Sony Xperia X Compact squeezes high-end (-ish) features into 4.6-inch footprint

While most Android OEMs have entirely given up on half-decent sub-5-inch (some, even sub-5.5-inch) smartphones, and Apple paused 4-inch iPhone evolution for a few years as it focused solely on iPhablets, Sony remains committed to its age-old strategy of releasing flagships in more sizes than anyone.

Even as it undergoes a mobile business restructuring, looking to streamline the money-bleeding Xperia portfolio, this unrelenting Japanese tech giant has a pocket-friendly X Compact to hook you up with.

And fret not, it’s nearly as powerful as its largely underwhelming 5-inch “standard” Xperia X sibling. The diminutive 4.6-inch LCD screen is unsurprisingly downgraded from 1080 to 720p resolution, but otherwise, you’re dealing with two peas in a pod here.

Same middling Snapdragon 650 processor, same 3GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage, 23MP rear-facing camera (redesigned and improved, even), and, well, a demoted 5-megapixel selfie shooter. On the bright side, the Sony Xperia X Compact somehow packs a larger 2,700mAh battery than its big brother, making a long overdue connectivity transition to USB Type-C while measuring a not-so-slim 9.5mm.

Obviously running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out the box (hopefully, with Nougat around the corner), the pint-sized powerhouse will support fingerprint recognition (in certain regions), launching stateside on September 25 at an unspecified price. Please oh please, make it $400 tops.

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