Sony xperia x series

Sony Xperia X series

During Mobile World Congress 2016, Sony unveiled the Xperia X line of phones, which includes the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, Xperia XA and Xperia XA Ultra. The four devices are mostly similar on the outside, but a few tweaks on the internals, as well as different screen sizes, set them apart.

The XA (the base model, if you will) features 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 2300 mAh battery. The X steps up a bit with 32GB of storage, 3GB RAM and a 2620 mAh battery, while the X Performance tops out with 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM and a 2700 mAh battery. This one also snags an IP65 / IP68 dust-tight & water resistant rating, if you're into that sort of thing. The XA Ultra is the largest in the line, with a 6-inch HD screen — internally it steps down a bit with an octa-core MediaTek processor and just 16GB of storage; it does have a massive 16MP front-facing camera, though.

Xperia XZ and X Compact

Just a few months after the original set of the X series phones went on sale, Sony announced the Xperia XZ and X Compact coinciding with the IFA conference in August 2016. The Xperia XZ is effectively a replacement for the Xperia X Performance, with a very similar design and a 5.2-inch 1080p display, backed up by a Snapdragon 820 processor and 3GB of RAM. The X Compact is a smaller, plastic version with a 4.6-inch 720p display and slower Snapdragon 650 processor.

Both phones offer a brand new camera feature, though: 5-axis image stabilization for the 23MP image sensor, enabling much better low light photos and smoother video.

Category Xperia XA Xperia X Xperia X Performance
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Display 5-inch 720P HD 5-inch Full HD 1080P 5-inch Full HD 1080P
Processor MediaTekHelio™ P10 Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Storage 16GB 32GB 32GB
Expandable microSD up to 200GB microSD up to 200GB microSD up to 200GB
Rear Camera 13MP with Exmor RS 23MP with Exmor RS 23MP with Exmor RS
Front Camera 8MP with Exmor R 13MP with Exmor RS 13MP with Exmor RS
Networks LTE (4G), LTE Cat4, GSM GPRS/EDGE (2G), UMTS HSPA+ (3G) LTE (4G), LTE Cat6, GSM GPRS (2G), UMTS HSPA(3G) LTE (4G), LTE (4G) Cat9, GSM GPRS (2G), UMTS HSPA (3G)
Charging micro-USBPump Express+ 2.0 micro-USBQC 2.0 micro-USB QC 2.0
Waterproofing None None IP65 / IP68 dust-tight & water resistant, Capless USB
Battery 2300 mAh 2620 mAh 2700 mAh
Dimensions 143.6 x 66.8 x 7.9 mm 143 x 69 x 7.9 mm 143.7 x 70.4 x 8.7 mm
Weight 138g 156g 165g

Sony Xperia X series hands-on

LG and Samsung may be the talk of the town following their respective flagship releases, but it’s safe to say that neither OEM did a very good job with keeping things under wraps in the run up to their launch. However, one company that has taken us a bit more by surprise is Sony, who introduced an absolutely brand new series of smartphones earlier today, under the Xperia X moniker.

The three devices in the series range from affordable mid-range to high-end, and at MWC 2016, we got to spend some time with these smartphones. Here’s our first look, as we go hands on with the Sony Xperia X line!

The first device in the line, the Xperia XA, features a near bezel-less display with subtle curves on the sides, that give the phones a pleasant, pebble-like feel. The device is very light, weighing just 137.4 grams, and with a thickness of under 8 mm, the handling experience is really good. Of course, the 5-inch display means it isn’t the biggest phone around anyway, but the ultra-thin bezels help with reaching across to everything on the screen. The power button on the side returns to its signature round look, if only because of the fact that there is no fingerprint scanner here. The camera shutter also makes a return here, and is a big part of some of the better camera features on offer. As far as color options go, the Xperia XA comes in white, black, mint, and bronze.

The Xperia X and Xperia X Performance share essentially the same design as one another, and in fact, neither of these models come with the edge-to-edge display seen with the Xperia XA. Instead, the X and X Performance have a lot in common with the Xperia Z line when it comes to design language, with the major difference being the more rounded corners and sides, and of course a change to a full metal design. All three Xperia X family members share the same screen size and overall footprint, but the X and X Performance are significantly heavier than the Xperia XA, with the former weighing in at 153 grams and 164 grams respectively.

Overall, the Xperia X and X Performance feel very much like what we’ve seen from Sony so far in the Xperia Z line, despite a few differences in design language. Sony has been criticized for releasing very similar devices on very short lifecycles, and while the X Performance is ostensibly the first in a series, it feels like a continuation of the familiar Z line.

