Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is a small flagship that connects a 5-inch screen with very efficient components. In my tests I checked if this is the best Android smartphone, worth buying for PLN 2,599. I invite you to read Xperia XZ2 Compact.
A smaller version of this year's Sony flagship hit my hands. For two weeks I used it as my private smartphone and I already know if it is worth spending PLN 2599 on it . This is a model in many respects unique and not having too much competition on the market – I come to mind only iPhone 8 and possibly iPhone SE (which is much smaller), and in the world of Android similar products with a candle to look for. Is this the best small smartphone on the market? This you will learn from the reading of my review of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact .
A plastic flagship, but well done
Buying a smartphone for over PLN 2,000, we can expect that it will be made of top class materials. Here the backs were made of plastic, but I must admit that after some time I found them quite reasonable. It is very difficult to get dirty, fingerprints do not actually appear on the case . It is also difficult to outline it. Throughout the tests they were doing great, so I do not count it against Sony's defects. On the back we can find a centrally located camera lens (Sony has not decided on a double camera), and a round fingerprint reader under it. The frame connecting the glass to the back of the casing is made of metal. I have no objections here as well, everything has been flawlessly impressed, although scratches and dents will surely arise in the event of a fall. The screen was covered with the fifth generation Gorilla glass and here it is also great. Finger slide is effortless, the surface does not scratch and the oleophobic layer is doing its job.The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is a very compact device. Despite the larger screen size than the previous model, the size of the smartphone itself has not changed. This is of course due to the use of a display with an aspect ratio of 18: 9, and hence – thinner frames. The ones on the sides are basically invisible, but the top and bottom beams could certainly have been smaller. Here, Sony still has a lot to catch up with the competition, but on the other hand, Xperia XZ2 Compact can not be confused with any model on the market. I assess the quality of the housing in the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact positively, and the only drawback in my opinion is the thickness. The smartphone fits very well in the hand, but in the thickest place it has up to 12 mm – although at first glance you definitely can not see it. On the plus side, there is definitely water resistance, which was confirmed by the IP67 standard.
A small screen is a good screen
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact display has only 5 inches, which is a very unusual value for the flagship of 2018. Every day I use a smartphone with a 6-inch screen, I had some concerns about the comfort of work. To my surprise, after a few hours I appreciated the advantages of using a smartphone with just one hand – and I have not experienced it for a long time. If you think that the screens of phones are definitely too big at the moment, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact will be the best choice.For the first time in the history of the Compact series, the display received an 18: 9 aspect ratio . The fact that it was a good decision, we will see immediately after taking the smartphone in hand – I had no problem with reaching any point on the screen only with the thumb, without changing the way the device is held. This is due to the really small width of the phone. The used FullHD + resolution, or 2160×1080, is more than sufficient here – everything is sharp like a razor blade. [wptab style = "4" title = "AdobeRGB"] [test slug = "test colors" order = "desc" selected = "22616" virtual = "color-adobergb" type = "single" product_id = "22616,22590 , 22588,22582,22548,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" sRGB "] [test slug =" test-colors "order = "desc" selected = "22616" virtual = "kolor-srgb" type = "single" product_id = "22616,22590,22588,22582,22,2258,48,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318,22512"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "Maximum brightness"] [test slug = "battery screen" virtual = "TEST_INTERNATE" order = "desc" selected = "22616" type = "single" product_id = " 22616,22590,22588,22582,22548,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Minimum brightness "] [slug test =" screen-battery "virtual =" TEST_JASNOSC_AKU_MIN "order =" asc "selected =" 22616 "type =" single "product_id =" 22616,22590,22588,2252522,22548,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318 , 22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] As for the quality of the display itself, it is also b very good . It is bright, the color reproduction is at a high level. I also have no objections to the minimum brightness – reading after dark is comfortable and does not strain my eyes. In the settings we can find the reading mode, which after activation is to reduce the emission of blue light. The screen itself was made in IPS TRILUMINOS Display for Mobile technology and offers support for HDR, and thus dynamic contrast.
The battery lasts for two days
For several years Sony has accustomed us to the fact that they are able to squeeze out great working time from relatively small batteries. The same is true in this case, because the cell has only 2780 mAh, and energy is enough for a full two days of work. This is a fantastic result for the flagship and people looking for a combination of performance and great working time away from the socket should definitely take into account the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact. [wptab style = "4" title = "Normal use"] [slug test = "battery" order = "desc" selected = "22616" virtual = "pcmark-work-2" type = "single" product_id = "22616, 22590,22588,22582,22548,2254,22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Games "] [test slug =" battery "order =" desc " selected = "22616" virtual = "battery-manhattan-3" type = "single" product_id = "22616,22590,22588,22582,22548,225256,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318,22512"] [ / wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "Loading time"] [test slug = "battery" virtual = "loading-ac" order = "asc" selected = "22616" type = "single" product_id = "22616 , 22590,22588,22582,22548,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] It takes about 120 minutes to charge the battery on your smartphone. Recharging during the day should not be a problem, the more that leaving the Xperia XZ2 Compact under the charger for a quarter of an hour translates into the recovery of about 20% of lost energy , and an additional fifteen minutes will give us more than 40% – enough to use phone for most of the day.
