Sony Xperia X Compact

The Good The Sony Xperia X Compact is a small, 4.6-inch phone with a beautiful display, an excellent camera and good battery life.

The Bad Only the Japanese model is waterproof, and the fingerprint sensor is disabled in the US. There's a bit of lag when editing pictures or taking low-light photos.

The Bottom Line Sony's Xperia X Compact is a small phone with an excellent camera, but it lacks some creature comforts, like waterproofing and, in the US, a fingerprint sensor.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Camera 8.5
  • Battery 7.0
7.5 Overall

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Review

A tiny phone with a camera that will blow you away

The Sony Xperia X Compact is a rarity -- a small phone with a big, terrific camera. That's 23 megapixels' worth of snapping power in a body small enough to fit into almost any pocket. And to me, the pint-size X Compact seems a pretty good fit.

Coming in at $449 and £379, the X Compact is large on charm. (No mention has been made of the X Compact coming to Australia, but hope springs eternal. In the meantime, its US price works out to AU$587, converted.) But the odd exclusion of conveniences found on the X Compact in other countries is a real head-scratcher. For example, buyers in Sony's home country of Japan get waterproofing and a fingerprint sensor, but UK residents don't get the H2O resistance, and US users get neither.

If you're an Android fan looking for a small-screen phone, your choices are few. You'd do right with the Xperia X Compact, so long as you can accept the omissions.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $450
  • Brand Sony
  • Service Provider not specified
  • Diagonal Size 4.6 in
  • Weight 4.76 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass, barometer, magnetometer, gyro sensor, Time of Flight (ToF), geomagnetic sensor
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features Alarm Clock, Clear Audio+, PS4 Remote Play, Qnovo Adaptive Charging, Radio Data Service (RDS), Read Mode, S-Force Front surround, Screen capture, Smart backlight control, Smart cleaner, TRILUMINOS display, TTY compatible, Clear Bass, Text-to-Speech (text recognition), Wi-Fi Miracast, Wi-Fi Passpoint, X-Reality engine, battery STAMINA mode, intelligent typing (SWIFTKEY), sharing media via DLNA, DLNA Certified, Digital Noise Cancelling (DNC), Dynamic normaliser, Glove mode, Hi-Res Audio, Low power audio playback, Noise suppression
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