As previously mentioned, all of the devices come with 5-inch IPS LCD panels, but while the Xperia X and X Performance come with a Full HD resolution, the Xperia XA comes with a 720p resolution. Also returning is Sony’s Triluminos and X-Reality technologies, which pump up the color, especially when consuming media. Overall, these are fairly common, yet entirely competent displays that you’ll find little to complain about.

The processing package is where the Xperia XA, X, and X Performance diverge. The Xperia XA comes with a MediaTek MT6755, an octa-core chip that is mostly been used in mid-range devices. The X jumps to a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, another processor geared towards the mid-range, while the X Performance graduates to Qualcomm’s latest and greatest, the Snapdragon 820.

However, as far as performance is concerned, from the short time that we spent with the devices, we could really tell that they were running unfinished software. There were a lot of instances of lag throughout, even on the high-end X Performance, and the camera in particular was significantly buggy. Taking a few photos in quick succession on the maximum resolution resulted in the phone becoming unresponsive and warm, with a restart required after that. Of course, Sony will iron out most of these issues in time for the commercial release of the device, so we’ll have to wait for when we get our review units to give a final verdict with regards to performance.

Another issue we encountered was the absence of any mention of the fingerprint sensor in the software, even though the Xperia X and X Performance come with one, embedded into the power button. As such, the non-final software prevented us from testing if Sony managed to improve the performance of the sensor incorporated in the power button, given that it wasn’t the best with the Xperia Z5 Premium.

On the software side of things, all the devices are running Android Marshmallow, and returning is a mostly stock-like interface, with Sony’s well-known additions included. As mentioned though, the software on the phones we tested was not final, so we’ll abstain from talking too much about it.

On the camera front, the X Performance and X comes with 23 MP rear shooters and 13 MP front-facing cameras, while the Xperia XA packs a 13 MP primary camera and an 8 MP front-facing unit. Given the mentioned software issues, we weren’t really able to try out the cameras very well though. We did try the X Performance’s Hybrid Auto-Focus feature, which allows you to tap on an object in your field of view, and have the camera focus on it and follow it around. When the camera didn’t jam up, the feature worked pretty well. The camera was able to follow the tracked object — Lanh walking around the room — pretty accurately, though fast movements like the wave of a hand were beyond its capabilities.

So there you have it for this quick look at the Sony Xperia X line! The Xperia X and XA are great additions to the competitive mid-range space, and can prove to be really good contenders as long as Sony gets the pricing right. The X Performance on the other hand is a bit of a puzzler, with it featuring what many essentially expected from the Xperia Z6. This may be Sony’s way of technically doing away with their bi-annual release cycle strategy, but the X Performance isn’t fooling anyone.

Sony's Xperia X phones now available for purchase at several retailers

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Sony delivered something of a surprise earlier this year at MWC in Barcelona when Hiroki Totoki, president and CEO at Sony Mobile Communications, unveiled a trio of new Xperia smartphones: the high-end Xperia X Performance, the Xperia X, and the midrange Xperia XA. And at Computex in Taiwan, it delivered another: Starting in July, all three models became available for purchase unlocked in the United States. Sony, in a departure from its historical strategy of partnering with individual carriers, is selling the handsets through a combination of online and brick-and-mortar retailers.

The Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia X Performance are now available for purchase at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo Video, and Reagan Wireless.

The new Xperia X phones all sport 5-inch displays and stylish aluminum finishes available in white, graphite black, lime gold, and rose gold. But the similarities are only skin deep. We went hands-on with all three.

Sony Xperia X ‘Performance’

The top-of-the-line Sony X Performance has an aluminum body with rounded edges, and it’s super-comfortable to hold, with a satisfying weight and solidity. There’s a brushed effect on the metallic back panel. It doesn’t mark a major departure from Sony’s Xperia Z line-up in terms of design, though Sony has ditched the glass back and decided that a 5-inch 1080p display is enough.

Sony talked up the speed up of the 23-megapixel main camera, and the X Performance retains a dedicated physical camera key. A soft press on the key allows you to focus, and a harder press takes a shot. It is very fast, and you can pivot and take a photo with no sign of blur. The front-facing camera is rated at 13-megapixels.

