I'm looking to buy the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact – the smallest flagship in 2017. See how this small and powerful smartphone with the Snapdragon 835 works.
Today I am using the Xperia XZ1 Compact smartphone. Curious device, because it is the smallest flagship in 2017 – from the phones, which you will buy officially from the Polish distribution. Does this mean that we are dealing with a perfect compact smartphone? For this question I will try to answer in my review of the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact .
Housing: small and fit in your pocket
The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is by no means a premium smartphone – at least not in terms of components used. For the production of waterproof housing (IP65 / 68), the Japanese used plastic that was connected to Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front panel. I do not hide that I am very disappointed in fact, the more that in my copy the backpacks under pressure gently bend. I'm also not happy with the embedding of the function keys, which have slots and swing to the sides. This should not happen in smartphone for over 2000 zł . On the plus side, the upper and lower rims are made of aluminum. The plastic is very dirty and fingerprints , but I can not stand the quality of it. It is pleasant to the touch and gives the impression of being resistant to daily use. There were no scratches during the tests, and I used the phone without a case.The size of the frames around the display will not be divorced – Sony has a conservative approach to design, and perhaps it will soon be distinguished from the competition, which with frames will give up completely. Stereo speakers, all kinds of sensors, as well as a big eye for the Selfie. There is also the logo of the manufacturer. The rear wall is minimalism – a minimal projection above the camera face, an NFC coil, a single LED, and a laser focus sensor. We also have two connectors: a USB Type C port and a 3.5mm mini-jack . They are located on the lower and upper edges, as well as the microphones. On the left side we have a slot for SIM card and microSD slot. The right side is a volume control bar, a physical (two stage) shutter release, as well as a distinctive switch with integrated biometric sensor. The Xperia XZ1 Compact is packed with dimensions (129 x 65 x 9.3 mm), which make the smartphone in every hand and without problems. Fits in the pants pocket. Also, there is no trouble handling the device with just one hand. It is worth to appreciate it now the smallest flagship among the top products .
Battery: 2 days to charge
The manufacturer put on a 2700 mAh battery , and therefore quite reasonable as for a device with a diagonal screen quite a bit below five inches. The working time is adequate for the components used. For everyday use with the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, you can use it without much trouble for a day and a half, and when deciding on a small power saving (what I mean by the lesser reach of the smartphone), the charger will need us on average every two days. And this is the result, which will not be bothered by any of this year's high-end smartphone – SoT is at about six hours .The Xperia XZ1 Compact performs better in synthetic tests than this year's flagship , which helps to optimize the battery life. It also has a lower screen resolution. [wptab style = "4" title = "Normal use"] [test slug = "battery" order = "desc" selected = "22460" virtual = "pcmark-work" type = "single" product_id = "22460,22390, 22218,22182,22318,22254,22360,21778,22228,22454 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Games "] [test slug =" battery "order =" desc "selected =" 22460 "/ battery_manhattan-3" type = "single" product_id = "22460,22390,22218,22182,22318,22254,22360"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = ] [test slug = "battery" virtual = "charging-ac" order = "asc" selected = "22460" type = "single" product_id = "22460,22390,22218,22182,22318,22254,22360,22228,22454 "[/ wptab] [wptab_end] In the battery settings you can find many energy saving scenarios, including the flagship Sony – STAMINA, which offers balanced power savings. Full charge of the battery pack included with the charger takes more than two and a half hours . When you leave the phone on power for 30 minutes we will recover 32% of the lost energy. And while daytime charging is effective, the overall charging time is very average, especially since the smartphone supports Quick Charge 3.0. Sony has saved up a 1.5A network charger.
