Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact review: Pricing | Specs | Performance

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
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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.


  • Squat size makes it easy to hold and carry around
  • Lack of a headphone jack remains frustrating


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


  • 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


  • 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.

  • 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.
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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
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
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Updated February 19th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
2880 x 1440
2160 x 1080
2160 x 1080
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720

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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and

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