This is a powerful phone with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood backed by 3GB of RAM. It’s running the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Sony’s light user interface on top and a smattering of Sony apps. It will feel familiar to any Android user, but Sony has added a customizable app menu and search box that’s accessible by swiping down in the middle of the screen. Storage is 32GB, but there is a MicroSD card slot for expansion by up to 200GB.

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Just like the Z5 range, there’s a fingerprint sensor on the lozenge-shaped power button on the right spine, but it seems to have been slimmed down. In fact, the phone feels very compact, and that’s largely due to the 5-inch screen. Sony has received a lot of positive feedback for the Z5 Compact, so that may explain the fact that all three X phones have 5-inch displays. It makes them easy to handle compared to a lot of the current flagships.

We picked up on two other differences with the X Performance compared to the X and XA. Firstly, it is IP65 and IP68 rated, so liquids shouldn’t be a problem. Secondly, it has a slightly bigger battery at 2,700mAh and it doesn’t have a bigger screen or higher resolution to power, so we would expect the battery life to be good. The charging port on the bottom is Micro USB, but it does support quick charging.

The X Performance also has dual front-facing speakers. We cranked up a couple of tunes on the show floor and could hear them above the general trade show noise around us, so the volume level is quite impressive. Sony has moved the volume rocker to right spine between the power button in the middle and the camera button at the bottom. It feels slightly odd when you’re using the phone in portrait, but flip to landscape and you get the sense of it.

The X Performance retails for $700.

Sony Xperia X

The middle child is the Xperia X. It’s a fraction smaller than the X Performance, but it’s very tough to tell them apart. The display, the cameras, the software, the fingerprint sensor, and the general design are almost identical. The X Performance has that slightly nicer brushed effect on the back, but you have to dip inside to find other differences.

The processor in the X is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, the battery is a touch smaller at 2,620mAh, and there’s no IP rating listed in the specs, so we assume it’s not waterproof. In terms of weight and feel, there’s very little to distinguish it from the Performance.

The Xperia X starts at $550.

Sony Xperia XA

The runt of the litter is the mid-range XA, which sports a new MediaTek Helio MT6755 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 720p display. It is noticeably smaller with a much thinner bezel at the edges of the display when held in portrait. There’s no fingerprint sensor on the power button, in fact the XA has Sony’s old signature round silver button.

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It also has a much smaller battery inside at 2,300mAh and it only has a single speaker. The cameras are rated at 13-megapixels and 8-megapixels respectively, but the software is identical. Sony has included a detailed manual mode in the camera app for all three phones, which should please photography fans craving a little more control.

The fact that it’s slightly slimmer is a good thing, and the aluminum body still feels luxurious.

The Xperia XA costs $280.

Which is best?

While we can see the sense in having a budget option, it’s tough to see why Sony felt the need to turn out an X Performance and an X when the differences are so minimal. Without knowing which is which, you would never be able to tell them apart. We’re glad to see the gradual softening of Sony’s angular design and the end of that fragile glass back, but this is refinement rather than innovation.

They are easily the most comfortable phones to hold that Sony has ever produced.

The X family are a nice size and they’re easily the most comfortable phones to hold that Sony has ever produced, but why not just have a flagship and a budget version? Given the choice we would certainly opt for the top-end X Performance, for the faster processor and waterproofing.

Article originally published on 07-19-2016. Updated on 07-19-2016 by Kyle Wiggers: Added Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA availability and pricing information. 

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Sony Launches Xperia X Series — All You Need to Know

In a bit of a surprise announcement, Sony has unveiled a “new look Xperia brand” with the Xperia X series of smartphones. Fitting along with the current theme of MWC 2016, these new Xperia devices are made more capable with the addition of smart accessories, giving us “ambient connected devices capable of changing the way users interact with the world”.

Starting off, the devices launched are the Xperia X, the Xperia X Performance and the Xperia XA. All of these devices will be available in Dual SIM variants in addition to the normal Single SIM variants, so Sony is offering a choice to those who prefer.

The Xperia X  series smartphones fit in with Sony’s unified design concept, and as such, can be easily recognized as being one with the Xperia pack. The X series notably includes a curved glass display on a metallic frame, giving the devices the premium look and feel of top tier flagships.

