Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Review

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

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Call quality

As expected, we did not encounter any call quality issues during our testing of the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact. The earpiece gets sufficiently loud, and our voice arrives with sufficient clarity to the other side of the line.

Battery life

It just keeps going and going.

Don’t let its small size fool you. Even though it holds “only” 2700mAh of charge, the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact outlasted many high-end phones when subjected to our custom battery benchmark. In real life, I was easily getting between a day and a half and two days of normal usage, without limiting the phone’s performance or functionality in any way.

Charging times are less impressive, however. The stock charger needs over 2 and a half hours to recharge the Xperia XZ1 Compact completely. You may take advantage of the phone’s support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, as long as you have a compatible charger.

As with previous Xperia phones, you can make the XZ1 last longer by activating Stamina mode. This reduces performance, but saves a significant amount of power – handy for times when you know you’re low on charge and won’t be near a charger anytime soon.


Simply put, the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is a remarkable little phone. While it has its flaws and annoyances, while it is undoubtedly a device targeting a niche audience, having it as a daily driver for a week was a genuinely fun and refreshing experience. Indeed, bigger isn’t necessarily better, especially if practicality and convenience are your top priorities when picking a phone.

Should you pick the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, currently priced at $600? If you want a phone that’s truly small but uncompromisingly powerful, one that takes good photos and videos, one that lasts long between charges, then yes, this guy should be on your shortlist. Just keep in mind that for another $100 you can get the iPhone 8, which is of the same caliber, but packs a better screen, superior stereo speakers, and a functioning fingerprint scanner.


  • Outstanding battery life
  • Compact dimensions and good grip make it easy to hold
  • Powerful hardware ensures smooth operation
  • Cool camera perks like Predictive Capture and 960fps slow-motion video


  • Uncomfortable to use power/lock button
  • No fingerprint scanner on US model
  • Not the most beautiful phone out there
PhoneArena rating:
8Very good
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PhoneArena rating:
8Very good
Display4.6 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (319 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera19 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz, Kryo 280 processor
Size5.08 x 2.56 x 0.37 inches
(129 x 65 x 9.3 mm)
5.04 oz  (143 g)
Battery2700 mAh, 10.5 hours talk time

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