Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact: are you happy the flagship Compact is back?


So, last year, it seemed like Sony had made the decision to kill off the flagship Compact series — you know, the 4.6-inched small top-tier phones they used to release together with each yearly flagship refresh. In 2015, we got the Xperia Z5 Compact, which had almost the same specs as the regular Z5, but in a smaller body. Then, in 2016, Sony took a turn and released an Xperia X Compact — same concept for size, but midrange hardware inside. “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? Let us know in our poll!

Are you glad the flagship Xperia Compact is back?

Yeah!
83.85%
Nope, I don't care for small phones
16.15%

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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)

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24 Comments

1. Jacksie66 unregistered

Had a z3 compact for a while. Great little phone but when you have fat sausage fingers like me you need something bigger.

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Hopefully the next iteration Sony catch up to everyone else in bezeless design. Then this thing will be legend.

2. miketer

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

I'm tired of large phones. You need to be in a busy environment like managing an exhibition stand to really know how easy It is to manage a compact phone.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I went with the very 'subtle' "YEAH!!!" in the poll. So far, 'Yeah' is 'winning' (no pun intended) but these poll ratings are 'fake news' (no pun intended) as I fear most people wouldn't vote with their wallets. Right now, 5" Display is bare minimum for most 'Androiders' and is considered nice and tiny in this time and age. Funny because just a few years ago, tech journalists were addressing The Galaxy S4 as a 'phablet' upon its launch! An article about the S4 reads: "Samsung's Galaxy S4: Does 5-inch screen make it a phablet?" Anyhow, it's a niche and I honestly don't think it'll hit the prime time like a fully fledged flagship. But then again, even Sony's 'fully fledged flagships' cease to hit the prime time? Eh? Oh well, it's indeed nice to see a tiny little phone. But I'd have much preferred a 5.2" display with 18:9 aspect ratio! Be creative, be big, be brave, Sonny... Oh, I mean... Sony! G'Day!

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Different people, different needs. Not all needs a bigger screen.

15. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

i think the same just like this O.G tree Is saying I'm a happy Owner of A 5.1" device with FH 3000 mah Rockin' almost 7 hours Sot That fit well in my pocket

18. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

Actually, if one were to stretch a 4.6 inch screen from 16:9 to 18:9, one would get a 5.0 inch screen. A 5.2 inch screen would simply be 3 percent larger in both dimensions, which is not a lot. A 18:9 compact would be cool to see, though.

4. mahima

Posts: 731; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

z compacts series are great but this one seems to be too fat considering it has a boxy design with not so small bezels... holding it will not be ideal which it tries to achieve

8. AlphaMale

Posts: 59; Member since: May 03, 2017

You must have a baby hands if you think you're going to have trouble using a 9.3mm thick phone.

9. mahima

Posts: 731; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

right now I'm using 10mm phone with no problem...but 9.3mm with boxy design is far from ideal in a compact flagship...is all I'm saying

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2595; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'm glad to see flagshipesque devices in a smaller form factor. It's nice to have options for people. I just wish other manufacturers were on board as well, so that people aren't limited to the mediocrity that is Sony.

7. AlphaMale

Posts: 59; Member since: May 03, 2017

absof**kinglutely

10. Waldemar

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 04, 2017

Laugh? Of course happy! If the display was again 4.3"...

11. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Happy? Not really. It's all about big screens with little bezels. Plus does the finger print scanner even work in US yet?

12. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

More options are always good for consumers.

14. libra89

Posts: 2282; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm really glad about this! I have tried every small device that I had access to as someone living in the US and in some way, the few options have fallen short of the iPhone SE. The Pixel is the only one that hasn't fallen short but that is just small, not really that compact. I have even retried some of the same phones again because there were no options. I loved the size of the X Compact, but hated how the camera was a hit or miss in auto mode. This seems like it would be a solid phone for me to use. I have an A3, and while it is nice, performance after a month and some hit the wall for me so I had to clear the partition.

16. cjreyes666

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Bought a Moto Z Play for my dad due to the battery life, but complained about the size. So a smaller phone would be great for him.

17. techbuttcheex

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I wish apple would make one

19. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Happy but I think it should have a 4.8 or 4.9 inch screen with small bezels. Can probably go even higher and still make it compact, very impressed by the LG Q6.

20. iczer

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

I like this device!!

21. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I've got huge hands and addiction to oled screens so it's not for me but I've got a few friends and a couple of family members that love their Z3c then Z5c. They're actually great phones and the cameras especially are very impressive for the size of the whole device. I'm a little disappointed Sony hasn't gone for a full HD, higher density display this generation but the rest looks good.

22. mixedfish

Posts: 1556; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

The reason why you don't see other manufacturers make small 'flagship' phones is because it forces them to put in the best parts like SD835, but charge less than other SD835 flagships. So you would say it is a loss making strategy. That is why everyone up sizes their phones and adds useless features into their phones like dual cameras. It's to upsell you to $1000+ price tags.

23. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

It would be way more compact if it didnt have a full inch bezel on every side -__-

24. ullokey

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

After a series of phone have screens larger than 5 inches (Motorola's phones and Nexus 6P). The phone feels very refreshing in the hands and surprisingly is quite comfortable to hold as well. The battery life is quite good as well. I wish the phone had come with OIS and Sony could have done with Bloatware. Surprisingly Sony branded apps can be uninstalled but not Facebook, Amazon's apps

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