The Sony range of compact phones has always set its own path. Regardless of the fashion created by competing companies, she created something different. So how did it happen that their newest representative quite entered the mainstream?
Smartphones are constantly growing – there is no doubt about it. Eight years ago a very large one was called a 4-inch phone, four years ago we were used to 5-inch, and now it is no surprise phones with screens of 6 inches. Until recently, most of the manufacturers, apart from their leading devices, offered their smaller, slightly poorer versions. Customers, however, got used to large devices, and two companies – Apple and Sony – were on the battlefield . The history of the flagship companies of the second company is long and begins with the company's entry into the sprouting Android system in 2010.
The smallest Android in the world
The first Android phone that Sony Ericsson released on the market was the Xperia X10. 4-inch screen with 480×854 resolution, 1Ghz processor, 8.1 Mpx camera – in total "full grazing". X10 was a great phone, but many were disturbed by the high price and the large, touch screen. Finally, in 2010, tiny Nokia with numeric keyboards continued to dominate the market. Switching to a large, touchable Xperia without a keyboard could cause problems. Especially for them and those who wanted to pay less for the phone, Xperia X10 Mini and Mini Pro were created. The most important feature of these two "soniacs" was their size. Phones reminiscent of Sony Ericsson's top product were smaller than most ordinary cells! This of course equated to equipping telephones with microscopic screens – here, 2.55 inches in size. Typing anything on a touch QWERTY keyboard would be a nightmare, so it was decided on a virtual keyboard resembling that of ordinary cells, where one "key" corresponded to several letters.Does not that sound appealing? The Mini Pro is additionally equipped with a physical slide-out keyboard. The parameters of both Xperia mini gave way to a slightly larger brother. The processor was 600 mhz, RAM was 1/3 less and the camera had 5 Mpx. Still, they were modern smartphones with Android, application store, WiFi, GPS and a good camera.
A worthy competitor for the iPhone
X10 was replaced in 2011 by Xperia Arc, and X10 mini by a new model, simply named mini. Get rid of the nomenclature referring to the most expensive phone, because the role of a mini flagship took a much better, today quite forgotten Sony Ericsson Xperia ray. Xperia Ray was not advertised as a mini version of the top Arc, but its more practical alternative. While Arc's design was the evolution of X10, Ray was redesigned. The frame of the new Sony Ericsson was aluminum, and instead of three shiny function keys on the front, they were put on a tactile, enriched with a backlit, arched panel.The Xperia ray was not as microscopic as the X10 Mini, because the device screen has grown to 3.3 inches, it was still one of the smallest phones on the market . In relation to Xperia arc, almost nothing has changed. Screen resolution, processor and camera have been preserved, creating a great alternative for compact iPhones.
The beginning of a new line
The year 2012 is the separation from Ericsson, so new devices are only Sony. The next mini flagship, however, had to wait until 2013, when together with the great Xperia Z1, it was shown its Compact variant. Why Compact, not Mini? Because the Z1 Compact was not mini at all – it was equal to the top Sony from last year, and its screen was 4.3 inches long. However, this did not bother anyone. Z1 Compact compared to its competitors was small, equipped identically to the basic Z1 and priced sensibly.The move Sony made a year later, however, was strange. Half a year after Z2 which did not have its smaller counterpart, in fact worse Z3 was shown, along with Z3 Compact. What did Sony do? As you can guess, it enlarged the screen by 0.4 inches, praising at the same time leaving the same dimensions. Compact, as the name suggests, was supposed to be the most compact device, so was it possible to choose the same screen in a smaller enclosure instead of packing a bigger screen in the same housing? Fortunately, there was so much in terms of design changes in Compactes and in subsequent years we received devices with the same screen and the same dimensions. Until so far.
The new "Compact" in the style of Ambient Flow
At this year's MWC, Sony presented high-end in the new Ambient Flow style. In the Xperia XZ2 Compact we were interested in, the design, the size of the display were changed, the Jack connector was removed from the Apple devices and … the dimensions were increased. The length has increased slightly, by 6 millimeters. On the other hand, it's only 8 mm less than the iPhone X, which is not compact. The length of the device is one, but its thickness may be shocked. The compact XZ2 Compact housing has a height of 1.21 centimeters.
Will Xperia XZ2 Compact help Sony?
The financial situation of the Sony mobile department is not the best. Xperia do not make a profit too high, and until recently they brought only one million losses. The new, changed Compact will not change this situation . Each previous model was perhaps not a sales hit for the "big" smartphones of the competition, but had a constant group of supporters who, looking for a small and good device, had no other choice.The average user of the older Compact, seeing how big the latest model is, will choose one of the few larger, "normal" and better products of the competition. Sony is like a child in the fog. Eternally lost, does not know which way to go and what to do with yourself. So what if the company has a lot of good ideas, if it can not use them? First she shows that her phones are different than the competition, just to do the same a moment later. This is not the way, Sony …
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