Xperia X Xperia X Performance Xperia XA

While the Xperia X, the Xperia X Performance and the Xperia XA may look and sound similar, they do have differences on the inside and outside as well. Here’s a quick comparison table listing the specs of all three devices:

Xperia X Xperia X Performance Xperia XA
Display 5″ FHD 1080×1920

IPS LCD Triluminos

5″ FHD 1080×1920

IPS LCD Triluminos

5″ HD 720×1280


Dimensions 142.7 x 69.4 x 7.9 mm 144.8 x 71.1 x 7.6 mm 143.6 x 66.8 x 7.9mm
Weight 153 g 165 g 137.4 g
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755
GPU Adreno 510 Adreno 530 Mali-T860MP2
Storage 32GB, 64GB (for Dual SIM variant) 32GB 16GB
Microsd Upto 200GB Upto 200GB Upto 200GB
Rear Camera 23MP, f/2.0, Predictive Hybrid AF, LED Flash 23MP, f/2.0, Predictive Hybrid AF, LED Flash 13MP, Hybrid AF, LED Flash
Front Camera 13MP, f/2.0, 22m Wide Angle Lens 13MP, f/2.0, 22m Wide Angle Lens 13MP, f/2.0, 22m Wide Angle Lens
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side Mounted Yes, Side Mounted No
Battery 2620 mAh 2700 mAh 2300 mAh
Fast Charging Qnovo Fast Charging Qnovo Fast Charging Qnovo Fast Charging
Android Version Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Talking about the peculiarities of each device, the Xperia X and the Xperia X Performance feature some interesting camera technology. Not only do these sport hybrid autofocus in the form of PDAF, they also feature Predictive Autofocus, which was developed in close collaboration with Sony’s α camera engineers. This new tech lets one choose their subject and then predicts its motion, which promises to deliver blur-free imagery of even moving subjects.

The Xperia X Performance, as its name implies, is a performance-oriented device and bears a chip that can bear all of that load. The Snapdragon 820 present inside the X Performance means that the device is capable of giving competition to flagships of 2016, despite not being a completely top-tier flagship device either. The Xperia X on the other hand, bears the Snapdragon 650 (which is the renamed Snapdragon 618), so performance wise, the device is placed in the mid end. The same can be said about the Xperia XA as well, thanks to the Helio P10.

All the three Xperia X devices also come with Qnovo Adaptive Charging Technology, which boasts to be a breakthrough as far as smartphone batteries are concerned. Qnovo promises reduced charge times, but also promises an increase in battery lifetimes, which is something that rival Quick Charge tech does not promise. The new Xperia will have drastically better battery lifetimes of around 800 charge cycles before the battery starts to lose capacity, which is a significant increase against the standard 500 charging cycles that one assumes in today’s smartphones.

The Xperia XA does have one distinguishing factor: it sports an edge to edge display, bearing virtually no side bezels. The screen size is also a manageable 5″, so it will be interesting to see how practical and useable a bezel-less display is on a normal sized device instead of a phablet.

The Xperia X series smartphones have a little in them for every need. Sony has not released any pricing or availability details for these, but based on Sony’s past records, the devices will ask for a slightly premium price when compared to its competitors.

A lot of the focus, again, was on the connected devices aspect to the smartphone. Sony has provided us with more concepts and even a working product of how connected devices will enrich and enhance the smartphone experience in 2016.

Firstly, there is the Xperia Ear, which is a wireless earpiece that utilizes Sony’s voice technology. The earpiece will provide useful information such as the weather, your schedule and even the latest news. The device can also work with verbal commands, which you can leverage for a more complex hands-free experience. There’s also the RM-X7BT in-car Bluetooth commander which enables wireless music streaming and uses Sony’s voice tech to activate smartphone functions whilst driving.

Sony also gave us a preview of a few concepts that they are working on. The Xperia Eye is a 360 degree camera which can be worn; the Xperia Projector is a projector which will respond to touch gestures as well as voice, allowing for smartphone like interaction; while the Xperia Agent is a personalised assistant aimed at enhancing everyday life. These are still concepts with no release date attached to them.

The Sony Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and the Xperia XA will be available in White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose Gold colors. Sony mentions that the devices will be available from Summer 2016, which translates into June-July for us outside of the USA. This is a very surprising move by Sony as the devices may not be as lucrative in the ~4 months from launch till public release. Even the Xperia X Performance, which packs in the SD-820 with a 5″ display may get a competitor which the public can buy earlier.

The Xperia X series devices have certainly surprised us in early 2016. We hope that Sony keeps a manageable and affordable pricing scenario on all of these, which would be crucial for their success.

