Review smartphone Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact: greetings from the past
Sale Xperia X and Xperia X Compact did not meet the expectations of Sony and we got the message that “standard premium” from the Japanese Corporation will be no more. It seemed that with line-X over the story and versions of Compact – fans of smaller smartphones is too little, and in an era when everyone began to set their devices to “frameless” displays the format 18:9, the relevance of models with a screen smaller than five inches and all fell to zero. But the inertia of decision-making in Japanese companies, apparently, still plays a crucial role – and XZ1 Compact still saw the light.
And in concept he repeats not even last year’s version, and that was before it, is a complete flagship with the most sophisticated platform (Snapdragon 835), but in a compact body. With dust and moisture protection, and 4.6-inch HD screen. Welcome to 2015. Whether such a commitment to tradition in our troubled times, and not forgotten if Sony is to make charismatic smartphones? Here and talk about this.
|Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact||Sony Xperia X Compact||Sony Xperia XZ1||Honor 9||Xiaomi Mi6|
|Display||4.6 inch, IPS, 1280 × 720 pixels, 320 ppi, capacitive multitouch||4.6 inch, IPS, 1280 × 720 pixels, 320 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.2 inches, IPS, 1920 × 1080, 424 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.15 inches, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 423 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.15 inches, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 428 ppi, capacitive multitouch|
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass (version not specified)||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||No information||Is, manufacturer unknown|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: four cores Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz + four cores Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 650: dual core ARM Cortex-A72, 1.8 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 1.4 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: four cores Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz + four cores Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz||HiSilicone Kirin 960: Quad core ARM Cortex-A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: four cores Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz + four cores Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 540, 710 MHz||Adreno 510, 550 MHz||Adreno 540, 710 MHz||ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 850 MHz||Adreno 540, 710 MHz|
|RAM||4 GB||3 GB||4 GB||4 GB (there is a version with 6 GB)||6 GB|
|Flash memory||32 GB||32 GB||64 GB||64 GB (there is a version with 128 GB)||64/128 GB|
|Memory card support||There||There||There||There||No|
|Connectors||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C|
|SIM card||One nano-SIM||One nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||DC-HSPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat.15 (up to 800 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66||LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 19, 20, 27, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat.16 (up to 1024 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 6 (300/50 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 16 (1000/150 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 38, 39, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 and 5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 and 5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 and 5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, sensor of the color spectrum||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, IR sensor|
|The main camera||19 MP, ƒ/2.0, optical stabilization, laser autofocus, led flash, record 4K video||23 MP, ƒ/2.0, predictive hybrid autofocus, led flash, record 4K video||19 MP, ƒ/2.0, optical stabilization, laser autofocus, led flash, record 4K video||Double module, 20 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.2, and a hybrid autofocus, dual-led flash||Double module, 12 MP: 27 mm, ƒ/1,8 + 52 mm, ƒ/2,6 (2x zoom); wide angle optical stabilizer works; phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash|
|Front camera||8 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, fixed focus, no flash||5 MP, fixed focus||13 MP, ƒ/2.0, contrast autofocus, no flash||8 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, fixed focus||8 MP, fixed focus|
|Food||A removable battery of 10.26 W·h (2700 mAh, 3.8 V)||A removable battery of 10.26 W·h (2700 mAh, 3.8 V)||A removable battery of 10.26 W·h (2700 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery 12.16 WH (3200 mAh, 3.8 V)||A removable battery is 12.73 W·h (3350 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||129 × 65 × 9.3 mm||129 × 65 × 9.5 mm||148 × 73 × 7.4 mm||147,3 × 70,9 × of 7.45 mm||145,2 × 70,5 × of 7.45 mm|
|Weight||143 grams||135 grams||156 grams||155 grams||168/182 grams (normal version / ceramic)|
|Protection case||IP65/68||No||IP65/68||No||Splash protection|
|Operating system||Android 8.0 Oreo, shell Sony Xperia||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell Sony Xperia||Android 8.0 Oreo, shell Sony Xperia||Android 7.0 Nougat, own shell EMUI||Android 7.1.1 Nougat, shell MIUI|
|Current price||39 990 rubles||22 900 rubles||49 990 rubles||24 990 rubles||27 100 rubles|
Appearance, ergonomics and software
Sony is dedicated to a lot in some things and the design of the smartphone is no exception. Square “bricks” Xperia evolyutsioniruet continuously, but not too active. XZ1 Compact with its solid body check last year’s design code Loop Surface with a neat blend one surface to another, but the roots are easy to see even in the Sony Xperia Z five years ago, and even deeper. The continuity of generations is one of those things that we can appreciate the Japanese approach.
There are four color variations smartphone: white silver (as we have tested), black, twilight blue and sunset pink. All look good – the camera really turned out quite beautiful. Someone, of course, can confuse a very large frame around the screen – in this regard, the next generation of Xperia looks outdated.
As X is Compact, small XZ1 performed in a partially plastic case – made of plastic sides and back. The metal is applied only to the top and bottom faces, and front panel covered by a single piece of glass (Gorilla Glass 5). How your smartphone looks, plastic is not affected, but when using the difference, of course, tangible.
But it is allowed to save the extra grams. XZ1 Compact still weighs more than the all-plastic predecessor, 143 grams vs. 135, but much of this difference is not called. And its key advantage, maximum compactness, only highlights.
