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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Smartphone Review

Florian Wimmer, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Marius S.), 05/02/2018

Another one. Just 6 months of development time separates the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact and its predecessor. Still, a lot has changed: Design, display size and Super Slow-Motion, which is still one of the core features. Find out in this review whether the exterior only serves to mask stagnation or if the smartphone really is a successful evolution.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

Things no one expected are still happening in 2018: Not everyone in Germany has a broadband internet connection, robots have yet to achieve world domination and Tesla is still not producing as many electric cars as they would like, but: Sony has found a new design for their smartphones. Few things have changed in the design of Sony flagship phones since 2013 and the Xperia Z; the large bezels at the top and bottom especially have not appeared contemporary recently. This makes the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact and its 2:1 display with slightly smaller bezels, which we are reviewing here, somewhat revolutionary. Apart from that, things are more evolutionary: Faster SoC, higher resolution slow-motion video, faster LTE connections.

Small and very fast smartphones are a rarity nowadays: Apple's iPhone 8 and Google's Pixel 2 are really the only established representatives of the fast compact class. We are also comparing the Xperia XZ2 Compact with its predecessor XZ1 Compact, since it is just 6 months old. The comparison with the XZ2 is interesting as well, maybe the smaller case leads to increased heat development and thus less performance?

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact (Xperia Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
5 inch 2:1, 2160 x 1080 pixel 483 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 64 GB 
, 50 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: Audio output through USB Type-C port, Card Reader: microSD up to 400 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Compass, Barometer, USB Type-C 3.1
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0, Cellular networks: GSM (850/​900/​1800/​1900), UMTS (800/​850/​900/​1700/​1900/​2100), LTE (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B13/​B17/​B19/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B29/​B32/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B66), LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 12.1 x 135 x 65 ( = 0.48 x 5.31 x 2.56 in)
Battery
10.9 Wh, 2870 mAh Lithium-Ion, QuickCharge 3.0
Operating System
Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 19 MPix f/​2.0, Contrast detection AF, Laser AF, Phase detection AF, Color spectrum sensor, LED flash, Video @2160p/​30fps, Video @1080p/​960fps
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/​2.2, Video @1080p
Additional features
Speakers: Front-facing stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Charger, USB cable, Headset, Audio adapter, 3D Creator, Sketch, Playstation app, AVG Protection, 24 Months Warranty, DLNA, Miracast, USB OTG, LDAC, aptX, aptX HD; IP65/​IP68 certified; Bandwidth (Download/​Upload): 800Mbps/​150Mbps (LTE); SAR values: 0.77W/​kg (Head), 1.05W/​kg (Body), fanless
Weight
168 g ( = 5.93 oz / 0.37 pounds), Power Supply: 51 g ( = 1.8 oz / 0.11 pounds)
Price
599 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case – Matte finish and great workmanship

While we praised Sony's case modernization efforts in our Xperia XZ2 review, we also criticized the now very bulky case and the shiny back, especially in terms of its high susceptibility to slipperiness and attracting fingerprints. The Xperia XZ2 Compact seems to have made Sony remember its design tradition and although they still curve the back outwards, they have given it a matte finish on their smaller model. The materials appear very high-quality and the workmanship absolutely matches the high price point of the device. Our test device came in silver-gray; pink, green and black are also available.

The dimensions of the XZ2 are slightly larger than those of its predecessor, which is something the slightly bigger display justifies. 12.1 millimeters (~0.48 inches) at the thickest point and a camera that still protrudes slightly are questionable however. The Google Pixel 2 and the iPhone 8 are significantly slimmer, but have larger measurements otherwise. It appears as if Sony has had to build a thicker smartphone in order to facilitate smaller display bezels. At 168 grams (~0.37 lb), the Xperia XZ2 Compact is not exactly a lightweight smartphone.

Size comparison

Features – Good features, but lacks a 3.5 mm jack

A USB Type-C port can be found on the bottom of the smartphone but searching for a 3.5mm jack is in vain, despite the rather bulky case. Sony states that the designers have opted to remove the jack due to the design overhaul and the general market trends towards wireless headphones. The available port supports USB 3.1 and USB OTG, but no MHL and therefore, no video output. Wireless standards such as Miracast or DLNA can be used to that end.

The smartphone is optionally available as a dual SIM smartphone, although this variant is usually only available without a contract since carriers tend not to want to sell dual SIM smartphones. Our test device is the single SIM variant, where the second slot is only used for a microSD card of up to 400 GB of data storage. It is possible to format the card as an internal storage without any difficulty, although apps cannot be transferred to the card. Here, the 64 GB of internal storage will have to suffice.

Bluetooth 5.0 is a very modern standard that the device is equipped with and one that is only supported by few speakers and headphones, although it is backward compatible. The audio quality during wireless sound transmission is enhanced through aptX HD and LDAC.


Left: SIM tray
Left: SIM tray
Right: Volume control, standby button, camera button
Right: Volume control, standby button, camera button
Top: Microphone
Top: Microphone
Bottom: USB Type-C port, microphone
Bottom: USB Type-C port, microphone

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Software – Lots of additional software, up-to-date operating system

Chatting is possible with Sony's smartphone. An assistant is supposed to support the user with questions about the phone, although currently, it only responds to predetermined questions. In conjunction with the Xperia Intelligence engine, it provides tips concerning the usage of the smartphone and can even activate or deactivate certain features of the phone in specific situations, provided the user permits it.

Sony's software is based on Android 8.0, our phone has the latest and greatest security patches. Sony does not use stock Android and instead changes and complements many aspects of the software, also adding a few nice animations and a whole bunch of apps for the user. One of the most interesting new features is the 3D Creator, which allows for 3D scans of faces and objects. This works surprisingly well. The data can be sent to a 3D printer and be further processed there.

