Sony announced its new X series of smartphones at MWC 2016 yesterday that consisted of three 5-inch handsets with a varying level of specification. While the Xperia X Performance has Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 820 processor providing the grunt, the Xperia X carries a Snapdragon 650 chip, with the Xperia XA making do with a MediaTek MT6755 octa-core processor. Sony’s new range may only be officially launching in the summer, but the Xperia X and XA handsets are already available to pre-order from Amazon (Germany).
This is where we hit something of a speed bump because it seems that both the Xperia XA and the X are priced at premium levels. The Xperia XA’s preorder price is €299 ($329) while the mid-range Xperia X has a pre-order price tag of, wait for it, €599 ($659). The lower spec Xperia XA isn’t priced too badly, but the Xperia X’s pricing is unrealistic, to say the least. This is especially true when, for just €41 more, you can pre-order Samsung’s Galaxy S7 that has a bigger, higher-resolution display, more powerful processor, wireless charging, and has a dust and waterproof rating of IP68.
It could well be that these pre-order prices are placeholders, and the correct, hopefully, lower, prices will be visible closer to the actual launch. Amazon does have that pre-order guarantee, after all, where it promises to refund the buyer if the pre-order price is reduced after placing an order.
For those of you asking about the Xperia X Performance, well, for German and UK fans, it seems you may be out of luck as it is believed that Sony is only planning on launching the Xperia XA and X in your respective countries. There’s still a while to go until the summer launch, perhaps Sony will change its strategy in the meantime. Perhaps. The pre-order price in other European countries should be around €699 ($769).
What do you think of the pre-order prices for the Xperia X series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget that you can catch the rest of our MWC 2016 coverage right here.