Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact latest rumours: Release date, UK price, design

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Rewind a couple of years and Sony’s Xperia Z5 Compact was hands down the best small Android phone available.

We loved it because it was smaller than the Z5, but boasted the exact same specs and the larger one (apart from the battery and screen size, of course). This was a great move from Sony as it didn’t force people who prefer a smaller handset to compromise on specs. 

Last year, Sony split its line up, with the Xperia XZ becoming the high-end offering, but without a compact alternative. The Xperia X filled in the mid-range, and the X Compact shared the mid-range specs of that phone with a Snapdragon 650 processor.

But it lost the waterproofing and outstanding battery life of the older Compact models.

Now it is rumoured that Sony will announce the Xperia XZ1 Compact at IFA – and the specs are anyone’s guess.

What is the XZ1 Compact’s release date? 

Sony will likely announce the XZ1 Compact at IFA in Berlin. The company is holding a press conference on Thursday 31 August at 1pm CEST. 

A trusted tipster on the Sony circuit known as josephnero posted on an Esato forum that ‘The compact version of the new flagship (name is still undecided) will launch within 10 days of being announced’. 

We believe this to be the XZ1 Compact, if the name sticks, so the release date would be 10 September. Which regions this applies to were not revealed.

How much will it cost?

At release, the X Compact cost £379 in the UK. As the XZ1 Compact could well be the Compact successor to the XZ, a flagship handset, we expect the XZ1 Compact to cost more – possibly £500+. 

What are the rumoured new features and design?

The XZ1 Compact is likely to be announced at the same time as the Xperia XZ1, the clunky-named sequel to the Xperia XZ. The latter phone has a Snapdragon 820 at launch, which was then the cream of the crop. 

It follows that the Xperia XZ1 will have the Snapdragon 835, though this is the chip in the XZ Premium, so Sony might not match it. If you’re still with me, this means that (fingers crossed) we could see the Snapdragon 835 chip in the XZ1 Compact. It will certainly be the same as whatever is in the XZ1 – we will find out on 31 August.

These names are subject to change, as Sony has a famously convoluted naming convention. However, its products remain generally excellent, and we have high hopes for the new Compact model. 

It is a gap in the market that Sony diligently filled; flagship spec smartphones at a lower cost and smaller size. It took a misstep with the X Compact, so we hope the next iteration is a return to form.

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