Exam Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact: the atypical modest upscale

Test Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact: the atypical small upscale 




The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is a smartphone significantly less than five inches with a Snapdragon 835 and managing Android Oreo. With these traits, it fuels curiosity. We tried to satiate it by testing it.

Declared at the exact same time as XZ1 the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact has the difference of staying the only Android smartphone Oreo and outfitted with a Snapdragon 835 whose diagonal is significantly less than five inches. Definitely, there is anything to be intrigued. That's fantastic, we could take a look at it, and right before going even further, allow's acquire a appear at his specialized sheet.


Product Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact                     
Model of the OS                             Android eight.
Interface                             Xperia UI
Screen Sizing                             4.six inches
Definition                             1280 x 720 pixels
Density of pixels                             319dpi
SoC                             Snapdragon 835 at two.45GHz
Processor (CPU)                             ARMv8
Graphics Chip (GPU)                             Adreno 540
RAM (19459030)                                                                          4 GB
Inner memory (flash)                             32 GB
MicroSD                             Yes
Digital camera (dorsal)                             19 Megapixels
Digital camera (frontal)                             8 megapixels
Movie recording                             4K
wi-fi                             802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth                             5. + ADP + aptX + LE
networks                             LTE, HSPA, GSM
Supported bands                              2100 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2600 MHz, seven hundred MHz
SIM                             2x nano SIM
NFC                             Yes
Ports (Inputs and Outputs)                             USB Style-C
Geolocation                             Yes
Battery                             2700 mAh
Dimensions                             129 x 64 x nine.three mm
Body weight                             140 grams
Colours                             Pink, Blue, Black, Silver
Cost                              471 euros
                                                              Merchandise sheet                                             

Compact, but thick

There's a word that Sony lovers are inclined not to like about the layout of an Xperia smartphone. 3 consonants, a few vowels: "Brick". Consequently, to stay away from hurting any individual, we will try out listed here to use a distinct lexical industry to describe the Xperia XZ1 Compact.

In its place of a brick, I would mention a modest rectangular parallelepiped, angular and thick. And proper away, the Xperia XZ1 Compact poses a paradox. The smartphone is quite pleasant. Its modest sizing tends to make it adorable and will fulfill end users angry with diagonals of five.five inches or far more that flood the sector.

In return, the XZ1 Compact has prevented the slimming treatment and its sizing can displease in hand. Even so, I was equipped to speedily get utilized to this sensation, so it is not so disturbing as that. Even so, I experienced a ton of problems with the just about sharp angle of the smartphone that sinks into the palm of the hand. To say that I experienced discomfort would be very abused, but we can, without hesitation, converse of a pain.

Esthetically, on the entrance façade, we have very little surprise and we locate, as for years, the typical lines of the Xperia range. The monitor is framed by large borders, in particular at the top rated and base. We are far, far away from the aesthetic borderless . We will argue listed here by expressing that it is possibly thanks to this that we can delight in the two stereo speakers on the entrance. On the top rated, the selfie photo module and the ambient light sensor are pretty imposing.

The back again side, in the meantime, is quite homogeneous. The uniqueness of the aluminum back again - and pleasant to the contact - is disturbed only by the digicam on the top rated left and the LED flash far more centered. Apart from this, we can distinguish the logos of Xperia and NFC, but they are quite discreet. In small, we face an very typical layout that will enchantment generally because of its quite modest sizing. Apart from that, 1 could argue a lengthy time about the monotony of Xperia layout in current years, but I will just say that a very little far more roundness on the angles would have been welcome.

Only the USB-C connector has a slot on the lower edge of the mobile phone, whilst the jack is housed over. On the proper is the unlock button, which also functions as a fingerprint reader. Be aware that for a proper-handed human being, the thumb finds the sensor pretty easily, whilst a left-handed human being will have to use his index or middle finger. In addition, when the monitor is off, you must bear in mind to push the button to be equipped to wake the gadget, a straightforward contact is not adequate.

Even now proper, there are also the quantity controls and the button dedicated to the digicam. On the other side, the drawer of the microSD and nano SIM opens by hand, without pin. The storage of the SIM is not quite well created and you have to engage in a very little nail to entry it.

A monitor of high-quality

The diagonal of the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is astonishing in the earth of high-stop smartphones. The smartphone has in fact a monitor of four.six inches. This smallness permits him, furthermore, to be information with a definition High definition (1280 x 720 pixels). Useless to say, this is adequate for the more compact slabs.

On top rated of that, the digicam defends alone well in terms of show high-quality. With a much better than 1205: 1 distinction and a peak brightness of up to 588 cd / m², the Xperia XZ1 Compact delivers good looking at ease and comfort, even in brilliant environments.

