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Specs Comparison: Sony Xperia X Compact vs Xperia Z5 Compact

Sony has just announced its newest compact smartphone for their consumers — the Xperia X Compact. It’s the latest Android from the Japanese maker to sport the ‘compact’ name. Let’s compare it to the Xperia Z5 Compact of last year and find out which one is better on paper.

Xperia X CompactXperia Z5 Compact
4.6-inch IPS LCD @ 1280 x 720 pixels, 323ppi4.6-inch IPS LCD @ 1280 x 720 pixels, 323ppi
1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor2.10 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor
Adreno 510Adreno 430
32GB internal storage32GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD, up to 256GBExpandable via microSD, up to 256GB
23-megapixel PDAF rear camera w/ LED flash23-megapixel PDAF rear camera w/ LED flash, 4K recording
5MP front-facing camera5MP front-facing camera
Wi-Fi 802.11acWi-Fi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.1
GPS w/ A-GPS, GlonassGPS w/ A-GPS, Glonass
FM RadioFM Radio
Fingerprint scannerFingerprint scanner
Hi-Fi audio-
USB Type-C-
-IP68 certified
2700mAh Li-Ion battery2700mAh Li-Ion battery
Android 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
129 x 65 x 9.5 mm127 x 65 x 8.9 mm
135 g138 g

Summary of advantages

Xperia X Compact:

  • Bigger RAM
  • Hi-Fi audio
  • Reversible USB Type-C port

Xperia Z5 Compact:

  • Flagship processor during launch
  • 4K video recording
  • IP68 certified for dust and water resistance
  • Slightly more compact dimensions

As it turns out, the new Xperia Compact handset is not the same as before. It’s not exactly a compact version of the Sony flagship smartphone. Well, it’s an Xperia X Compact phone, so it basically borrows its features from the Xperia X which is not the company’s flagship device.

It has lost quite a number of features like 4K recording and the IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. In return, Sony is giving you an upgrade to 3GB of RAM and new hardware features – you can now enjoy Hi-Fi audio on the go and play around with the reversible USB-C port.

The phone was launched along with the real Sony flagship of the year — the Xperia XZ. We do hope that Sony will release another compact phone that’s based on the XZ. Sony Xperia XZ Compact, anyone?

This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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5 Responses

  1. D Yuga Man says:

    I thought same lang ang audio ng Z5 compact and X compact- – 24-bit/192kHz audio?

    The only noticeable advantage of the X compact is the extra gig of RAM and when you factor in the price- you are basically buying the same/inferior phone but with a higher price tag.

    You can now get the Z5 compact for 17K at Kimstore. The direct conversion of X compact is around 24K so it will probably be released at around 26-30K in the Philippines. Grey market price will probably be at 24-26K.

    So around 5-7K difference for 1gb of RAM and with the loss of 4Kvideo and IP68 rating?

  2. Marcus says:

    Hi guys, I’m the “EASY E”.
    Anyway, sana affordable yan this time and yung price ng last gen flagship nila ay i-50% off na. The Z5 is still nice by the way.

  3. el gato says:

    “Slightly more compact dimensions”
    hindi ko alam kung tama ito, considering “129 x 65 x 9.5 mm VS 127 x 65 x 8.9 mm”…1-2mm difference

    yung SD810 ba yung may ‘overheating problem’?

  4. Dummy_001 says:

    SD810 sa Z3+ ang may overheating issues, na resolve na yan pagdating sa z5 lineage..

    I think, just like what the article says, it really not a next generation Xperia Compact phone. All the specs are midrange compared to what people before have, a small phone with all the bells and whistles of the flagship phone. Simply it is just a midrange compact phone. When it comes to price bargain, IMHO, I think z5 compact is more bargain than the Xcompact. Yes you can get a USB type-C and bigger RAM, but you lose the essence of being a sony Compact phone that people love. The phone that you can carry anywhere, use with one hand and still have the capacity of a flagship phone. I not an Apple fan but there move with having iPhone SE is great, small phone yet same specs with 6s. That’s what people love, a smaller version with high specs. Sony should have stick to that.

  5. Lisa says:

    Hi-Fi audio rin ang Z5 compact. All the Z5 series.

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