Sony Xperia X Compact Review
Interface and functionality
Sony's interface overlay pretty much follows the stock Android Marshmallow experience – from the homescreens to the bland-looking status bar – save for a few more options in the settings screen, and a few Xperia apps thrown in for a good measure. Love it or leave it, at least the interface runs smooth and without notable hiccups. Oh, yeah, there is an app drawer, too.
Sony uses the renowned SwiftKey predictive text keyboards instead of the Google one as default, and it is easy to type on the small display by tapping or swiping with your thumb only while holding the phone with one hand – great solution for texting while driving. Not. A bunch of theming and wallpaper options are available for customizing, and each of the phone's colors comes with the respective theme hue for the interface.
Sony has added several features to make your life with the phone easier, though, that aren't present in the stock Android edition, like the tap-to-wake option for the screen, or а complete backup solution, both local and in the cloud. We also especially like the Xperia's Smart adaptive control, which senses when you hold the phone in hand, and are looking at a picture, for instance, and keeps the display on regardless of the screen sleep settings.
You will, of course, find the venerable PlayStation app that lets you tap into Sony's gaming ecosystem. It offers the PS4 Remote Play function to connect a DualShock controller, and use the phone as a portable console streaming your PS4 games, neat.
Processor and memory
The “potent munchkin” is not so potent with Snapdragon 650 instead of the 8-series, but no less capable.
The biggest difference between the previous phones in the line, and the X Compact, is the choice of chipset. Sony used to place the same top-shelf Snapdragon processor of the 8-series in the Compacts that it used in its larger flagships, but that is no more. The X Compact is run by a hexa-core Snapdragon 650 clocked at 1.8 GHz. Frankly, with Sony's light Android skinning, this felt more than enough to power through most of what you will throw at it, save possibly for the visuals of some heavy 3D games, and the synthetic benchmark scores below confirm this observation.
The system memory situation is pretty generous with 3 GB of RAM provided, and the internal storage is also very good for the category and price point, at 32 GB. Actually, the internal memory situation would be great if not for the breathtaking amount of it being occupied by the operating system itself. Out of the 32 GB of storage, Sony's software takes nearly 12 GB even before downloading any apps or altering any settings. Not cool, especially considering how close-to-stock the interface and its options are. Thankfully, there is a microSD slot for storage expansion.
AnTuTu Higher is better
Sony Xperia X Compact 75361.33
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 36116.66
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact 61434
Apple iPhone 6 50888
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Sony Xperia X Compact 2507.66
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 1043.33
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact 2315.33
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Sony Xperia X Compact 5090
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 2793
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact 4929.66
JetStream Higher is better
Sony Xperia X Compact 36.608
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 21.552
Apple iPhone 6 67.485
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia X Compact 51.33
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 20
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact 57
Apple iPhone 6 48.9
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia X Compact 22
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 8.4
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact 38
Apple iPhone 6 25.8
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Sony Xperia X Compact 1507
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 630.66
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact 1350.66
Apple iPhone 6 1239
Internet and connectivity
Sony uses Android's default Chrome browser for your surfing needs. The phone offers LTE-A Cat 6 up to 300 Mbps download speeds, if AT&T or T-Mobile can provide those where you live, as these are the carriers that the X Compact is compatible with in the US.
As usual, Sony also offers DLNA and Miracast support, while wired connectivity is of the trendy USB-C variant. The USB-C port offers USB 2.0 transfers only, though, and, since the MHL port is now gone, you have no option for wired streaming of the screen imagery.
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- Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
- Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
- Storage 32GB + microSDXC
- Battery 2700 mAh(14.1h 3G talk time)