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Sony Xperia X Compact battery life test

We reviewed the Sony Xperia X Compact recently, but due to time constraints we couldn’t finish the battery testing procedure in time for the publication date. Well, we’re done now, and the results are in.

First off, though – some preliminary numbers. The Xperia X Compact is powered by a 2,700mAh battery, which is the same capacity as the one fitted in the Z5 Compact. The Xperia X proper, meanwhile, packs a marginally smaller 2,620mAh battery, while the Xperia XA manages with even less – 2,300mAh.

In our proprietary test routine the X Compact posted very good scores overall, perhaps with the exception of talk time. That said, the 14 and a quarter hours that we got on a 3G call match Sony’s promise in the X Compact’s documentation – that’s simply what the phone is capable of, and apparently it can do it in the real world just as well as in the lab.

Talk time

Meizu m3 note
48:35h


Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE
46:44h


Gionee Marathon M5
38:07h


Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
34:40h


vivo Xplay5 Elite
33:20h


Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro
33:20h


Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G
33:19h


Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
32:54h


Xiaomi Redmi 3
32:53h


OnePlus 3
32:48h


Oppo R7 Plus
30:46h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
30:29h


OnePlus 2
30:29h


Motorola DROID Turbo
30:09h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
29:46h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM
29:46h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
29:46h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
29:46h


Huawei Honor 5X
29:40h


Samsung Galaxy S7 active
29:17h


vivo V3Max
28:47h


Nokia Lumia 1520
28:34h


Samsung Galaxy Note5
28:34h


HTC One (M8) for Windows
28:34h


Samsung Galaxy Note 4
28:31h


Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
28:25h


Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
28:23h


Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL
27:47h


Huawei G8
27:44h


Samsung Galaxy S5
27:37h


Sony Xperia Z1
26:53h


Huawei Mate 8
26:45h


Samsung Galaxy S6 active
26:29h


Motorola Moto X Play
26:28h


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
26:01h


Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7
25:45h


LG G3
25:38h


LG G Pro 2
25:37h


LG G Flex
25:19h


Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
25:16h


LG G2
25:15h


Samsung Galaxy A7
25:12h


Huawei Ascend Mate
25:12h


Samsung Galaxy A7 Duos
25:12h


BlackBerry Passport
25:12h


Motorola Nexus 6
25:03h


Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
25:02h


alcatel Hero
25:02h


Samsung Galaxy A8
25:02h


Oppo N1
25:01h


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
24:52h


Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
24:32h


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
24:29h


LeEco Le Max 2
24:24h


Sony Xperia Z Ultra
24:23h


Huawei nova plus
24:12h


Xiaomi Mi Max
24:09h


Oppo R7s
24:03h


Apple iPhone 6 Plus
23:49h


Samsung Galaxy Note7
23:45h


Xiaomi Mi 4s
23:25h


Motorola Moto X Force
23:22h


LG AKA
23:20h


Sony Xperia Z3
23:13h


Meizu PRO 5
23:10h


Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE
23:09h


Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM
23:09h


Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
23:09h


Oppo R7
22:58h


Samsung Galaxy S7
22:57h


Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
22:51h


Samsung P6200 Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
22:42h


Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)
22:36h


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (USA)
22:32h


Motorola Moto X Style
22:23h


Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
22:23h


ZTE nubia Z9
22:20h


Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue
22:16h


Sony Xperia Z2
22:13h


HTC One Max
22:13h


Lenovo ZUK Z1
22:13h


Nokia Lumia 1320
22:13h


Nokia Lumia 1020
22:13h


Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
22:13h


Sony Xperia C3 Dual
22:11h


Yota YotaPhone 2
22:09h


Meizu MX4 Pro
22:09h


Samsung ATIV SE
22:05h


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
22:02h


Motorola Moto Z Force
21:46h


Xiaomi Redmi Note
21:41h


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
21:39h


Motorola RAZR MAXX
21:18h


Oppo F1 Plus
21:07h


Xiaomi Mi 4i
21:02h


Sony Xperia X Performance
20:56h


Meizu m2 note
20:55h


Huawei Nexus 6P
20:50h


Samsung Galaxy Note7 (USA)
20:48h


LG Optimus G Pro E985
20:45h


HTC One M9
20:44h


Sony Xperia X Compact
14:14h

Move from calls to screen-on tasks and the Xperia X Compact does a better job. In Wi-Fi web browsing it’s good for 11 and a half hours, with the 9 minutes by which it outlasts the Z5 Compact easily within the margin of error. That’s still 2 hours longer than the Xperia X’s 9:34h – so our initial logic that a smaller lower-res display would help the X Compact outlast the X holds true here, at least.

