Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact - Factory Unlocked Phone - 4.6" Screen - 32GB - Black (U.S. Warranty)
|Service Provider||Simple Mobile|
|Display Size||4.5 Inches|
|Operating System||Android O|
|Memory Storage Capacity||32 GB|
About this item
- 19MP main camera with Motion Eye system and enhanced Predictive Hybrid Autofocus with rapid-fire burst capability. 3D scanning technology for capturing high-resolution 3D models
- 4.6” HD TRILUMINOUS display and encased in rigid full-metal compact design without any partition lines.
- SmartAmp and S-Force Front Surround Sound. High Resolution Audio capability with DSEE-HX, LDAC, and Digital Noise Cancellation.
- Android Oreo platform. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Supported by LTE (4G) Cat 15, 4GB RAM, and 32GB UFS. Display : Dynamic Contrast Enhancer sRGB 138%
- Unlocked and compatible with GSM/LTE carriers utilizing GSM network such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Straight Talk, MetroPCS, Cricket wireless, simple mobile, bright spot, and others
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Premium smartphone, compact design
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, Android 8.0 Oreo platform & T-Mobile WiFi calling and VoLTE. 4.6” HD Triluminous display encased in a rigid full-metal compact design without any partition lines.
19MP main camera with Motion Eye system equipped with 960 fps Super slow motion video capture, enhanced Predictive Hybrid Autofocus with 10 fps rapid-fire burst capability, and 3D scanning technology for capturing high-resolution 3D models.
8MP high-sensitivity front camera with super-wide-angle 18mm lens and new display flash.
SmartAmp and S-Force Front Surround Sound. High Resolution Audio capability with DSEE-HX, LDAC, and Digital Noise Cancellation.
|XZ1||XZ1 Compact||XZ||X Compact|
|Display||5.2“ Full HD HDR (1920x1080) / Trilumios Display / X-Reality / Corning Gorilla Glass||4.6“ HD (1280x720) / Trilumios Display / X-Reality / Corning Gorilla Glass||5.2” Full HD / Corning Gorilla Glass / Dynamic Contrast Enhancer||4.6” HD / Corning Gorilla Glass / Dynamic Contrast Enhancer|
|Main Camera||19MP Motion Eye / Sony Exmor RS Stacked Sensor / 960 fps super slow motion / Predictive Capture / 3D Scan||19MP Motion Eye / Sony Exmor RS Stacked Sensor / 960 fps super slow motion / Predictive Capture / 3D Scan||23MP / Sony Exmor RS Sensor / Predictive Hybrid AF / Laser AF Sensor / RGBC-IR Sensor / 24mm Wide Sony G Lens||23MP / Sony Exmor RS Sensor / Predictive Hybrid AF / Laser AF Sensor / RGBC-IR Sensor / 24mm Wide Sony G Lens|
|Front Camera||13MP / Sony Exmor RS Sensor / Steady Shot||8MP / Sony Exmor R Sensor / Steady Shot / 18mm 120° super wide-angle lens||13MP / Sony Exmor R Sensor / 22mm Wide / ISO 6400||5MP / Sony Exmor R Sensor / 22mm Wide / ISO 6400|
|Sound||SmartAmp / Hi-Res Audio / Stereo Speakers / Digital Noise Canceling / DSEE HX, LDAC, AHC||SmartAmp / Hi-Res Audio / Stereo Speakers / Digital Noise Canceling / DSEE HX, LDAC, AHC||Hi-Res Audio / Stereo Speakers / Digital Noise Canceling / DSEE HX, LDAC, AHC||Hi-Res Audio / Stereo Speakers / Digital Noise Canceling / DSEE HX, LDAC, AHC|
|Android Version / SIM||8.0 – Oreo / Dual Nano Sim||8.0 – Oreo / Nano Sim||7.1 - Nougat / Nano Sim||7.1 - Nougat / Nano Sim|
|Processor / GPU / Storage||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Qualcomm Adreno 540 / 4GB RAM / 64GB Flash memory / up to 256GB microSD card||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Qualcomm Adreno 540 / 4GB RAM / 32GB Flash memory / up to 256GB microSD card||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 / Qualcomm Adreno 530 / 3GB RAM / 32GB Flash / Up to 256 GB expandable microSD card||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 / Qualcomm Adreno 530 / 3GB RAM / 32GB Flash / Up to 256 GB expandable microSD card|
|Battery Capacity / Charging||2700mAh / QNOVO Adaptive Charging / QC3.0 Quick Charger Included / Type C USB Charging||2700mAh / QNOVO Adaptive Charging / QC3.0 Quick Charger Included / Type C USB Charging||2900mAh / QNOVO Adaptive Charging / Type C USB Charging / QC3.0 Quick Charger Included||2700mAh / QNOVO Adaptive Charging / Type C USB Charging / QC3.0 Quick Charger Included|
|Finger Print Sensor||Not Supported||Not Supported||Not Supported||Not Supported|
|Size / Weight||5.8 x 0.3 x 2.8 in / 5.4 oz / Yes IP68||5.0 x 2.5 x 0.3 in / 5.0 oz / Yes IP68||5.76 x 2.83 x 0.32 in / 5.6 oz / Yes IP68||5.07 x 2.55 x 0.37 in / 4.7 oz / No|
