Japan gets a waterproof version of the Xperia X Compact; plus it comes in Pink

by XB on 19th October 2016

in Videos, Xperia - Japan Models, Xperia X series

xperia-x-compact-pink_thumbJapan always gets the good stuff. Sony Mobile has announced that NTT docomo will be the exclusive Japanese carrier for the Xperia X Compact (SO-02J). The phone will launch with one major upgrade over the global version – it will be dust and water resistant, with an Ingress Protection rating of IP65/IP68.

The lack of water resistance was one of our key disappointments when the phone first launched. Many pointed to the fact that as the device was only meant to be the ‘compact’ version of the Xperia X, rather than XZ, water resistance was always off the cards. Well it looks like Sony is going through the effort of giving Japanese owners peace of mind with regards to water damage, but it didn’t feel the same was necessary for the rest of us.

Sony has been able to integrate water and dust resistance without any compromise to the dimensions (129 x 65 x 9.5mm) and weight (135 grams) which remain identically to the global model. Again, in light of this, we don’t understand why this was not the base model for all users globally.


Japan will also get a ‘Soft Pink’ colour option for the Xperia X Compact, which will sit alongside the other three colours (Mist Blue, Universe Black and White). We have already seen a ‘Deep Pink’ Xperia XZ launch across select territories, but up until now, there was no news on a pink Xperia X Compact. We hope to see this new colour option launch in other regions outside Japan over time.

Other specifications remain the same including a 4.6-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 650 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD memory card support, 23MP rear camera with triple image sensing technology, 5.1MP front-facing camera and 2700mAh battery. NTT docomo’s Sony Xperia X Compact is due to launch in early November.


Thanks boriseto, David and NepgearGo!

  • jumbo3220

    stepmoms treatment to global version :3

  • razorg

    Maybe the regular X Compact is secretly waterproof as well? I doubt they actually put some work into it specifically to make it water resistant for Japan…

  • XperiaBlog

    It is a great marketing bullet in their spec-sheet. If the global model was waterproof, Sony would have made a big song and dance about it…

  • Damn

  • Juggs

    It’s possible that this phone is secretly water resistant, it even survived being flooded by pepsi according to this video.


    That guy doing that test have also done it with previous Xperia devices in the past.

  • Federico Rogers Nelson Ciccone


  • Itsarapong Intoum

    Curse you, Blast you, Damn you…. Kaz…

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    No, Nothing could have been changed with the added water-proofing. The main area where Sony needs to focus is the camera and its still not gloomy day for it. I wonder when Sony announces Xperias, the samples comes out solid and good. Then it releases the commercial version and messes up with the software to give really bad experience that even Sony’s own Mid Ranges beat it hands down.
    For Camera, I really don’t know what’s keeping Sony behind. Has Sony been under norms with other companies whom it Supplies Camera Sensors or some other factors that keeps Sony behind the competition. Why Sony needs to market its Camera with higher Megapixels and other marketing gimmicks where Sony knows better that with larger pixels, Camera can perform better.
    Something is really holding Sony back with its camera.

  • haesslich

    I think this is proof Sony wants the mobile division to fail – by making their phones sell poorly overseas, they can turn around and say that the division needs to be shut down as it underperformed again.

  • Boost Freaks

    Maybe the phone actually is water resistant from the start, only not advertised. If they also re-enable 4k recording via a software update this will become the true compact phone successor to Z5C, even if it does not have a flagship processor.

  • Kosacka

    I wonder if there is ANY difference in global version vs japanese version when disassembled.

  • marcyff2

    if they wanted to get rid of something, they would just get rid of that. Same way they got rid of Vaio

  • Oldtimer42

    love my z3c would have considered this if it was waterproof. Too late. Have pulled the trigger on another non water proof phone

  • The One

    Can the Japanese version be used internationally, or is it carrier locked?

