Xperia XZ1 Compact review: worth buying?

Created date: 09/30/2018, 14:10:55, Updated date: 04/16/2020, 09:27:34

Detailed review of Xperia XZ1 Compact's features

Here's our thorough explanation of whether you should buy the Xperia XZ1 Compact. We thoroughly evaluated how easy it is to hold, its operability, processing performance, multi-tasking performance, and more. We also reviewed how much we recommend it when compared to other models.

Summary of Xperia XZ1 Compact performance and functions

The size and weight of the Xperia XZ1 Compact

The body of the Xperia XZ1 Compact is 2.6 inches (65 mm) wide, 5.1 inches (129 mm) long, and 0.4 inches (9.3 mm) thick. Also, the screen size is 4.6 inch, and it weighs 140 oz (140 g). Holding the phone and viewing the screen is as easy as for an average smartphone. It weighs roughly the same as an average smartphone. Though noticeable, the weight is acceptable and easy to handle.

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ColorBlack/White Silver/Horizon Blue/Twilight PinkBlack/White/PinkLuminous Chrome/Deepsea Black/Bronze Pink/Rosso
Dimensions (width x height x thickness)2.6 inches (65 mm) x 5.1 inches (129 mm) x 0.4 inches (9.3 mm)2.9 inches (74 mm) x 5.9 inches (151 mm) x 0.3 inches (8.7 mm)3.0 inches (77 mm) x 6.1 inches (156 mm) x 0.3 inches (7.9 mm)
Weight140 oz (140 g)180 oz (180 g)195 oz (195 g)
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Display of the Xperia XZ1 Compact

The Xperia XZ1 Compact has a IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280. Compared to normal smart phones, its screen is relatively beautiful. It shows great images even when up close, such as when using it for VR.

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Display size4.6 inch5.5 inch5.46 inch
Display typeIPS LCDIPS LCDIPS LCD
Screen resolution (width x height)720 x 1280720 x 12802160 x 3840
Pixel density319 ppi267 ppi806 ppi
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The battery life of the Xperia XZ1 Compact

The Xperia XZ1 Compact has a battery capacity of 2700 mAh. The battery's capacity is slightly larger than standard smart phones.

The processing capability of the Xperia XZ1 Compact

The Xperia XZ1 Compact uses the Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 CPU with 2.45GHz+1.9GHz×8(OctaCore). The memory capacity is 4GB. With a CPU of quite high performance, it has processing capability way above normal smart phones. It is hard to find cases where its performance is lacking from the perspective of CPU performance, and you can even say it is excessive. In addition, it has way more memory compared to normal smart phones. From the perspective of memory, I don't think you will ever feel there is not enough memory. Conversely, it is way too capable for uses such as searching the Internet and messaging.

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ChipsetQualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835Mediatek MT6737TQualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU specs2.45GHz+1.9GHz×8(OctaCore)1.45GHz×4(Quad core)2.45GHz+1.9GHz×8(OctaCore)
RAM size4GB2GB4GB
Storage size32GB16GB64GB
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The camera of the Xperia XZ1 Compact

The Xperia XZ1 Compact has a back camera with 19 MP. The front camera has 8 MP. Compared to standard smart phones, its rear camera has quite high performance. It is great for scenery photography and such as it is able to take photos of quite high resolutions. While great for taking photos of things far away, I feel it may be lacking when photographing near objects. The front camera performance is also roughly the same as a standard smartphone. The image quality for longer distance photography is less than satisfactory, but on the whole, there are no issues with short distance photos.

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Rear-camera resolution19 MP13 MP19 MP
Front-camera resolution8 MP5 MP13 MP
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Review of the product design of the Xperia XZ1 Compact

Rating of the ease of carrying it around and getting it in and out of bags or pockets

When deciding whether to buy an Xperia XZ1 Compact, the first important factor is its size. Smartphones are used daily, and so it is important how easily they can be carried around and pulled out of bags or pockets. This review assesses how easy it is to carry the Xperia XZ1 Compact around and put it away.

Ease of grasping it in your hand to carry around

The Xperia XZ1 Compact is a size that can easily be held in one hand. Even when holding it along with other things such as a wallet, its size makes it difficult to drop accidentally.