|Networks||UMTS HSPA+ 800 (Band VI), 800 (Band XIX), 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz LTE (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,17,19,20,25,26,28,29,32,38,39,40,41,66) WLAN, 2.4 GHz/5 GHz, NFC||UMTS HSPA+ 800 (Band VI), 800 (Band XIX), 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz LTE (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,17,19,20,25,26,28,29,32,38,39,40,41,66) WLAN, 2.4 GHz/5 GHz, NFC||LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41 / UMTS HSPA+: 800, 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 / GSM GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900||LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41 / UMTS HSPA+: 800, 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 / GSM GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900|
The Xperia XZ1 Compact is the latest in a line of industry-leading compact smartphones from Sony. Like the larger Xperia XZ1, the XZ1 Compact contains the state-of-the-art Motion Eye camera system, making it the first smartphone of its size to have the capability to shoot Super slow motion videos at 960 fps. A new feature of the Motion Eye camera on the XZ1 Compact is motion-tracking burst that rapidly captures continuous motion at 10 fps while still in focus at 19MP resolution. The updated camera also introduces an innovative 3D scanning technology that captures high-resolution 3D models straight to the device and outputs them directly to a 3D printer and other 3D applications. The 8MP front-facing camera comes with a super-wide-angle 12mm lens and display flash. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the XZ1 Compact is one of the first devices to ship with Android Oreo, the latest major Android update. It features a 4.6” HD display encased in a durable reinforced glass fiber body and has an IP 65/68 dust and water resistance rating —an improvement over its predecessor. It also comes with a host of the latest Sony audio innovations, including SmartAmp (which prevents speaker degradation over time), High Resolution Audio, and S-Force Front Surround Sound. With its premium features, such as the significantly enhanced Motion Eye camera system, HD display, Snapdragon 835 processor, and superior audio capabilities, the Xperia XZ1 Compact delivers the power of a flagship smartphone packaged in a durable pocket-sized design.
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The camera received a healthy upgrade as well as the SoC--we actually got the flagship SoC (Snap 835) this time around.
I also appreciate the switch to a hard plastic back rather than glass that'll take one drop to shatter. I feel comfortable using this phone without a case.
The other huge advantage is for T-Mobile customers--this phone is VoLTE and VoWiFi certified. You also receive "HD Voice" when using these options.
The real question is: Assuming this form factor is a hard requirement, is the XZ1 compact worth the extra money over an X Compact? T-Mobile customers are likely to be more compelled spending almost twice as much over the X compact, but if you're using another carrier it's a tougher decision if the camera and SoC upgrades are really worth $300.
If you're willing to get a bigger phone, there are many other models with comparable or better hardware that aren't as expensive.
And wow, this thing is expensive! What could it possibly do that my older Z1 Compact couldn't do already? I was skeptical.
T-MOBILE: I am on T-Mobile and had to switch from a larger sim card (micro) to the smaller card (nano). I quick trip to the local T-Mobile store solved this easily at no cost to me. Once the sim was installed in the phone, and booted, both WiFi-calling and voice-over-LTE worked automatically. There was no configurations steps that I needed to perform at all to get this to work. It also displays an icon to prove to you that it is enabled. And the reception on this new Xperia XZ1 kills the original Z1. I get LTE reception is areas that I get no reception on the original. Again, this makes the upgrade well worth it to me.
PHYSICAL DESIGN: I really miss the physical lanyard loop in the lower right hand corner of the original Z1. I used this feature a lot. It let me grab my phone out of my pocket with zero chance I would drop it. As the years went by I use it while hiking, while navigating the streets on foot, while stumbling, fumbling, and slipping. Not once did I drop it. Or at least when it did slip through my fingers unintentionally, it caught on the strap - It was always strapped to my wrist like a camera. Now that feature is gone. And I will surely drop this new XZ1 Compact before it is all said and done, it is only a matter of time.
