The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is one of the smallest flagships on the market. And if you loveless, then you need Sony. It is very compact – so much so that after today’s smartphones with a screen of 5.8-6.2 inches, it seems to be just some kind of toddler. I can not believe that 5 inches were once the standard of the market.
Specifications Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Status||Available. Released 2018, April|
|BODY||Dimensions||135 x 65 x 12.1 mm (5.31 x 2.56 x 0.48 in)|
|Weight||168 g (5.93 oz)|
|Build||Front glass, aluminum frame, plastic back|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|– IP68 certified – dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.0 inches, 64.5 cm2 (~73.5% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~483 ppi density)|
|Multitouch||Yes, up to 10 fingers|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|– HDR BT.2020 compliant
– Triluminos display
– X-Reality Engine
|PLATFORM||OS||Android 8.0 (Oreo)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 400 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only|
|Internal||64 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|CAMERA||Primary||19 MP (f/2.0, 25mm, 1/2.3″, 1.22µm), gyro EIS, predictive phase detection and laser autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 1080p@960fps|
|Secondary||5 MP (f/2.2, 23mm, 1/5″), gyro EIS, 1080p|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|– 24-bit/192kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email|
|– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 3.0)
– Xvid/MP4/H.265 player
– MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
– Document viewer
– Photo/video editor
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion 2870 mAh battery|
|MISC||Colors||Black, White Silver, Moss Green, Coral Pink|
|Price||About 600 EUR|
|TESTS||Performance||Basemark OS II: 4266 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 3681
Basemark X: 44058
|Display||Contrast ratio: 1315:1 (nominal), 3.765 (sunlight)|
|Camera||Photo / Video|
|Loudspeaker||Voice 66dB / Noise 73dB / Ring 83dB|
|Audio quality||Noise -93.4dB / Crosstalk -92.7dB|
Endurance rating 88h
The dimensions of the case are XZ2 Compact 135 x 65 x 12 mm. This is a very small, but fairly well-fed baby. Most of all claims to the new flagships from Sony was to address their thickness. This can be treated in different ways – for example, someone seems to think that a smartphone at the expense of this form is better in the hand and that’s it. And someone thinks that the design came out a bit strange, and this opinion also has a right to life. All you need to know is that Sony has discovered a new design language and it’s called Ambient Flow. No more chopped forms, everything smoothly flows into each other. But at the same time this invisible spirit of Sony is still read. a smartphone can not be confused with anything else.
Keys and Unlock
Controls on the case are familiar to Sony – on the right side of the volume rocker, power button and physical shutter release button. On the other side is a hybrid tray for two SIM cards. On the lower edge of the microphone and Type-C. No headphone jack. It’s sad that in such a thick device space for him was not found. On the back of the camera and fingerprint scanner. Sony refused to scanner in the power button, but in vain. It was convenient, and now this chip was picked up by several Chinese brands. The power button itself is located in the center of the right rib and it is not very convenient to reach for it. The same claim to the scanner prints. Although it works quickly, but the location is not the most convenient. But as an alternative, Sony offers a face scanner, although it does not work very fast and is almost useless in the dark. But,
Materials of the case and dynamics
Interestingly inscribed in the body of stereo speakers – the top is built into the conversational, and the bottom is made in the form of a cutout in the lowest part of the front panel. By the way, XZ2 is a real flagship and from the big XZ2 it is distinguished by three things: lack of technology Dynamic Vibration System, plastic back cover and as a consequence – lack of wireless charging. It’s unclear why Sony did in the compact version of the plastic case, because there could be a glass. Although, if you understand, good plastic is even more practical, because he is not afraid of falling and he does not collect prints. And in XZ2 Compact plastic to the touch is very pleasant. In addition, the smartphone is protected from water and dust. In size, the smartphone is something between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone X. If you plan to move from 5S to something new, but similar in size, the XZ2 Compact is an ideal candidate.
Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact became the first smartphones of the company with the display aspect ratio of 18: 9. There is no question of any framelessness in Compact speech, rather it is the following of trends. The Compact has a good IPS matrix and finally the smartphone has Full HD resolution. Now it can definitely be called a premium compact. In the display settings, you can display the time, date and notifications on the black screen. It is activated when the user picks up the phone. The display itself goes a little cold, but you can fix it in the settings. In general, the display is very good.
It’s amazing that the increased resolution did not significantly affect the autonomy. The smartphone gives out 5-5.5 hours of the screen. For a day of work in the average reddish it suffices.
For the hardware of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, this flagship: the Snapdragon 845 processor, Adreno 630 graphics, 4 GB of RAM, a 64 GB drive and a 2870 mAh battery. The smartphone is fast, the interface and the system work smoothly. It can not be said that all programs are loaded instantly, but there are no complaints about the operation of this device. Equally, as in games. Everything starts, everything is played, but the size and general spirit of the smartphone is by no means gaming.
As for the camera, it’s not bad. This is the same 19-megapixel module that is in the big XZ2, and before that was in XZ1. In the afternoon, the pictures show excellent detail, but it falls noticeably in poor lighting or in the dark. True, with direct hands, even at night you can get excellent shots. After the upgrade to Compact, a portrait mode with a background blur appeared. Works so far pretty average, but this chip is, if you’re interested. The reality is that the camera in Sony is not the best, but you can squeeze a lot out of it. In addition, most users simply will not notice any flaws, especially on a small 5-inch screen. Selfi-camera here 5 Mp and it does not surprise. Detailization is clearly not enough, and a good shot can only be done with daylight.
Sony calls its Motion Eye camera because of the ability to record video at a speed of 960 frames per second. The truth for recording will require a lot of light. But even in the bright sun, there can be noises. Video recording in this mode is activated only for 0.2 seconds, and in Full HD resolution, the duration is half the time. But after processing the video slows down 30 times and it turns out to be sloumo. Catch the right moment is very difficult and in the settings, it is best to include a separate record of the superslow. The usual video is recorded here and in 4K at 30 frames per second, there is support for HDR video.
And Sony continues to promote its 3D camera. With its help, you can make your three-dimensional portrait and place it on social networks. A toy for a couple of times, but demonstrates the capabilities of a smartphone.
Separately it is necessary to tell about the sound. In the speakers, it is average in loudness, but rather high-quality. But in the headphones, it’s gorgeous. Traditionally for Sony, in addition to supporting AptxHD, there is also LDACsupport – the company’s own codec, which allows you to compress the sound on your smartphone and uncompress it in headphones with almost no loss of quality. However, for this, you need special headphones, for example, Sony 1000XM2 . In addition, the smartphone has support for Clear Bass, Clear Audio and DSCEE HX technologies. In general, the smartphone is suitable for those who like listening to a high-quality sound, and those who have good wireless headphones. But the mini-jack is not here. Sony after Apple tells us that it’s time to get used to wireless headphones.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact seems to be a flagship, but with compromises. On the one hand – a good camera, excellent display, sound, tolerable autonomy and almost clean system, and on the other – a very thick case, the scanner of prints is inconvenient, just like the power button, there is no wireless charging and an impressive price tag. If you are looking for such a compact flagship, then the competition with the XZ2 Compact is practically nonexistent. The only question is, do we need such small smartphones today? Judging by the popularity of the iPhone SE – are needed, that’s only SE language does not turn to call the flagship.