The best compact phones of 2017

In 2017, the concept of what a “compact phone” could be was flipped around and old notions were shaken up. Since the introduction of the 18:9 aspect ratios, saying that a phone’s display has a 5.7-inch diagonal size doesn’t really mean that you’ll be holding a large phablet in your hand. On the contrary — it might just be a nicely narrow, easy to wield phone.

So, in this new age of smartphones, what is to be considered a small handset? Manufacturers have been stubbornly sticking to a 5-inch minimum for most of their screens in the recent past, which made it hard …


Deal: Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact now costs $505 (or $549 with a $50 Best Buy gift card included)


About a month after making its US debut, the Sony Xperia XZ1
Compact – one of the world’s first smartphones to run Android 8 Oreo out of the
box – is now almost $100 cheaper.

 

Amazon is currently offering the Xperia XZ1 Compact starting
at $504.99 – $95 off the phone’s launch price ($599.99). Only the black version
of the XZ1 Compact is available for $504.99, while the other three color
verstions – pink, blue, silver – cost $549.99.

 

Best Buy is discounting the Xperia XZ1 Compact, too, selling
the phone for $549.99, regardless of color. Best Buy is throwing in a $50 gift
card …

Deal: Unlocked Sony Xperia X Compact is on sale at Best Buy for $280 (30% off)

The Xperia X Compact is one of the many Sony smartphones that will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo. We’re not sure how much popular the handset is among Android fans, but the Xperia X Compact seems a bit overpriced at nearly $400.

Having a 4.6-inch display with HD (720p) resolution doesn’t help either. On the bright side, the phone boasts an impressive 23-megapixel rear-facing camera and a decent hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor.

If you’ve been looking for a mid-end Xperia smartphone, one that would not force you to break the bank, then you might …

Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium and XZs are getting a camera distortion fix


Four of Sony’s recent high-end smartphones – the Xperia XZ1,
XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium, and Xperia XZs – feature rear cameras with lenses that
are a bit wider than on most smartphones. While this means you can capture more
of your surroundings in just one shot, it also means photos can exhibit some
visible perspective distortion.   

 

Plenty of Sony fans have been complaining about the
distortions that the new Xperia cameras are producing, and, thankfully, Sony
now has a fix for the problem. 
The fix comes in the form of a software update,
and includes a “Correction for …

HTC U11+ to pack a large 4000 mAh battery in a compact body


November 2 may bring us a brand new HTC smartphone that
could be quite different from what the company has used us with in recent years.
Allegedly called HTC U11+ (or HTC U11 Plus), the new handset is expected to sport
a 5.99-inch near-bezel-less screen with 1440 x 2880 pixels and an 18:9 aspect
ratio.

 

Earlier today, we saw a potential list of HTC U11 Plus specs,
and now we have even more details about the upcoming device. Reportedly, the new smartphone
will pack a generous battery of around 4,000 mAh, and should be only a tad
larger than the HTC U11 (released in May this year). These …

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Review


“It’s just the right size!” – that’s what my girlfriend exclaimed when I presented to her the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact. Little did she know that behind its humble appearance was a tiny beast of a phone – one that had as much processing power as a top-of-the-line Android flagship. And there’s so much more to like about Sony’s latest pocket-friendly handset, but ultimately, is its price of $600 justified? Well, perhaps it is.

DesignUninspiring with its boxy look, but sturdy and practical.

So yes, as its name suggests, size is a key selling point for the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact. …

Poll results are in: the Compact Xperia has the fans' hearts

Last year, Sony made the decision to bump the flagship Compact series down — you know, the 4.6-inched small top-tier phones they used to release together with each yearly flagship refresh now became mid-range devices with the Xperia X Compact. “Is that the end for pocket-friendly flagships?” we asked.

Seems not. Xperia XZ1 Compact is here and shows that Sony is back on track with making top-tier handsets that are easy to use with one hand. With pretty much the same hardware as the regular XZ1 and even the same 2,700 mAh battery, it’s a no-compromise Android …

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact: are you happy the flagship Compact is back?

So, last year, it seemed like Sony had made the decision to kill off the flagship Compact series — you know, the 4.6-inched small top-tier phones they used to release together with each yearly flagship refresh. In 2015, we got the Xperia Z5 Compact, which had almost the same specs as the regular Z5, but in a smaller body. Then, in 2016, Sony took a turn and released an Xperia X Compact — same concept for size, but midrange hardware inside. “Is that the end for pocket-friendly flagships?” we asked.

Seems not. Xperia XZ1 Compact is here and shows that Sony is back …

Sony's new 3D Creator app won't be exclusive to the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact

Last week, Sony debuted its Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact handsets to mixed reactions — their top-tier specs and somewhat reasonable price were overshadowed by their derivative design and lack of unique features. Well, almost: the one standout feature is the 3D Creator app, which lets users scan three-dimensional objects using their device’s rear camera, and then use it in various cute and/or creepy ways.

But once you think about it, this app doesn’t seem to rely on any particular hardware feature of the XZ1 duo, whose chipset and camera are identical …

Sony says you shouldn't use the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact underwater, despite them being water-resistant

Earlier today, Sony announced two new high-end, dust- and water-resistant phones: Xperia XZ1 (pictured above) and Xperia XZ1 Compact. Even though both handsets are IP68-certified (which normally means they should survive underwater for 30 minutes at depths of up to 1.5 meters), Sony says you “should not put” any of the two phones “completely underwater.”

Here’s exactly what Sony states about the water resistance of the Xperia XZ1 in a footnote on its official website (also valid for the Compact):

“Xperia XZ1 is water resistant and protected against …