For each smartphone, the camera is one of the most important features that decide about its purchase. Flags must already be required to replace the compact camera in all conditions – even when there is less light. How is the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact falling in this case? Well – exactly the same as the bigger brother – Xperia XZ2 It should not surprise anyone, because it is exactly the same unit. The 19 MP camera with the Motion Eye system on the back wall is equipped with a 1 / 2.3-inch Exmor RS matrix with memory attached. The size of a single pixel is 1.22 μm. The camera has a Sony G lens with a focal length of 25 mm and F / 2.0 light. The similarities do not end there. Here, it is also possible to record movies at 960 frames per second , which is really a lot of fun. On the other hand, you need a lot of self-denial to record a good shot. Suffice it to say that I recorded the following video 12 times, and it still did not work out perfectly. The image stabilization works well, and the 4K recording mode gives satisfying results, although it involves fast warming up of the smartphone. Generally, the quality of materials is the same as in Xperia XZ2. Let's get to the same quality of photos taken with Xperia XZ2 Compact. Of course, if the lights are a lot, you can make a great photo – but they already offer the best phones up to PLN 1,000. The colors are reproduced very naturally, and the "better automation" mode will satisfy the needs of the vast majority of users . For the more advanced, professional mode has been prepared, in which we can control the focus point, white balance, and ISO. However, it was not possible to set the exposure time manually.
When the lights are less, the situation deteriorates significantly . Noises appear and objects emitting strong light are surrounded by a distinct halo. The reason for this is at least in part a relatively dark lens with f / 2.0 light. At this price, you can find much better photo smartphones on the market, which unfortunately can be said of every Sony flagship from the last few years. Selfie was dedicated 5MP camera with f / 2.2 light, so the optics do not surprise positively in terms of brightness. Illumination while taking a picture is possible using the screen, which, however, does not help much at night. During the day, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact will be a great companion for fans of self-portraits – in the darker sceneries, however, there will be a lot of better models.
Sony Xperia XZ2 has on board the latest Qualcomm processor, so Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 graphics chip, the latter offers a 30% increase in performance with the Adreno 540 with Snapdragon 835. Support from 4GB of RAM is not bad for maintaining applications in memory . This set guarantees top performance. This was also seen in my tests, the results of which can be found below. The smartphone is very similar to other flagship models based on Snapdragon 845. [wptab style = "4" title = "AnTuTu 7"] [test slug = "android-antutu-7" order = "desc" selected = "22616" virtual = "antutu-total-7" type = "single" product_id = "22616,22590,22588,22582,22548,22318"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "PC Mark"] [test slug = "pcmark-android" order = "desc" selected = "22616" virtual = "pcmark-android-work" type = "single" product_id = "22616,22590,22588,22582,225258.22516,22382,22472,22222, 22458,22394,22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" 3DMark "] [test slug =" 3dmark "order =" desc "selected =" 22616 "virtual =" 3dmark-ice- storm-unlimited-total "type =" single "product_id =" 22616,22590,22588,22582,22548,225256,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 " title = "T-Rex"] [test slug = "gfxbench-fps" order = "desc" selected = "22616" type = "single" virtual = "t-rex-3-onscreen" product_id = "22616,22590, 22588,22582,22548,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Ma nhattan "] [test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order =" desc "selected =" 22616 "type =" single "virtual =" manhattan-3-onscreen "product_id =" 22616,22590,22588,22582,22548,22516 , 22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] As for the games, at the moment in the app store you will not find a single one that would be able to season Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact for a shortness of breath . All the titles I tested worked perfectly smoothly, the explosions were pleasing to the eye, and the application crate did not happen even once. In addition, Xperia does not overheat – with long use it becomes warm, but nothing more. In everyday work there is no question of any slowness. Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact works exactly as I would expect from a top smartphone in 2018. Additional gigabytes of RAM would be a nice addition, but even without them I can not say anything bad about the culture of work. Bravo, Sony.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is based on the Android version 8.0 Oreo with a Sony overlay. This is one of those interfaces that have evolved over the years rather than a revolution. If you had any phone call from Sony a few years ago, you will feel at home right away. It is also a good overlay for people who like to have fun in personalization. We offer a wide selection of wallpapers, transition animations and themes. As usual in the case of Sony, we gain access to a whole range of multimedia applications. In my opinion, these from the Japanese are still in the forefront, both in terms of the possibility and simplicity of service. When it comes to communication facilities and equipment – it's great. WiFi is fast and dual range – it's hard to force them to lose the signal. On board we also have NFC, LTE category 18 and Bluetooth 5.0. You can also not mention the stereo speakers, which may not be the loudest, but they play quite nicely. Since we're already in musical possibilities, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact does not have a headphone jack . The set includes an adapter and the smartphone works very well – the flagship HTC and iPhones are better, however. GPS and call quality are on a great level. The measurement is accurate, and the smartphone connects quickly and easily to the satellite. Microphones pick up the voice well, and the interlocutors did not complain about any distortions – in this respect Xperia shines. The fingerprint reader did not impress me with the one I would like to see on my flagship smartphone from 2018. Works well, although he is far from those of Huawei or Xiaomi . There is definitely room for improvement here – I have reservations about its location, I often put my fingers on the camera instead of the scanner.
Summary and evaluation
Since we already know all the features of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, it's time to answer the question – is it worth buying this model for PLN 2599 ? I have no doubt that it is . For this money, we get the top performance to which the competition (or in the case of a large Sony flagship) need to pay the whole 1000 zlotys. In addition, there is complete equipment, a good screen, a decent camera (though worse than in other flagships), good battery life or a waterproof case.At the same time, it is not a smartphone completely free from defects. Frames around the screen could be even smaller, although nice stereo speakers slightly sweeten this "excess". For sure you should work on the thickness of the device itself – 12 millimeters is definitely too much. However, given the fact that the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is basically out of competition, all these shortcomings go to the background. If you have the impression that recently the smartphones have grown a little too much, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is the solution to this problem. It is very difficult to find a second device on the market that is so comfortable in the hand, and only one hand is needed to operate it . [Show_rating]