Software Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Software Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Software Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Software Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

Communication and GPS - The Xperia XZ2 Compact offers fast Wi-Fi

The Xperia XZ2 Compact barely lacks features compared to the significantly larger XZ2, although Sony did pull the breaks in one respect: LTE download speed peaks at just 800 MBit/s, the Xperia XZ2 is able to reach 1,200 MBit/s. This will not be noticeable in day-to-day use since most LTE networks do not support these kinds of speeds anyway and the bandwidth then also has to be shared with other users. Like its big brother, the XZ2 Compact supports 21 LTE frequencies, meaning that you can travel to the USA or Hong Kong without hesitation and the smartphone will be able to connect to the LTE networks there. In our short test, the reception was excellent and even indoors, we had full signal strength using the German D2 network.

The XZ2 Compact also offers everything the heart desires in terms of Wi-Fi: It supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and can therefore use the less occupied 5 GHz band as well. The XZ2 Compact turns out to be very fast in terms of transfer speeds in our standardized Wi-Fi test using our reference router Linksys EA8500. Pages load very quickly when in close proximity to the router and pictures load swiftly. 10 meters (~33 ft) away from the router and through 3 walls signal strength drops to 1/4th, but loading pages remains very fast.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple iPhone 8
A11 Bionic GPU, A11 Bionic, Apple 256 GB (iPhone 8 / Plus)
915 MBit/s ∼100% +37%
Sony Xperia XZ2
Adreno 630, 845, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
669 MBit/s ∼73% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Adreno 630, 845, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
667 MBit/s ∼73%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
Adreno 540, 835, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
521 MBit/s ∼57% -22%
Google Pixel 2
Adreno 540, 835, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
287 MBit/s ∼31% -57%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=323)
216 MBit/s ∼24% -68%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
Adreno 540, 835, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
669 MBit/s ∼100% +2%
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Adreno 630, 845, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
655 MBit/s ∼98%
Sony Xperia XZ2
Adreno 630, 845, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
633 MBit/s ∼95% -3%
Apple iPhone 8
A11 Bionic GPU, A11 Bionic, Apple 256 GB (iPhone 8 / Plus)
354 MBit/s ∼53% -46%
Google Pixel 2
Adreno 540, 835, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
240 MBit/s ∼36% -63%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=323)
210 MBit/s ∼31% -68%
GPS indoors
GPS indoors
GPS at the window
GPS at the window
GPS outdoors
GPS outdoors

The GPS module, which, by the way, also works with BeiDou, Galileo or GLONASS, cannot locate us indoors. This changes close to the window where the GPS does have reception and in the outdoors it achieves a very good accuracy of within 4 meters (~13 ft).

We took the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact along with us on a bike ride and also brought the Garmin Edge 500, a professional navigation system, for comparison. The measured distance differs by only 10 meters (~33 ft), which is very good. The XZ2 Compact is not quite able to match the professional equipment, but it still achieves good results, which is why we can definitely recommend the smartphone as a navigation device.

GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Overview
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Overview
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Lake
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Lake
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Loop
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Loop
GPS Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact – Overview
GPS Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact – Overview
GPS Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact – Lake
GPS Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact – Lake
GPS Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact – Loop
GPS Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact – Loop

Telephony and Call Quality – Xperia XZ2 Compact with poor voice transmission

As with the XZ2, the Compact model also uses Google's standard Android phone app. Its design is very clear and offers all important telephony features. It is not quite as simple to download a replacement telephony app; most of the available apps simply change the handling of contacts rather than offering actual phone services. VoLTE and VoWiFi are supported, depending on the carrier.

For a high-end smartphone, the sound quality is really disappointing. We were already dissatisfied with the call quality of the Sony Xperia XZ2, but the XZ2 Compact is not even able to match this poor result: At maximum volume, background static is distinctly audible and the headphones boom noticeably. At lower volumes, the quality is better, but our conversational partner still does not really sound present. While the microphone can pick up quiet and loud voices well, it does transmit them slightly indistinctly. The installed speaker is virtually unusable at maximum volume: The permanent static and booming distract too much from the actual voice.

Cameras – Good despite single-camera

Picture taken with front camera
Picture taken with front camera

The cameras were one of the highlights of the Xperia XZ2, despite only being equipped with a single-camera, it takes very good pictures that are even passable in low-light situations. The XZ2 Compact is fitted with the same camera module, which has a maximum resolution of 19 megapixels and an aperture of f/2.0. Even small details are depicted decently, although other smartphones are slightly better at brightening the image. That said, the XZ2 Compact's brightening convinces in low-light scenarios, even though the surfaces appear noisier than on comparable devices.

The camera app now also allows for native 4K recording. However, many complementary features such as object tracking or Steady-Shot image stabilization are not usable at the highest resolution. 960 frames per second slow-motion video can be captured in 1,080p, but the slow-motion recording is limited to a few seconds. Video quality is decent, the light sensor reacts quickly to changing conditions and we like the sharpness and color accuracy.

The front camera takes pictures with a less spectacular sounding maximum resolution of 5 megapixels, although it is still sufficient. We like the dynamic in dark and bright areas and the color accuracy.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3

In our test lab, we are also able to test the image quality under controlled lighting conditions. Our test image marginally lacks sharpness, and color areas appear somewhat patchy. This is just nit-picking though, since we do like the representation in general. Color reproduction is slightly too bright in many hues.

Test chart photographed
Test chart photographed
Test chart detail
Test chart detail
ColorChecker colors photographed. The bottom half of every box represents the original color.
ColorChecker colors photographed. The bottom half of every box represents the original color.

Accessories and Warranty - No QuickCharge charger

Aside from the charger and the USB Type-C cable, the smartphone comes with a USB Type-C to 3.5 mm jack adapter. It enables you to connect ordinary headphones to the Xperia XZ2. There is no need for a SIM tool for Sony smartphones, since the SIM trays can be easily pulled out of the case with a finger. However, when changing the SIM card, be prepared for a device restart.

