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The powerful, pocketable Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

It's small, but it's mighty.

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Andrew Lanxon
Andrew is CNET's go-to guy for product coverage and lead photographer for Europe. When not testing the latest phones, he can normally be found with his camera in hand, behind his drums or eating his stash of home-cooked food. Sometimes all at once.
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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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