  • Stergios Papoutsoglou

    Damn, those Japanese bast*rds get all the good stuff

  • “by making their phones sell poorly overseas…” Where? I mean, in the US Xperia is at a miserable state, (Then again, Sony is literally only big in the US because of the PlayStation, THAT’S IT.) but Xperias in Continental Europe and South America are SIGNIFICANTLY more competitive against iPhone and Galaxy.

    But also, can’t that bias to the home country be said to GOOGLE as well? Because for instance, they doubled down on ads on YouTube, but Youtube Red, an ad free service, is US ONLY (The rest of us have to resort to rooting and VPN’s to purge ads off Youtube.) Google Search (Now? Assistant? IDK) is only useful in the US, especially Maps and location awareness information. And let’s not forget the ridiculous stonewalling of some Play (Music/Movies/TV/Store) services.

  • andy gowrley

    Or to save paying for the rating then have customers deep sea diving with the phone and complaining it’s died and wanting repaired on warranty.

    In Japan if they put conditions to how waterproof it is, I bet most of the customers accept those conditions. Worldwide that’s unlikely to happen and probably eats in to their warranty costs.

  • LocalPatriot

    Hi, little off…
    When will we get the new xperia XZ wallpapers?

  • Deads

    I have a X compact and love it, but damn do the colour options suck.

  • Nimche

    In the past (Xperia arc) we were able to get them from Japan and they would work, but now I am not sure with all band changes.

  • Dany

    Bad camera…u r talking about quality or Speed?

  • Talos the Robot

    If i was Japanese i would buy the Sharp Aquos Xx3 mini. The X Compact just sucks!

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Both. But mainly Imaging.

  • KarFar

    Snapdragon 617 vs 650… 16GB vs 32GB………

  • Eduardo Otero

    There’s a big problem with Japanese Xperia, they are all from Operators who hardly release software updates and as they are a different model I wouldn’t flash to a international software version.

  • Wolf0491

    I’ve seen YouTube videos of the xperia X under water for like a couple minutes with what seems to be zero issues. Do IP ratings cost money to get? Or was the body of the X just happened be made where tough get water in lol.

  • David Horvath

    Kyoex sells Docomo unlocked versions 6 months after release ( that’s when Docomo allows unlocking )… use with GSM USA carriers is usually OK but WCDMA is a no go.

  • DBS

    Allow me to correct you “Xperias in Continental Europe and South America WERE significantly more competitive against iPhone and Galaxy”.

    Sony has been losing ground in Europe for years. LG has already surpassed them in Europe. Why? Well, precisely because Sony continues to refuse to listen to their users and insists they know better.

  • DBS

    Their CEO already placed a Damocles sword over their heads. If the mobile division doesn’t return to profitability by the end of the 2016 fiscal year, they suffer the consequences.

  • DBS

    Well, at least, even though it still has a mid-range processor and a 720p IPS screen, the Japanese will have an easier time justifying the 450€ Sony asks for it.

    In Europe though? No. The European X Compact isn’t worth more than 350€ tops.

  • mountain

    The regular X compact is waterproof. But It was not marketed this way. This is because the most expensive part of making it waterproof is in fact the warranty of getting it waterproof. Sony have a much easier time managing the warranty in Japan only rather then global.

  • David Horvath

    100% right

  • Marinko Agic

    Xperia X is not waterproof but my friend has swimming with her and work

  • Marinko Agic

    In Croatia,Europe it is about 420€

  • Marinko Agic

    I have it now Xperia XZ and it is way better than Z5.The screen is like AMOLED.So good.Camera shot colorfull picture.great

  • Well, don’t make it appear that Sony Xperia is as braindead as BlackBerry. Because it simply isn’t.

  • Waterproofing is considered an almost standard feature for Japanese phones, and people know what manufacturers mean when they say “waterproof”. Namely, Japanese do not use said feature to film underwater videos or swim with the phone on them. They use it as insurance against accidents (and it also helps a lot when natural disasters happen).

  • Frode P. Bergsager

    It is easy to verify any waterproof sealing if the new X got an internal pressure sensor as most of the the Z-series had.
    I use a barometer app to verify if my Z3C is still sealed. When I pinch the display between two fingers I see the pressure bump up, and then drops down when I release the grip. If the sealing is missing or leaking the pressure values will not change.