It is infuriating that Sony does not include a QuickCharge charger for the asking price, but instead includes a standard. Those who wish to make use of QuickCharge can either purchase an original charger from Sony for the steep price of 50 Euros (~$60) or pick another QuickCharge 3.0 charger, since the standard is well established. The bigger XZ2 did include the QuickCharge capable charger, which makes the whole thing even more confusing.

Sony smartphones have a 24-month warranty.

Input Devices & Handling – Xperia XZ2 Compact with dedicated camera button

SwiftKey serves as the keyboard app, other keyboards can be installed from the Google Play Store, should you wish to do so. This is not really required however, since SwiftKey has good handling and many settings for customization.

The menu buttons can only be displayed on the screen and the fingerprint sensor cannot be used to navigate the menu either. All hardware buttons are on the right side of the case: The volume control, the standby button and the famous camera button, which even has a second pressure point for autofocus.

The fingerprint sensor's handling is comfortable and it unlocks the device quickly. Due to the fact that it is positioned on the back directly below the camera, the finger landed on the lens multiple times, which then, of course, needed cleaning. The placement of the sensor felt slightly more intuitive than on the Xperia XZ2, though.

The touchscreen has an excellent surface, is sensitive even around the edges and allows for precise navigation of the device. There is a gloves mode for the winter, enabling use of the display at low temperatures without getting cold hands.

Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard portrait mode

Display – Color-accurate and very bright display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

A 5-inch display has become a real rarity in the high-end segment; only Apple and Google still keep up this tradition, every other manufacturer has transitioned to larger dimensions. The XZ2's IPS screen has a resolution of 2,160x1,080 pixels, the 2:1 variant of Full HD. Since most videos are produced with an aspect ratio of 16:9, there are, for example, black bars to the left and to the right when using the YouTube app, leading to a depiction that, in spite of the nominally 0.4 inches larger display compared to the Xperia XZ1 Compact, is not actually bigger.

The brightness levels are convincing, the smartphone is far brighter than the XZ1 Compact or Google's Pixel 2 with its AMOLED display. The brightness distribution of 87% is slightly less accurate than on all other devices in the comparison, but larger fluctuations in brightness in large color areas are not visible to the naked eye.

675
cd/m²
615
cd/m²
596
cd/m²
639
cd/m²
617
cd/m²
591
cd/m²
625
cd/m²
598
cd/m²
584
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 675 cd/m² Average: 615.6 cd/m² Minimum: 6.31 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 617 cd/m²
Contrast: 1624:1 (Black: 0.38 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.8 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 2.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
Gamma: 2.32
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
IPS, 2160x1080, 5
Sony Xperia XZ2
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.7
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
IPS, 1280x720, 4.6
Apple iPhone 8
IPS True Tone, 1334x750, 4.7
Google Pixel 2
AMOLED, 1920x1080, 5
Screen
-1%
-72%
8%
-5%
Brightness middle
617
630
2%
566
-8%
604
-2%
396
-36%
Brightness
616
632
3%
560
-9%
580
-6%
404
-34%
Brightness Distribution
87
96
10%
98
13%
91
5%
91
5%
Black Level *
0.38
0.44
-16%
0.53
-39%
0.44
-16%
Contrast
1624
1432
-12%
1068
-34%
1373
-15%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.8
1.5
17%
4.6
-156%
1.2
33%
1.7
6%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.6
4.3
-19%
9.4
-161%
2.3
36%
4
-11%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.3
2.1
9%
6.5
-183%
1.6
30%
1.3
43%
Gamma
2.32 95%
2.17 101%
2.14 103%
2.25 98%
2.3 96%
CCT
6324 103%
6513 100%
8189 79%
6688 97%
6483 100%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 2336 Hz ≤ 29 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 2336 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 29 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 2336 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9173 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The black value of 0.38 cd/m² is good, black areas appear really dark and deep, with a minimal gray tint being discernible at best. This also leads to a very good contrast ratio of 1.624:1, making colors on the display look stronger and more vibrant. We noticed that the display flickers when the brightness is set to below 30%. However, this flickering is only observable by our measuring devices and is not noticeable by even the most sensitive of human eyes since the frequency is very high.

There are many predefined color schemes, and white balance can even be manipulated manually. We test all predefined settings with the CalMAN software and our spectrophotometer. There are rather large deviations from the reference sRGB color space values without manual calibration, both in terms of color and in grayscales, the professional mode produces the most accurate colors. Our optimized settings eliminate the blue tint, which we saw in all predefined color settings and the display becomes fairly color accurate, although bright grayscales still differ too much to consider the display for professional use.

CalMAN color accuracy – professional sRGB
CalMAN color accuracy – professional sRGB
CalMAN color space – professional sRGB
CalMAN color space – professional sRGB
CalMAN grayscales – professional sRGB
CalMAN grayscales – professional sRGB
CalMAN saturation – professional sRGB
CalMAN saturation – professional sRGB
CalMAN color accuracy – standard sRGB
CalMAN color accuracy – standard sRGB
CalMAN color space – standard sRGB
CalMAN color space – standard sRGB
CalMAN grayscales – standard sRGB
CalMAN grayscales – standard sRGB
CalMAN saturation – standard sRGB
CalMAN saturation – standard sRGB
CalMAN color accuracy – super vibrant sRGB
CalMAN color accuracy – super vibrant sRGB
CalMAN color space – super vibrant sRGB
CalMAN color space – super vibrant sRGB
CalMAN grayscales – super vibrant sRGB
CalMAN grayscales – super vibrant sRGB
CalMAN saturation – super vibrant sRGB
CalMAN saturation – super vibrant sRGB
CalMAN color accuracy – professionally tuned sRGB
CalMAN color accuracy – professionally tuned sRGB
CalMAN grayscales – professionally tuned sRGB
CalMAN grayscales – professionally tuned sRGB
Optimized settings
Optimized settings
 

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
17.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5.2 ms rise
↘ 12.4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 15 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.4 ms rise
↘ 27.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 43 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The display really struggles in bright sunlight despite its very high brightness. It is possible to make out the contents of the display, but the smartphone is much more fun to use in the shade. By the way, the light sensor does not turn up the display brightness to its maximum, but it does adjust to the environmental lighting conditions quickly and reliably.

