Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Review


The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is the newest in a series of Sony phones made for those who want a phone of an almost lost kind: a compact and easily pocketable one.

The XZ2 Compact is also the first “Compact” Sony with a 2:1 screen and the first with a nearly bezel-less display, so in many ways, this is Sony’s best effort in making the most out of an already small phone.

But don’t be fooled and think compact means less powerful: this mini phone runs on the latest and most powerful Snapdragon 845 system chip while also having the same 19MP camera with support for 4K HDR videos as the flagship XZ2.

So, how does it feel to use such a small phone in 2018? And are there any worthy alternatives? Stay with us to find out.

Design

About as compact as an iPhone 8, but much thicker and heavier. Plastic back is practical, but not as shiny or elegant.


The Xperia XZ2 Compact is all about size and comfort, but how small and “compact” is it when compared to other phones?

The dimensions of the phone are in fact just slightly smaller than those of the iPhone 8/7/6 or the LG G6, and the XZ2 Compact is actually significantly bigger than the diminutive iPhone SE.. At the same time, the XZ2 Compact is a very chubby phone, with a thickness of a whopping 0.48 inches (12.1mm), nearly twice as thick as most other modern phones. And it’s surprisingly heavy too at 5.93 ounces (168 grams).

So while the XZ2 Compact is clearly a mini phone by today’s standards, it’s neither the smallest, nor the most compact one out there by merit of dimensions, but also by the added effect of its chubby body and weight.

In terms of materials, the new compact Sony features a sturdy metal frame, but has a plastic back rather than a more premium glass or metal finish. The plastic has a matte finish and a translucent effect, and unlike glass, it does not get smudgy with fingerprints all that easily, not to mention that you don’t have to worry about it cracking. You also have a choice of four colors: you can get the XZ2 Compact in black, white silver (we have this one for review), moss green and coral pink.

Overall, we find the looks and construction of the XZ2 Compact quite likable and practical, but we feel that the body is way too chubby and the phone is a bit too heavy, which makes it more noticeable and less comfortable to carry in a pocket.

In terms of buttons, you have them all on the right side: the volume keys on the top, the power key in the middle. and a dedicated camera shutter button on the bottom. The power button in the middle is a bit of an inconvenience: had Sony positioned it a bit higher, it would be easier to reach, but its current position is a bit too low. and you have to fold your thumb a bit to reach it: not a dealbreaker, but still annoying. The camera shutter button is a two-way key: press it slightly to focus and press it all the way to take a shot. Also, hold it for a second and it will start the camera anytime. You also have the double-click for the power button that activates the camera, so a camera shutter button feels a bit redundant, but it is there.

On the bottom is a USB-C port and… nothing else. Nope, there's no 3.5mm headphone jack. This is annoying, especially because Sony does not seem to have any good reason for removing it. The company officially says it has removed the jack because of its new design approach and because wireless earphones are gaining popularity, although the latter likely has to do a lot with other companies dropping the headphone jack. Not a very inspiring explanation, is it? You do not get USB-C headphones in the box – that other company that dropped the jack includes a pair of wired headphones, in comparison – but only a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter.


On the back you have a single camera that sits flush with the back, and below it is a round fingerprint scanner. Once you get used to the slightly lower position of the fingerprint scanner, it’s not hard to reach for it, but we noticed that it is slower than other fingerprint scanners, as it takes a moment or two to unlock the phone.

Finally, we should note that the XZ2 Compact is dust- and water-resistant with an IP68 rating, which means the phone is tested to withstand being submerged in up to 5 feet deep fresh water for as long as 30 minutes.

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)

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)

LG G6

LG G6

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony Xperia XZ2

Dimensions

6.02 x 2.83 x 0.44 inches

153 x 72 x 11.1 mm

Weight

6.98 oz (198 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)

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)

LG G6

LG G6

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony Xperia XZ2

Dimensions

6.02 x 2.83 x 0.44 inches

153 x 72 x 11.1 mm

Weight

6.98 oz (198 g)

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




Display

A 5” LCD 2:1 screen with good brightness and good colors.

The XZ2 Compact comes with a 5-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. It is a narrower and taller display, with a 2:1 aspect ratio and slimmer bezels than before. We would not quite call this a truly bezel-less design as there are still quite noticeable bezels, and the screen-to-body ratio stands at some 74%, much lower than 82%+ ratio you get on Samsung Galaxy phones, the iPhone X or the Essential Phone.

