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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact vs Google Pixel 2 vs Apple iPhone 8

Display

Display size

5.0 inches
5.0 inches
4.7 inches

Resolution

1080 x 2160 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
750 x 1334 pixels

Pixel density

483 ppi
441 ppi
326 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
AMOLED
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

73.56 %
67.92 %
65.34 %

Colors

16 777 216
16 777 216
16 777 216

Peak brightness

700 cd/m2 (nit)
 
625 cd/m2 (nit)

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

19 megapixels
12.2 megapixels
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

Laser and Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Optical image stabilization, Laser and Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; 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: F1.8; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm

Flash

LED
Dual LED
Quad LED

Software Features

Digital image stabilization, Manual focus, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Burst mode, Scenes, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Voice activation, Burst mode, Night mode, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Burst mode, Exposure compensation, Touch to focus, Digital zoom, Geo tagging

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (960 fps), 1280x720 (HD)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps)

Features

High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light

Front

5 megapixels
8 megapixels
7 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

5.31 x 2.56 x 0.48 inches (135 x 65 x 12.1 mm)
5.74 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches (145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm)
5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches (138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm)

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 6 oz (173 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 6 oz (173 g)
5.22 oz (148 g)
the average is 6 oz (173 g)

Materials

Back: Plastic; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum, Glass
Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum

Resistance

Water, Dust
Water, Dust
Water, Dust

IP certified

IP 68
IP 67
IP 67

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
Apple A11 Bionic APL1W72

Processor

Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm
Octa-core, 2350 MHz, Kryo 280, 64-bit, 10 nm
Hexa-core, 2390 MHz, Monsoon and Mistral, 64-bit, 10 nm

GPU

Adreno 630
Adreno 540
Apple 3-core GPU

RAM

4 GB LPDDR4
4 GB LPDDR4
2 GB LPDDR4

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
 
 

OS

Android (8.0 Oreo)
Android (9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo, 8.0 Oreo)
iOS (12.x, 11.x)

Battery

Capacity

2870 mAh
2700 mAh
1821 mAh

Talk time

10.80 hours
the average is 23 h (1388 min)
 
14.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1388 min)

Stand-by time

21.2 days (510 hours)
the average is 21 days (500 h)
 
 

Talk time (3G)

20.80 hours
the average is 23 h (1396 min)
 
 

Stand-by time (3G)

22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 26 days (636 h)
 
 

Stand-by time (4G)

20.8 days (500 hours)
the average is 26 days (627 h)
 
 

Music playback

73.00 hours
 
40.00 hours

Video playback

15.30 hours
 
13.00 hours

Cellular

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29, 32, 66
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66

LTE (TDD)

Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
Bands 38, 40, 41
Bands 38, 39, 40, 41

UMTS

800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1700/2100 MHz

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

CDMA

 
800, 1900 MHz
 

Data

LTE-A Cat 15/5 (800/75 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
LTE-A Cat 15/5 (800/75 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA, UMTS
LTE-A Cat 12/13 (600/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s

Connectivity

Mobile Payment

 
 
Apple Pay

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

DLNA, Wireless screen share
Wireless screen share
Wireless screen share

Shopping information

MSRP price

 
$ 749
$ 849




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12 Comments

1. TypicalGeek

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Sony's compact phone is still the one to beat. Can't say the same about their mid-size flagship.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 6835; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wow the worst one here in this comparison is the overpriced iPhone 8 with its low resolution display and massive bezels.

10. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

How can it be overpriced if it is guaranteed to have more sales than the other two compared. Something is only overpriced if people aren't willing to pay for it's cost when compared to it's quality. The Pixels sales numbers reflect an overpriced phone. And this XZ2c will be yet another Android flunkee

2. dimas

Posts: 3286; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

What's with that bulgy xz2 compact back? Is that a phone or another ninja turtle for injustice 2? Sony doesn't even know what's ugly and practical anymore.

3. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Xz 2 compact destroy s8 y pixel

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1305; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

why so... fat

5. mikedemoda

Posts: 126; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

so it's full of air just in case you drop it it's got an airbag built-in now, in all seriousness, it's simply unacceptable to have a high-end phone with the thickness of phones from 10 years ago, I mean, the original iPhone 2G is even thinner!!!

6. Cat97

Posts: 1765; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The thickness is very tapered, it is actually much thinner on the sides, it will sit perfectly in a pocket without bulging out.

7. Cat97

Posts: 1765; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The XZ2 Compact is much smaller and with much smaller bezels than the other two last-era dinosaurs. There isn't even a comparison, just look at them side by side. And about awful space management, look at the iPhone X, much larger than XZ2 Compact, yet identical battery size (and the iPhone X went to an L-shape battery to be able to do that !). The small space is because the auxiliary co-processors needed in a true flagship.

9. mikedemoda

Posts: 126; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

simply put: delirious...

11. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Sony has half baked firmware compared to the other two. I speak from experience with the xz1 compact.

12. biostangoodtang1984

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 14, 2018

Sony xz1 will be better than Pixel 2 & iPhone 8

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