On the other hand, the temperature of shades flirts dangerously with the nine 000 K, which outcomes in tones much too chilly, much too blue. In the Settings menu, even so, you can accurate the shot by deciding on Qualified Method. This final permits to go on shades far more trustworthy to the actuality.

Consequently, we observe that by wanting at the show high-quality of his very little thumb, Sony delivers an exciting choice to those people who are fed up with extremely-classical formats in between five.two and five.seven inches and want allow on your own listen to about the six inches and other giants.

The initial beneath Oreo

With its big brother, the Xperia XZ1, the XZ1 Compact is the initial smartphone to appear out natively on Android eight. Oreo. The OS is coupled to the interface of Sony, quite recognizable with its certain layout and several customizations and solutions of its own.

We can transform the interface by shifting the firm of the grid on the dwelling monitor, the sizing of the icons, the concept, the sizing of the font ... It is also doable to set some steps to days and at the hrs you want. This way, Airplane Method can be activated each night time of the 7 days.

In addition to that, there are valuable Oreo features this sort of as Notifications Dots, or shortcut menus by urgent the software icons. To learn far more, I invite you to check with the "Application" component of the Xperia XZ1 take a look at in which Manu describes the features of the interface equivalent to that of the Xperia XZ1 Compact.

To this I will add that on the fifth working day of testing, the mobile phone has masterfully planted. When you start off the Super Sluggish Motion method of the digicam, the software stops working. Back again on the dwelling monitor, I could scroll the panels sideways, but the dock and the software tray were being not responding. After about 40 seconds, the mobile phone rebooted by alone. This is possibly (and ideally) an isolated scenario, but supplied the great importance of this bug, I assumed it was critical to mention it.

Be aware that the inside storage room is 32 GB (expandable), which is quite very little these days for a high-stop terminal. The process on your own will take nine.two GB and dispensable programs are preinstalled.

Photograph: you have to have far more sharpness!

The digicam Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact enjoys a big definition of 19 megapixels, as on its big brother, the Xperia XZ1. But as on the latter, the high-quality is debatable. In fantastic ailments, we can acquire quite satisfactory photos with wonderful shades and pleasant to appear at. The distinction in certain is well cared for and thanks to that the total rendering of the picture ways the actuality.

Even so, we observe that the smartphone may possibly have problems managing the picture dynamics the right way in some pictures. Exterior, we notice that, in pictures taken outdoors, the sky is quite often overexposed. In addition, and this is a pity, the definition is inadequate. When we show the picture in full monitor, we have the impact that it is mottled. We truly feel that the mobile phone artificially enhances the sharpness, but it appears to be to be much too pressured or failing.

In lower light and in cases in which the lighting is instead capricious, the sharpness drops substantially. The speckled side of the picture feels a very little significantly less drawbacks, but basically because it is diluted by the natural seem of the scene (at night time, the photos are inevitably far more noisy.)

Regarding the shades, the high-quality also drops, but the smartphone is performing well

For its component, the bokeh influence remains of high-quality, and it is constantly appreciable.

On selfies, the eight megapixel digicam delivers a typical shot and a method with a larger angle to combine far more people today in the photo. For a self-portrait, it is satisfactory, but 1 can not incense the quite common high-quality of the photos.

Regarding the video, the Xperia XZ1 Compact can shoot in 4K or Full High definition at 60 frames for every second. As from Xperia XZ Top quality it is also doable to delight in a Super Sluggish Motion method to shoot at 960 frames for every second, in 720p. Remember once more that this possibility necessitates fantastic capturing ailments to acquire satisfactory photos (indoors, it is just about impossible). Then it's up to you to make your creativity converse. With my colleague Louise, we experienced exciting filming a Nerf Gun in action for a amusing consequence, but not quite creative.

NB: the high-quality of the picture is strongly altered by the GIF structure.

Be aware that in contrast to the Xperia XZ Top quality, the sluggish motion is far more intuitive listed here since the moment that is slowed corresponds to the moment when the button was pressed.

Performance at the top rated

We have by now pointed out the minimized sizing of the Xperia XZ1 Compact. What we have not seriously stated on the other hand in this take a look at is that it does not avert it from equipping a Snapdragon 835. In other text, it is the 1 and only smartphone outfitted with this chip to have a diagonal of significantly less than five inches.

Qualcomm's chip is coupled to 4GB of RAM. With these features, the Xperia XZ1 Compact can honor its position as a high-stop smartphone by acquiring high effectiveness. In the most greedy video online games, rendering is constantly fluid and secure. And, icing on the cake, I hardly ever experienced the impact that the smartphone was heating up, even pushing it to its limits.

