[test] Xperia Xz2 Compact, What’s the Smallest Smartphone From Sony Worth?

The editors of Tom’s Guide have tested the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, a smartphone with mini size but maximum performance.

We like

  • The new design
  • The small dimensions
  • The better-than-average battery
  • Excellent performance

We don’t like

  • The front camera
  • The virtual keyboard is too small


The editors’ favourite is the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, a smartphone that is both powerful and equipped with a good camera and offers a significant autonomy. However, this is not unusual for a high-end terminal. What is simple, however, is its simplicity. Sony doesn’t try to impress its world with an edge-to-edge screen, a wide range of colours or software that sometimes looks like a gadget. Nor are we talking here about virtual reality and artificial intelligence. So while you may find better smartphones, to date this XZ2 Compact is one of our favourites.


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Like its Big Brother with a 5.7-inch screen, the XZ2 Compact is available in a single version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage space However, you can extend this up to 400 GB using a microSDcard. Four colours are available with green, black, pink and white.

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Yes, for design

Given the current trend towards ever larger smartphones, the XZ2 Compact looks tiny. And that’s a big part of its charm. The plastic backside is curved and the grip is nice, at least if you have small hands. Once slipped into a pocket, the phone will know how to be forgotten.

Every time we grab it, it reminds us of one of the first iPhone, the 3GS. Thescreen of the XZ2 Compact , however, is larger than the 3.5-inch model of Apple’s former glory. A little flashback to a time when not all smartphones looked the same and a phone somehow reflected its owner’s personality. Far from the utility that never leaves us.

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Both the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are equipped with a fingerprint sensor. If it seems strangely placed on the large model, its integration is more successful on the Compact.

Yes, for screen

Sony did not try to reinvent the wheel with thescreen of the XZ2 Compact. But that doesn’t stop him from making a difference either. There are no notches on the slab. Sony is one of the very few manufacturers that has still put its brand on the front of its smartphones. Of course, we could do without it, but that’s nothing to be embarrassed about either. The display shows a ratio of 18:9 which is suitable for video games and video, even with a modest diagonal of five inches only.

[Test] Xperia XZ2 Compact, what

The XZ2 Compact is equipped with the same LCD panel as the large XZ2. This is nothing exceptional, covering 160.2% of the sRGB spectrum with a Delta-E of 0.32 (the closer this figure is to 0, the more accurate the colors are). The iPhone 8 which has a 4.7-inch LCD screen covers 119.6% of the gamut with a Delta-E of 0.89. The screen brightness of the XZ2 Compact is very satisfactory with 520 nits. Average performance, but behind the OLED slabs, which display perfect blacks and wider shades. Some are even brighter than the LCD models, which is precisely what the LCD models are good at.

Going from a 6-inch screen to a 5-inch is a challenge. video games are not as immersive and videos are less impressive than on a big screen In addition, will need to get used to the smallkeyboard, especially if you have a larger smartphone. There’s something depressing about the fact that a 5-inch phone is now almost too small. How did we do it before?

Yes and no, for photo

[Test] Xperia XZ2 Compact, what

The Compact is equipped with the same camera as the large XZ2, with the same qualities and defects. We compared the XZ2 Compact to the OnePlus 6 which is marketed at a similar price. The Sony terminal came out the winner of this duel, but it is without a dual sensorsystem. Therefore, he cannot offer a Portrait mode but his photos are more detailed and realistic.

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We tested both cameras on a trip to New York. In the picture below, the XZ2 offers a wider frame allowing more buildings to be photographed. In addition, the lights in the windows are brighter and the colours in the sky are more intense.

Both cameras do better in daylight. The flower in the foreground is sharper and the vegetation is more detailed with the XZ2 than the OnePlus.

None of these smartphones stand out among the selfiess, but OnePlus has a slightly more pronounced trend in the blue. The XZ2’s 5-Megapixel sensor isn’t impressive, but it’s more comfortable in this late afternoon office photo.

Like other Sony smartphones, the Compact features a dedicated button to launch the camera by pressing and holding down from the locked screen. If it has nothing indispensable, this one is much more practical than any Artificial Intelligence that you will probably never use (cuckoo clock LG G7 ThinQ).

Sony now offers its Super Slow Motion mode for smooth slow-motion movie recording. Above all, however, it still lacks a high-performance camera on the front and a double lens on the back to be totally conquered by the XZ2 Compact.

Yes, for performance

Sony has equipped the XZ2 Compact with the same Snapdragon 845 processor as the XZ2. It can therefore compete with current high-end Android devices, especially since it has 4 GB of RAM. Switching from one application to another is therefore not a problem.

The smartphone is also very comfortable to play. In addition to performance, it’s important to note that the XZ2 Compact doesn’t overheat even with the most graphically demanding titles. This is not necessarily the case with competing models, including flagship models such as the HTC U12+ for example.

[Test] Xperia XZ2 Compact, what

The XZ2 Compact scored from 8,485 to Geekbench 4, a Software program that evaluates overall system performance. A result similar to that of the standard XZ2 (8,449), and far ahead of Google’s Pixel 2 (6,282) which carries a previous generation Snapdragon 835. The OnePlus 6 with 8GB of RAM does even better at 9,098 (we haven’t tested the 6GB version which is even more affordable).

The XZ2 Compact is also rubbing shoulders with its Big Brother in the GPU Sling Shot Extreme test of 3DMark, and more specifically with OpenGL ES 3.1 with a score of 4,699 versus 4,672. The OnePlus 6 does even better with 5,124.

[Test] Xperia XZ2 Compact, what

Finally, the XZ2 Compact also proved to be very comfortable in our video encoding test by exporting a 2 minute 4K video to Adobr Premiere in 2 minutes 35. It’s faster than Pixel 2 (2 min 55) and OnePlus 6 (3 min 45). On the other hand, the iPhone 8, with its A11 processor, remains untouchable with only 42 seconds to perform the same operation.

Yes, for Battery Life

On the batteryside, the XZ2 Compact easily stands up to the most expensive smartphone.

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We subjected it to our battery test , which consists of surfing the Internet in 4G until it is turned off. The Sony terminal worked for 10 hours and 39 minutes. This is better than the 9h48 average time obtained by the smartphones we were able to test.

However, that’s not enough to be one of the most durable smartphones. The XZ2 does better (11h47) as does google pixel 2 (11h07). Anyway the XZ2 Compact does almost as well as the Samsung Galaxy S9 (10h59).

[Test] Xperia XZ2 Compact, what

As with the XZ2, Sony offers two software solutions to enhance the XZ2 Compact’s battery life: Qnovo Adaptive Charging and Battery Care. The first monitors the battery when the phone is plugged into an outlet while the second learns your habits and only charges the battery when you are about to disconnect the phone. The XZ2 Compact also benefits from quick charging, but not wireless charging.

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