Screen: small but very good
Small but crazy – so I could report on the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact. The manufacturer placed the TRILUMINOS for mobile with X-Reality technology for mobile devices with a diagonal of 4.6 " . There is also a HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels), which translates to 319PPI. The matrix offers brilliant backlighting, so you can use your smartphone in any lighting situation. The smallest objections I have also to the minimum brightness which is at 5 cd / m2. If we add a filter of blue light to this, then reading after dark becomes extremely comfortable . I suppose the maximum illumination is at a higher level than the larger variant – Sony Xperia XZ1, the test that Damian prepared for you. [wptab style = "4" title = "max brightness"] [test slug = "battery-screen" virtual = "TEST_JASNOSC_AKU" order = "desc" selected = "22460" type = "single" product_id = "22460,22390, 22218,22182,22318,22254,22360 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Minimum brightness "] [test slug =" battery-screen "virtual =" TEST_JASNOSC_AKU_MIN "order =" asc "selected = 22460 "type =" single "product_id =" 22460,22390,22218,22182,22318,22254,22360 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] The color rendering is excellent – the coverage of the sRGB scale is 99.1% , which means that under In some respects, it is as good as the Super AMOLED panel. The colors are very juicy. In the settings we can find additional display modes that raise the quality of the presented image. One of them is the super-bright color mode, which displays strongly twisted colors. We can also manually control the white balance. This makes the screen adaptable to your tastes.
Camera: still no OIS
Main camera – characteristics, picture and video quality
Sony has not decided to make any changes to the camera module since launching the Xperia XZ Premium, so we get the same tested kit. On the back panel is a Sony G lens with a focal length of 25 mm with a Motion Eye system with a resolution of 19 MP. This is the Exmor RS 1 / 2.3 "(single pixel size is 1.22 μm) and optical F / 2.0 lens. measurement focus and the detection phase. it still lacks optical image stabilization. the solution offered by Sony excels in moments in which the lens falls correspondingly much light. Then the photographs made Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact are marked by an appropriate amount of detail and are devoid of noise. range The tonal is broad, though not as expected from the top-of-the-range smartphones, and I have no objections to the focus or the work of the automaton, which appropriately matches the parameters to the conditions. >>> See example images in full resolution I'm worried about pictures in worse lighting conditions when the lights are less. Then there is visible noise, the detail is falling , and there is the effect of moving. It should not be a surprise, as Sony, in contrast to competition, has forgotten OIS, and optics is not as clear as with the U11, Huawei Mate 10 Pro or Galaxy S8 +. This does not mean, however, that this smartphone is not capable of producing very good images after dark, but we need a rigid wrist (or better tripod) and a professional mode in which we automatically select the appropriate parameters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyLvFEwvc0Q Videos can be recorded at up to 4K resolution. Of course, it is possible to record images at FHD resolution at 30 fps and 60 fps. At this point I have to add that autofocus does not blast each time, although in most cases it handles very well with the approaching object and the effect of changing the focus point is very smooth. Of course, it's also Super slow motion, so it's a slow- burning mode – at 960 fps. In this mode the resolution of the material is relatively low (only 720p), and the detail leaves a lot to be desired – graininess and noise are ubiquitous as soon as the lighting conditions deteriorate.
Front camera and photo-taking application
In the case of the Sony Selfie camcorder, it placed 8MP with F / 2.4, which operates in two modes – standard and wide angle (120 degrees). Image quality is good. In addition, using the front camera can record movies at FHD resolution, activate the HDR mode, and also illuminate the screen, which replaces the LED. So we have a complete set for Selfie . Photo application has been split into cards – better automation, manual, video, camera applications. By default, we have set up a better automation card, which smartphone itself sets parameters and our task is basically just press the shutter release button – the rest will do for you application. Unfortunately, the HDR can only be activated in manual mode and can not be activated automatically. You can also manage white balance, exposure time, and light sensitivity in manual settings.