In terms of color reproduction, you get three color modes: Standard, Professional, and Super Vivid Mode. The default is the standard one which boasts noticeably saturated colors that look very punchy. The Super Vivid Mode goes further overboard and colors on it almost neon-like. The Professional display mode adheres to the sRGB color standard, which for years has been the default one for the web and media, so it is best if you want to see accurate colors, but might look a bit undersaturated to some.

Screen brightness is among the highest ever, reaching up to nearly 750 nits at its maximum level and going very dim at night, which is great.

Interface and Functionality

Android 8.0 with an unobtrusive Sony interface. Small screen makes it much slower to type. 3D creator is a gimmick, but a fun one.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, which is expected for a 2018 phone.

On top of Android you have the fairly light and unobtrusive Sony interface. This interface brings a few embellishments: a super cool lockscreen clock widget, some great wallpaper animations and a fairly well-ordered menu, but nothing over the top.

Sony ships the phone with a few essential apps including a few of its own making: the Album app is a clean and fast photo viewer (but you also have Google Photos for cloud storage), the dedicated Video app is another neat addition, and this being a Sony phone you have the PlayStation app, which allows you to download PS games from your phone, so that they are ready to play on a PS console when you get back home.

All standard Android power-user features like split-screen multi-tasking are supported and work very well.

One big downside of using such a small phone is typing. It is way slower and less accurate than on a bigger screen, and we caught ourselves making more mistakes.

3D Creator


You also have the 3D Creator app on board the Xperia XZ2 Compact. This is something that Sony has been working on for a few years now: the app allows you to scan your own or somebody else’s face or head – or even an object that's not too big or complex, such as a slice of cake or a stuffed toy – and get a fairly detailed 3D model of that. You can use the model to 3D print it, set it as a live wallpaper or just save as a file to show to your grandchildren one day. 3D models can also be posted on Facebook, and they do appear properly in your timeline.

A full head scan requires having someone walking around you with the phone. It also requires some patience as it takes no less than a few minutes. If you have good light and a patient model, the results can turn out pretty good (if you don’t expect perfect detail and professional quality).


You can also use the selfie scan mode, which gets a face scan in less than a minute and does not require someone else walking around you scanning your face. The results are not as detailed, but the difference is really not that big.

What do we think of all this? Well, it takes time and the quality is not yet there to have us really go ‘wow!’, but it is genuinely very cool technology to play around with and if you have a 3D printer around, you will want to try it. In the meantime, we hope that Sony keeps on improving the quality of the scans.

Processor, Performance and Memory

A powerful Snapdragon 845 chip in a compact body.

The Xperia XZ2 Compact might be small in physical size, but it’s not small in terms of the hardware inside. The phone runs on the Snapdragon 845 system chip and has 4GB of RAM on board, a powerful combination that puts it on par with other 2018 Android flagships.

The phone runs mostly well in day-to-day use, but it comes with slower transitions, and animations don’t fully convey this feeling of speed. When we compare it to phones like the Pixel series or the OnePlus 5T, the XZ2 Compact feels slower. We have also had the phone randomly reboot once (hopefully an isolated incident).

The phone does good with games and more intense tasks, though, and you can see that it is among our top benchmark performers.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact 247862
Sony Xperia XZ2 256382
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact 151745
Sony Xperia XZ1 152162.33
Apple iPhone 8 215075
Apple iPhone SE 117207.66
Samsung Galaxy S8 166646.66
JetStream Higher is better
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact 86.809
Sony Xperia XZ2 88.709
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact 62.058
Sony Xperia XZ1 59.382
Apple iPhone 8 225.79
Apple iPhone SE 120.4
Samsung Galaxy S8 55.503
GFXBench Car Chase on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact 33
Sony Xperia XZ2 33
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact 55
Sony Xperia XZ2 55
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact 60
Apple iPhone 8 60
Apple iPhone SE 56.65
Samsung Galaxy S8 41
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact 3332.33
Sony Xperia XZ2 3617
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact 2673.33
Sony Xperia XZ1 2633.66
Apple iPhone 8 4226
Apple iPhone SE 2098.66
Samsung Galaxy S8 3201.66
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact 2424.33
Sony Xperia XZ2 2408.66
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact 1894.33
Sony Xperia XZ1 1814.66
Apple iPhone 8 4239
Apple iPhone SE 2410
Samsung Galaxy S8 2008.33
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact 8261.66
Sony Xperia XZ2 8360
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact 5876.66
Sony Xperia XZ1 6064
Apple iPhone 8 10405
Apple iPhone SE 4041
Samsung Galaxy S8 6575

The XZ2 Compact comes with 64GB of on-board storage, 14GB of which are occupied by the OS, and you can add more storage via a microSD card. 64 gigs will be enough for most people, but if you play a lot of games or record 4K videos, you will definitely need more storage.