Web browsing

Gionee Marathon M5
30:51h


Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL
20:22h


Xiaomi Mi Max
19:25h


Huawei Mate 8
17:05h


Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G
16:41h


Sony Xperia E4
16:40h


Samsung Galaxy S6 active
16:25h


Xiaomi Redmi 3
15:11h


Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
15:05h


Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
14:52h


Meizu MX4
14:06h


Huawei Ascend Mate7
13:53h


Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
13:47h


Huawei P8
13:32h


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
13:32h


Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
13:26h


Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
13:14h


HTC Butterfly 2
13:11h


Meizu m1 note
13:05h


Huawei Honor 6
12:59h


Apple iPhone SE
12:55h


Meizu PRO 5
12:51h


Xiaomi Mi 5
12:50h


Sony Xperia C
12:45h


Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)
12:42h


Nokia Lumia 1520
12:40h


Acer Liquid X2
12:39h


Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
12:37h


HTC One (M8) for Windows
12:31h


HTC Desire 700 dual sim
12:30h


HTC One (M8)
12:29h


Apple iPhone 6s
12:27h


Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
12:21h


Samsung Galaxy A8
12:18h


ZTE nubia Z9
12:18h


Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
12:18h


Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
12:17h


Samsung Galaxy S7 active
12:08h


Sony Xperia Z3
12:03h


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
11:55h


Nokia XL
11:54h


Motorola Moto X Play
11:52h


Sony Xperia Z3+
11:51h


Apple iPhone 6s Plus
11:51h


Huawei P9 lite
11:51h


HTC Desire 816
11:48h


Apple iPhone 7
11:48h


Sony Xperia C3 Dual
11:47h


LG G2
11:42h


Samsung Galaxy A5
11:36h


Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos
11:36h


Meizu m1 metal
11:33h


Meizu m3 note
11:33h


Sony Xperia Z2
11:32h


Sony Xperia E4g
11:32h


Huawei nova plus
11:31h


Motorola DROID Turbo
11:31h


Sony Xperia E1
11:30h


Sony Xperia X Compact
11:29h


HTC One Max
11:20h


Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
11:20h


Sony Xperia ZR
11:20h


Motorola Moto G4
11:18h


Samsung Galaxy Note7
11:08h


HTC Butterfly S
11:07h


Asus PadFone X
11:07h


LG G2 mini
11:02h


Samsung Galaxy Note 4
11:01h


Nokia Lumia 1320
10:58h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
10:56h


Samsung Galaxy S6
10:56h


HTC Desire 510
10:53h


Microsoft Lumia 532
10:52h


Motorola Moto G 4G
10:52h


Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
10:52h


Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
10:50h


Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
10:50h


Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM
10:50h


Motorola Moto Z Force
10:48h


Lenovo ZUK Z1
10:46h


Samsung Galaxy Note5
10:43h


Huawei Honor 8
10:40h


Oppo R7 Plus
10:39h


LG AKA
10:38h


Huawei Honor 7
10:38h


Nokia Lumia 830
10:36h


vivo V3Max
10:31h


Apple iPhone 6
10:29h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
10:25h


Meizu MX4 Pro
10:24h


Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM
10:23h


Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
10:23h


Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE
10:23h


Nokia Lumia 630
10:18h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
10:14h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM
10:14h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
10:14h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
10:14h


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
10:12h


BlackBerry Passport
10:12h


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (USA)
10:09h

Not quite in video playback, where the X Compact posts virtually the same (already good) result as the regular X. The Xperia Z5 Compact could last a good 3 hours longer while playing videos. It’s worth keeping in mind, however, that the Z5 Compact was tested before we adopted the standardized 200-nit brightness, and it was instead set at 50% of maximum, which meant 106 nits in its particular case so we shouldn’t be quick in drawing direct comparisons for this specific test.