As for the smaller flagship, the best in the compact Xperia XZ1 Compact is the best Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC chip , working with 4GB of RAM .This kit is great for everyday use – switching between open applications or running demanding programs is no problem. What's more, the Xperia XZ1 Compact in the synthetic test is in the lead – along with the Galaxy S8 +, Xiaomi Mi6 or Sony Xperia XZ Premium. pcmark-android-work-2 "type =" single "=>" pcmark-android-2 " "test_true" "android_true-6" order = "test_true"] [product_id = "22460,22390,22218,22182,22318,22254,22360"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "AnTuTu" desc "selected =" 22460 "virtual =" antutu-total-6 "type =" single "product_id =" 22460,22390,22218,22182,22318,22254,22360 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 " title = "3DMark"] [test slug = "3dmark" order = "desc" selected = "22460" virtual = "3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited-total" type = "single" product_id = "22460,22390,22218, 22182,22318,22254,22360,21778 "] [/ wptab] [wptab =" 4 "title =" T-Rex "] [test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order =" desc "selected =" 22460 "type = "single" virtual = "t-rex-3-onscreen" product_id = "22460,22390,22218,22182,22318,22254,22360,21778"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "Manhattan "[test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order =" desc "selected =" 22460 "type =" single "virtual =" manhattan-3-onscreen "product_id =" 22460,22390,22218,22182,22318,22254, 22,360.21778 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] The smartphone handles the titles available in Google Play, providing smooth, consistent play. But remember that the smartphone during the load is evidently warming up – the heat is not very annoying, but it is felt. Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact works on the Android version 8.0 Oreo with the security level of August 2017. But it is not clean, because it has been enriched by the Sony interface, which brings additional solutions. Probably many of you already know very well my opinion about the overlay offered by Sony. Over the years it has not changed much, but one can not be neglected – it is very intuitive and transparent and functional at the same time because it adds exclusive applications. We will find antivirus software, a suite of multimedia applications – a video player, a photo gallery, a movie maker, or a music player. In addition, we have the ability to personalize by selecting the appropriate theme, animated wallpaper, as well as resizing the application grid. There's even the Xperia Lounge, an application that offers access to applications, themes, games, and content published by Sony.
Sony has put out the latest communication solutions. As a result, the consumer gets everything that one would expect: a dual band WiFi wireless network (802.11 ac / a / b / g / n, 2.4GHz & 5GHz), GLONASS satellite navigation system, USB Type C, NFC, LTE cat.15 (up to 800 Mbps), nanoSIM card slot, and Bluetooth 5.0 LE. All communication standards used are working properly and do not affect me when testing problems. Internal memory is 32GB. For the user there is about 22 GB. Places are enough for many favorite games and applications. There is no need to add a memory card up to 256GB. The USB Type C port offers OTG support , allowing for external storage. In the sales set, there was a dedicated adapter that could connect the devices. The company has also decided to implement the NFC (Near Field Communication) chip , but the FM radio was out. By the end of the communication section, it is worth mentioning the most important feature – making voice calls and their quality. The smartphone does not lose its reach, the sound is loud enough , and the microphones are very loud. I tested on Orange and Plus network cards.It's time to discuss the sound quality of the speakers and the headset. Equipped with two front speakers with surround sound S-Force Front, and the resulting sound is suddenly satisfactory. Sony says " … new stereo speakers are 50% more sound pressure than previous models … ", but I did not catch that. Exits are two – either the elephant stepped on my ear and I'm totally deaf, or marketing assurances do not really translate into reality. I do not claim to be bad, but after reading the press release and after talking to Sony representatives at IFA, I was expecting more . In this field the smartphone loses with the XZ Premium model as well as the HTC U11. While losing with HTC in this field, there is no shame – the Taiwanese have a hop on this point. The problem is quite different if we listen to the music on the headset – wired and wireless too. The sound quality is very pleasant, all the tones are very audible and the maximum volume is at the right level. And this is all thanks to the use of many technologies that favorably affect the quality of the emitted sound. ClearAudio +, digital noise elimination from the environment, High-Resolution Audio and much more. The fingerprint reader was running well and fast enough during the tests. However, remember that it is not active, and that means you will not unlock your smartphone without first pressing the switch. However, it was placed in a convenient location (for right-handed people).
Summary and evaluation
The big plus for Sony for introducing a niche product that wants to fill the niche on the mobile market – has long since made its smartphone debut at the same time efficient and compact. Although I know that in this case you can easily fit a five-inch screen surrounded by narrow frames, it does not change the fact that the Xperia XZ1 Compact is a good, small phone. On the plus side, I can safely rate the performance, which translates into a high-end smartphone culture, no matter what we do. He also enjoys the latest Android compilation right out of the box, "drenched" a clear, though not very charming interface. You can not fail to mention also about energy efficiency, waterproof housing as well as a very good display. The sound quality on the speakers , the housing made mostly of plastic, and the relatively long charging time are disappointing . Paradoxically, at the same time, the disadvantages and advantages are the camera. Taking advantage of the smart light conditions, the smartphone can compete with the best in the market, but as soon as it gets darker, the gap between the Xperia XZ1 Compact and the Galaxy S7 edge is clearly visible. It's all the fault of the light, which is not enough. So, I wish you and Sony the next flagship in the world significantly improved this parameter and put it to the lead in the category of mobile photography.[show_rating]