Dimensions Xperia Sony XZ1 Compact is 129 × 65 × 9.3 mm. Yeah, with thickness “compact” Sony can not do anything – somehow it is necessary to place in a narrow and low body battery normal capacity. Here exactly the same battery as in the full-size XZ1. This thickness does not affect the usability of a smartphone – at the expense of other dimensions with him, of course, very easily operated with one hand. But in the pockets of tight trousers it would be great to bulge.
With the arrangement of controls and slots XZ1 Compact have all also traditionally, a side power button with integrated fingerprint sensor, separate power key and camera shutter, the slot for the SIM card and memory card without pin lock. And Yes, again, if you change the SIM card the device gets in a reboot – this feature of Sony smartphones annoying all from year to year, but the Japanese did not do this. Strange story.
Despite the stated level of moisture protection IP65/IP68, mini-Jack the Xperia XZ1 Compact is in place – experience and Sony, and Samsung shows that the analog connector does not interfere with the ability of the smartphone to withstand short-term immersion in water. However, despite such application, Sony in a footnote on the official website indicates the following: “the Device completely immersed under the water, and expose it to seawater, salt water, chlorinated water and alcohol”. In fact, the camera is likely to survive after the fall, for example, in a puddle – but the warranty service obligations of such footnotes with the Sony stuff takes.
The fingerprint sensor built into the side of the phone, works medium. He is able instantly to recognize the fingerprint, hitting fast, and fail five times in a row after a few minutes, forcing you to enter a PIN or draw pattern. With a scanner you can only unlock the device or approve purchases on Android Pay, the extra features on it to not hang.
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XZ1 Compact is running on Android 8.0 Oreo, covered with a proprietary shell Xperia UI. Along with fellow series small flagship Sony was one of the first smartphones to the latest version of the Google operating system – and for such a prompt interaction with the Californian company wants Sony to thank. The updates to arrive quickly, and the shell this year is running faster than before. Her appearance and operating logic is almost not changed, and the set of preinstalled applications. To the usual set, however, added “Designer of 3D-models” and AVG antivirus. But if performance has increased, the voracity of the shell is still here – smartphone still consumes a lot of energy even in standby mode. Forgetting to set the XZ1 Compact on charge over night with around 15 percent battery level, it’s easy to sleep through an alarm clock – just because the smartphone was discharged completely and was unable to complete their morning duties.
Display and sound
It’s very strange, but XZ1 Compact is the same display that seemed outdated even at the time of its first appearance in Z5 Compact two years ago, a 4.6-inch IPS HD resolution (1280 × 720 pixels) and a pixel density of 319 pixels per inch. However, these figures are wildly next to the price tag, but in fact to use the smartphone does not interfere with: fonts smooth enough, the pixelation is not visible.
Viewing angles are available – it’s IPS. The colors are not distorted, except that slightly decreases the contrast. Touch layer supports up to 10 simultaneous touches, there is a mode of the gloves – it must be activated in the settings.
There is a ambient light sensor that allows the smartphone to determine the brightness of the screen. He does it relatively correct, although from time to time have to correct it manually. The device is able to determine whether it is in your hand or was still lying in his pocket, activating the screen when you need it. There are quite flexible options for display: the default is “standard” mode with increased brightness and saturation of colors; if necessary, you can enable the mode “vivid”. I recommend to put “professional” mode – colour will be as honest and close to what I expect the content producers. In this mode I conducted control measurements of the display.
The maximum brightness is decent – 535 CD/m2. In the super-vivid mode it will be even higher. In any case, the use of XZ1 Compact even on a Sunny day nothing, what contributes to the presence of the polarization layer.
Contrast – 1107:1. The minimum luminosity of the black field – 0.45 CD/m2. It’s a mediocre level, count on deep black in high contrast scenes makes no sense.
Despite the “professional” display mode, which Sony promises the maximum matching of the color of the picture with sRGB standard, with settings as usual the Xperia, not everything went smoothly. Normal average gamma is 2.24 with the relatively stable behavior of the curves.
But color temperature again inflated and also significantly varies depending on the lightness of the shades from 7500 to 9000 K. there are No surprises, alas: shades on your smartphone display Sony, as always, will be too cold. The Japanese are gradually abandoning this approach — at the same XZ1 in “professional” mode is relatively fair color, but shows a typical Compact for Sony old school behavior. The average DeltaE deviation for the extended Color Checker palette (grayscale + wide array of color shades) of 5.18 is at the maximum allowable rate of 3. It was not a nightmare, but be proud of such a result is not worth it. And guilty in it first of all the color temperature.
With the sound quality of XZ1 Compact order. Except that the audio is frankly not enough capacity in any noisy environment (including the plane) I had to raise the volume to a level close to the maximum. But it has support for DSEE HX technology, which allows to slightly improve the sound of MP3 files, as well as LDAC to the Protocol and aptX for higher-quality data transmission via Bluetooth. In principle, this gadget can even tell the difference between uncompressed audio and MP3 smartphone very flattering description. Main dynamics displayed on the front panel it mutes their sound when put smartphone display down, but overall it claims to have no. Separately pleases the use – after all, mobile devices rarely can see it.