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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.

  • Great performance
  • Easy to hold and operate in one hand
  • Surprisingly good battery life
  • 1080p 960fps slow motion
  • No headphone jack
  • No wireless charging
  • Pudgy design
  • Camera is only good, not great

5 inches

Display size

64GB

Internal storage

19 MP

Rear camera

2,870 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI)
483 ppi

Camera

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

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
135mm x 65mm x 12.1mm
Weight
168g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 15

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 845
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 400GB
Battery capacity
2,870mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$949
Launch date2018-05
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Finder score: 3 How we score our reviews

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

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Specifications

Display

Display Size
5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI)
483 ppi

Camera

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

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
135mm x 65mm x 12.1mm
Weight
168g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 15

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 845
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 400GB
Battery capacity
2,870mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
No

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