Review Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact: the most compact flagship
At the IFA exhibition in 2017, Sony unveiled two new flagship smartphone Xperia and Xperia XZ1 XZ1 Compact. About the older model we have already told, now it is time to introduce you to the not less interesting 4.6-inch Xperia Compact XZ1. These compact units are rare today. Especially interesting to learn how the combination of the modest size of this elegant smartphone with the most powerful modern hardware. Join us!
Technical specifications Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact (G8441)
- Display: 4,6″ TRILUMINOS, 1280×720, 319 ppi
- Processor: OCTA core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, to 2.45 GHz
- Graphics accelerator: Adreno 540
- Operating system: Android OS 8.0
- RAM: 4 GB
- Built-in memory: 32 GB
- Memory card support: microSDXC up to 256 GB
- Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz || UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz || LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41
- SIM: nano-SIM
- Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
- Navigation: GPS, GLONASS
- Camera: main — 19 MP (flash, phase and laser AF), front — 8 MP (ultra-wide angle lens with a viewing angle up to 120°)
- Sensors: light, proximity, microgyroscope, accelerometer, compass
- Battery: 2700 mAh, non-removable
- Dimensions: 129x65x9,3 mm
- Weight: 143 grams
The smartphone comes in a white cardboard box, where lies a set of documentation, wall charger and USB cable.
Model Xperia XZ1 Compact is designed in a signature angular design. The back cover is made of reinforced polycarbonate smoothly into the sides with slightly rounded corners, and the front is connected with a protective glass Corning Gorilla glass 5. The case has a matte non-slip coating soft-touch, thereby reliably held even a few fingers. Note that the housing has moisture protection standard IP65/68.
The device is available in four colors: black, white silver, “blue horizon” and “pink twilight”.
The front panel has a black color, protected by glass with good oleophobic properties. The side screen frame is narrow. The lower margin is located only a slit grating of one of the stereo speakers. Top center — the same, under it — the company logo on the left lens of the front camera, right — light sensor. Touch buttons no, they are on-screen.
In the middle of the back cover — “Ghost” the logo of XPERIA, a little above the marking position of the NFC sensor. Top middle — the oblong unit with sensors autofocus and led flash. In the left corner — the main camera lens, with slightly protruding protective edging.
On the center right side is slightly recessed big button lock/power on. Over her thin and short volume rocker. Downstairs is a separate shutter button, very convenient for taking pictures in landscape orientation smartphone.
On the left side in the bottom half is a compartment for a single nano-SIM card and microSD card. It is closed by a cover which is easy to open with a fingernail. Plug fully removed, and with it, the thin plastic frame for the memory card. It is attached to the clamps and can be replaced in case of breakage. The tray for SIM-card is also possible to retrieve the nail.
The ends of the smartphone are two separate metal plates. They protrude slightly above the screen glass, providing support and additional protection from scratches. The bottom end is arranged in the center of the USB Type-C, on his left is the microphone hole. On the top left is the 3.5 mm headphone Jack, and closer to the center — hole of the second microphone.
The case is made perfectly: it is perceived as durable and very reliable, feel very nice.
The Cabinet is not the most slim — 9.3 mm. But, thanks to the slightly rounded side walls and a small width, XZ1 Compact perfectly fits in any hand, even a miniature. He and “Compact”.
Manage the 4.6-inch device with the thumb without intercept case. The fact that the protective glass is slippery enough, it was noticed in the game WoT Blitz, where is the finger that controls the movements of the tank, can “get stuck” at the wrong time. In normal use of the smartphone discomfort do not notice.
XZ1 Compact brand equipped a 4.6-inch screen TRILUMINOS with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels and a density of 319 ppi. The picture is very crisp, with rich colors.
Factory settings the color is not satisfactory. If necessary, it can still be set using separate RGB adjustments. Also offers three presets with different color professional, standard and super-vivid mode. For more clear and natural pictures in the video, you can enable the X-Reality for mobile.
