I try to love Sony smartphones, I really do, but I just can’t figure out its current strategy. The latest blunder, in my book, is the Xperia X Compact, a device that squeezes all of the specs of the Xperia X into a smaller form factor.
We used to love this approach when Sony would squeeze high-end specs into smaller phones, but that’s not the case here. Instead, you get a middle of the road Snapdragon chip and a bunch of the same specs specs, like the 23MP camera, that we’ve seen in Sony’s phones since February. The camera has, thankfully, been upgraded with some new elements that should help remove blur and other unwanted effects, but I don’t think that’s enough for this to win our hearts.
I admit the Xperia X Compact felt nice to hold, if a bit like the “unapologetically plastic” phones from other competitors. I just don’t see the real attraction to picking one up – you may want to consider the Xperia XZ — also introduced during IFA – instead.