Has Sony finally seen the light in terms of pricing its smartphones? One can only hope so. It might still be asking a lot more than its competitors, but, given the Galaxy Note 8’s shocking price tag, Sony’s excess might seem almost modest. Last we heard, the Xperia XZ1, its next flagship, will cost a pretty 599 GBP, roughly $770, which is on par for a premium phone. From that same source, Xperia XZ1 Compact will supposedly also get a price tag worthy of a mini flagship, except there’s an even cheaper but fuller flagship to give it a run for its money.
The Xperia XZ1 Compact might actually be able to compete with something like a Galaxy S8 or better yet an LG G6, provided you can accept two compromises. One is that you will have very thick bezels above and below. The other is that you’re stuck with a 1920×1080 resolution.
In almost all other aspects, like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or 4 GB of RAM, the Xperia XZ1 Compact might almost be on par with the bigger players. It’s smaller 4.6-inch screen might actually be a plus, depending on which way you swing. Not everyone wants a phone they need to use with both hands, bezel or no bezel.
It’s alleged 499 GBP price tag, however, might still be a bit difficult to swallow. That’s roughly $645, almost the price of an LG G6 and only a bit lower than a Galaxy S8. But what Sony should be more concerned about is the OnePlus 5, which is easily almost $200 cheaper but with even more muscle to show. That is, if size really isn’t a big deal.
Sony, however, seems to live on an island, without a care to what its competitors are doing. Those interested in this mini champ will have a variety of colors to choose from, including the usual Black, Silver, and Blue. There is also a Pink color that seems to lean on the red side more than the Xperia XZ1’s own version of pink.