Viewing angles are not a problem either: Display contents are recognizable without any loss in brightness, even at extreme angles.

Outdoor use – ambient light sensor
Outdoor use – ambient light sensor
Outdoor use – maximum brightness
Outdoor use – maximum brightness
Outdoor use – medium brightness
Outdoor use – medium brightness
Outdoor use – minimum brightness
Outdoor use – minimum brightness
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance – Very fast, aside from microSD access

As with the Sony Xperia XZ2, the Compact model is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. The American manufacturer's most powerful SoC to date offers 8 cores and a maximum clock speed of up to 2.8 GHz. With it, the Xperia XZ2 Compact is significantly faster than its predecessor and all other Android devices in our comparison. It still cannot beat the iPhone 8 in terms of processing power. The fact that the physical values in our graphics benchmarks are still distinctly below those of the Xperia XZ2 is noticeable.

Graphics performance results paint a different picture; here the inbuilt Adreno 630 is sometimes ahead, sometimes behind the iPhone, depending on the specific benchmark. However, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is generally very fast here as well.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
225224 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia XZ2
225663 Points ∼100% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
150208 Points ∼67% -33%
Apple iPhone 8
204270 Points ∼91% -9%
Google Pixel 2
166939 Points ∼74% -26%
OnePlus 5T
172124 Points ∼76% -24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (162183 - 242953, n=20)
224506 Points ∼99% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (23275 - 254229, n=405)
77630 Points ∼34% -66%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
8073 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia XZ2
8069 Points ∼100% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
6421 Points ∼80% -20%
Google Pixel 2
7223 Points ∼89% -11%
OnePlus 5T
6595 Points ∼82% -18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (8099 - 9868, n=24)
8050 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (3146 - 9868, n=275)
4641 Points ∼57% -43%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
9579 Points ∼94%
Sony Xperia XZ2
9319 Points ∼92% -3%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
7496 Points ∼74% -22%
Google Pixel 2
8550 Points ∼84% -11%
OnePlus 5T
7739 Points ∼76% -19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (7998 - 13211, n=22)
10148 Points ∼100% +6%
Average of class Smartphone (4009 - 13531, n=443)
5056 Points ∼50% -47%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
1390 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia XZ2
1346 Points ∼97% -3%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
1213 Points ∼87% -13%
Google Pixel 2
1210 Points ∼87% -13%
OnePlus 5T
1329 Points ∼96% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (1009 - 1613, n=22)
1350 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (7 - 1731, n=518)
702 Points ∼51% -49%
Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
7957 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia XZ2
7868 Points ∼99% -1%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
5791 Points ∼73% -27%
Google Pixel 2
6052 Points ∼76% -24%
OnePlus 5T
6100 Points ∼77% -23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (5846 - 8001, n=22)
7827 Points ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (18 - 15969, n=518)
1756 Points ∼22% -78%
Memory (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
2543 Points ∼66%
Sony Xperia XZ2
2193 Points ∼57% -14%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
1501 Points ∼39% -41%
Google Pixel 2
2942 Points ∼77% +16%
OnePlus 5T
3845 Points ∼100% +51%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2193 - 5296, n=22)
3649 Points ∼95% +43%
Average of class Smartphone (21 - 6283, n=518)
1280 Points ∼33% -50%
System (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
8435 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia XZ2
8402 Points ∼100% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
5336 Points ∼63% -37%
Google Pixel 2
5918 Points ∼70% -30%
OnePlus 5T
5872 Points ∼70% -30%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (4417 - 8613, n=22)
7704 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Smartphone (369 - 12202, n=518)
2574 Points ∼31% -69%
Overall (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
3925 Points ∼95%
Sony Xperia XZ2
3738 Points ∼91% -5%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
2739 Points ∼66% -30%
Google Pixel 2
3360 Points ∼81% -14%
OnePlus 5T
3678 Points ∼89% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (3291 - 4693, n=22)
4126 Points ∼100% +5%
Average of class Smartphone (150 - 6097, n=522)
1278 Points ∼31% -67%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
14073 Points ∼98%
Sony Xperia XZ2
14362 Points ∼100% +2%
Google Pixel 2
7462 Points ∼52% -47%
OnePlus 5T
8000 Points ∼56% -43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (10876 - 14489, n=21)
13611 Points ∼95% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (2461 - 21070, n=215)
4515 Points ∼31% -68%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
8491 Points ∼82%
Sony Xperia XZ2
8510 Points ∼82% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
6541 Points ∼63% -23%
Apple iPhone 8
10380 Points ∼100% +22%
Google Pixel 2
6256 Points ∼60% -26%
OnePlus 5T
6670 Points ∼64% -21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (7754 - 9231, n=23)
8681 Points ∼84% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (5893 - 11598, n=266)
4328 Points ∼42% -49%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
2442 Points ∼59%
Sony Xperia XZ2
2464 Points ∼59% +1%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
1915 Points ∼46% -22%
Apple iPhone 8
4162 Points ∼100% +70%
Google Pixel 2
1924 Points ∼46% -21%
OnePlus 5T
1962 Points ∼47% -20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2272 - 2500, n=23)
2417 Points ∼58% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (1621 - 4824, n=267)
1270 Points ∼31% -48%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
3669 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia XZ2
3630 Points ∼99% -1%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
2658 Points ∼72% -28%
Apple iPhone 8
1989 Points ∼54% -46%
Google Pixel 2
3078 Points ∼84% -16%
OnePlus 5T
3068 Points ∼84% -16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2118 - 3703, n=23)
3294 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Smartphone (1103 - 4216, n=370)
1671 Points ∼46% -54%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
5159 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia XZ2
5122 Points ∼99% -1%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
3925 Points ∼76% -24%
Apple iPhone 8
2581 Points ∼50% -50%
Google Pixel 2
3974 Points ∼77% -23%
OnePlus 5T
4016 Points ∼78% -22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (3488 - 5246, n=23)
4968 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (257 - 5246, n=370)
1197 Points ∼23% -77%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
4732 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia XZ2
4693 Points ∼99% -1%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
3549 Points ∼75% -25%
Apple iPhone 8
2421 Points ∼51% -49%
Google Pixel 2
3733 Points ∼79% -21%
OnePlus 5T
3758 Points ∼79% -21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (3197 - 4734, n=23)
4450 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone (310 - 4734, n=378)
1148 Points ∼24% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