Carrier compatibility, Internet and Connectivity

Will work on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.

The XZ2 Compact is the first device in many years that is Verizon-certified, and will function properly on one of the biggest carriers in the United States. The mini phone is also compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile.

You also have full 4G LTE connectivity on this new Sony, and it has the new Qualcomm modem that supports LTE-A Category 15 with up to 800Mbps downloads and 75Mbps uploads, more than most modern networks can provide.

To get online you have the Google Chrome browser built in and no other duplicate apps. Chrome is a fast and excellent browser with excellent syncing across various devices, but if you wish to use another one, you can simply download one from the Play Store.

One weird thing about Sony phones and the XZ2 Compact is that every time you open the SIM card tray the phone will automatically restart. On a positive note, the SIM card tray is easy to open with just your finger, so you don’t actually need an ejector tool.

Other connectivity options here include dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS+Glonass+Galileo+BeiDou support, NFC and Bluetooth 5.0. You also have fast file transfer with support for USB 3.1 via the USB-C port.

Camera

Not quite flagship-grade.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact comes with a 19-megapixel “Motion Eye” camera and a single, 5-megapixel selfie shooter.

There are no dual cameras or portrait mode. The only thing you get is a “Bokeh” mode that takes two pictures with different focus, and overlays them on top of one another to get a bokeh-like effect. It does not work with moving objects and it’s not on par with what rivals offer, but it is something.

One different thing about Sony phone cameras, including the one on the XZ2 Compact, is that they come with very wide-angle lenses. While traditionally, phones have a lens with a focal length of about 26mm to 28mm, the XZ2 Compact has a 24mm lens, which is very wide. This makes it great for landscapes, but not so good for photos of people because of the slight distortion that you get at that focal length.

You can open the camera app itself by either double-clicking the power button or by a single long hold of the camera shutter key. What you notice immediately is that the view in the viewfinder does not quite run smoothly, but is noticeably stuttery when you move the camera. This is unexpected and quite frankly a big letdown for a flagship device. We hope Sony fixes this with an update.


Image Quality

But how do photos actually turn out?

Not bad by any means, but also definitely not on par with the amazing cameras that we have seen from others like Google with the Pixel 2, Apple with its iPhone 8 and X, and Samsung’s Galaxy series.

A glaring issue with all photos is the high amount of noise in them, visible when you take a close look. Even during broad daylight, the sky turns out grainy with noise. On top of that, the Xperia tends to shoot photos with boosted contrast. This is something that the iPhone is best known to do: shooting a picture with boosted contrast rather than taking a realistic photo, but the Xperia takes that one step further. The result is that you get photos where the dark areas are too dark and lacking detail, while whites are overblown and burned.

At night, images lose detail further. The camera is unable to cope with the high dynamics of a dark scene with bright lights and burns out the lights. This camera is no match for the Pixel 2 XL, Galaxy S9 or even iPhone 8 at night.


Selfies


When it comes to selfies, the phone is just average at best.

Images turn out very soft, with smudged out detail and no sharpness to them. In low light, selfies are practically useless: they turn out way too dark, and it’s hard to see much in them.


Video


On the video front, Sony claims an industry-first: 4K HDR video.

HDR, or high dynamic range, refers to what’s traditionally a photography technique where a few photos of the same scene at different exposure are combined to achieve a better dynamic range. Doing this for video means that you need to have the same process for every single frame of the video, which is an incredibly resource-intense process.

Now that we know how it works, the question is whether 4K HDR actually looks better. Sony had a few demos at MWC 2018 where it showed big improvements in video quality, especially at night. But there's a catch: you need to have an HDR-compatible phone or TV to enjoy it. If you don’t have that equipment, colors will just not look the way they should. When HDR video works, it looks good: you indeed have a higher dynamic range, and it is something that can really give your videos that extra pop in the right situation: at night, for example, or when you are shooting against the sun. But keep in mind that this effect has its downsides, such as the higher amount of noise in low light. There are still situations where you should consider just using the regular, non-HDR video recording.

