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Sony Xperia XZ1 compact, another Sony Xperia smartphone with the latest Android 8.0 Oreo,

You remember I said Sony Xperia XZ1 is the freshest thing in town. Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact also has that label as it sports the latest Android 8.0 Oreo. Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is a slimmed down version of the Sony Xperia XZ1. Its screen display size is 0.6 inches smaller than the Sony Xperia XZ1. Its pixel resolution also received a downgrade. Well, there you have it, Sony presents another smartphone to continue its Xperia series with the Android 8.0 Oreo. There’s actually some differences between the Sony Xperia XZ1 and the compact version. Let’s take a look at the main pros and main cons before we look at the differences in the review below.

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  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Rear Camera: 19 megapixels
  • Front camera: 13 megapixels
  • Dedicated camera shutter
  • Fingerprint sensor now occupies same spot as the power button
  • Screen duly protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • IP65 and IP68 certification


  • Low battery capacity of 2,700mAh
  • Small display screen size of 4.6 inches


  • Screen display size
  • Front-facing camera
  • Body build

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Sony Xperia XZ1 compact has a more compact design. Its weight of 140g ensures it has an even lighter feel than Xperia XZ1. Apart from the shortness in height, the Xperia XZ1 compact bears much similarity with Xperia XZ1.  It also has a smooth and classy rear. The rear of the smartphone is occupied by the rear camera and the LED flash. The Xperia logo appears at a position lower than the central position at its rear. At the frontal, the top bezel occupies the Sony logo, which sits conveniently at the centre of the top bezel. On the sides of the Sony logo, the front camera and the proximity sensor are located on the left and right side respectively. Above the Sony logo is the earpiece. Its entire body design is built in a glass fibre and plastic build.

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Its dimensions are 129 x 65 x 9.3 mm. The 9.3 mm thickness makes it more thicker than the Xperia XZ1.The smartphone has different colour variants. The colour variants are Black, White, Horizon Blue, Warm Silver and Twilight Pink. This gives the user a variety of colours to select from. I for one really love the black colour. The black colour has so much class. Well, the ladies will really love to go for the Pink variant. The fingerprint sensor of the smartphone is located at the same position as the power button on the right hand side. The volume buttons are also located on the right hand side of the smartphone. The device has a dedicated camera shutter on its right hand side also. The device has the IP65 and IP68 certification which assures its dust and water resistance. That’s very interesting.

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The screen has a screen display size of 4.6 inches with Full HD display. This screen display size is a very small one. It acts as the major shortcoming of this device. A 5.0 inches display screen would have been more suitable. The screen display type is the HDR Triluminous display. Its screen display has 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. This resolution is also a downer from the Xperia XZ1 counterpart. The pixel density of the smartphone is unknown as we speak but it important to note that its screen display has 16M colours. To act as the defender in case the smartphone falls to the ground, a Corning Gorilla Glass 5, the latest in the Corning Gorilla Glass series was integrated on the screen. There’s actually no need for a glass protector for this device.

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The front camera has an 8 MP shooter for the capture of selfies.Its front camera shooter is lesser than that of the Xperia XZ1. The 8 megapixel sensor is an Exmos sensor with a f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera has a 19 megapixel for taking pictures and recording excellent videos. Its rear camera has a LED flash which functions as the brightening agent in off-light conditions. The camera has the (2160p, 1080p and 720p)960 fps slow motion video feature embedded within. Also endowed with the camera are features such as f/2.0 aperture, 5-axis, predictive capture, stabilization, Panorama, HDR and autofocus detection.

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In complete similitude to Xperia XZ1, Xperia xz1 compact has an internal memory of 64GB capacity to ensure the storage of large forms of files ranging from music to photos to videos and documents. The internal memory unit is indeed an attractive feature for the device. Nobody wants to use a smartphone whose storage gets full within the twinkle of an eye. Added more firepower to its storage, its storage capacity can be extended to 256GB with the use of a micro SD card. Fluidity in multitasking of apps is assured with the 4GB RAM of the device. Well, I have to say that the RAM of this smartphone is a really massive one.  The 4GB RAM will ensure that the apps will run smoothly, and the switching between the apps will also be sleek.

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Just like the Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 compact’s processor that runs the processing of operations on the smartphone is the 64-bit Octa core Snapdragon 835 processor. The 8-core processor runs at a uniform clock speed of 2.4GHz. This processor speed also makes this smartphone amidst the fastest smartphones of the year 2017. For the graphics production, its GPU is the Adreno 540 GPU.


Just like Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact’s operating system is the Android 8.0 Oreo. This makes the device among one of the first set of smartphones to feature the Android 8.0 Oreo.


The connectivity of Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is also remarkable. The USB port type on the smartphone is the USB v3.1 Type-C. There’s also the presence of the USB On The Go (OTG). It has a dual SIM functionality. The network types that are supported on it are the 2G network (GSM), the 3G network (WCDMA) and the noisiest of them all, the 4G network (LTE) with VoLTE. 4G LTE absence would have the smartphone have less credibility. So, it’s a good one to have the 4G network on the Sony Xperia XZ1 compact smartphone. The Wi-Fi connectivity available on it is the Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), MIMO Wi-Fi Direct as well as hotspot. The Bluetooth version available on it is the Bluetooth v5.0. GPS is present on the smartphone for location services.


The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact will also be available this September. Its price isn’t known as we speak. We’ll try to update the price once the smartphone is out.

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