The XZ1 Compact is larger than the original (see comparative photograph). The screen is also physically larger when powered on, although the resolution is identical. The corners are much sharper on the new XZ1 also. This makes the phone slightly more uncomfortable in my front pants pocket. The corner of the phone puts more concentrated pressure on fewer threads of my pants, causing more wear and tear over time. Again, not as well designed as the original.
I like the power button, even though the fingerprint scanner has been disabled in the US model. Fingerprints are not a very secure method of entry anyway. The button is indented and your thumb fits into the groove perfectly. It feels great. The plastic volume rocker up above it isn't as great though. Rubbing your thumb up the side will catch the button sharply, it doesn't feel good. I liked the original metal Z1 volume buttons better.
Another designed choice I don't particularly care for is the USB power entry on the bottom of the phone. Why the bottom? I sit my phone in the cup holder of my car, and like to charge it during the ride while listening to Bluetooth music. Now I can't do that. There is also no way to rotate the screen completely upside down either, only landscape. Score another win for the original Z1 design.
SOFTWARE: I miss the Album widget! I now must open up a dedicated app to see my photos, where before I could just scroll from the Android screen widget. Maybe there is a way to get this back by downloading it from Sony? Regardless, it is not installed by default and I didn't see it anywhere. And at least one of my favorite apps, Samsung SleepSense, doesn't work at all on the new XZ1.
I have to comment on the original "Rings" theme that comes installed and active by default on the new XZ1. It is very cool and consistent with Sony's past theme offerings (Playstation, Xperia). When you push the power button on the side of the phone, the screen comes on but is totally black. And the OLED technology means that black looks off - no light. But colored rings radiate from where your button pressed, This is a very cool effect and I haven't got bored of it yet! I love turning this phone on just to see it. From the normal Android screen, you can touch any area without an icon and more rings radiate from your touch. When powered from a USB source, the rings radiate from the USB cable instead. Super cool!
The Playstation 4 remote play works well. I can boot my PS4 from sleep mode over wifi anywhere in the country, and a easily paired PS4 Dual Shock controller allows me to control the action. A small Miracast adapter like this ( TAIR 1080P WiFi Wireless Mini Display Receiver Dongle HDMI Adapter TV Miracast DLNA Airplay ) ensures that you can use a larger screen that has HDMI inputs - like a hotel room. PS4 on the go via the new XZ1 Compact. Cool.
DISPLAY: Wow, the TRILUMINOS LCD screen on the new XZ1 Compact looks absolutely brilliant! It is by far a much better technology than the original. It looks breathtakingly stunning. I love it! The blacks are completely absent of light, and the rich color gamut is deep. Everything looks much better on this new XZ1. The faster processor also makes the screen amazingly responsive. And the new Android Oreo transitions animate very fluidly. Beautiful!
CAMERA: The camera is also better. Although I haven't had the chance to experiment with the 960 frames per second and the 3D scanning technology yet, I am looking forward to it. This is just not technology that is going to be used very frequently though. But the camera and 4k video will be, and so far the XZ1 camera technology far outpaces the original Z1.
AUDIO: Listening to music on the new XZ1 Compact sounds awesome! I can't believe the front firing stereo speakers on this new phone. The acoustics of the XZ1 Compact are on par with higher end battery powered portable speakers. Listening to Lana Del Rey's Lust For Life [Explicit ] sounded brilliant, with very crisp and clear mid-tones and treble, and surprisingly present amounts of deeper bass. I'm amazed! I never felt like the original Z1 was an acceptable way to play music using only the internal hardware. But I'll happily enjoy the new acoustics XZ1 when convenient. This alone is worth the upgrade for me.
CONCLUSION: There are definitely design features that are better done on the original Z1 Compact. The original Z1 Compact is a great phone that has held up well over the years. But all the new technology on the XZ1 Compact is absolutely stunning... the better reception, WiFi calling on T-Mobile, the amazing acoustics on the front firing speakers, the camera, and the beautiful IPS LCD screen. I can't believe all this tech fits into such a small footprint. The winner by unanimous decision - The new Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact! Highly recommended.
This phone is fast and snappy for the everyday use. I am not a heavy user. I just use it for music, text, email, photos, gps, social media, and light causal games.
The battery life has been amazing after a week. I can get a day's use without having to plug it in.
