Customers who want a solid phone with good specs and a screen size under five inches have been having a hard time of it for the last few years. Sony seems like the only manufacturer that will give them the time of day, and their phones aren't always easy to find in any given market. Those in the US who've been salivating over the Xperia X Compact, the company's latest bantamweight heavy-hitter, can now put down some money to get an American unlocked model.
Amazon is taking pre-orders for the X Compact, with a standard retail price of $499.99 on the black, white, and light blue color options. In addition, the retailer is offering $50 of Amazon credit with a pre-order. Unlike most of these deals, the credit is applied directly when you pay, making the actual price $449.99 (plus any taxes and shipping, of course). Amazon says they'll send the X Compact out on September 25th, next Sunday.
The American unlocked model should work on AT&T, T-Mobile, and any other GSM carrier, though obviously Verizon and Sprint are out thanks to their CDMA networks. The Xperia X Compact uses a 4.6" 720p screen, a Snapdragon 650 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage plus a MicroSD card slot, a 23MP rear camera, and a USB Type-C port. The battery is a little small at 2700mAh, but that's just a symptom of the phone's small physical size at 129 x 65 x 9.5mm. It runs Android 6.0 at launch, and the phone was recently added to Sony's Open Device Program for easy bootloader unlocks and drivers.