When all phones go beyond the normal palm stretch, the Xperia X Compact stands for comfortability in one hand. Just like the iPhone SE, it aims to serve those who crave for a small form factor. How does it perform on the paper? Let’s find out below.


  • Compact design that fits comfortably in one hand
  • Boosted RAM to 3GB
  • Fast charging


  • No waterproof
  • Expensive

sony-xperia-x-compactAlthough the name suggests the Compact as a smaller derivative from the original Xperia X, but the former does bear some differences in the presentation. It has a flat front glass panel covered in Gorilla Glass 4, and an oleophobic (oily plastic) back case. It shines though, but does collect fingerprints easily. Unfortunately, even with 9.5mm thickness and 135g weight, the X Compact doesn’t have waterproof features.

It comes with 4.6-inch screen glaring 720p resolution. Sony also injected the so-called Triluminous and X-Reality technology, allowing user to get an enhanced color balance, contrast and details.

It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow which Sony has confirmed will get an upgrade to 7.0 Nougat soon. Users will receive multi-window multitasking support, alongside Doze mode and an oddly satisfying Nougat egg game.

It packs hexa-core Snapdragon 650 which is a downgrade from Octa-core 810 found in the Z5 Compact. But don’t be fooled, as the X Compact manages to achieve a lot more in a supposedly smaller chipset. The Japanese manufacturer has also boosted the RAM to 3GB, with 32GB onboard storage expandable by external microSD slot.

The similarity between the two Compacts happens in the battery sector. It acquires 2700 mAh which under regular use, can smoothly go beyond a day. And the 650 does help too since it run less cores with optimized energy consumption.

Sony’s remark in the camera department is so evident. The primary shooter bears 23MP lens with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, and LED flash. The company also replaced the sensor with Exmor R, thus giving the X Compact a better low-light shooting capability. On the front, a 5MP lens is present and it’s pretty solid in taking selfies and handling video call. The front and primary camera however, only capable to record video up to 1080p resolution, no 4K.

It’s not Sony if the price hasn’t been bumped up. At $499, certainly there are a lot better handsets offered by other top players in the industry with better value balance. But if you are so attached to Sony and its tradition and have some spare cash to spend, then perhaps.