At IFA 2016 Sony unveiled its new Sony Xperia X Compact smartphone, which will go on sale in the UK in September as a smaller version of its Xperia X flagships with mostly high-end specs. Also see: Sony Xperia XZ UK release date, price and specifications and How to re-watch the Sony IFA 2016 press conference

Standout specifications include 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and a high-quality 23Mp camera. Read on for full details.

Sony Xperia X Compact UK release date: When is the Sony Xperia X Compact coming out?

Sony Xperia X Compact release date: 25 September 2016 (US)

Sony has yet to confirm the UK release date of the Xperia X Compact other than to say it will be available in September. In the US it goes on sale on 25 September, so we'd expect a similar timescale over here. Also see: Best phones 2016.

Sony Xperia X Compact

Sony Xperia X Compact UK price: How much will the Sony Xperia X Compact cost?

Thanks to its plastic build and compact HD screen the Xperia X Compact should command a significantly lower price tag than its bigger brothers. In the past Xperia Compact phones have tended to cost around £400 - the Z5 Compact launched at £429. We'll update this article when we have Sony's official word on pricing. Also see: What to expect at IFA 2016

Sony Xperia X Compact

Sony Xperia X Compact specifications and features

It might be a 'Compact' phone, but the new mini Xperia X's specs are far from insignificant. There's a huge 23Mp camera at the rear (5Mp at the front), plus a generous 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (plus microSD support up to 256GB) propping up a hexacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chip (2x 1.8GHz, 2x 1.4GHz). A fingerprint scanner is built into the power button on the side.

The resolution is just 1280x720, but stretched over a 4.6in LCD panel it should be plenty clear at 319ppi. This is a pocketable phone, just 129x65x9.5mm and 135g.

Sony Xperia X Compact

The new Sony Xperia X Compact runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (soon to be updated to Nougat) on a 2700mAh battery, which supports Quick Charge 2.0 over USB-C and an intelligent charging system that learns your charging habits and adjusts charging to suit to maximise the battery's lifecycle.

The Xperia X Compact supports PS4 Remote Play and high-res audio. At launch it will be available in blue, white or black.

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