Weird new Compact Xperia pops up on benchmark site: is Sony pulling a OnePlus X?


The Sony Xperia Compact series phones are a favorite of Android users who prefer small devices. In a world where a 5.2-inch display seems to be the absolute minimum for a flagship phone, Sony seems to be the only one who caters to the niche that prefers a small, but still powerful device. The Compact series gets refreshed every couple of years and will usually have top-tier specs, but a 4.6-inch screen and a much smaller body than the mainstream flagships of the year. The only exception to this trend is 2016's Xperia X Compact, which was a midranger, disappointing fans of the small, but powerful devices.

In 2017, Sony is back on track with the Xperia XZ1 Compact — same specs as the “bigger” XZ1, but a tiny shell, which made fans happy. Now, we see a new mystery Compact device, which looks... weird.

The leak comes from a benchmark listing on Geekbench. It shows us a “Sony Xperia ZG Compact”, which sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (yes, you read that right — a processor from 2015) and 2 GB of RAM.



These are the same specs as the 2015 Xperia Z5 Compact, which has close (but a bit better) Geekbench results. So, what is this XG Compact?

We've got a couple of possibilities here. It could be a hoax with a device that has had its name spoofed in some way — we would find it weird if Sony had working prototypes of an unreleased, future device not running on a code name. Or it could be a weird take on the “midranger” phone.

For years now, users have been wondering what the better investment is — buy a new and current midrange phone, or buy an older flagship-grade device? Manufacturer OnePlus toyed with the concept of delivering both in one package, back in 2015 — the OnePlus X was supposed to be a midrange phone, but it was equipped with a Snapdragon 801, which was a flagship-level processor from 2014. That way, you get the top-tier performance of yesterday with the low price of a midranger from today.

So the Xperia XG Compact, if even real, could be something like that — a revised edition of the Xperia Z5 Compact (which is still a pretty capable phone today) with a lower price tag. We'll see...

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12 Comments

1. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Wasn't the 810 the one that overheats a lot? They could've at least at least used a 6xx series of yesterday (625) to cut prices. Is there any vacancy in Sony Mobile product design/decision making cuz they seem like they need one right now.

2. Nopers unregistered

That is indeed the 810. They should’ve opted for the 808 if they wanted that generation but surely the 821 wouldn’t be a bad choice.

13. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Snapdragon 808 sudden death alot.

3. Djz89

Posts: 441; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

this is most likely just a fake rumor. I wouldt hold my breath, and , sony wouldnt use the s810 after the fiasco called z5/z5c

4. mi1400

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 24, 2017

nothing beats XperiaRay (and its ultra rare jap specific sequel XperiaSX [SO-05D]) XperiaRay has cult following XperiaSX was supposed to be XperiaRay2 but was japan specific. because there is a proverb that "Japanese keep the best for themselves" (literally google that!) maybe new bezel-less design XperiaRay2 (departing from "omnibalance" design) will give birth new Cult of Cult Followers!!! Best in decade phone... XperiaRay Z Ultra T2 Ultra / XA Ultra ZUltra is also so angelic set that sony has not released its sequel even after 4-5 years ... dying for XZ-Ultra/XUltra to rise from ashes of Z-Ultra!!!

6. ch3mn3y

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

+1 for new Z Ultra. But would love to see Xperia PLAY 2 too. Still have both devices :)

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

+1 for T2 Ultra Battery life was great!

8. sunnyfpy

Posts: 277; Member since: May 12, 2013

Already failed yesterday specs! I

9. Zackd44

Posts: 35; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

Hopefully a 5-5.2” with 18:9 HD+ and a reasonable price tag

10. karll1

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

PA posts any random crap they find. This is a Z5 compact erroneously reported as ZG compact. Software bug, move on.

11. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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12. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

If this is true then Sony is just being consistent in disappointing their fans.

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