Sony Xperia X Compact goes official: familiar design, not too shabby internals


It's been a while since Sony released a compact, sub-5" device. The latest one that checked those boxes was none other than the Xperia Z5 Compact, which got announced at last year's IFA trade show. Long story short, we were not exactly impressed with that one - it left us wanting more. Well, the company's mea culpa just became official - stand up and welcome the Sony Xperia X Compact.

First of all, let's take a look at the phone's design. Predominantly plastic, it looks quite similar to its predecessors and employs the same easily-recognizable design language, with little to no major changes in tow. Unlike the large Xperia XZ, the X Compact is not a waterproof device, which saddens us a bit, but given its mid-range status we'd graciously let that one slide.

Let's take a look at the  specs of the phone real quick:

Sony Xperia X Compact specs
Display4.6-inch 720 x 1280 LCD display, Gorilla Glass 4
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 650
GraphicsAdreno 510 GPU
RAM3GB
Storage32GB, microSD card slot
Rear camera23MP, 1/2.3" Exmor RS sensor, 24mm wide-angle lens
Front camera5MP, 22mm wide-angle lens
Battery2,700mAh, Quick Charge 3.0
Dimensions129 x 65 x 8.5mm, 135 g
USB connectivityUSB Type-C
OSAndroid Marshmallow

So, we can find the hexa-core Snapdragon 650 inside the first mini phone in Sony's new X lineup. Although it's not as potent as the SD820, this chipset will definitely cut through daily tasks like a hot knife through butter.

Alas, it wouldn't allow for 4K video recording. Speaking of the camera, it's similar to what the larger XZ new flagship boasts - a 1/2.3" Exmor RS sensor paired with a 24mm wide lens and hybrid autofocus.

The phone's putting a lot of emphasis on audio - apart from the dual front speakers, the device also sports Sony's in-house LDAC, as well as digital noise cancelling and Sony's S-Force Front Surround, which basically emulates 3D sound from a stereo source. Neat-o.

The device will be available in three different color options - Mist Blue, Universe Black, and White.

As far as price and availability are concerned, the only sure thing is that the phone will begin shipping on September 25. Pricing will vary with markets, though we are not a 100% sure that the device will arrive in the USA. 

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Xperia X Compact
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh(14.1h 3G talk time)

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19 Comments

1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Just why.... Compact series meant to have same specs with the big version in a smaller size.....jeeeeez

12. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Actually, it does have generally the same specs as Xperia X :p

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Man, Sony Mobile gets dumber and dumber every year. That is that then, I am done with Sony. Going to sell my Z5 compact and get the new Nexus phone. Was hoping this was going to be my upgrade but Sony just doesn't get it.

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

So now it's only Apple in the compact phones "race" Nice Sony, you f*cked up as always

17. techlover2017

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

Compact! Hahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahhahahahhahahahhahaha.​.......~ You called that bezel king compact.

4. Kumar123 unregistered

What a joke. This is a disgrace of a compact name.

5. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Sony is dead. They even destroyed the compact now. It's just a milking strategy from die-hard fans till they give up and switch to other brands.

6. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Sony went full retard.

7. hillaryisacriminal

Posts: 242; Member since: Aug 26, 2016

still its a better choice than that explosive note 7 . i guess thats the only reason samsung made note 7 water resistant .

8. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Im holding onto my z3c for another few months and going with apple next.

11. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Samsung should make an s7 compact or a more beefed up galaxy a3 2017.

13. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

I wanted the rumored S7 mini, but alas it didn't exist. Hopefully there will be one for S8.

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

A true compact version of the Galaxy S7 should be a Galaxy Alpha 2. The Galaxy A3 series doesn't just match up to the S7 series, IMO.

15. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Im pretty sure the Alpha was to introduce the new design language and the use off Octa core Exynos...dare be interesting to see an alpha 2 tho

9. nej_simon

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Another uninteresting midranger? What happened to the old compact series?

10. Cipher007

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Sony really screwed up the compact. To think they were basically the major OEM that really got the meaning of a compact phone; good to awesome specs in a compact body

16. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Who the f**k is in charge of Sony mobile?!

18. flow280

Posts: 33; Member since: May 09, 2016

Kind of looks like my Nokia 735.

19. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

this is no compact... this should be called mini

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