US pre-orders open at $449.99 for Sony Xperia X Compact (minus the fingerprint scanner)

A few weeks ago, Sony unveiled two new additions to its smartphone range: the Xperia XZ flagship, and the upper-mid-range Xperia X Compact. Both handsets offer a range of premium specs, but Sony focused heavily on their 23-megapixel cameras, which include numerous features that the company says will allow users to capture "blur-free images, day or night".

Now, the smaller of the two devices is available to pre-order in the United States. Amazon.com is offering the Xperia X Compact in Blue, Black and White, priced at $499.99 - but the retailer is also offering an instant $50 credit at checkout, reducing its price to $449.99.

The Xperia X Compact's key specs include:

  • 4.6-inch IPS LCD with HD (1280x720px) resolution and scratch-resistant glass
  • Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB onboard storage (plus microSD card support up to 256GB)
  • 23MP rear camera with LED flash, hybrid autofocus, five-axis stabilization, and 1080p video recording at 60fps
  • 5MP front-facing camera with 1080p video recording
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • NFC
  • USB 2.0 with Type-C connector
  • Non-removable 2700mAh battery
  • 129 x 65 x 9.5mm; 135g

However, be aware that - like the new Xperia XZ - the X Compact doesn't come with a fingerprint scanner in the US, although that feature will be available on both devices in other markets.

The handset will ship in the US on September 25 with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow pre-installed. While the device will, eventually, get the latest OS update - Android 7.0 Nougat, which Google released last month - Sony hasn't yet said when that will happen.

Source: Sony Xperia X Compact in Blue / Black / White (Amazon.com) via XperiaBlog

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