Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Review: Performance

By 11:07 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 Comments


Performance

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact comes with a Snapdragon 835, complete with 4GB of RAM. Being one of the first out the door with an Oreo Read-Only Memory (ROM) does mean bumping into quite a few software optimization issues. We hope that both Sony and the benchimprint developers had time to acquire up to speed with the latest Android version.


The highlight in the performance section would be the 720p display, which should allow the XZ1 Compact to lead in the benchmarks on numerous occasions.

The powerful Snapdragon 835 naturally had no distress chewing through every task we threw its way. That being said, let's kick off with a pure Central Processing Units (CPU) benchmark. The XZ1 Compact is somewhat behind other S835 smartphones, but nothing critical.

GeekBench 4.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    1991

  • OnePlus 5

    1932

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    1929

  • Nokia 8

    1925

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    1840

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    1826

  • Oppo R11

    1596

  • Sony Xperia XA1

    887

  • Xiaomi Mi 5X

    868

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    6719

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    6656

  • OnePlus 5

    6604

  • Nokia 8

    6568

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    6541

  • Oppo R11

    5777

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    5596

  • Xiaomi Mi 5X

    4225

  • Sony Xperia XA1

    3611

Moving on to the GPU benchmarks. Quite expectedly - the Xperia XZ1 Compact is acing the onclassy screen test having gigantic advantage over the competition with that 720p resolution.

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    60

  • Apple iPhone 7

    60

  • Apple iPhone SE

    58

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    41

  • OnePlus 5

    40

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    40

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    34

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    34

  • Huawei P10

    30

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    23

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    21

  • Nokia 8

    18

  • Sony Xperia XA1

    15

  • Oppo R11

    15

  • Xiaomi Mi 5X

    6.3

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    50

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    25

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    25

  • OnePlus 5

    24

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    21

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    20

  • Huawei P10

    16

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    13

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    12

  • Nokia 8

    12

  • Oppo R11

    8.6

  • Sony Xperia XA1

    7.9

  • Xiaomi Mi 5X

    3.5

The offclassy screen apps show the Adreno 540 inside the Xperia XZ1 Compact is as capable as any other Adreno 540 GPU out there.

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    42370

  • Huawei P10

    39433

  • OnePlus 5

    38844

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    38820

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    38583

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    38541

  • Nokia 8

    37593

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    33815

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    33023

  • Oppo R11

    20350

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    15415

  • Xiaomi Mi 5X

    10403

  • Sony Xperia XA1

    9714

Baseimprint ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7

    1547

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    1189

  • Apple iPhone SE

    882

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    861

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    855

  • Nokia 8

    855

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    853

  • OnePlus 5

    796

  • Huawei P10

    716

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    626

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    623

  • Oppo R11

    345

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    241

  • Sony Xperia XA1

    191

  • Xiaomi Mi 5X

    138

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 and AnTuTu seem to be a small less kind to the Xperia XZ1 Compact, but the result cards do resemble that of GeekBench 4.1 pretty closely. Granted, the XZ1 Compact seems to be near the bottom of the Snapdragon 835 bunch. The again, at the first BaseMark Operating System (OS) it appears to give Samsung's Exynos 8895 (S8) less of an edge in performance. Even less so for Huawei's Kirin 960 (P10).

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • OnePlus 5

    180331

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    177326

  • Nokia 8

    175872

  • Apple iPhone 7

    174532

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    174435

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    157075

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    144462

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    141193

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    133574

  • Huawei P10

    126629

  • Apple iPhone SE

    123961

  • Oppo R11

    118677

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    76731

  • Xiaomi Mi 5X

    63548

  • Sony Xperia XA1

    60707

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • OnePlus 5

    3601

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    3547

  • Nokia 8

    3503

  • Apple iPhone 7

    3416

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    3376

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    2986

  • Huawei P10

    2910

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    2818

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    2461

  • Oppo R11

    2386

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    2386

  • Apple iPhone SE

    2163

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    1738

  • Sony Xperia XA1

    1351

  • Xiaomi Mi 5X

    1246

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    4402

  • OnePlus 5

    4300

  • Nokia 8

    4215

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    3484

  • Huawei P10

    3393

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    3338

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    3272

  • Oppo R11

    2961

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    2901

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    2606

  • Xiaomi Mi 5X

    1377

  • Sony Xperia XA1

    1367

The Xperia XZ1 really does live up to flagship standards, and the synthetic scores prove that.

But our real-life impressions are even better - this is one of the smoothest, if not the one, Androids we've played with and we aren't throwing this statement lightly. Having reviewed so many flagships - Galaxy S8 and Note8, OnePlus 5, LG V30, Mi 6 - we've always experience some tiny hiccups which stick and annoy us. Not on the Xperia XZ1 Compact, though.

The phone runs super cool under peak performance, is capable of handling literally anything hassle-free, and offers amazingly smooth Android operations. Yes, the Xperia XZ1 Compact is probably the fastest phone correct now, no matter what some score cards are telling you.


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