The viewing angles close to the maximum: no matter how you turn the smartphone, the image does not lose brightness and brilliance. The adjustment range of the backlight is wide enough. When the minimum brightness to read comfortably in the dark, and the maximum — to work with the smartphone in the sun. The autotuning feature does its job very well, and has defied attempts to adjust the brightness manually.
Multi-touch takes up to ten simultaneous touches.
The smartphone runs under the latest Android version 8.0. The lock screen is decorated in the usual corporate style, as well as other devices of the family Xperia. The top line displays icons of notifications of active connections and the battery level. Under the voice search widget digital clock is located. In the bottom of the main screen unit in the center of which is the icon of the main menu and sides — to four icons selected by the user applications.
The smartphone used two working screen, and they are icons of pre-installed applications from Google, the standard daily type calendar, hours, and other things, and specialises in What’s New and PlayStation. All user installed programs in the main applications menu. Keyboard for typing three rows with “island” keys.
The machine at work
Powerful hardware XZ1 Compact includes 64-bit OCTA-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 835, to 2.45 GHz (4 x 2.45 GHz Kryo and Kryo 4 x 1.9 GHz), graphics accelerator Adreno 540, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal (user can use about 22 GB), which can be expanded by microSD card up to 256 GB.
The performance of the smartphone is that it without any reservations enough for a smooth interface and multiple applications running in parallel. No problem when viewing photos in gallery, or web-surfing.
The device copes with the FHD display videos loaded from YouTube or the internal memory.
The results obtained in the benchmarks confirm a very high performance smartphone.
The “easy” games from the test set Doodle Jump DC Super Heroes and Lara Croft: Relic Run just flew. Here the appropriate sensors (gyroscope and sensor taps) showed itself from the best side.
In Godfire: Rise of Prometheus — also no problems with the speed and smoothness of the picture. World of Tanks: Blitz smartphone on high quality settings was consistently supported update images at the level of 60-61 fps.
Sony smartphones are known for improved audio playback. XZ1 Compact is confirmed conspired to produce a very high quality sound with good low-impedance headphones. The optimal volume level made up about 60-65% of maximum. Main stereo speakers are small and located symmetrically at the horizontal position of the smartphone. Technology S-Force Front Surround allows you to feel some volume of the sound. Volume in the range of 70-90% is enough for scoring videos or listening to music in a not too noisy environment. Sound dynamics pure: high transparent and convincing MIDs. To raise the volume to maximum is not worth some distortion.
XZ1 Compact very well prepared for photos and video. The main camera is equipped with Exmor RS size 1/2,3 inches and a resolution of 19 megapixels, systems, phase and laser autofocus, a 25 mm lens aperture f/2.0. Together with the basic camera works single led flash.
The front 8 MP camera is interesting because it has an adjustable viewing angle. In the extreme wide angle position (angle 120°) it is convenient for shooting group selfies, and normal personal.
In the phone there is a special shutter button, it is famous for a Sony smartphone. When half pressed, it activates the auto focus and shoots. When locked and the screen is turned off, pressing this button opens the camera app.
The main camera focuses quickly and accurately even in low light. To track subject movement and keep it in focus, you can activate the function in the menu of the tracking object.
In the horizontal orientation on the main screen top left is an icon to quickly switch between main and front camera, and bottom flash control. On the center — line of the icons for the four shooting modes: manual (M), intelligent “Super auto mode”, the video and the shooting menu the advanced photo app. Switching is done by swiping across the screen.
When you run the app always active “superior auto”. Intelligent automation surely recognizes scenes and selects settings, but in night mode often perspecive scene. To achieve the desired result, including the desired brightness in the night, allows the manual mode. It appears on the right icon, calling on the right part of the screen line to access the settings of white balance, exposure compensation, ISO, shutter speed, focusing distance. Each of these parameters is easy to adjust by slider.
The main camera in good light gives well-detailed images with convincing and accurate color reproduction. Colors are bright and vivid even in cloudy weather.