Sony traditionally has very good electronic image stabilization and the XZ2 Compact is no exception. However, the more advanced Intelligent Active stabilization is only available at 1080p resolution, while 4K videos use standard electronic stabilization. The latter still works pretty well, though.



Sound quality

No headphone jack, but better stereo loudspeakers.

You have a dual stereo loudspeaker system on this phone with an earpiece speaker and a front-firing second speaker at the bottom. They get fairly loud and the quality is good, but great speaker quality has become the norm in 2018. Phones like the iPhone 8, Galaxy S9 and even OnePlus 5T match and even slightly outdo the XZ2 Compact in loudspeaker quality.

We’ve already mentioned the lack of a headphone jack, another inconvenience that Sony explains with the transition to wireless headphones, but cordless earbuds are still very expensive and may not be quite as good as a quality pair of wired cans.


Call Quality


We did not have any issues with sound quality on the XZ2 Compact. Voices in the earpiece sound loud enough and have good clarity, and on the other end of the line the quality is also good.

Battery life

Solid battery performance.

In real life, the XZ2 Compact has a very long-lasting battery. We have had no trouble getting through a full day on a single charge, and with more moderate use, you can stretch this to two days.

To double-check our impressions, we also put the XZ2 Compact through our proprietary battery test against other popular phones.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Sony Xperia XZ2 8h 54 min (Excellent)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact 9h 13 min (Excellent)
Sony Xperia XZ1 7h 44 min (Good)
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact 11h 19 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 8 8h 37 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 10h 35 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone X 8h 41 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S9 7h 23 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 8h 5 min (Excellent)
OnePlus 5T 8h 51 min (Excellent)


In our test, the XZ2 Compact scored north of 9 hours, an excellent score that is better than your average flagship phone. Interestingly though, the XZ2 Compact did not quite catch up to last year’s XZ1 Compact, which still holds one of the highest battery scores in our rankings. The difference is big and it is likely due to the bigger, higher-resolution screen: the XZ2 Compact features a 5-inch 1080 x 2160-pixel display, while last year's model had a 4.6-inch 720 x 1280-pixel display.

Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Sony Xperia XZ2 145
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact 144
Apple iPhone 8 148
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 178
Apple iPhone X 189
Samsung Galaxy S9 107
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 105
Sony Xperia XZ1 149
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact 153
OnePlus 5T 93


Another important part of the battery experience is the time it takes to recharge a phone. After all, when you run out of battery, when you have a fast-charging phone you can just plug it in for a few minutes and get that much needed battery boost to last through a longer day.

Unfortunately, the XZ2 Compact is not among the fastest-charging phones out there. In the box is a Quick Charge 3.0 Sony wall charger, but it still charged the phone very slowly.

It took around 2 hours and 25 minutes to fully charge the handset from 0 to 100%. This is especially bad when compared to phones like the OnePlus 5T that charges for just 1 hour and a half.

Interestingly, you get a good charge boost in the first half an hour: for 30 minutes of charge, the phone goes from 0 to about 43%, but the charge really slows down towards the end.

Unfortunately, there is no wireless charging on board.

Price, Alternatives and Conclusion


The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact tries to win the hearts of those looking for a smaller phone, one that is easier to handle with just one hand and one that fits in every pocket easily.

But thinking that the Xperia XZ2 Compact is special amongst all others and no other phone can match it in terms of size is blatantly false: the iPhone 8 and earlier models are about the same size, but the XZ2 is also nearly twice as thick as the iPhones and does not look nowhere near as elegant and stylish.

And if you are looking for a phone that is truly miniature in size, the Apple iPhone SE is the only one to truly live up to that name, but keep in mind that the iPhone SE while cheaper is also not as powerful and does not quite match the feature-set of the XZ2 Compact.


The XZ2 Compact is priced at $600 (€600 in Europe), and this price makes it cheaper than flagship phones like the Galaxy S9 .

Yet still, these rivals – while not as compact – bring a lot more to the table: the Galaxy S9 has the more refined design, a significantly better-looking display, a much better camera and that good old headphone jack. It is also again slightly bigger and more expensive, though. The Pixel 2 brings a superior camera, much smoother performance and Google’s unbeatable promise for fast Android software updates.

