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Sony announces its new Xperia X range of smartphones

Xperia X Lime Green PIS Design


The hits just keep on coming, with Sony announcing its new X-series of smartphones that will launch globally sometime in the summer, slotting in just beneath the Z-series. Sony  unveiled the Xperia XA, Xperia X, and the Xperia X Performance earlier today, with all three handsets sporting 5-inch displays. Join us after the break for the rundown and specifications.

Xperia X allBefore we look at the X-series range of handsets individually, let’s see what they have in common first. The X series carries on with the same sort of metal and glass materials that we associate with Sony’s Xperia handsets, with Sony saying that each X series smartphone will bring a curved glass display within a rounded, continuous frame. Instead of featuring a glass rear panel, the X series of handsets has a metallic rear.

Each model will use Sony’s latest smart battery management system while also sporting Qnovo’s Adaptive Charging technology that manages the heat generated by charging with the aim of prolonging the lifespan of the battery. Sony is claiming all X-series models will have 2-day battery life.

Xperia XA Black Predictive Hybrid AFOn the camera front, Sony has announced that the X-series will sport the company’s next generation camera technology that allows users to take sharp focus images even for those spur-of-the-moment photos. The Xperia X and X Performance will use what Sony calls the Predictive Hybrid AutoFocus, that uses motion-tracking to predict where a moving object will move to, keeping the subject in focus. The X and X Performance models will also sport a fingerprint scanner.

All three models will be available in white, black, rose gold and lime gold.

Xperia XA

Xperia XA ColoursThe Xperia XA is aimed at the mid-range segment and is powered by an Octa-core MediaTek processor and 2GB of RAM.

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 5-Inch HD display with 720p resolution with Mobile Bravia engine 2, Super Vivid mode
  • MediaTek MT6755 Octa-core processor (64-bit)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal memory
  • MicroSD card support (up to 200GB)
  • Rear camera with 13MP Exmor RS sensor, Hybrid Auto-Focus, Quick launch
  • Front camera with 8MP Exmor R sensor, Auto-Focus and wide-angle lens (88-degrees)
  • Single/Dual nano-SIM
  • Battery: 2,300mAh
  • Dimensions: 143.6 x 66.8 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 137.4 grams

Xperia X

Xperia X ColoursThe Xperia X is a level above the XA, sporting a higher res full HD display, a more powerful Snapdragon 650 processor and 3GB of RAM. It’s also slightly thicker than the XA, coming in at 8.7mm.

Specifications:

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 5-Inch TRILUMINOS Display with full HD resolution with X-Reality and Dynamic Contrast Enhancement
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor (Hexa-core, 64-bit)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • MicroSD card support (up to 200GB)
  • Rear camera with 23MP 1/2.3″ Exmor RS sensor with Predictive Hybrid AutoFocus, Quick launch <0.03 sec
  • Front camera with 13MP 1/3″ Exmor RS sensor with 22mm wide-angle lens, F/2.0 aperture
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Single/Dual nano-SIM
  • Bluetooth 4.2/NFC/WiFi Miracast
  • Battery: 2,700mAh (non-removable)
  • Dimensions: 143.7 x 70.4 x 8.7mm

Xperia X Performance

Xperia X Performance BlackThe Xperia X Performance is the most powerful of the bunch as you might expect, using Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 820. There’s also 3GB of RAM present. Other than that, it’s extremely similar to the Xperia X, other than it carries an IP68 water and dust proof rating, as well as a capless MicroUSB port.

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 5-Inch full HD TRILUMINOS Display with X-Reality and Dynamic Contrast Enhancement
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor (64-bit(
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD card support (up to 200GB)
  • Rear Camera with 23MP Exmor RS sensor with Predictive Hybrid Auto-Focus, Quick launch <0.03 sec and 24mm wide-angle lens
  • Front camera with 13MP Exmor RS sensor, 22mm wide-angle lens, F2.0 and Quick launch <0.03 sec
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Single/Dual nano-SIM
  • Bluetooth 4.2/ NFC/ WiFi Miracast
  • Battery: 2,700mAh
  • Dimensions: 143.7 x 70.4 x 8.7mm

The Xperia X range of smartphones is remarkably consistent design-wise, with the X and X Performance models offering very similar specifications, other than the use of different processors. One positive is that Sony has confirmed the X-series will be available in the U.S. whether it’s via the carriers or through Sony’s online store.

With the X-series being launched in the summer, could it mark a shift in Sony’s strategy, in that it will move away from the utterly confusing release schedule it had in 2015 with the Z series? What are your initial thoughts about Sony’s new Xperia X-series of smartphones? Have you always wanted a 5-inch flagship with a high-end processor?  Don’t forget, MWC 2016 is only getting started, don’t forget to pick up the rest of our coverage

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About the Author: Peter Holden

I've been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being my first phablet. I currently carry around a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, a Huawei P9, and a Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, I'm an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, I love a good Braai (BBQ).