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|
|Display||4.6-inch 720 x 1280 LCD display, Gorilla Glass 4|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 650|
|Graphics||Adreno 510 GPU|
|Storage||32GB, microSD card slot|
|Rear camera||23MP, 1/2.3" Exmor RS sensor, 24mm wide-angle lens|
|Front camera||5MP, 22mm wide-angle lens|
|Battery||2,700mAh, Quick Charge 3.0|
|Dimensions||129 x 65 x 8.5mm, 135 g|
|USB connectivity||USB Type-C|
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.
Sony Xperia X Compact