3081 Points ∼85%
Sony Xperia XZ2
3642 Points ∼100% +18%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
2675 Points ∼73% -13%
Apple iPhone 8
1774 Points ∼49% -42%
Google Pixel 2
3080 Points ∼85% 0%
OnePlus 5T
3031 Points ∼83% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2159 - 3668, n=23)
3165 Points ∼87% +3%
Average of class Smartphone (532 - 4215, n=403)
1570 Points ∼43% -49%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
8117 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia XZ2
8122 Points ∼100% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
6007 Points ∼74% -26%
Google Pixel 2
6040 Points ∼74% -26%
OnePlus 5T
5791 Points ∼71% -29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (5637 - 8312, n=23)
7854 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (46 - 8312, n=403)
1635 Points ∼20% -80%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
5954 Points ∼93%
Sony Xperia XZ2
6378 Points ∼100% +7%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
4705 Points ∼74% -21%
Google Pixel 2
4977 Points ∼78% -16%
OnePlus 5T
4816 Points ∼76% -19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (4529 - 6454, n=23)
5888 Points ∼92% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (58 - 6454, n=411)
1398 Points ∼22% -77%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
36494 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia XZ2
35856 Points ∼98% -2%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
22530 Points ∼62% -38%
Apple iPhone 8
24131 Points ∼66% -34%
Google Pixel 2
20482 Points ∼56% -44%
OnePlus 5T
21348 Points ∼58% -42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (15614 - 37475, n=23)
33567 Points ∼92% -8%
Average of class Smartphone (3958 - 37475, n=559)
13030 Points ∼36% -64%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
79670 Points ∼71%
Sony Xperia XZ2
80233 Points ∼71% +1%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
54415 Points ∼48% -32%
Apple iPhone 8
112424 Points ∼100% +41%
Google Pixel 2
55247 Points ∼49% -31%
OnePlus 5T
58097 Points ∼52% -27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (53794 - 84998, n=23)
80366 Points ∼71% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (1152 - 162695, n=559)
18198 Points ∼16% -77%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
63084 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia XZ2
62926 Points ∼100% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
41396 Points ∼66% -34%
Apple iPhone 8
62006 Points ∼98% -2%
Google Pixel 2
40116 Points ∼64% -36%
OnePlus 5T
42022 Points ∼67% -33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (34855 - 65330, n=23)
61240 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (2915 - 77599, n=560)
15333 Points ∼24% -76%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
149 fps ∼92%
Sony Xperia XZ2
150 fps ∼93% +1%
Apple iPhone 8
161.3 fps ∼100% +8%
Google Pixel 2
112 fps ∼69% -25%
OnePlus 5T
113 fps ∼70% -24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (98 - 152, n=24)
144 fps ∼89% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 251, n=584)
31.8 fps ∼20% -79%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
60 fps ∼50%
Sony Xperia XZ2
60 fps ∼50% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
60 fps ∼50% 0%
Apple iPhone 8
119.8 fps ∼100% +100%
Google Pixel 2
59 fps ∼49% -2%
OnePlus 5T
60 fps ∼50% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (58 - 89, n=23)
62.4 fps ∼52% +4%
Average of class Smartphone (6.9 - 120, n=587)
25.3 fps ∼21% -58%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
75 fps ∼91%
Sony Xperia XZ2
82 fps ∼100% +9%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
53 fps ∼65% -29%
Apple iPhone 8
70.8 fps ∼86% -6%
Google Pixel 2
52 fps ∼63% -31%
OnePlus 5T
60 fps ∼73% -20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (54 - 83, n=23)
73.7 fps ∼90% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 132, n=506)
17.1 fps ∼21% -77%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
59 fps ∼52%
Sony Xperia XZ2
59 fps ∼52% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
58 fps ∼51% -2%
Apple iPhone 8
114.5 fps ∼100% +94%
Google Pixel 2
54 fps ∼47% -8%
OnePlus 5T
53 fps ∼46% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (35 - 75, n=23)
55.3 fps ∼48% -6%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 115, n=509)
16.3 fps ∼14% -72%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
60 fps ∼100%
Sony Xperia XZ2
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
40 fps ∼67% -33%
Apple iPhone 8
54 fps ∼90% -10%
Google Pixel 2
31 fps ∼52% -48%
OnePlus 5T
41 fps ∼68% -32%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (32 - 61, n=24)
54.7 fps ∼91% -9%
Average of class Smartphone (2.5 - 88, n=367)
14.6 fps ∼24% -76%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
55 fps ∼50%
Sony Xperia XZ2
55 fps ∼50% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
59 fps ∼54% +7%
Apple iPhone 8
109.7 fps ∼100% +99%
Google Pixel 2
40 fps ∼36% -27%
OnePlus 5T
37 fps ∼34% -33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (25 - 59, n=23)
47 fps ∼43% -15%
Average of class Smartphone (6.3 - 110, n=370)
14.2 fps ∼13% -74%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
35 fps ∼100%
Sony Xperia XZ2
35 fps ∼100% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
24 fps ∼69% -31%
Google Pixel 2
24 fps ∼69% -31%
OnePlus 5T
25 fps ∼71% -29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (25 - 35, n=23)
34 fps ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (2.6 - 54, n=298)
9.93 fps ∼28% -72%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
33 fps ∼66%
Sony Xperia XZ2
33 fps ∼66% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
50 fps ∼100% +52%
Google Pixel 2
25 fps ∼50% -24%
OnePlus 5T
23 fps ∼46% -30%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (17 - 37, n=23)
28.7 fps ∼57% -13%
Average of class Smartphone (3.8 - 58, n=301)
9.03 fps ∼18% -73%
AnTuTu v7
MEM (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
9485 Points ∼89%
Sony Xperia XZ2
9670 Points ∼91% +2%
Google Pixel 2
8474 Points ∼80% -11%
OnePlus 5T
9027 Points ∼85% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (915 - 17441, n=24)
10612 Points ∼100% +12%
Average of class Smartphone (915 - 17441, n=190)
7022 Points ∼66% -26%
UX (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
55456 Points ∼94%
Sony Xperia XZ2
56292 Points ∼96% +2%
Google Pixel 2
43350 Points ∼74% -22%
OnePlus 5T
46549 Points ∼79% -16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (50408 - 64444, n=23)
58867 Points ∼100% +6%
Average of class Smartphone (6403 - 67386, n=189)
29245 Points ∼50% -47%
GPU (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
107080 Points ∼92%
Sony Xperia XZ2
106371 Points ∼91% -1%
Google Pixel 2
82858 Points ∼71% -23%
OnePlus 5T
85868 Points ∼74% -20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (96681 - 128264, n=24)
116736 Points ∼100% +9%
Average of class Smartphone (1690 - 148790, n=190)
36194 Points ∼31% -66%
CPU (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
93890 Points ∼99%
Sony Xperia XZ2
94648 Points ∼100% +1%
Google Pixel 2
72848 Points ∼77% -22%
OnePlus 5T
73371 Points ∼78% -22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (81694 - 97035, n=24)
90575 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (7548 - 120510, n=190)
47152 Points ∼50% -50%
Total Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
265911 Points ∼96%
Sony Xperia XZ2
266981 Points ∼96% 0%
Google Pixel 2
207530 Points ∼75% -22%
OnePlus 5T
214815 Points ∼78% -19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (246366 - 299878, n=24)
277162 Points ∼100% +4%
Average of class Smartphone (17073 - 348178, n=190)
119779 Points ∼43% -55%

