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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact vs Pixel 2 vs iPhone 8 specs comparison: Which has the upper hand?

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact vs Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone 8 specs comparison: Which is the best compact?
Sony has a long tradition of introducing compact devices with no-compromise hardware and the all-new XZ2 Compact is the latest Sony device that meets those criteria. With a Snapdragon 845, it will possibly be the most powerful 5-inch Android phone in the coming months.

And indeed, with a Snapdragon 845 inside, one could only hardly find a more able-bodied phone that keeps the overall footprint overly pocketable. 

However, the Xperia XZ2 Compact has a bunch of caveats of its own. Despite its super-thick body of 12.1mm, it only houses a 2,870mAh battery, which sounds like awful space management of the internal parts. We've seen similarly-sized phones with large 4,000 batteries, so we wonder what exactly commanded the lack of a larger unit in Sony's new compact phone. You might argue that headphone jacks usually command a fair amount of space, but the device doesn't have that one and the mystery thickens.

Here's how the XZ2 Compact fares against the lot of its rivals on the compact phone market.

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Dimensions

5.31 x 2.56 x 0.48 inches

135 x 65 x 12.1 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

Google Pixel 2
Dimensions

5.74 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches

145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Apple iPhone 8
Dimensions

5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches

138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.22 oz (148 g)

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Dimensions

5.31 x 2.56 x 0.48 inches

135 x 65 x 12.1 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

Google Pixel 2
Dimensions

5.74 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches

145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Apple iPhone 8
Dimensions

5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches

138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.22 oz (148 g)

See the full Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact vs Google Pixel 2 vs Apple iPhone 8 size comparison or compare them to other phones using our Size Comparison tool.

Display
Size
4.7 inches
5.0 inches
5.0 inches
Technology
IPS LCD
AMOLED
IPS LCD
Screen-to-body
65.34 %
67.92 %
73.56 %
Peak brightness
625 cd/m2 (nit)
 
700 cd/m2 (nit)
Features
Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
System chip
Apple A11 Bionic APL1W72
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845
Processor
Hexa-core, 2390 MHz, Monsoon and Mistral, 64-bit, 10 nm
Octa-core, 2350 MHz, Kryo 280, 64-bit, 10 nm
Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm
GPU
Apple 3-core GPU
Adreno 540
Adreno 630
RAM
2GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4
Internal storage
256GB, not expandable
128GB, not expandable
64GB
OS
iOS (15.x, 14.x, 13.x, 12.x, 11.x)
Android (11, 10, 9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo, 8.0 Oreo)
Android (8.0 Oreo)
Battery
Capacity
1821 mAh
2700 mAh
2870 mAh
Charging
USB Power Delivery
USB Power Delivery
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, USB Power Delivery
Talk time
14.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
 
10.80 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
Stand-by time
 
 
21.2 days (510 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
Talk time (3G)
 
 
20.80 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
Stand-by time (3G)
 
 
22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
Stand-by time (4G)
 
 
20.8 days (500 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
Music playback
40.00 hours
 
73.00 hours
Video playback
13.00 hours
 
15.30 hours
Camera
Rear
Single camera
Single camera
Single camera
Main camera
12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
12.2 MP (OIS, Laser and PDAF, CMOS image sensor)
19 MP (Laser and PDAF, CMOS image sensor)
Specifications
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Video recording
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (960 fps), 1280x720 (HD)
Features
OIS, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light
OIS, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Front
7 MP
8 MP
5 MP
Video capture
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
Design
Dimensions
5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches (138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm)
5.74 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches (145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm)
5.31 x 2.56 x 0.48 inches (135 x 65 x 12.1 mm)
Weight
5.22 oz (148.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.04 oz (143.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.93 oz (168.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
Materials
Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum, Glass
Back: Plastic; Frame: Aluminum
Resistance
Water, Dust; IP67
Water, Dust; IP67
Water, Dust; IP68
Biometrics
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Features
 
 
Notification light
Buyers information
Price
$ 849
$ 749
 




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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact specs
  • Display 5.0 inches 2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2870 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
Apple iPhone 8 specs
  • Display 4.7 inches 1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic 2GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1821 mAh
  • OS iOS 15.x
Google Pixel 2 specs
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2700 mAh
  • OS Android 11

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