The Sony XZ2 Compact is a uncommon beast. It is an absolute powerhouse of a cellphone, with a cracking digicam and an incredible display, however with solely a 5-inch display, it suits comfortably within the palm of your hand.

A supercharged small cellphone is one thing that no different Android producer presents. And at £529 ($650, AU$830) it is not badly priced both when you think about Samsung’s Galaxy S9 will set you again $720 to $800 and the iPhone X begins at $999.

Whether or not worth is vital or not, the very fact stays that it is really the one small flagship-level Android cellphone round. Apple does its personal smaller cellphone — the iPhone SE, and the rumoured iPhone SE2, doubtlessly coming later this 12 months — which is the one different compact handset round to think about. If you happen to’re not eager on switching to Apple and you are not taken with the XZ2 Compact, you will have to work on these thumb workouts as they will need to stretch additional on an even bigger cellphone.

Whereas different flagships appear hell-bent on stretching out our thumbs past what’s bodily doable — I am taking a look at you, 6.Three-inch Galaxy Notice eight — the 5-inch XZ2 Compact is tiny by comparability. That diminutive dimension makes it comfy to carry and use with one hand and really straightforward to slip into the pocket of even your skinniest denims.

The show is bigger than the four.6-inch one on the earlier Compact, however the tiny bezels round it imply that the physique hasn’t needed to increase a lot to accommodate it. It is waterproof too and whereas its polycarbonate design is yawn-inducingly plain (notably within the boring black model I reviewed), it feels satisfyingly strong to carry. Sadly, Sony has sacrificed the headphone jack on the Compact, so you will have to get your self a set of wi-fi headphones or use the equipped dongle within the field if you wish to use your favourite pair of earbuds or cans.

Like a hamster that is swallowed a fusion reactor, the XZ2 Compact is a tiny factor packing some critical energy. Operating Qualcomm’s 845 processor, it made gentle work of gaming, photograph modifying and gave some blistering scores on our set of benchmark assessments — on par with the Galaxy S9 Plus and comfortably beating the Google Pixel 2. There’s nothing you’d throw at a bigger cellphone that the Compact will not additionally fortunately eat up.

Xperia XZ2 Compact digicam efficiency

The digicam places in an incredible efficiency too. Outside photographs are vibrant, properly uncovered and sharp due to the 19-megapixel sensor. There is not any twin digicam for zooming, black and white photographs or correct portrait blurring, so it is not as fully-featured as cameras on the S9 Plus or the Huawei P20. It takes nice snaps although and there is a tremendous slow-motion video mode that captures 960 frames-per-second footage in Full HD — that is higher high quality than the slow-motion mode on the Galaxy S9.

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact outside digicam check.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact outside digicam check.

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