James Peckham (techradar.com)

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact review

 

The best small-form-factor Android returns

Small form factor ; Running Android Oreo ; Top-notch performance

Only 32GB of storage ; Tired design ; No wireless charging

The Xperia XZ1 Compact may look similar to previous phones from Sony, but it packs a punch and is perhaps the best small-form-factor Android phone around right now, making it a great choice if you want a device you can use one-handed.

Jan, 2018

Expert review by : Britta O'Boyle (pocket-lint.com)

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact preview: The small powerhouse returns

 

Until last year, the Sony Compact handset was one of our all-time favourite Sony devices. It was hard evidence that good things can come in small packages,

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is a lovely little device that brings the Compact range back to form.

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Spencer Hart (t3.com)

Hands on Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact review: Sony nails the small premium smartphone niche

 

Feel like a giant with this 4.6-inch smartphone

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 ; Small size ; Promised battery life

720p screen ; Fibreglass rather than metal body

Aug, 2017

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2700
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Removable battery:N

Call Management

Auto-redialing:Y
Call blocking:Y
Call divert:Y
Call hold:Y
Call timer:Y
Call waiting:Y
Caller ID:Y
Conference call:Y
Speakerphone:Y
Speed dialing:Y
Vibrating alert:Y

Camera

Auto focus:Y
Built-in flash:Y
Digital Zoom:8
Face detection:Y
Flash Type:LED
Front camera aperture number:2
Front camera resolution (numeric):13 / 8
Geotagging:Y
Image Stabilizer:Y
ISO sensitivity:1600, 3200, 4000, 12800, Auto / 1600, 4000, 6400, 12800, Auto
Maximum frame rate:960
Multi-shot:Y
Optical sensor size:1 / 2.3
Rear camera aperture number:2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):19
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:3840x2160@30fps
Second rear camera aperture number:2
Self-timer:Y
Sensor Type:Exmor RS
Smile detection:Y
Video recording:Y
Video recording modes:720p,1080p,2160p
Video stabilizer:Y
White Balance:Auto
Zoom capability:Y

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):1.32
Certification:CE
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
Head SAR (EU):1.36

Design

Brand color:Horizon Blue / Twilight Pink / White Silver
Color of product:Black / Blue / Pink / Silver
Fingerprint reader:Y
Form Factor:Bar
International Protection (IP) code:IP68
Protection features:Dust resistant, Splash proof, Water resistant / Dust resistant, Splash proof, Water resistant, Waterproof

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:4.6
Display number of colors:16 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Display Type:IPS
Orientation sensor:Y
Pixel density:319
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N / Y
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

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

Messaging

Chat:Y
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y
Short Message Service (SMS):Y

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC,AAC+,FLAC,MP3,WAV,eAAC+
Equalizer:Y
Image formats supported:JPG
Speakers:Stereo
Supported video modes:720p,1080p,2160p
Video formats supported:H.265,MP4,XVID

Navigation

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

Networking

2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:Y
3G standards:HSPA+,UMTS
4G:Y
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:5.0
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB / USB Type-C
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Performance

Flight mode:Y
Graphics adapter:Adreno 540
Microphone mute:Y
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Recorder
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Ringtones, Shortcuts, Themes, Wallpaper
Push-to-Talk (PTT):Y
Quick charge:Y
Support for contact groups:Y
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0/3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) / 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)

Processor

64-bit computing:Y
Coprocessor:Y
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.9
Processor cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:2.35 / 2.45
Processor model:835

Software

Exchange support:Y
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:8 / 8.0 Oreo

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSDXC
Internal storage capacity:32
Maximum memory card size:256
RAM capacity:4
USB mass storage:Y
User memory:22.73

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Color:Y
Dustproof:Y
Google applications:Gmail,Google Chrome,Google Maps,Google Play,Google+,YouTube / Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube
Waterproof:Y

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.366
Height:5.08
Weight:5.04
Width:2.56 / 3.35