This is the Sony Xperia X Compact

Sony is seemingly preparing the launch of a brand new Android smartphone that should be named Xperia X Compact

Obviously part of the company's Xperia X series of handsets (which currently includes the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, Xperia XA, and Xperia XA Ultra), the Xperia X Compact may be released in the coming months alongside the Xperia XR - another unannounced Sony device that could make its official debut at IFA 2016 in early September.

Right now, there are absolutely no details on the features of the Xperia X Compact, but we can see the front of the phone - on the left - thanks to an image revealed by Evan Blass (@evleaks) on Twitter. 

Apparently, the X Compact resembles the Xperia XR more than any current Xperia X phone. Given its name, the new handset probably sports a screen measuring under 5 inches, thus being targeted at users who appreciate smaller phones.

Assuming it's going to be released soon, the Xperia X Compact will become Sony's fourth Compact handset, after the Z1 Compact, Z3 Compact, and Z5 Compact. Both the Z3 Compact and Z5 Compact have 4.6-inch 720p screens, great battery life, and powerful processors. The Xperia X Compact will likely have a lot in common with these phones, offering top-notch features in a small package. Would you be interested in such a device, now when almost everyone seems to prefer large screens?

source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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42 Comments

1. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Z3 compact was the best.

10. kabiluddin

Posts: 279; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

This could be even better.

16. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

This X Compact looks sooooo sleek tho!

26. nej_simon

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Agree!

34. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Z3 compact was bloody awesome, but alas, my wife went through 2 of them and ended up abandoning the Z3c after repeated LCD screens went bad - touch sensitivity died at the top and bottom of the screen on both.... Sony make some awesome phones, only let down by software and hardware issues... Fingers crossed they can make a revival. The Z1 was my fav sony phone for a long time (even with the TFT screen), but everything since then has been gradually going downhill and getting more expensive..

2. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Welcome Back to my all time favourite compact series..!!!

35. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Thank fk they revived the compacts.. They are the only phones competing in the "small" screen size space with Apple.

42. Fona13A unregistered

Yeah they totally perfected the dimensions here. Bezels are there, of course, but I can count more super-compact devices with large bottom bezels than ones with shorter vertical dimensions. Honestly? This shape suits the whole "2.5D" craze than just a flat rectangle.

3. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

"Would you be interested in such a device, now when almost everyone seems to prefer large screens?" 4.6" is a decent sized screen - the reason "almost everyone" prefers larger is because that's often the only option with flagship phones. Only Apple and Sony offer powerful smaller phones, I'm sure a 4.7" or so Galaxy Edge in small form factor would go down very well.

4. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I wouldn't call the iPhone a small phone, true it has a 4.7" screen, but thanks to the bezels, it is almost as big as the 5" flagships if not bigger. Sony is the only one who is offering a true small, compact and powerful flagships.

5. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I was looking at sizes because my iPhone 6 (in a case) is about as big as I want to go since I prefer using my phone one-handed and it's bordering on awkward at times - I checked out the HTC 10 and Samsung Galaxy S7 as the best alternatives, both were bigger and therefore I ruled them out. The iPhone is still the most powerful phone of its size or smaller. HTC is 8mm taller, 5mm wider,

6. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The difference in size between the S7 and the iPhone 6s, is the same as the difference between the iPhone 6s and the Z5 compact.

9. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

And that was my point - the iPhone 6 is as large as I comfortably want. So I listed the Sony and iPhone as the only smaller powerful phones for people like me who don't want large ones. By your logic the S7 Edge is only so much larger than the S7, the iPhone 6+ is only so much larger than that etc etc all the way to iPad Pro size. That's how phones incrementally got huge over the last 5 years. 4.7" used to be "large" but it gradually crept up and up... Also of course there's the iPhone SE which offers flagship performance but with a pretty small screen. I'm still deciding if I want to go that route as my "upgrade" is due next month.

7. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

*sorry, timed out - HTC is 8mm taller, 5mm wider, 2mm thicker. S7 is 4mm taller, 3mm wider, 1mm thicker. Doesn't sound a huge deal but both are larger in all dimensions so would be noticeably bigger in-hand.

19. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And the iPhone is TEN mm taller and 2mm wider Thats why I said the only true small flagship are the Xperia Z series compact

21. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I had 6s switched to SE. No regrets

23. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

How could I forget the SE. It is the most powerful small smartphone in the market at this moment. Thanks for the reminder

39. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

I have a Galaxy note and i use it with a single hand on most occasions. And I'm not even that big. I have rather small hands in fact. I just learned to adapt to its size. You gotta use your palm and finger tips more and get rid of the death grip that a lot of single handed users tend to utilize who gripe about phone sizes.

8. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

Snooze. Love Sony but they need to reinvent their design. It sure is sleek but has become dull.

11. Kumar123 unregistered

Nice looking phone but it would be even better looking if the bazel are symmetrical. Let's see what they bring with their compact phone

12. Fona13A unregistered

Reminds me of the very early Lumia models. Love it, Sony.

28. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Microsoft closed their mobile division. So feel free

13. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Needs a phablet version too!

14. Fona13A unregistered

It doesn't "need" a phablet version! There's enough of those already!

15. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

X Ultra pls!!!!

17. redmd

Posts: 1947; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Sure. Get the XA Ultra then.

33. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

My last option if there will be no flagahip ultra

18. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Can't see why they still put the volume button so low it's for your palm, not fingers.

24. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Great for left handed people like me

20. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Other companies need to learn from Sony in this area.

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