Who is looking for a good smartphone that is not too big, has little choice. The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is worth considering.
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
- Price € 599, –
- Color Black, silver, blue, pink
- OS Android 8.0 (Oreo)
- Screen 4.6 inch LCD (1280 x 720)
- Processor 2.35 GHz octa-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 835)
- RAM 4GB
- Storage 32 GB (expandable with memory card)
- Battery 2.700 mAh
- Camera 19 megapixel (rear), 13 megapixels (front)
- Connectivity 4G (LTE), Bluetooth 5.0, wifi, GPS, NFC
- Format 12.9 x 6.4 x 0.9 cm
- Weight 140 grams
- Other Fingerprint scanner, USB -c, headphone port, waterproof
The trend of smartphones nowadays is to fit as large a screen as possible in such a small housing. Very thin screen edges to ensure that smartphones with a screen diagonal of 6 inches (15.2 cm) become increasingly common. Such a big screen is pretty nice, but not for everyone. Those who do not prefer can only go to the (now outdated) iPhone SE or the Compact series from Sony.
The Xperia XZ1 Compact breaks with the trend: a modest 4.6 inch (11.7 cm) screen in housing with thick edges around the screen Handy Yes. Old-fashioned Also Not so much because of that smaller size, although for me personally that also takes some is getting used to. But especially because there are thick edges around the screen Because of this, the device also immediately looks outdated.
Furthermore, the Xperia XZ1 Compact is mainly a smaller version of the Xperia XZ1, which has appeared approximately simultaneously. Recently I tested this smartphone, where I concluded that it is a great device, but a bit too expensive. The build quality, specifications and the recent, relatively clean Android version are worthwhile. The 3D Maker app is also fun to play with. Unfortunately, the camera disappoints and you are bothered with an unnecessary AVG virus scanner.
The compact variant, however, has a few differences. You have 32GB of storage instead of 64GB, but luckily you can extend this with a memory card. The compact version of the XZ1 is slightly thicker (to fit more or less the same hardware). That makes it easier to handle. The fingerprint scanner, which is processed on the side of the device, is also somewhat wider and therefore more pleasant to use. In any case, I am very pleased with the location of the fingerprint scanner.
Although the screen is clear and of acceptable quality, that is a big step back.
Another difference with the regular XZ1 is that there is no full-HD, HDR screen on it. In its place, there is an LCD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720. Despite the fact that the panel is clear and of acceptable quality, that is a big step back. A resolution of 1920 by 1080 had just made it a bit sharper and the color adjustment had a little less blue-gray.
It might be the lesser screen panel, but the battery life of the Xperia XZ1 Compact is neat. Better even than its larger version, because the battery capacity of both devices is the same, while the consumption of a device with a smaller screen is of course lower. You can do a day or two with a full battery.
Actually, the Xperia XZ1 Compact does not differ much from the other compact versions of Sony’s top smartphones. The device is handy and pleasant to use, also the battery life is worth it. But unfortunately, this device is a bit lost by its price and the fact that the smartphone really does not excel. The 3D Maker is a gimmick, the camera is disappointing and the design re-chased.
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