The dynamic range of the sensor is quite wide and in very high contrast lighting situation can improve the function of HDR, which can be enabled in the General settings in manual mode only. According to observations, it is more effectively working on the lightest areas, and also slightly improves the sharpness of images when shooting at dusk.
The results of night shooting in auto mode pleasing saturated colors, but do not have a high clarity: fine details are blurry due to digital noise. Also unbeknownst to the automation tried to fight with yellow lantern light.
Examples of shooting under artificial light:
In the dark very useful manual mode, allowing to set the desired shutter speed, sensitivity, exposure compensation.
If you have a tripod, then by choosing a minimal ISO and a long shutter speed, you can get night shots with higher quality.
In the settings of the lenses has a page with the creative shooting modes.
Artistic filters allow you to overlay different effects directly when taking photos.
Bookmark “AR effect” will add photos thematic artifacts.
Panorama mode available in the same menu allows you to choose any direction of the shooting and the orientation of the smartphone, or to stop the process at any time. And, hurray, this app learned how to stitch panoramas with high resolution — more than 20 MP. But, alas, with the metering does not always work smoothly, and frames can be too bright if they have a lot of sky and water, as in our case.
When shooting close-up led flash works in both pulsed and continuous mode of illumination. Both provide the correct lighting, but the continuous version is a little softer.
Text pages the main camera without difficulty.
Front camera and in both normal and wide angle mode produces well detailed images with the correct exposure and color rendition.
The main camera can shoot videos in Full HD resolution at 30 fps and 60 fps, and UHD (3840×2160) at 30 fps and 60 fps. Automation responds correctly to changing light and focuses quickly. Video stability improves picture stabilizing function SteadyShot. Day and indoors the results are accurate color reproduction and good sharpness. Night good results you can get when shooting in FHD and UHD at 30 frames per second, but in the FHD mode at 60 frames per second, there are problems with the clarity of detail, and the picture becomes darker.
Filming in a well lit room:
Xperia Compact XZ1 (G8441) supports one SIM-card format nano-SIM. The quality of telephone conversations has not caused any comments. Data transfer via LTE and Wi-Fi was confident.
The Bluetooth and NFC also worked without a glitch.
Smartphone — passport — work with two navigation systems: GPS and GLONASS. On the test he tried to negotiate with the Chinese Beidou satellites and even with the Japanese QZSS system. At cold start the machine in 15 seconds had found their location. Hot searches satellites took two or three seconds.
The smartphone has a removable battery capacity of 2700 mAh. For the 4.6-inch HD display and energy-efficient modern chipset such energy is enough. According to the benchmark PCMark, a full charge will last for 9 hours 48 minutes of intense work. Running out of battery and seven hours of watching videos in flight mode at maximum screen brightness. Hour playing WoT Blitz takes away about 19% charge. In normal mode, the apparatus will not require outlets during the day. Energy savings will allow the Smart 3.0 Stamina and STAMINA mode to extend the life of the battery technology Qnovo adaptive charging and Battery Care function, and quickly replenish energy — supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.
Xperia Sony XZ1 Compact is a true flagship for those who appreciate high performance and compact size. Very efficiently built and beautiful smartphone, which is a nice touch and quick operation. Modern energy-efficient OCTA-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 835, high quality HD screen and well removing 19-Megapixel main camera are the main strengths of the product. Front camera keeps up with her and offers not only conventional, but also ultra-wide shooting mode.
Test XZ1 Compact have not identified any weak places, with the exception of such attacks, as the screen resolution is HD. Perhaps someone it will not be enough, although any discomfort in the actual use of it does not create. As always, some buyers will seem inflated price of 40 thousand rubles. But this is Sony, and the flagship that combines very high performance, design the top level, strength, security and compactness!
- high quality HD screen;
- durable and beautiful housing;
- performance at a very high level;
- high quality daily photos and video;
- high level of autonomy.
- low quality night photography in auto mode;
- similar — quality night video recording mode FHD@60 fps.
The author of the text: Vasily Frolov
Picture device: Daria Golubovich
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