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The powerful, pocketable Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

It's small, but it's mighty.

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The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact packs everything you'd expect from a flagship phone, but squashes it into a size small enough to use easily with one hand.

It has oodles of power, a great camera, it's waterproof and its 5-inch screen is bright and sharp. 

A supercharged small phone is something that no other Android manufacturer offers. And at £529 in the UK, $650 in the US and AU$830 in Australia, it's not badly priced either when you consider Samsung's Galaxy S9 will set you back £739 and the iPhone X starts at £999.

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While I quite like this soft mint colour, the overall design is unquestionably dull and the black model we reviewed is even worse.

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Narrow bezels allow the screen to stretch to the edge.

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The camera takes good shots and can shoot video in 4K and super slow motion.

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One-handed mode hardly seems necessary for such a wee device.

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There's a fingerprint scanner on the back.

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It's available in this copper colour too.

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It charges with USB-C.

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The screen is bright and sharp.

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The small size of the phone makes it comfortable to hold.

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