Sony has launched the Xperia X Compact, it is aimed at users who want a powerful camera in a compact body but can live with a slightly less powerful chipset. The Xperia X Compact is essentially a smaller version of the Xperia XZ, although it has not exactly followed the same flagship-specs-in-a-compact-body recipe Sony employed with previous compacts. Some of the high-end features are there, but others are not.
The first thing to note about the Xperia X Compact is its design, that finally takes more than a tiny step away from Sony’s familiar Omnibalance look, even if it’s still pretty similar. The X Compact introduce the new ‘Loop Surface’ design, featuring symmetrically rounded edges, a flat top and bottom edge and a frame around the sides which makes the whole thing feel ‘constructed’, which is actually a nice change from the unibody look and feel.
The X Compact feels sturdy, light and is refreshingly easy to use with one hand. It is worth noting though that depending on which color you pick – black, light blue or white – that you’ll either get a glossy or matte surface.
The X Compact includes a 4.6-inch 720p display, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650, 3 gigabyte of RAM, and up to 32 gigabyte of storage. On the plus side, it features Quick Charge 3.0, USB Type-C and Qnovo Adaptive Charging.
The X Compact comes with the same 23-megapixel ‘triple sensor’ main camera with laser-AF and color sensor as the Xperia XZ, but does not offer 4K video and uses a front camera with a lower 5-megapixel resolution, compared to the XZ’s 13-megapixel.
The Xperia Z Compact will be available in Europe from September for a more affordable €449 (approximately $560).