Legend

 
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm Adreno 630, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Sony Xperia XZ2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm Adreno 630, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Apple iPhone 8 Apple A11 Bionic, Apple A11 Bionic GPU, Apple 256 GB (iPhone 8 / Plus)
 
Google Pixel 2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
OnePlus 5T Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash

Activating the browser and starting some benchmarks results in the Xperia XZ2 Compact and its big brother sitting at the top of all Android comparison devices here too. The Apple iPhone 8 is still even faster. 

Demanding HTML5 web pages, such as Google's Interland load quickly and work fluidly.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Apple iPhone 8
206.7 Points ∼100% +134%
Sony Xperia XZ2 (Chrome 65)
89.54 Points ∼43% +1%
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact (Chrome 66)
88.444 Points ∼43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (22.5 - 90.9, n=24)
77 Points ∼37% -13%
OnePlus 5T (Chrome 63)
66.477 Points ∼32% -25%
Google Pixel 2 (Chrome 62)
64.791 Points ∼31% -27%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact (Chrome 62.0.3202.84)
63.675 Points ∼31% -28%
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 273, n=442)
37 Points ∼18% -58%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 8
34163 Points ∼100% +99%
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact (Chrome 66)
17131 Points ∼50%
Sony Xperia XZ2 (Chrome 65)
16774 Points ∼49% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (3991 - 18275, n=24)
15509 Points ∼45% -9%
OnePlus 5T (Chrome 63)
12509 Points ∼37% -27%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact (Chrome 62.0.3202.84)
11424 Points ∼33% -33%
Google Pixel 2 (Chrome 62)
11380 Points ∼33% -34%
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 43280, n=578)
5671 Points ∼17% -67%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=598)
11342 ms * ∼100% -372%
Google Pixel 2 (Chrome 62)
3414.7 ms * ∼30% -42%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact (Chrome 62.0.3202.84)
3393.2 ms * ∼30% -41%
OnePlus 5T (Chrome 63)
3096 ms * ∼27% -29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2154 - 11204, n=24)
2831 ms * ∼25% -18%
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact (Chrome 66)
2401 ms * ∼21%
Sony Xperia XZ2 (Chrome 65)
2394.3 ms * ∼21% -0%
Apple iPhone 8
730.8 ms * ∼6% +70%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Apple iPhone 8
359 Points ∼100% +47%
Sony Xperia XZ2 (Chrome 65)
262 Points ∼73% +7%
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact (Chrome 66)
244 Points ∼68%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (260 - 291, n=21)
233 Points ∼65% -5%
Google Pixel 2 (Chrome 62)
190 Points ∼53% -22%
OnePlus 5T (Chrome 63)
181 Points ∼50% -26%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact (Chrome 62.0.3202.84)
166 Points ∼46% -32%
Average of class Smartphone (77 - 362, n=292)
113 Points ∼31% -54%

* ... smaller is better

The Xperia XZ2 Compact turns out to be rather slow when it comes to accessing external memory on the microSD card, our reference memory card Toshiba Exceria Pro M501's potential is far from being exhausted. Internal UFS 2.1 storage access values are within the norm. 