Video playback

Gionee Marathon M5
26:24h


Samsung Galaxy S7 active
20:54h


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
20:08h


LG G Flex
19:57h


Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
18:36h


Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
18:18h


Oppo R7 Plus
18:04h


Samsung Galaxy S6 active
18:03h


Meizu PRO 5
18:02h


Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G
18:01h


Samsung Galaxy Note 4
17:52h


Xiaomi Redmi 3
17:50h


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (USA)
16:54h


Samsung Galaxy Note7
16:46h


Xiaomi Mi Max
16:42h


Motorola RAZR MAXX
16:35h


Samsung Galaxy J7
16:22h


Motorola Moto Z Force
16:10h


Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL
15:40h


Samsung Galaxy Note7 (USA)
15:23h


Motorola Moto X Force
15:07h


Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
15:03h


Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
14:58h


Samsung Galaxy E7
14:57h


Samsung Galaxy S7
14:50h


Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
14:17h


Apple iPhone SE
14:17h


Lenovo ZUK Z1
14:14h


Oppo R7s
14:05h


Huawei Ascend Mate7
14:04h


Apple iPhone 6s Plus
13:57h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
13:53h


Xiaomi Mi 5
13:52h


Samsung Galaxy Note5
13:51h


Motorola DROID Turbo
13:41h


Samsung Galaxy Note 3
13:32h


OnePlus 3
13:15h


Nokia Lumia 1020
13:12h


Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
13:12h


Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini
13:12h


HTC One Max
13:11h


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
13:08h


Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
13:04h


Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)
13:04h


Acer Liquid Jade Primo
12:53h


Sony Xperia C
12:53h


Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
12:51h


Huawei Honor 6
12:51h


vivo Xplay5 Elite
12:51h


Samsung Galaxy Premier I9260
12:51h


Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
12:45h


Samsung Galaxy A8
12:45h


Acer Liquid X2
12:42h


Meizu MX4 Pro
12:41h


Huawei Mate 8
12:34h


Nokia Lumia 1520
12:31h


Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4
12:30h


BlackBerry Q5
12:28h


Sony Xperia C3 Dual
12:22h


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
12:21h


Huawei Ascend Mate
12:18h


Sony Xperia Z2
12:16h


Oppo F1 Plus
12:13h


Samsung Galaxy S6
12:12h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
12:12h


Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE
12:10h


Motorola Moto X Play
12:06h


LG AKA
11:54h


Sony Xperia Z3
11:47h


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
11:38h


Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7
11:37h


Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
11:33h


Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL
11:32h


Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4
11:29h


Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100
11:27h


Huawei Mate S
11:26h


OnePlus One
11:23h


Meizu m3 note
11:18h


HTC One (E8)
11:16h


Oppo N1
11:15h


HTC One (M8) for Windows
11:15h


Samsung Galaxy S5
11:15h


Apple iPhone 6 Plus
11:15h


BlackBerry Q10
11:15h


Meizu m1 note
11:09h


Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
11:02h


Asus PadFone X
11:01h


Huawei P9 lite
10:58h


Xiaomi Mi 4c
10:47h


BlackBerry Passport
10:46h


Apple iPhone 6s
10:46h


vivo X5Max
10:44h


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
10:41h


vivo X5Pro
10:41h


Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM
10:38h


Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
10:38h


Samsung Galaxy J2
10:35h


LG G Flex2
10:35h


HTC Desire Eye
10:35h


Xiaomi Mi 4s
10:35h


HTC Desire 816
10:34h


Sony Xperia X Compact
9:52h

The individual scores above (plus the standby draw) add up to a combined endurance rating of 73 hours.

The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you’re interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we’ve tested will compare under your own typical use.

The Xperia X Compact comes with a load of battery features as well. There’s the Qnovo charging tech, designed to preserve the battery in the long run, Battery Care smart charging, plus Sony’s iconic Stamina modes. You can read about these in more detail in the battery section of the X Compact review.