For Sony and its arguably overpriced, not exactly in vogue Xperia X smartphone family, every day is starting to feel like Black Friday, at least stateside, where authorized third-party sellers are trying their best to make hits out of the standard X, XA, X Performance, XZ and now X Compact.
That’s right, the diminutive but powerful Sony Xperia X Compact’s newest markdown comes hot on the heels of the larger, stronger, speedier XZ’s 50 bucks Amazon rebate. Technically, we’re looking at a $100 MSRP trim here, valid both on Amazon and Best Buy, although the Snapdragon 650 puny puncher was actually never sold for $500.
It launched stateside at $450 not long ago, going $50 off today, possibly for a limited time. But most likely not, since the 5-inch Xperia X still costs $380, down from a list price of $450, with extremely similar specs.
The Xperia X Compact is redesigned to include sharper corners, a smoother finish and USB Type-C port, also squeezing a bigger battery into a smaller footprint with a chunkier figure, featuring an even better 23MP rear-facing camera, but only a 5MP selfie shooter and 720p 4.6-inch screen vs. 13 megapixels and 1080p display resolution.
Bottom line, $400 still doesn’t feel like an ideally low tag, though it’s a definite step in the right direction, unlocked GSM support, US warranty, three color options and all.