Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact review: Pricing | Specs | Performance

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Review

Quick Verdict

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact corrects everything we didn't like about the Xperia XZ2 and does so at a size where you're usually beset with compromises. It's easily one of the best small premium smartphones on the market.

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

Xperia XZ2 Compact at a glance
When did the Xperia XZ2 Compact come out? The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact went on sale on 5 April 2018.
What’s new about the Xperia XZ2 Compact? Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4K HDR video recording, new design
How much does the Xperia XZ2 Compact cost? Sony sells the Xperia XZ2 Compact for $949, though you can find it cheaper elsewhere

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

Camera

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

Performance

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

Battery life

  • Delivers all-day longevity under moderate use
  • Fast charging, but no support for Qi wireless charging

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

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.
Back to top
OS Android 8
Display size (inches) 5
Display resolution (pixels) 2160 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 483
Processor Snapdragon 845
Height (mm) 135
Width (mm) 65
Depth (mm) 12.1
Weight (g) 168
Battery size (mAh) 2,870
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 400GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4GB
Water resistance IP68
Rear camera (1) resolution 19
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 5
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 15
NFC support Yes
Back to top
Updated September 19th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage
Snapdragon 845
5
2160 x 1080
64GB
Snapdragon 845
5.7
2160 x 1080
64GB
Sony Xperia XA2
Sony Xperia XA2
Snapdragon 630
5.2
1920 x 1080
32GB
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Snapdragon 835
5.5
3840 x 2160
64GB
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
MT6757
6
1920 x 1080
32GB
Sony Xperia XA1
Sony Xperia XA1
MT6757
5
1280 x 720
32GB

Compare up to 4 providers

Back to top

Latest Sony phone news

Image: Shutterstock

Was this content helpful to you? No  Yes

Get the best deal on your mobile phone

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Privacy & Cookies Policy and Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy.
Ask a question
Go to site