Ease of carrying it around when placing it in your pocket

It doesn't feel strange even when you put the Xperia XZ1 Compact in a pocket. In addition, when sitting on a chair with the phone in a pocket, it can be kept comfortably as it doesn't get caught on one's clothes or body.

Ease of getting it in and out of your pocket

The Xperia XZ1 Compact has a size that makes it relatively easy to keep and take out. While it sometimes get caught when sticking out of the pocket, I think it is just a matter of getting used to it.

Ease of getting it in and out of your bag

The Xperia XZ1 Compact is a size that allows you to take it in and out of your bag and use it with ease. Also, since it is compact, even if your bag is small it won't get too bulky which is convenient.

Assessment of user-friendliness and ease of handling

It is important to consider the ease of using the phone in one hand. It can be said that it would be very useful if it is easier for you to send emails and instant messages or answer calls using one hand while cooking or using your computer. Here, we have reviewed the Xperia XZ1 Compact by focusing on the ease of using it in one hand and the ease of typing in letters.

Ease of grasping the phone in one hand

The Xperia XZ1 Compact is a size that allows you to have a firm grip even while using it. Since your hand is kept stable, it is difficult to accidentally drop the phone, and it is very easy to use. Since the original body size is small, the phone is still easy to hold even when using a case.

The weight you feel when using the phone with one hand

The Xperia XZ1 Compact is light, and I think it can be operated with one hand for a long time without feeling tired. However, it may be a bit heavy for those who are not used to using smart phones. Also, as it is not a heavy smart phone, its weight does not really change when a case is added.

Ease of pushing the upper button on the screen using one hand

Even when used with one hand, the Xperia XZ1 Compact has a size which allows buttons on the edges of the display to be operated. However, people with small hands may lose their grip if they try to press the buttons at the edges.

The size of the buttons on the App

The buttons displayed on the Xperia XZ1 Compact are large, and therefore it is difficult to press the wrong ones. While some buttons may look small depending on the app, you probably won't feel that stressed when you actually use it.

Ease of typing in letters using the flick function

You can type easily on the Xperia XZ1 Compact even with a tight grip. Even when typing at high speeds you can type freely without having to loosen your grip.

Ease of typing in letters using the keybord funtion

If you aren't being careful it is really easy to mistype when using the Xperia XZ1 Compact with two hands since the buttons are so small. In addition, typing at high speeds is pretty difficult and I can't say its very suited for it.

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

For people who use their smartphone on a daily basis, high performance is a rather important factor. When the performance is not good enough, then, for example, applications don't work as they should or the screen is difficult to see, and this causes stress. This review looks at whether the performance of the Xperia XZ1 Compact is suitable for making phone calls, messaging, or using SNS.

The size of the letters and the ease of operation

In general, the Xperia XZ1 Compact displays characters and pictures in sizes that are easy to see. While some characters may look small depending on the app, they are not really difficult to see. Therefore, it can be said to be more than adequate for uses such as searching the Internet and messaging.

Ease of reading sentences

Since the Xperia XZ1 Compact displays characters smoothly, it can display them beautifully. Even when viewing small characters, the jaggedness of the character outline is not at a level seen during normal viewing and is displayed very naturally. Because of this, it is difficult for your eyes to become tired and make the phone suitable for reading long bodies of text.

The beauty of the overal screen

The Xperia XZ1 Compact can display photos and videos beautifully. While people with good eyes can see jagged outlines when they look at the display up close, it is not really something of concern.

Ease of writing sentences

When typing a sentence with the Xperia XZ1 Compact the keyboard obscures the screen to some extent. While I do feel like there isn't enough work space to allow for long sentences, for short sentences it isn't really an issue.

Does it have sufficient performance to make calls and send emails?

Whether it be a phone call, mail, or during a chat, the Xperia XZ1 Compact provides smooth performance. Even when using the phone in demanding situations, you can use the phone comfortably since there will usually be no lag.

Does it have sufficient performance to search for things and using Social Networks?

If it is just SNS such as Facebook and Instagram, and some internet searches, the performance is enough. As a result, you will hardly ever find yourself frustrated or annoyed when using this phone.

Does it have sufficient performance to do other tasks while searching for things and using Social Networks?

Even if you start multiple apps at the same time or switch between apps frequently, you will have smooth performance. It can be said that the performance is more than enough if you just do research and SNS.

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