Sony Xperia XZ2 CompactSony Xperia XZ2Sony Xperia XZ1 CompactGoogle Pixel 2OnePlus 5TAverage 64 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
27%
72%
7%
3%
109%
39%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
17.1 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
30.12 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
76%
50.17 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
193%
50.8 (17.1 - 71.9, n=26)
197%
46.4 (3.4 - 87.1, n=333)
171%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
18.02 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
34.25 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
90%
73.3 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
307%
67.1 (18 - 86.6, n=26)
272%
64.6 (8.2 - 96.5, n=333)
258%
Random Write 4KB
16.9
17
1%
17.13
1%
18.03
7%
20
18%
50.5 (8.77 - 156, n=34)
199%
17 (0.14 - 250, n=626)
1%
Random Read 4KB
153.2
149.4
-2%
113.29
-26%
173.13
13%
138.1
-10%
134 (78.2 - 173, n=34)
-13%
39.6 (1.59 - 173, n=626)
-74%
Sequential Write 256KB
201.1
198.7
-1%
119.89
-40%
196.22
-2%
203.4
1%
193 (133 - 229, n=34)
-4%
82.6 (2.99 - 253, n=626)
-59%
Sequential Read 256KB
694.1
679.2
-2%
667.75
-4%
758.35
9%
698.7
1%
727 (529 - 895, n=34)
5%
235 (12.1 - 912, n=626)
-66%

Games – 60-FPS-gaming ready

We are testing some of the most demanding mobile games available with the app GameBench. The Xperia XZ2 Compact reaches a relatively constant 60 FPS. "Shadow Fight 3" produces the highest variance in frame rate, but it still does not drop below 54 frames, so the game keeps running fluidly. Xperia Actions allows for special instructions in terms of the behavior of the device when starting certain apps. Interruptions can be prevented, for example, background data traffic can be minimized and performance can be optimized. A Sony phone, of course, also comes with the PlayStation app preinstalled, enabling you to, for example, buy games online and start the download to your PS4 remotely.

The controls in games on the Xperia XZ2 Compact per gyroscope and touchscreen work flawlessly.

Shadow Fight 3
Shadow Fight 3
Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
Battle Bay
Battle Bay
Arena of Valor
 SettingsValue
 min60 fps
 high HD60 fps
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Shadow Fight 3
 SettingsValue
 high60 fps
 minimal60 fps
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Battle Bay
 SettingsValue
 half resolution60 fps
 half resolution60 fps
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Emissions – No high temperatures, but throttled performance

Temperature

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

The case temperatures of the Sony Xperia XZ2 are on a similar level as those of the XZ2 despite the more compact case. The absolute maximum we were able to measure on the bottom front after continuous load was 40.3 °C (~104.54 °F). The smartphone stays slightly cooler while idling at 35.8 °C (~96.44 °F). All of these temperatures are noticeable, but may only become problematic during the summer, when you put the device into your pocket after a long gaming session. The rise in temperature is barely noticeable in day-to-day use.

However, the Xperia XZ2 Compact, much like its big brother cannot maintain its performance during continuously high load: The frame rate dips down significantly after just a short amount of time during the GFXBench battery test, at the end of 30 cycles the performance drops by 25% compared to the performance at the beginning of the test.

Max. Load
 36.6 °C
98 F
38.2 °C
101 F
40.3 °C
105 F
 
 37.3 °C
99 F
38.5 °C
101 F
39.8 °C
104 F
 
 35.5 °C
96 F
38.9 °C
102 F
39.7 °C
103 F
 
Maximum: 40.3 °C = 105 F
Average: 38.3 °C = 101 F
34.4 °C
94 F
36.1 °C
97 F
36.6 °C
98 F
35 °C
95 F
36.3 °C
97 F
36.8 °C
98 F
34.1 °C
93 F
36.4 °C
98 F
36.7 °C
98 F
Maximum: 36.8 °C = 98 F
Average: 35.8 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  28.8 °C = 84 F | Room Temperature 20.1 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.3 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40.3 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 35.6 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 36.8 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 34.2 °C / 94 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.
Heatmap front
Heatmap front
Heatmap back
Heatmap back

Speakers

Speaker test "pink noise"
Speaker test "pink noise"

We were not quite pleased with the speakers of the Sony Xperia XZ2 despite the fact that they were front-facing and Sony offers a fairly extensive assortment of sound improvement technologies. The Xperia XZ2 Compact shares many of the same traits: Here, two speakers output sound to the front as well, and again we cannot honestly say that we like it. On the one hand speech and singing sounds fairly present, instruments on the other hand fall off clearly and the sound often seems muddy and undefined. The audio enhancements barely improve this.

Those who wish to connect 3.5 mm jack plug headphones can use the included adapter. It transmits sounds to the earpieces without distortions, but it could be slightly clearer too. Sound reproduction via Bluetooth paints a very similar picture.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.240.22532.938.63137.237.54031.733.65039.642.46328.334.58027.33010026.931.112526.730.61602430.620020.940.225020.946.731519.553.340018.560.750017.563.263017.567.180015.772.1100015.877.8125016.675.5160015.870.6200015.473.8250015.574.331501674.1400015.872.850001665.3630016.368.2800016.372.71000016.274.71250016.465.11600016.451.4SPL28.684.9N1.161.5median 16.4median 67.1Delta2.111.835.240.432.938.837.238.231.736.239.635.428.332.927.331.426.927.326.728.2242920.933.920.94219.551.418.555.817.564.417.563.915.771.715.873.916.669.115.868.115.472.315.574.41668.115.859.2166216.365.516.372.816.270.316.463.916.452.628.681.91.150.2median 16.4median 63.92.111.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSony Xperia XZ2 CompactSony Xperia XZ1 Compact
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.2% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 33% of all tested devices in this class were better, 14% similar, 53% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 60% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 46% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 43% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 67% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life – Xperia XZ2 Compact with good, practical battery life