I have had Sony's compact line before (Z1C, Z3C and Z5C.) I am glad they continued to make a phone with flagship specs in a compact phone.
My only qualm is that the US version has the fingerprint scanner disabled in the software. Luckily it was easily fixed by flashing a European software.
Great phone overall.
Now for those concerned about the fingerprint scanner not working on the US version. It is very easy to flash the phone with firmware from other country. Several places on the web will have instructions. Very simple to do. You can also download software from Sony which will restore your software if you mess up.
The fingerprint scanner is awesome. It is embedded into the power switch so when you go to power on the screen you are also unlockk my the phone.
Top reviews from other countries
All is not perfect though. The main camera has great specs, but I am not impressed with the photos. As a scanner, the camera is finicky when focusing on the document and it is no good for low light photos. The phone doesn't have the night light (blue light reduction) feature which is bizarre. The styling is dated and it sticks out like a sore thumb. The single biggest surprise about owning this phone is that I am constantly being asked about the phone it because no one has seen one before.
This phone is pretty much exactly what I was looking for, but the camera needs improvement!
A few highlights:
The battery always makes it through the day, no matter how much use I get out of my phone. I may even try removing the battery indicator from my status bar, since I really don't need to think about battery-life with this phone.
The plastic back and sides of the phone makes it quite easy to grip, so it's the first phone I've had in a while that doesn't feel like it's going to slip out of my hand. I feel pretty comfortable using this phone without a case.
The slow-motion video is pretty cool -- it's not the reason that anyone's going to buy this phone, but it's a pretty fun little bonus feature.
The fingerprint scanner works much better than I expected.
The glove-mode works extremely well, to allow me to use the phone with thin gloves on.
The size is just about perfect.
One odd thing:
I had a couple of system messages come through in Spanish in the first couple of days, for no reason that I can comprehend. It was more of a quirk than an issue, though, since there haven't been any more since then.
I have had multiple problems with this phone. Repeated crashing at 5mo. made it unusable. Sent it into Sony for warranty repair. Worked beautifully for another hmmm 5mo. (weird) and similar issue. Repeated crashing on boot loop. Luckily Sony has a nice desktop repair app called Companion...and it fixes things...at least temporarily. We will see if I wake up tomorrow to another crashing boot loop. Ridiculous. Since the warranty work, I reduced the # of apps from my previous review and keep activity minimal. I use a tablet for most stuff. There is no reason for this thing to crash. I am not sure if it is Sony's Android OS implementation (I suspect it is)? Anyway...I love this phone when it works. But every 5mo. or so it needs a factory reset...or more. Needless to say I won't be buying a Sony again...which is a shame because I really like their hardware. :(
I have had this phone for a few days now and I really love it. I can't stand how all the phones are so big these days. It's so nice to use a phone with one hand again! I'm really excited to try the 3D creator, 3D scanning, but haven't actually tried it myself yet. The Sony OS is a really nice Android ROM. It actually feels very native Android. Be fit and finish seem impeccable. Definitely a mini version of a flagship phone. I'm really impressed with the quality unique angular design Style. So nice and clean. THe vibration is good and the sound notifications are tasteful from Sony. The speed is excellent on this phone so far. I have about 100 apps installed. I absolutely love the placement of the fingerprint scanner on the power button.. Genius. It makes unlocking so easy.
There is some bloatware that is pre-installed from Sony but about 50% of it can be uninstalled. The other 50% I just disabled. There are some useful pre-installed apps however.
Right now I'm having a problem connecting to data with Bell Canada but I think this is a sim card problem perhaps so I will update as things progress.
The only other downside I can think of what this phone is I do find the sharp corners annoying when holding in your hand for any length of time. They dig in and start to hurt. But if you have a phone cover they are less Sharp and R ok. This is a function of the clean elegant angled design however. There is a reason this phone get such good reviews! Unfortunately the successor xz2 compact doesn't seem as good... Plus it's bigger at 5 in...:-(
Screen took a hit from a heavy cardboard box while in my pocket at work. Shattered the screen up wherr the earpiece is. Very sad. Since then, earpiece no longer works. Have to do phone balks while on speaker. Proximity sensor working again after screen repair, earpiece worked too. Then an update to android 9 or something i dont remember, had the earpiece stop working again. Common issue it seems. Feeling like a waste with all these core issues after issues. No support from Sony, "just try reseting, software repair with computer etcetc. Disappointed. Would've been a fantastic phone if could actually be used as a phone. Not glad with this purchase