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. …


Sony Xperia XZ1 is already $50 cheaper in the US


It’s not often that a flagship smartphone gets a price cut
shortly after its official launch, and yet this is exactly what happened with
the Sony Xperia XZ1. Available in the US since a few weeks ago, the
Xperia XZ1 can now be bought starting at $649 – $50 off its $699 launch
price.  

 

This lower price makes the Sony Xperia XZ1 only $50 more
expensive than the smaller (but still powerful) Xperia XZ1 Compact, which was
released last week for $599.

 

At the moment, only the black and blue versions of the
Xperia XZ1 are offered for $649. If you want to get the handset …

Sony Xperia XZ1 launches in the US as the first phone to run Android Oreo out of the box


Announced a few weeks back alongside the Xperia XZ1 Compact
and Xperia XA1 Plus, the Sony Xperia XZ1 is now available to buy in the US,
becoming the first among the three new Xperias to be released stateside.

 

Priced at $699.99 unlocked, the Xperia XZ1 succeeds the
Xperia XZs and Xperia XZ, offering a largely similar design, but improved
features. Perhaps the most noteworthy thing about the XZ1 is that it’s the world’s
first commercially available smartphone to run Android 8 Oreo out of the box. This means it’s got all
the latest software enhancements from Google, including adaptive …

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 …

Xperia XZ1 vs XZs vs XZ Premium: Sony flagship comparison

Staying true to its half-year upgrade cycle, Sony has announced its new top smartphone, the Xperia XZ1. If you were hoping for something brand new and revolutionary from Sony, just move on, because it isn’t here. Not this year. This year, we have yet another small refinement to the company’s flagships phone formula, resulting in a very minor upgrade over the XZs, which was released in the first half of the year. Still, the XZ1 is here, so we figured we could take a closer look at the few differences between Sony’s new flagship, the XZs, and, why not! – the XZ Premium big-screen …

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 …

First Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XA1 Plus promo videos are here

Today at IFA 2017, Sony unveiled three brand new smartphones: Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact, and Xperia XA1 Plus. Interestingly, the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, both of which offer high-end features, will run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, likely being among the first in the world to do so. But the mid-range XA1 Plus (running Android 7 Nougat) is not to be overlooked, as it packs a generous 3430 mAh battery – the largest we’ve seen on a modern Sony phone thus far.

Trying to lure consumers into buying its new handsets, Sony released promo videos for each of them. As …

Official renders of Sony's Xperia XZ1 Compact reveal a plastic outer shell

After we saw the first official renders of Sony’s upcoming flagship Xperia XZ1, it was all but inevitable its downsized twin, the Xperia XZ1 Compact, would be next in line. So here we are today — Roland Quandt has now given us our first actual look at the device (CAD-based renders notwithstanding), presumably once again sourced from a premature Amazon listing.

And as expected from Sony, the design matches the bigger XZ1 pretty closely, but with a couple of important changes. Besides the smaller size and increased thickness, there’s one thing that …

First-ever render of the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact shows a familiar-looking device

Sony’s pre-IFA 2017 show is almost here, so it’s only natural that leaks of the three devices rumored to be released will start pouring in. Following our first-ever look at the Xperia XZ1 from just two days ago, we now have a similar, schematics-based render of its smaller sibling, the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, once again courtesy of serial leakster OnLeaks.

And if you’ve had any doubts that two devices sharing the same moniker will look dramatically different — well, this just isn’t Sony’s style at all. So what we’re seeing here is a shrunk-down …