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Sony’s Xperia line is one of the widest ranges of phones around, with something for everyone from high end to budget handsets. However, Sony focus on variety, and unlike many manufacturers, ensure that there’s always a compact version of their high-end phones available. The newest of these is the Sony Xperia X Compact, and while its small size might be its major selling point, the X Compact has a lot to offer.
Why should you be investing in one? Well, there’s plenty of power there, and tonnes of RAM. The screen is decent enough. But those cameras are simply excellent, and the X Compact is sufficiently petite to slide into your pocket and even use one handed. If you’re looking for a phone that can compete against the best, but that isn’t the typical large screened giant, then the Xperia X Compact is going to be an awesome choice.
The Xperia X Compact is a bit of a looker. It’s a glass and plastic build, but it feels sturdy and robust, and oleophobic coating protects it from fingerprints. Sharp edges, sharp corners, flat top, bottom and back, make this handset look sleek and cutting edge. And the addition of front-facing speakers happily doesn’t add too much to that front bezel size.
Looks aside, you’re getting some nice internals too. There’s plenty of power around, and tonnes of RAM, top end cameras, and a decent display. You’re even getting improved battery life, and some nice extras, like a side, mounted fingerprint scanner.
There are plenty of mid-range phones on the market to choose from, but what sets the X Compact apart is its convenient size. There’s no stretching of your shirt pocket here; the X Compact slides easily into your tight jeans. The Xperia X Compact just goes to show that nice things do come in small packages.
Alrighty, performance is always critical in a new mobile, so let’s start there. The X Compact is running hexa core processing, made up of a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor and a dual core 1.8 GHz model. And there’s a full 3 GB of RAM running alongside that. In basic terms that means that the X Compact is fast, dependable, responsive, and great at multi-tasking too.
You’re looking at an Android device here, as is usual for Sony these days. The X Compact runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, but there’s already a planned update for the newest 7.0 Nougat OS version. So you’ll get the familiar, intuitive Android system that you love, plus some neat new features and the security and stability that come from the newest update.
The bottom line here is that you’re getting very solid performance. Okay, there are higher powered phones out there, but for the regular user, the power in the X Compact should be more than enough to do what’s necessary. No lagging, no freezing, just smooth sailing.
So, on to that screen. Firstly, you’re getting a 4.6-inch display. Yes, that’s maybe a little smaller than you’re used to, but this is a compact model. And 4.6 inches is more than enough space for on-screen typing, video watching and even gaming, so you have nothing to worry about there. Plus, you get the convenience of a phone that you can use with one hand, and that can easily go into your pocket.
Regarding resolution, numbers don’t look great, but there’s a caveat here. You’re getting 720 x 1280 pixels, which doesn’t sound fantastic until you remember that because the screen is smaller that amounts to a nice 319 PPI. It’s an IPS LCD too, so you get great colour reproduction and good viewing angles as well.
Lines and images are sharp and clear, colours are bright and deep, in short, the X Compact has a very nice screen indeed. In fact, it’s tough to see that it’s not full HD, even when compared side by side.
Sony is renowned for their excellent camera phones, and the Xperia X Compact is going to be no exception. At the front, you’re getting a nice 5 MP camera, which should be more than good enough for video calling and the odd selfie. But the main attraction is at the back.
The rear cam on the X Compact is a large 23 MP device. And that’s f/2.0, 24 mm for the pros out there. There’s LED flash and phase detection autofocus, plus the regular features you’d expect, so panorama, touch focus, HDR, face detection and geo-tagging too.
If you love your mobile photography, then the Xperia X Compact has more than got you covered. That rear camera is one of the best on the market right now, and images taken on the X Compact are bright, sharp and simply beautiful.
We don’t expect too many extra features on a mid-range phone, but the Xperia X Compact does have a few things that are worth mentioning. Firstly, the power button doubles as a fingerprint sensor. This gives you added security, as well as meaning that you can use online payment services that require fingerprints.
Battery life on the X Compact is excellent. The on-board Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery should give you up to 750 hours of standby, as well as about 14 hours of talking time. And when the battery does run down, you’ve got a USB-C port for charging. USB-C offers faster charging than traditional USB ports, as well as being reversible (so no more fiddling around figuring out which way your charger plugs in!).
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Dimensions||129 x 65 x 9.5 mm (5.08 x 2.56 x 0.37 in)|
|Weight||135 g (4.76 oz)|
|Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||4.6 inches (~69.6% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||720 x 1280 pixels (~319 ppi pixel density)|
|Multitouch||Yes, up to 10 fingers|
|Protection||Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating|
|- Triluminos display|
|- X-Reality Engine|
|OS||Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), planned upgrade to v7.0 (Nougat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650|
|CPU||Hexa-core (4x1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & 2x1.8 GHz Cortex-A72)|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)|
|Internal||32 GB, 3 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||23 MP, f/2.0, 24mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, check quality|
|Features||1/2.3" sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||1080p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, check quality|
|Secondary Camera||5 MP, 1080p|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|- 24-bit/192kHz audio|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.2, A2DP, aptX, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS/ BDS (region dependent)|
|Radio||FM radio, RDS|
|USB||v2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email|
|- Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 3.0)|
|- Xvid/MP4/H.265 player|
|- MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player|
|- Document viewer|
|- Photo/video editor|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery|
The Sony Xperia X Compact might be a small package, but it packs a big punch. With plenty of power, great performance, excellent cameras, and all great portability, the X Compact is a fantastic choice for mid-range shoppers. And as an added bonus, it’s got sleek good looks and beautiful styling.
Connectivity wise you’re looking at the usual options: WiFi, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth. Internally you’re getting 32 GB of storage, which is a fair amount. However, the X Compact does have a Micro SD card slot so you can add up to 256 GB of external storage should you choose to.
So, anything that we didn’t like? Well, unusually for Sony the X Compact isn’t a waterproof device, and for some buyers that could be a deal breaker. We would like to see a little higher resolution on that display too, though since the screen is the smaller resolution is better than the numbers would suggest. But on the whole, we love the X Compact. Mid range price, great performance, excellent cameras, portable size, the Sony Xperia X Compact has a lot to offer!
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.