Energy consumption

The Xperia XZ2 Compact requires less energy than the XZ2 in almost every scenario, which, considering the smaller display, makes sense. However, the average consumption of our test device is slightly higher than that of its big brother. The XZ2 Compact consumes a rather low amount of energy when compared to other devices as well, although the peak value of 9.03 watts is rather high.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.03 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.42 / 1.54 / 1.57 Watt
Load midlight 4.94 / 9.03 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
2870 mAh
Sony Xperia XZ2
3180 mAh
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
2700 mAh
Apple iPhone 8
1821 mAh
Google Pixel 2
2700 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-30%
-19%
4%
-14%
-28%
-19%
Idle Minimum *
0.42
0.72
-71%
0.58
-38%
0.54
-29%
0.99
-136%
0.803 (0.42 - 1.8, n=22)
-91%
0.878 (0.2 - 3.4, n=656)
-109%
Idle Average *
1.54
2.21
-44%
1.76
-14%
1.63
-6%
1.35
12%
1.71 (0.67 - 2.9, n=22)
-11%
1.725 (0.6 - 6.2, n=655)
-12%
Idle Maximum *
1.57
2.22
-41%
1.81
-15%
1.67
-6%
1.37
13%
2.09 (0.87 - 3.5, n=22)
-33%
2 (0.74 - 6.6, n=656)
-27%
Load Average *
4.94
4.6
7%
6.33
-28%
2.74
45%
3.25
34%
4.91 (3.64 - 7.41, n=22)
1%
4.04 (0.8 - 10.8, n=650)
18%
Load Maximum *
9.03
9.34
-3%
9.18
-2%
7.78
14%
8.56
5%
9.39 (6.2 - 12.3, n=22)
-4%
5.78 (1.2 - 14.2, n=650)
36%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The battery life of the Xperia XZ2 Compact roughly matches that of other high-end devices, but is slightly shorter than that of its predecessor. The smartphone manages to last 10:38 hours in the Wi-Fi test, which means that you can easily make it through a work day with normal use, without a lot of gaming it can last 2 days without charging. Those who only use their smartphone sporadically, may squeeze out an even greater running time.

The smartphone can be charged through QuickCharge 3.0 but an appropriate charger is not included. Standard charging time is slightly above 2 hours for a full load cycle.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
23h 40min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
10h 38min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
11h 32min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 23min
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
2870 mAh
Sony Xperia XZ2
3180 mAh
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
2700 mAh
Apple iPhone 8
1821 mAh
Google Pixel 2
2700 mAh
Battery Runtime
-3%
40%
2%
-12%
Reader / Idle
1420
1402
-1%
2655
87%
1629
15%
1457
3%
H.264
692
722
4%
866
25%
698
1%
564
-18%
WiFi v1.3
638
679
6%
736
15%
585
-8%
575
-10%
Load
203
159
-22%
266
31%
202
0%
161
-21%

Pros

+ 60-fps-gaming ready
+ very fast Smartphone
+ reasonable pricing
+ good pictures
+ 3D scans
+ IP68 certified Case
+ sleek matte finish
+ extensive software suite
+ accurate GPS
+ bright display with strong colors
+ Super Slow-Motion video
+ fast LTE with a lot of bands

Cons

- some bloatware apps
- bad speech quality at a high volume
- mediocre sounding speakers
- relatively slow microSD access
- no 3.5 mm headphone jack
- throttling under load

Verdict – Compact high-end smartphone for a reasonable price

Review: Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, test device supplied by Sony Mobile Germany
Review: Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, test device supplied by Sony Mobile Germany

Sony's small flagship may attract customers for occupying niche alone: There are not that many compact high performance smartphones, especially not at 600 Euros (~$720). The pictures with their strong colors and nice gimmicks such as Super Slow-Motion and 3D scans may serve as additional incentives for potential customers. Luckily, the XZ2 Compact has a matte finish and thus does not have the slippery, fingerprint prone surfaces of its big brother. Otherwise, the differences are few and far between, disregarding, of course, the raw measurements: The maximum LTE speed is slightly lower, which however should be inconsequential in practice and the Compact model comes without a QuickCharge charger, which is completely incomprehensible, especially considering the price. That is it.

Unfortunately the XZ2 Compact adopts the XZ2's bad traits, namely noticeable throttling when under continuous load and the call quality being truly awful at a high volume. The speakers do not sound as well as one would expect from a high-end device either, especially coming from a corporation with a Hi-Fi department as large as Sony's. Furthermore, the fact that the case is as bulky as it is and still does not accommodate a 3.5 mm headphone jack is baffling.

This leaves the Xperia XZ2 Compact as a powerful, stylish device with long battery life, that unfortunately disappoints in the details from time to time. Sony did have the best call quality and well-sounding speakers a few years back, which is something the Japanese company should reconsider.

Sonys Xperia XZ2 Compact polarizes with a corpulent side view and lack of a 3.5mm jack. Those who can live with that receive a very fast phone for a reasonable price that is suitable for small hands as well.

We can give the Xperia XZ2 Compact a purchasing recommendation if you do not make a lot of calls and have no issue with the adapter for normal headphones or the bulky case. In that case, you get a lightning-fast device with good battery life.

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact - 04/30/2018 v6
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
93%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
47 / 60 → 78%
Weight
91%
Battery
93%
Display
91%
Games Performance
59 / 63 → 94%
Application Performance
68 / 70 → 97%
Temperature
87%
Noise
100%
Audio
47 / 91 → 52%
Camera
87%
Average
79%
89%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Wimmer, 2018-05- 2 (Update: 2018-05-15)