What are your thoughts on the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and the Xperia XA? Would you like a top-of-the-line smartphone in a smaller screen size? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Xperia X series: Specs compared

Is your head hurting trying to understand the differences between the various members of the Sony Xperia X series? It took us a while yesterday morning to truly understand how each phone differed, especially since each came with a 5-inch display. We’ve included a table below that compares the specifications of each handset. Some specifications may change as we get closer to the summer 2016 release date, but if you’re keen to understand the differences then check out the table below.

Sony Xperia X series: Specs compared

Xperia XAXperia XXperia X Performance
Display size5-inch5-inch5-inch
Screen resolution720 x 12801080 × 19201080 x 1920
Screen-to-Phone Ratio %71.869.668.1
ChipsetMediatek Helio P10 (MT6755)Snapdragon 650 (MSM8956)Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996)
ProcessorOcta-Core (2GHz ARM Cortex-A53)Hexa-Core (1.8 GHz dual-core Cortex-A72 and 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53)Kryo Quad-Core CPU (Up to 2.2 GHz)
GraphicsMali-T860 MP2 @ 700 MHzAdreno 510 Adreno 530
Internal Storage16GB32GB (Single SIM) / 64GB (Dual SIM)32GB (Single SIM) / 64GB (Dual SIM)
External memorymicroSD supportmicroSD supportmicroSD support
Rear Camera - Sensor13MP 1/3-inch Exmor RS (IMX258)23MP 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS23MP 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS
Rear Camera - FeaturesHybrid Autofocus, 5x clear image zoom, Full HD 1080p Video RecordingPredictive Hybrid AF, 5x Clear Image Zoom, 24mm G Lens F2.0, Full HD 1080p Video RecordingPredictive Hybrid AF, 5x Clear Image Zoom, 24mm G Lens F2.0, Full HD 1080p Video Recording
Front Camera - Sensor8MP Exmor R (IMX219)13MP 1/3.06-inch Exmor RS sensor13MP 1/3.06-inch Exmor RS sensor
Front Camera - Features88 degree Wide Angle lens, Full HD 1080p Video Recording22mm Wide Angle Lens F2.0, Full HD 1080p Video Recording22mm Wide Angle Lens F2.0, Full HD 1080p Video Recording
Water resistanceN/AN/AIP68 certified
Fingerprint SensorNoYesYes
DesignPlasticMetal rear and Metal-effect polycarbonate frameBrushed Metal rear (Graphite Black & White only) and Metal-effect polycarbonate frame
SoundS-FORCE 3D, VPT (Virtualphones Technology), Clear Audio+, Stereo RecordingHigh-Resolution Audio (LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD), DSEE HX, LDAC, Digital Noise Cancellation, S-Force Front Surround, Clear Audio+, Stereo recordingHigh-Resolution Audio (LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD), DSEE HX, LDAC, Digital Noise Cancellation, S-Force Front Surround, Clear Audio+, Stereo recording
Battery capacity2300mAh2620 mAh2700mAH
LTECat 4Cat 6Cat 9
SIMNano SIM (Single & Dual variants)Nano SIM (Single & Dual variants)Nano SIM (Single & Dual variants)
Dimensions143.6 x 66.8 x 7.9mm142.7 x 69.4 x 7.9mm143.7 x 70.4 x 8.7mm
OSAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
ColoursWhite, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose GoldWhite, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose GoldWhite, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose Gold
OtherQnovo’s Adaptive Charging technology, Bluetooth 4.1, NFCQnovo’s Adaptive Charging technology, Bluetooth 4.2, NFCQnovo’s Adaptive Charging technology, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC

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Pre-order Sony’s Brand New Intelligent Xperia™ X Series - Official Sony Blog

The new Xperia X design takes smartphones beyond the limitations of screen size -Sony designers have packed the latest technology into a phone that fits perfectly in the hand, whilst still retaining an impressive 5” screen. Research into how we use our phones showed that the majority of time we are on the move or require to hold the phone in just one hand, with this in mind the new X Series has been skillfully crafted by our designers so it fits beautifully in your palm. Also each device integrates a fresh look and feel with a continuous colour surround in choice of four colours including on-trend metallic hues; Lime Gold and Rose Gold in addition to Graphite Black and White. A premium finish is visible across the entire range with the Xperia X depicted by its seamless metal back, Xperia Performance by its stylish hairline finish4 and Xperia XA by its borderless edge-to-edge screen.

