The design of the X series is chic and classy with a metal back (the Z series had a glass back).
It feels smooth in the hand thanks to an almost imperceptible join. One of the main places Sony’s focused on is the camera.
And the front camera has a 13-megapixel sensor, more than many phones’ main cameras. Sony has introduced a new way of charging designed to increase the long-term life of the battery.
Instead of charging to full, it pauses at 90 per cent and tops it up to 100 per cent at the last minute, recognising patterns in behaviour (like the way you always get up at 7am, say) so that it tops up the charge just before then.
The company claims this will double the battery’s lifespan.
The Compact reflects the fact that while every phone maker is going for big screens, Sony recognises that many customers want something a little more hand-comfy.
And unlike most manufacturers, the Sony small phone is almost as premium as the big one.
The XZ has a 23-megapixel sensor which has something called triple image sensing, essentially taking the image sensor and adding distance sensing and colour sensing.
A program called Predictive Hybrid Autofocus uses an algorithm to guess where a moving object will be by the time your shutter trips.It’s a clever idea that makes sense, though is presumably better at predicting an oncoming train than an errant puppy. For filming video, the camera includes five-axis image stabilisation so you need never shoot blurred movies.