Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact Q&A: Your questions answered

Short of a month ago, Sony unveiled its latest flagship device, the Sony Xperia XZ, and alongside it finally treated us to a new smaller-sized device - the Xperia X Compact. Both devices are already up for grabs, with the Xperia XZ available for $699.99 and the X Compact priced at $499.99, both unlocked.

Our reviews of both devices are up, but in case you're really pondering the idea of giving Sony a chance and getting any of its new flagships, you might have a slew of questions that have been left unanswered.

Being the good guys we are, we let you ask us anything you wish to knew about either the Xperia XZ or the Xperia X Compact, and it turned out that you have lots of questions. 

Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact questions answered

Let us try and answer as many of these as possible right now!

PA: Sony's manual camera mode allows you to choose between shutter speeds in the 1 – 1/4000 second range. 

PA: While your understanding of the term "awesome" might greatly differ from ours, we suppose that you mean awesome as in premium or... cool, if you must. The Xperia XZ is relatively compact and easy to use with one hand, but it does not feel as premium as the iPhone 7 Plus, which just feels better despite being a bit larger and heavier. What's more, the Alkaleido finish at the back of the Xperia XZ gets smudged pretty easily, which greatly mars its image and does not feel awesome at all. 

PA: Simply put, the 5-axis stablization of the Sony Xperia XZ is a software-based one that compensates for movement in five different axis, including shift and shake. This shouldn't be mistaken with your regular optical image stabilization, which counteracts any unwanted tremors or accidental shakes by physically moving the optical system on your phone with the help of miniature motors. 

By the way, it's worth noting that the stabilization of the Xperia XZ is turned off by default, so make sure to enable it before you try to capture your kid's first steps on video!

PA: Well, if you're into selfies the Xperia XZ could be a better pick as it has a slightly better front-facing shooter than the OnePlus 3; there's also a microSD card slot which could be sitting high on your wishlist. Otherwise, we are definitely inclined towards the OnePlus 3, all things considered - it's just way better value for money.

PA: The Xperia XZ indeed has very good points highlighted in the 'Pros' of our review, but the fact that it has just as many or even more bad ones highlighted in the 'Cons' section simply can't be overlooked. Also, the Pros and Cons of a review don't necessarily convey the full picture - reading the whole review usually helps understanding why a phone has received its final score.

The Xperia XZ is not a bad phone, it's a good one, it's just that its bad traits (like subpar camera experience, cold display, the lack of fingerprint scanner in the US among others) outweigh its good properties. In our opinion, in its current form this Sony flagship is overpriced and not worth the 700-dollar price tag.

Hence, a 7. For further reading, go here:

PA: No, the Xperia XZ does not ship with an external DAC, but rest assured that the built-in ones are pretty good. You get hi-res audio output from both the 3.5 mm audio jack and the USB port at the bottom; the Xperia XZ also supports quality audio output over Bluetooth as the phone supports all aptX®, A2DP, and Sony's own LDAC standards. As usual with Sony's top-shelf phones, the Xperia XZ boasts Digital Noise Cancelling ,or DNC for short, but in order to benefit from this feature you'd need to get a pair of DNC-enabled headphones made by Sony.

PA: Yes, you can change the ISO in manual mode and still shoot 23MP pictures on the Xperia XZ.

PA: Sorry, no FM radio on the Xperia XZ.

PA: While far from perfect, the phone has a slew of nice features - like the sturdy build and clean design of the phone, the stereo speakers at the front, and especially the fact that the phone is water-proof. It would have been an excellent pick if it was priced a bit more reasonably, but the 700 bucks Sony asks for it are definitely downplaying all of its good traits.

PA: We honestly have no idea why Sony decided to cut so many corners with the X Compact. The mid-range Snapdragon chip inside is indubitably holding the phone back, making it a far cry from Sony's previous compact powerhouses that packed a lot of oomph.

PA: Yes, it has one.

PA: In terms of raw performance the iPhone SE is superior; it's also a bit more compact and noticeably lighter. Still, we shouldn't overlook the fact that the X Compact packs a larger, 4.6-inch screen, whereas the iPhone SE comes with a 4-inch display. So, yes, they might be in the same league, but the iPhone SE would likely be a wiser investment for someone who's looking for a compact but not underpowered handset. 

PA: Both lock focus quite fast and it's quite hard to tell which one has the upper hand - there are differences, but they are miniscule. As far as the UIs are concerned, Sony's UI is largely the same to what you'd find on an Xperia Z5 or a Z5 Compact, as all of these share the same uniform look. And now, to answer your 3rd question - sorry, but we wouldn't try scratch ours!

PA: Most likely a patent issue, since nothing else actually makes sense. 

PA: Provided you've got the dual-SIM version of the Xperia Xz, you have only two options: you either put two SIM cards inside or a microSD card and a SIM card.

Related phones

Xperia XZ
  • Display 5.2 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP (Single camera) 13 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
Xperia X Compact
  • Display 4.6 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo


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