Review: Sony Xperia XZ1


Sony has announced its latest pocket powerhouse in the form of the Xperia XZ2 Compact. It comes with the usual high-end specs and smaller body for which the Compact series is known, and we see how it compares to its predecessor, the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact.

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Price and Availability

The Xperia XZ2 Compact is available to pre-order as of 16 March at £549.

When the Xperia XZ1 Compact was first released it sold for £499/US$599, so this is a price bump of £50.

The Xperia XZ1 Compact is currently available direct from Sony for £449 in the UK.

Design and Build

With the XZ2 Compact, and its larger Xperia XZ2 brother, Sony has finally ditched the brutalist design aesthetics that went before. While the industrial lines did give models like the XZ1 Compact a distinctive visage, it was about time that the Japanese giant embraced the large screen-to-body ratios expected of modern smartphones.

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Unfortunately, it hasn't done that, and the XZ2 range still has chunky top and bottom bezels.

The XZ2 Compact is a more ergonomic handset, albeit one that’s actually larger and heavier than the XZ1 Compact. Like its predecessor, the new model features an aluminium frame with a polycarbonate (plastic) back, although this time the edges are curved to make it sit in the hand that bit more comfortably.

With this sleeker shape Sony has also moved the fingerprint sensor away from the side, as on the XZ1 Compact, and placed it on the rear. While this is perfectly fine, we actually liked the combination of power button and fingerprint sensor on the flank as it felt natural to use. The rear is again more common now though, so it does seem a reasonable decision.

sony xperia XZ2 compact vs XZ1 compact

One that certainly isn’t is the removal of the headphone jack. Ok, we get it. Wireless is the future. But, with most decent Bluetooth headsets costing at least over £100 if not £200, this continued trend from manufacturers (with the notable exception of Samsung and LG) still feels needlessly anti-consumer.

There is a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box, but omitting the jack is not a plus for the XZ2 Compact. Thankfully, the XZ1 Compact does still have the facility for traditional headphones.

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Source : https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/android-smartphones/sony-xperia-xz2-compact-vs-xz1-compact-3673094/

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