Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Review: Straight and narrow

A decade ago. analysts were suggesting Apple should make a smaller version of its smartphone – an iPhone Nano – for users who didn’t want a big, heavy device in their pocket.

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Review

At that time, the iPhone 3G had a 3.5in screen and weighed 133 grams.

Today, the iPhone X has a 5.8in screen and weighs 174g. It’s fair to say we’ve got used to larger phones.

But there’s still a place for smaller-than- average ones, and the XZ2 Compact show s why.

Although it’s cheaper than its full-size counterpart, you wouldn’t expect


5in 2160×1080-pixel screen • 19-megapixel rear camera • 5-megapixel front camera • 64GB flash storage • MicroSD card slot • 802.11ac Wi-Fi • Bluetooth 5.0 • 3G/4G • Android 8 • 135x65x12.1 mm (HxWxD) • 168g

any corners cut.

The water-resistant anti-scratch case is plastic, and quite thick, but classy, with a fingerprint reader below the single camera.

The 5in screen is hardly small, but comes in the tall 18:9 format, which makes the phone pleasantly narrow to grip – an excellent compromise. Covering 88 per cent of sRGB, it’s fairly colour-accurate and very bright.

This is one of the most powerful phones you can buy. and everything zips along in Android 8 (Oreo).

The battery lasted over 14 hours in our video-playback test. The rear camera can record 4K video in 10bit colour, which gives really nice quality, although the HDR option makes panning shots look jerky.

It also records incredible 960 frames-per- second slow motion in full HD, as long as there’s good light. Photos look great too, despite a slight graininess.


8 Total Score
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It's not cheap, but this is a top-end phone at a manageable size, but the camera can be improved

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OnePlus 6

No super slo-mo, but the same processor, bigger screen and dual rear camera with optical stabilisation

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