Sony an­nounces Xpe­ria X Com­pact

Sony of­fi­cially con­firms the re­lease of the Xpe­ria X Com­pact, writes Marie Brewis

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At IFA 2016 Sony un­veiled its new Sony Xpe­ria X Com­pact smart­phone, which will go on sale in the UK on 25 Septem­ber as a smaller ver­sion of its Xpe­ria X flag­ships with mostly high-end specs. Stand­out spec­i­fi­ca­tions in­clude 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in stor­age, and a high-qual­ity 23Mp cam­era.


Thanks to its plas­tic build and com­pact HD screen the Xpe­ria X Com­pact should com­mand a sig­nif­i­cantly lower price tag than its big­ger broth­ers. In the past Com­pact phones have tended to cost around £400 – the Z5 Com­pact launched at £429.


It might be a ‘Com­pact’ phone, but the new mini Xpe­ria X’s specs are far from in­signif­i­cant. There’s a huge 23Mp cam­era at the rear (5Mp at the front), plus a gen­er­ous 3GB of RAM and 32GB of stor­age (plus mi­croSD sup­port up to 256GB) prop­ping up a hexa-core Qual­comm Snap­dragon 650 chip (2x 1.8GHz, 2x 1.4GHz). A fin­ger­print scan­ner is built into the power but­ton on the side.

The res­o­lu­tion is just 1280x720, but stretched over a 4.6in LCD panel it should be plenty clear at 319ppi. This is a pock­etable phone, just 129x65x9.5mm and 135g.

It runs An­droid 6.0.1 Marsh­mal­low (soon to be up­dated to Nougat) on a 2700mAh bat­tery, which sup­ports Quick Charge 2.0 over USB-C and an in­tel­li­gent charg­ing sys­tem that learns your charg­ing habits and ad­justs charg­ing to suit to max­imise the bat­tery’s life cy­cle.

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