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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact review

Small and powerful


The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is a solid step forward from the XZ1 Compact in several respects. It has more storage, a higher screen resolution and some camera improvements.

In short, it’s the classic Compact blueprint, updated for 2018 and Sony has done service to people that don't like large phones. Not only is the XZ2 Compact the best phone in this form factor, it a flagship product that has the specs to compete with the best phones out there.

Yes, like every other phone, it could have been better , disappointing front-facing camera and lack of headphone jack holding it back.

Who's this for?

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is for people who want a small phone that is still powerful. Small and punchy it is, although make sure you are ready for its chunky build.

Should you buy it?

How much do you care about having a small phone? If that’s your primary concern the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is the most tech-packed option out there. 

It's not necessarily a phone we’d immediately recommend to everyone. High-powered specs and a small screen are an odd combo it today's world but there are takers for it. The XZ2 Compact is a refreshing phone that offers something different. 

Not sold on Sony's latest Compact? Check out the alternatives.

iPhone 8

Apple phones tend to exist on a plane of their own, but the iPhone 8 is a legitimate 'small' phone, with a 4.7-inch screen. The Sony is a couple of millimeters narrower still, though, because while it has a higher inch count, its display aspect is also wider/longer.

The iPhone is a lot slimmer and feels more expensive in-hand though. It’s also more expensive.

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

What was the last phone in the series like? The Xperia XZ1 Compact does not have an 18:9 screen, so there is more space above and below the screen. Screen area is lesser too, with a 4.6-inch diagonal, and resolution much lower at 720p.

The older phone is thinner, but as it has a block-like shape, you don’t notice this benefit much. However, the screen is less of a battery sap. Also, this phone was never officially released in the Middle East so you'll have to look for an import.

First reviewed: March 2018

Abbas has been living and breathing technology before phones became smart or clouds started storing data. He also has commitment issues towards mobile phones.

Driven by tech and passion, he has successfully negotiated into bringing the largest gaming and tech publications to the Middle East that include IGN, CNET and TechRadar.