Here’s a recap on what you can pre-order from May onwards…

Xperia X

Sony’s new ‘can’t live without’ intelligent smartphone, Xperia X features unique Sony camera technology, Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, which allows you to track an object then cleverly predicts its movement to give you clear, blur-free shots. So, even if you can’t predict where the shot is headed, your smartphone can. The 23MP rear camera not only gives you clear shots, but also super-fast start-up going from standby to capture in less than 0.6seconds[ii] at the touch of a button, ensuring you are ready to take the perfect shot whatever the situation. The front camera can help capture your fondest memories too with 13MP and Sony’s renowned low-light sensors (ISO6400), so your selfies are sharp around the clock.

Taken on Xperia X by @RafaelMantesso

Crafted with a seamless metal back and curved glass edges of its 5” display, it fits beautifully in the curvature of your hand. The comfortable fit and usability is exemplified by the integration of the finger-print sensor[iii] on the power button which intuitively provides access in an instant. The simplicity of the design means it fits effortlessly into your life, whatever your style.

Advanced features require the battery stamina to match, and Xperia X incorporates Sony’s smart battery management to deliver up to two days battery life[iv]. Not only will it keep your phone running for longer from one charge, while most smartphone batteries quickly decline in strength, Xperia X delivers up to two times battery lifespan6 using ground-breaking Qnovo Adaptive Charging which maintains battery health while charging.

Xperia X is powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 650 64 bit processor and is enabled with Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 2.0 so you can get 5.5 hours usage with just 10 minutes of charging with a certified Quick Charge™ 2.0 charger.

Xperia X Performance 

For video streaming lovers the Xperia X Performance has been super charged and is a powerhouse in terms of performance, driven by its Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor, to provide a seamless experience on your phone. The Snapdragon™ 820 processor is one of the most cutting-edge processors created and is designed to deliver the ultimate in power, graphics and connectivity making internet downloads and streaming ultra-fast and ultra-smooth.

Capturing your most fascinating moments can be unpredictable so now the next generation 23MP camera in the Xperia X Performance takes spontaneous capture to another level allowing you to shoot in sharp focus, even with fast moving action. The all-new Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, developed from Sony’s ‘α’ camera heritage, predicts the motion of an object so you can take sharp pictures even if the object is moving. Its super-fast autofocus finds the clarity of your subject in less than 0.03 seconds and quick launch and capture will take you from standby to capture in less than 0.6 seconds[v] at the touch of a button, meaning the total time it takes to take your picture is now two times faster[vi].

Taken on Xperia X by @RafaelMantesso

Hold Xperia X Performance and you’ll know it’s beyond the ordinary – with a curved display and a seamless metal back it is designed to perfectly suit your life and taste. Choose Graphite Black or White for an exclusive hairline finish or go for the elegance of Lime Gold or Rose Gold. Even the user interface has been updated to be more in tune with you, with a fresh new intuitive look. Performance isn’t just related to the speed, Xperia X Performance offers a finger-print sensor located on the power button to give a seamless unlock experience.

Sony’s smart battery management together with Qnovo adaptive charging means your phone is more intelligent than ever before and adjusts the charging current to give keep your battery healthy and make it last up to twice as long[vii].

Xperia XA

With a curved glass display that seamlessly meets the rounded frame, Xperia XA is as pleasing on the eye as it is on the hand. It features a distinctive and beautifully integrated edge-to-edge display that stretches the full width of the phone to make full use of the 5” display.

Quality camera performance is also extended to the mid-range Xperia XA, with its 13MP camera, hybrid autofocus and super-fast quick launch. When you want to capture the perfect moment you can go from launch to capture in less than 0.9seconds, blink and you won’t miss the perfect shot. With roughly one hundred million selfies taken around the world every day, you need a camera that captures you in your best light – whatever the time of day. Xperia XA has an 8MP front camera with low-light capability so you get clear, sharp shots whatever the time of day.

Xperia XA brings you up to two days battery4 power from a single charge, so you can listen to more music, talk for days and stay out longer without worry. Not only does Xperia XA keep you talking for longer, with Sony’s smart battery management system and Qnovo adaptive charging, it will also give you up to two times battery lifespan7. If you need to top-up your battery in a hurry then use Xperia XA with the optional accessory Quick Charger UCh22 and get 5.5 hours of battery life in just 10 minutes.


Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA each have a range of matching Style Covers in corresponding colours including Style Cover Touch which will let you access your favourite smartphone widgets through a smart window without needing to open the case.

Availability and specifications

Xperia X Performance, Xperia X and Xperia XA will launch globally from May 2016. Xperia X Performance and Xperia X will be available in both Single SIM and Dual SIM variants.

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