So Sony has unveiled some new phones.
One of them is a new compact phone. An Xperia XZ1 Compact. Which of course is suppose to replace Sony Xperia X Compact. I have used the X Compact a lot and really enjoyed it. But I used it as my main hotspot for my home network a bit too long. Don’t do that! It will fry the battery.
So what is new in this one compared to X Compact? First of all XZ1 Compact is IP68 certified. So dust and water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes. It’s running on Snapdragon 835 instead of Snapdragon 650. It has 4GB of RAM instead of 3GB. The camera is 19MP with a secondary 8MP front facing. The front facing camera has a wide angle lens for great group selfies! The X Compact had a 23MP rear camera so not sure if this new 19MP will be any better. But it probably will.
This new phone will also come with Android 8.0 Oreo pre-installed. The GPU is upgraded from Adreno 510 to Adreno 540. And it’s running on an Octa-core setup instead of the Hexa-core setup X compact has. The battery at 2700mAh and the 4.6 display size stays the same. As well as in design it doesn’t look like any major changes.
The XZ1 Compact will come with no visible antenna lines. And it will have a glass fiber reinforced plastic back. It’s bigger brother Xperia XZ1 will have more metal and antenna lines. Another random thing with XZ1 Compact is how the top and bottom of the phone is a bit more rounded so it can’t stand up on it’s own. The phone still has large bezels as earlier Sony phones are famous for.
The XZ1 Compact has a S-Force front surround stereo speaker. As well as Bluetooth 5.0 with support for LDAC and AptX-HD. Will it be worth to upgrade from X Compact? I don’t think so. It’s not that much new. But for newcomers looking for a Compact smaller phone this might be it.