The XZ2 Compact, however, has its peculiar charm: it has a clean and likable Android interface and a chubby body that is different. But it just seems to be little more than a tiny Android phone that just works and has decent battery life. It does not have a particularly great camera or any captivating new features.

Pros

  • Compact body that is easily pocketable
  • Very good battery life
  • Clean interface
  • Loudspeaker is much improved

Cons

  • Chubby design, a bit too heavy

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5

User Rating:

9.0
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53 Comments

1. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Why 7.5? It should've been 6.5!

2. wabajak13

Posts: 57; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

Why is that? Because you said so? Seems like a decent phone that ticks a lot of boxes for people.

47. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Have you look at the back of the unit? I have no complains when it comes to the screen nor the processor. But there are problems like: 1. Location of the fingerprint sensor. 2. The Humpback design of the unit. 3. Storage capacity. 4. Speaker design. 5. Not even supporting Android ARCore and 6. Battery capacity.

11. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Actually, I was wondering why the score wasn’t at least around an 8.5. The larger XZ2, which shares a lot of hardware with this device, has more cons than this review had and yet this received a lower score. It doesn’t exactly make sense. I mean one con is noted and yet it scores a 7.5? I could understand if they came up with more cons but I don’t think being a little on the thick side deserves the device being dinged down that low.

12. snidf

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

So true. The review is a joke! The thickest point on the XZ2 Compact is only 65% thicker than the iPhone 8. How come it's "twice" as thick? The edge of the XZ2 Compact which touches the hand is only 7mm which is thinner than the iPhone. Let alone the XZ2 Compact packs a battery almost "twice" as big as iPhone 8?

22. bhanushali_p

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Now this is what the PA says, "About as compact as an iPhone 8, but much thicker and heavier" iPhone with the same body has 4.7" screen and here we're talking about 5" one. I don't know how did they do the comparison.

34. A_A_A

Posts: 229; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Looks like you don't know what you are talking about. It's not "a little on the thick side". The truth is that It's ugly thick and it looks cheap. I'm absolutely sure this is what reviewer thought but didn't want to trash device and was very politically correct saying that device is very chubby. Moreover - materials used and overall design makes it looking like Lumia 525. No 3.5 mm could be forgivable for Apple but no excuse for Sony. XZ2 at least has some premium look and feel and this the reason of higher score. This is just an ugly piece of junk and I'm sure that no one defending it here in comments will ever buy it for his personal use (including yourself by the way)... If you think different - just go to store and check it in real life...

39. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

"Looks like you don't know what you are talking about" Oh, the irony. First you compare this to the all-plastic Lumia 525 with a cheap glass screen when this device has a metal frame and Gorilla Glass 5 for the screen. Then, you somehow think that a device that shares 90% of it's hardware with it's larger sibling and costs $200 less should somehow still use all of the same materials as the larger sibling. The only "cheap" part of this device is the polycarbonate back. Which, to many people, would be good considering devices that have the glass back have not done well during drops.

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Best compact phone in the market.

5. Feanor

Posts: 1420; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Already the review of the XZ2 was slightly unfair, but here the negative tone of the review is simply over the top. Features that the phone packs and are not even mentioned: - Digital Noise Cancellation for listening clearly to music outdoors (pretty much exactly when you use a phone and headphones to listen to music). I have been enjoying this feature since the 2014 Z2 and it is a big game changer, no matter if people and reviewers alike don't even know its existence. -"Pixel level" of software support, probably around 4-6 months faster updates than Samsung flagships -Battery Care which reduces time of battery charging when fully charged, which keeps battery in good condition for longer Also the comment that the phone "feels" less fast than the competition, because of "slow" animations and transitions, despite the great speed results is highly subjective. Also highly subjective the comment that the screen is not up to par, despite great measurements and good white balance. Clean, nearly stock Android, which, unlike the Galaxys, respects Google Material Design and doesn't end up with a mismatch of interface designs in one device is another plus. Good price is another one.

28. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

Definitely an annoying negative tone for whatever reason in this article. Also, about the "slow" animations the author mentions: Sony uses stock Android animations on all its flagships, but speeding them up a notch. As a matter of fact when I get an Xperia phone I always go in the dev options to slow them down a bit to have them like stock Android. So there's that. BTW PA, some people prefer Android and therefore don't give a crap about the iPhone 8 (which anyway is bigger than the XZ2C with a 4.7" screen, just saying).

48. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I've been here for quite some time now, and I noticed that PhoneArena has a lot of hate for sony phones. The mere fact that it's more snappy than iPhone X in speed test comparison is a clear lie. Try to look for speed test comparison in YouTube and you'll see what I am saying. Even the old model is more snappy than the latest iPhone even faster than other Android flagship

6. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

XZ2c x iphone 8 - XZ2c has hdr screen, i8 does not. - XZ2c screen upscale sdr to hdr, i8 does not - XZ2c has 4K hdr and can get 60fps with updates in future if Sony wants, i8 does not record hdr. - XZ2c will last the double or more than i8 ( SoT ) - Higher ingress protection - Better speakers - XZ2c has software bokeh, i8 does not even this - Xz2c has fast charge, i8 does not - XZ2c records stereo, i8 does not - XZ2c has 960fps 1080p, i8 does not - XZ2c has higher brightness,more contrast than i8. Also 1080p resolution. BTW, this G lens is 25mm not 24. Imx300 is used behind 24mm G Lens. Score : 7.5 x 9.2

14. snidf

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

The author can't even be bothered to check the spec of the camera. The review really put the credibility of PhoneArena in doubt.

49. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I think the reason is simple. Sony is not generous like Apple.

7. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

"About as compact as an iPhone 8" LOL

18. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

It is even shorter than i8

29. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

haha, and "just slightly smaller than the LG G6" was kinda laughable as well. There's a size comparison tool on your website guys, just give it a try once in a while.

10. Alin03

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Extremely underrated, it has only one con and it gets 7.5!

13. middlehead

Posts: 467; Member since: May 12, 2014

The thicker body is not a con. Over-focus on thinness is the worst thing that has happened to cell phones in years, if not decades.

15. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm surprised that the XZ1 Compact was not offered as an alternative. Anyway, I have been waiting for this review from PhoneArena and it was worth the wait. I appreciate the photo comparing the height of the iPhone 8 to the XZ2C. I do have to give Sony props for keeping the width between the XZ1C and the XZ2C the same. Width matters more than people think it does. Even so, this confirms that this is NOT the phone for me. I miss having a slightly more pocketable phone but not at the expense of the camera. It seems to be still not there yet.

16. AliBashir

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

What the heck is wrong with these sites?! If you want to keep overrating Apple and Samsung its okay i understand business but don't degrade other companies efforts, stop reviewing non Apple/Samsung smartphone for the sake of humanity.

19. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Some sites gave almost 9 to OP5 even when it lacks a lot we found on other flagships.

17. Ellio74

Posts: 74; Member since: Mar 22, 2018

I'm really surprised! The dimensions are quite far from those of the G6 to begin. And why always comparing a phone with dual front facing speakers with others that don't have it? Just compare it to the Pixel 2 XL which has those dual front facing speakers and you'll see that it's not that bad as you may suggest (76.4% screen to body ratio for the Pixel 2 XL and 73.5% for the XZ2 Compact). I'm also wondering if you didn't receive a defective unit, as transitions are generally really fast on Sony phones, that's the way they are made. The same goes for the camera app, I've never had any bug or slowdowns. And you are saying that the images are plenty of noise. I've seen pictures taken from the Galaxy S9, and the amount of detail is just not there compared to these XZ2. It may have noisier images than the others, but that's the balance between noise and details that Sony decided to go for, that's a matter of taste! The slow charging is due to the Qnovo Adaptative Charging (nothing new) that promote battery longevity over fast charging. You can clearly see that when the phone charges as fast as the others for low battery percentages and slows down as battery charge increases (to the point of being quite slow when reaching 90%). Finally, the thickness is not at 12.1

20. Ellio74

Posts: 74; Member since: Mar 22, 2018

*Everywhere. It goes from 7 mm to 12.1 mm.

21. iczer

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

This phone is worth at least 8 o 8.5! what a bad review!! is thicker in the center, in the edges is about 7 mm. Also it's cheaper than iPhone 8, Galaxy S9, etc...

23. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

What's the point of compact when it's even heavier than phone with bigger screen.

24. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 762; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

In what world is 5.93oz more than 6.98oz?

37. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I am talking about LG G6 and actually alot phones with bigger screen s that's also lighter.

45. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

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Xperia XZ2 Compact
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2870 mAh(20.8h 3G talk time)

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