Roughly talking, the Sony Xperia XZ1 is modest and quite potent.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Sony Xperia XZ1 Sony Xperia XZ OnePlus five
AnTuTu 156,033 details 156,563 details 119 177 details 179 243 details
PCMark two. six,783 details six,511 details four,743 details six,622 details
3DMark Slingshot Serious three,715 details three,514 details n / a three,066 marks
3D Mark SSE (Graphics) three,973 details three,943 details n / a three,717 Details
3D Mark SSE (Physics) three,027 details two,544 details n / a two,748 Details
GFXBench Car Chase (onscreen / offscreen) fifty/24 FPS 24/25 FPS 19/20 FPS 24/24 FPS
Manhattan GFXBench (onscreen / offscreen) 61/60 SPF forty seven/49 SPF 35/36 FP 55/60 FPS
Sequential Reading through / Writing 619/101 MB / s 699/197 MB / s 265/134 MB / s 732/219 MB / s
Random Reading through / Writing 34.9k / five.4k IOPS forty one.7k / five.8k IOPS sixteen.5k / two,6k IOPS 37k / 6k IOPS

In the table over, I would like to draw your awareness to the outcomes attained at benchmarks Car Chase and Manhattan on GFXBench. The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact documents quite high outcomes, in particular onscreen which tends to clearly show that the modest monitor of 720p necessitates significantly less exertion to estimate the pixels (since there are significantly less) .

An irreproachable autonomy

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is quite autonomous. Once more, he can possibly thank his modest diagonal and High definition definition. The smartphone is lengthy, even in intensive use. No have to have to recharge it each night time, because it can keep two fantastic days.

This fantastic impact was corroborated by the rating attained by the smartphone throughout our ViSer two.1 take a look at protocol which simulates a quite intensive use on several programs (internet, phone, SMS, video, recreation ...). Submitted to this take a look at, the Xperia XZ1 Compact held 11 hrs and 21 minutes. A consequence that propels it among the the most autonomous smartphones on the sector. For comparison, the winner in the industry, OnePlus five only will take seven minutes far more.

Community and Interaction

There is almost nothing specific to report about the calls of the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact. My interlocutors heard me well and distinctly, inspite of a quite slight history sound when I was outdoors. I also hardly ever experienced a challenge, in the Paris region, to seize the 4G Orange. The mobile phone supports all French 4G bands (LTE cat.15).

About the GPS, it functions well, but it took place to me a few moments that he positioned me in the creating or the avenue upcoming doorway.

Pricing and Availability

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is accessible at the encouraged value of 599 euros. Four shades are accessible: black, silver white, blue and coral.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact take a look at The verdict


Though the grip of the Xperia XZ1 has been neat to carry a pleasant contact of ease and comfort inspite of a layout that does not change, his very little brother, the XZ1 Compact sadly does not have the exact same traits because of its sharp angles and its thickness. It really should be observed, even so, that its modest sizing seriously plays in its favor and is worthy of wanting into.


The monitor of the Xperia XZ1 Compact is definitely modest, but it delivers a quite fantastic brightness, a well-marked distinction and its colour temperature much too chilly can be corrected. The High definition definition does not pose any certain challenge on a diagonal of only four.six inches.


Natively beneath Oreo, the interface of Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact delivers a clean and pleasant experience (other than a strange bug to observe throughout this take a look at). We respect the sobriety and effectiveness, but the range of preinstalled programs much too high is adequate to annoy.


On the photo side, it's not the pinnacle of high-quality. For a high-stop, the Xperia XZ1 Compact's sensor has gaps that are hard to ignore, in particular with regard to picture sharpness, inadequate, and dynamics administration. Even so, the colour rendition is satisfactory total.


Virtually almost nothing to say in terms of effectiveness. The mobile phone is potent, secure, fluid and can run the most demanding programs easily. The lower range of pixels to show on its monitor also permits it to achieve a quite significant range of photos for every second on demanding online games, substantially bigger than the common.


If you like stand-on your own smartphones, you'll enjoy the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact. It is, without question, 1 of the ideal products on the sector in this location. In sophisticated use, you will be equipped to keep two complete days without acquiring to reload it.

                                     Small, potent and autonomous. If these a few are your key standards for a smartphone, then you really should significantly curiosity yourself in the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact. And it must be admitted that these are far from negligible traits.

In addition to that, it operates natively on Android eight. Oreo to provide a pleasant interface to use and intuitive, and its monitor is quite satisfying.

Even so, we stay a very little let down by the layout much too thick and angular mobile phone and its digicam that is not at the degree of other high-stop smartphones.

  •                          Positive details                         
    • A person of a form
    • Fantastic monitor
    • Incredibly potent
    • Beautifully autonomous
  •                          Destructive details                         
    • Too thick
    • Disappointing pictures
                 Xperia XZ1 Compact

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