Official renders of Sony's Xperia XZ1 Compact reveal a plastic outer shell

After we saw the first official renders of Sony's upcoming flagship Xperia XZ1, it was all but inevitable its downsized twin, the Xperia XZ1 Compact, would be next in line. So here we are today — Roland Quandt has now given us our first actual look at the device (CAD-based renders notwithstanding), presumably once again sourced from a premature Amazon listing.

And as expected from Sony, the design matches the bigger XZ1 pretty closely, but with a couple of important changes. Besides the smaller size and increased thickness, there's one thing that stands out: there's no antenna lines present anywhere on the device. So the XZ1 Compact will have a plastic shell with a matte finish, just like the one found on the XA1 Ultra — something further proven by the placement of the NFC chip right in the middle of the phone's back.

But besides the loss of the metallic back, the XZ1 Compact will be pretty similar to its bigger brother, both on the inside and outside. It is said to come equipped with a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4 gigs of RAM, though its battery capacity will be limited to 2,800 mAh. Some rumors have claimed that the display will be a 4.6-inch 720p panel, though this tiny resolution sounds a bit far-fetched for a flagship, even if it's Sony we're talking about.

Quandt also says the device will cost £499 in the United Kingdom, which should translate to about $600 stateside. Also, apart from the eye-catching salmon pink displayed in the renders, it will also come in a black, silver, and blue colors.

The device will be revealed next Thursday, August 31, alongside the XZ1 and a third device, known as the X1 (which we've heard suspiciously little about). We'll be there at the launch event, as well as all other major device unveilings at this year's IFA expo, so make sure to check back with us often.

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Xperia XZ1 Compact
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh(20.33h 3G talk time)



1. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Over priced plastic phone. Even the Samsung JUST Pro has metal and cost $300. Sony is losing the market.

4. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Sony is so stubborn. It doesn't listen to people opinion. It's never changed its mindset. Hope to see one day they get reeducated.

19. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

300,00... Just add waterprofing, stereo speaker, imx400, SD835, adreno 540, Qnovo battery care, HDR screen with quantum dots, 4K recording Price will pass 600.

2. Feanor

Posts: 1417; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Apart from the first Compact (the Z1 Compact), which had exactly the same design and materials with the standard Z1, all other Compacts get some downgraded design and materials. Why? This makes the compact model appear as a separate middle-ranger than a true compact flagship...

13. andrak

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 12, 2013

I think the Z3 and Z5 compact were flagship material too, the black sheep of the family is the 2016 X Compact, that was just a midranger. This might be the real succesor of the Z5 Compact, it has flagship specs and the pixel density of a 720p 4.6 inch screen is the same as and iphone 7, thats preety good. Sony its the onlyone making Android flagships at 4.6 inch screen, i hope it gets some competition some day.

3. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

It's nothing, just another brick from the soon-to-be-dead brand. Poor poor Sony got stuck in Kamikaze era.

5. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You're the only one stuck in the kamikaze era, your elders already have moved on, meanwhile you little kid who didn't experience anything is still whining.

8. Cyberchum

Posts: 1107; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I support no racist rhetoric, but Sony's mobile division is clearly dying. They've lost their senses of they think customers will stick with them while they figure out which way to go. The market is what it is: a moving train.

14. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I am not claiming otherwise, I'm just pointing out this kid's hypocrisy and racism, he hates Sony not because they're failing bad, but because they're Japanese, that kid refuses to acknowledge anything Japanese regardless of any other aspect. But seeing as you're a member of PA since 2012, pretty sure that you already know him

6. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

samsung will be the 1st to soon-to-be-dead brand before sony.

7. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

I heard this years ago and they still here and making haters troll.

9. MariusS

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 25, 2017

Couldn't it be in glass?

10. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

720p is not enough for flagship.... Whats the screen resolution of 7s?

11. MariusS

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 25, 2017

You mean the iPhone? 7S hasn't been announced yet, so it's hard to tell. iPhone 7 has a resolution of 750 x 1334 on a 4,7" screen, giving a ppi of 326. An HD-resolution of 720 x 1280 on a 4,6" screen leaves us with a ppi of 323. So a XZ1 compact with this resolution will be about the same as the pixel density on an iPhone 7.

18. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Yes... But this site never complains about HD on small iphone..

21. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

Phonearena's Apple bias is just shocking sometimes. It's just a you said, the pixel density is about the same with the iPhone 7, but they never say jack about that.

12. andrak

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 12, 2013

Finnally a good succesor to the Z5 Compact, 2016 X Compact was just a midranger with no water resistant. I see too much hate to sony when its the only company still making Android flogshipd of 4.6 inches. All this kids saying that it cant be a flagship because it doesnt have a metal body, you are beign fooled by shinny things specs are what matter, and this one has them all, excellnent procesor, camera, ram, fingerprint reader, and water ressistant, and they anaged to put all this in a tiny phone.

20. Lois13

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

X compact had water resistance they just didn't want to get it IP rated in the US for some reason. Japanese version was advertised as water resistant and is the same exact phone.

15. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

If that's the case, I'll just buy J7 pro.

16. fyah_king unregistered

This phone will ne super fast!! Lol

17. fyah_king unregistered

"be" !!!!!!!!!!

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