Poll results are in: the Compact Xperia has the fans' hearts

Last year, Sony made the decision to bump the flagship Compact series down — you know, the 4.6-inched small top-tier phones they used to release together with each yearly flagship refresh now became mid-range devices with the Xperia X Compact. “Is that the end for pocket-friendly flagships?” we asked.

Seems not. Xperia XZ1 Compact is here and shows that Sony is back on track with making top-tier handsets that are easy to use with one hand. With pretty much the same hardware as the regular XZ1 and even the same 2,700 mAh battery, it's a no-compromise Android smartphone with a 4.6-inch display. That's something you don't see very often these days.

Why is it so, though? Are Android phone manufacturers on point when they believe customers don't care about compact, yet powerful smartphones? We thought we'd ask you. And it seems that, at least among our readers, there's no love lost for small smartphones!

Are you glad the flagship Xperia Compact is back?

Nope, I don't care for small phones

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Xperia XZ1 Compact
  • Display 4.6 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo



10. 4ringsnbr

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 20, 2015

Would be a great phone... and if they sell it through Verizon, it might actually succeed for once!

8. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

People love it but will they buy?


Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

I will. Replacing my ageing Z3c, I don't have a choice, there isn't any kind of competition at such a small footprint. The (few remaining) other small phones are entry-level models, with smallish memory, low-level CPU/GPU, missing sensors, no SDcard slot, and usually no long-term update plan. The similar-level phones are huge, they don't fit comfortably in a jeans pocket... I don't understand why no one else even tried to provide a genune competitor, but that's a fact : Sony builds the only small hogh-end phones.

7. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Getting rid of my s8 soon as t mobile unlocks it, what a piece of crap. Can't wait to get back to my z3c.

6. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Funny Z3 compact is smaller in any dimensions and 10 gr lighter. Thats phone from 3 years ago.

3. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 628; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

what about compact bezels?

11. pt020

Posts: 192; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

The bezels on the compact are not as big as it looks on the pictures ... still have the Z3 Compact and it is the same size,in real the bezels are small,less than 10mm. the XZ1 is a different story.

2. Landon

Posts: 1249; Member since: May 07, 2015

The S8 is .78" taller, .12" wider, and .06" thinner than this device, while having a 1.2" larger screen. I'd take the S8 over this any day.

4. Cat97

Posts: 2082; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Let's not forget that 0.78 inch = 20mm. The S8 is an entirely different product which can't be called "compact" in any way.

5. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

XZ1c = 13 cm S8 = 14.9 cm Also cant compare a 16:9 with 18,5:9. S8 screen may be smaller than s7 edge's .. For different ratio, compare area.

15. acme64

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

a larger phone has a larger screen. hot damn, stop the presses.

1. libra89

Posts: 2357; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

At the moment, it has no competition in the Android space.

12. dwijef

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 06, 2017

but what about galaxy a3 (2017)? it has IP68 rating, fingerprint scanner, nfc, sd card slot, and stuffs. 2GB RAM is enough. for some.

13. romeo1

Posts: 830; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

A3 isn't a high end phone. So it's not a competitor. And the 2gb makes it worse. The only complain the xz1 compact has is the 720p screen the rest are high end specs comparable to the likes of the s8/u11/xzp

14. libra89

Posts: 2357; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I have that, and it's a nice phone, but as said by romeo, it's more of a midrange. I do like it but I'll gladly ditch it for this. Not only is it smaller, the specs are nicer.

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