Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact review: Pricing | Specs | Performance

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The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact corrects everything we didn't like about the Xperia XZ2, making it one of the best small premium smartphones on the market.

5 inches

Display size

64GB

Internal storage

19 MP

Rear camera

2,870 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 483
Rear camera megapixels 19MP
Rear camera aperture size f/2.0
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 5MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.2
Dimensions 135mm x 65mm x 12.1mm
Weight 168g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 15
Processor Snapdragon 845
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 8
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 400GB
Battery capacity 2,870mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$949
Launch date2018-05
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

The good

  • Great performance
  • Easy to hold and operate in one hand
  • Surprisingly good battery life
  • 1080p 960fps slow motion

The bad

  • No headphone jack
  • No wireless charging
  • Pudgy design
  • Camera is only good, not great

Sony proves you can still make a great small phone with the exceptional Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact.

Sony announced the Xperia XZ2 Compact alongside its bigger sibling, the Xperia XZ2 back at Mobile World Congress in February 2018.

I've already reviewed the Xperia XZ2, finding it a solidly built but ultimately frustrating phone. Typically, the small or "lite" versions of a handset are worse than their bigger siblings, but Sony has pulled off a remarkable feat with the Xperia XZ2 Compact, producing a handset that is superior by a pretty wide margin.

Design

  • Squat size makes it easy to hold and carry around
  • Lack of a headphone jack remains frustrating
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Review

Camera

  • 4K video recording and slow-motion capture add versatility
  • Single-lens array lacks the capabilities of modern dual-lens set-ups
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Review

Performance

  • Every bit as powerful as the full-sized Xperia XZ2
  • Smaller screen size tempers the impact of all that power
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Review

Battery life

  • Delivers all-day longevity under moderate use
  • Fast charging, but no support for Qi wireless charging
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Review

Verdict

  • Packs all the premium bells and whistles into a more pocket-friendly form factor
  • A more capable small-screen device than the iPhone 8
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Review

Pricing and availability

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

Pocket-friendly power

Don't let its size fool you: the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is just as capable as its larger competitors in the premium smartphone space. See for yourself by picking one up today.

Promoted

  • The Xperia XZ2 Compact is available through the Sony Store for $949.
  • You can also find the Xperia XZ2 Compact on sale at retailers like Catch and Kogan for less.

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 483
Rear camera megapixels 19MP
Rear camera aperture size f/2.0
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 5MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.2
Dimensions 135mm x 65mm x 12.1mm
Weight 168g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 15
Processor Snapdragon 845
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 8
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 400GB
Battery capacity 2,870mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging No

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