  • Masamune2k

    Any Xperia X Compact water resistance test available somewhere?
    I saw the test on regular Xperia X, but not on Compact version

  • P9

    check out xda

  • Franciscus Michael Panggabean

    Well, they won’t be getting any software update, though. My docomo’s Z1 got 32GB of storage, instead of 16GB like the international version. But I didn’t get anything after KitKat.

  • Franciscus Michael Panggabean

    It’s carrier locked, but you can ask them to unlock it. I unlocked my Z1 for around 3,000 yen ($30). But you have to remember that the carriers control software update, and you might not get as many updates as the unlocked version.

  • Stergios Papoutsoglou

    That will show them for getting all the good stuff.
    Seriously though this sucks… That is why I will always get a non carrier phone. On this matter though my Z5 premium still hasn’t received the latest update…

  • Emil Oskarsson
  • Emil Oskarsson

    I dont get it, you didnt want to buy a non water proof Compact model from Sony? But you could buy another non waterproof from another brand or what? Even though you wanted a waterproof phone, just dont get it XD

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Take Sweden for example, every day I see a lot of people with Xperia handsets in their hands in public, in fact my whole family only have Xperia phones :p

  • bluestreak_v

    Looks like the X Compact is indeed water proof! Well… Pepsi proof at least.

    I’ve always suspected this to be the case considering the original Xperia X was shown to be secretly waterproof.

    @XperiaBlog:disqus , I find your lack of faith in Sony disturbing… ;)

  • bluestreak_v
  • LocalPatriot

    Thank you very much!

  • Masamune2k

    Thank you :). This confirms that the phone is still quite resistant.
    Now, only thing left to do is to disassemble International and Japanese models to confirm if construction is identical or not…

  • Franciscus Michael Panggabean

    Well, global version will have more software update. So there’s always pros and cons

  • PoweredBySony

    Unlocked camera from xz


  • Oldtimer42

    Waterproofing was an important feature that differentiated the compact family. Now that it was removed it has lowered its “features”. Now with mid range specs and no waterproofing it means I evaluated it against other phones. I was seeking a compact phone with waterproofing and top end specs. Unfortunately that now doesn’t exist so I moved on from Sony. It is now my back up phone.

    Thank you for your comment Emil.

  • lupuradu

    Don’t trust that app too much. I trusted that too, i had the Z3 compact for 2 months, in this time i took the phone in the hot tub twice, no issues, i rinsed it twice, no issues, 2 months later i rinsed it once again and the screen lost the back-light.
    I ran the pressure test before every single bathing session, it always reported as being water resistant with the pressure actually changing with the flaps closed and remaining still with flaps open. Last rinse it saw though killed it so that’s how i’ve learned the hard way that the waterproof feature isn’t something to fool around with.
    Luckily my device still had the water damage marker white and was also affected by some slight clicks of the body when pressing at the center of the device. Sony didn’t argue a bit about it and actually replaced it with the new X compact, letting me keep the old Z3C box full of accessories too.
    While the new X compact isn’t advertised as water resistant, i don’t care cause even if it was, i wouldn’t have got the courage anymore to test it. What i got instead is an unofficially supposedly water resistant device(which i’m not gonna test), a faster SoC, a better camera, a bioprint sensor, a 64bit cpu getting updated to nougat in the feature and an external usb-c charging port unlike the z3c where i had to buy a magnetic charging cable only to avoid opening and closing the flap every day.
    Also, the adaptive screen lighting now actually works, the screen goes automatically from very dim in completely dark areas to very bright in light areas while on the old z3c the screen kept a somewhat neutral position on the lighting scale. It never got too bright, it never got too dim, it just stood more or less still.

  • Dijair da Silva

    post a video too please

  • Maciek Stokfisz

    I’ve performed pressure sensor test on my x compact. For sure it’s not water resistant. :/

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