The new Xperia family is almost here! The Sony Xperia X and Xperia XA, which will officially be replacing the Xperia Z line-up when they launch in the next few weeks / months, are already available to pre-order online.
Although the phones were officially unveiled at MWC 2016 earlier this year, consumers have been waiting for a release for months – though UK release dates have been announced recently, American users will have to hold on a little longer before they can get their hands on the brand new Sony handsets.
With a new look and next generation specs, the Xperia X will be taking Sony in a new direction, and it’s said to embody “Sony Mobile’s new brand vision.” The Xperia X and XA are both mid- to upper-mid-range handsets, while the Xperia X Performance is expected to be a fantastically high-end smartphone (like the name suggests.) However, the Performance has not yet been given a UK release date.
Here’s what we know about Sony’s new Xperia smartphones so far:
The Xperia X series mark a small change in design from their predecessor – instead of blocky, sharp edges and squared corners, the new Sony handsets feature curved glass displays; the Xperia XA even features an edge-to-edge screen, not unlike the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The plastic edges of the phone are rounded for a more comfortable fit in the hand, and merge seamlessly with the all-metal back.
While the overall look is very similar to previous Xperia series, it’s nice to see Sony adapting to the times and recreating some of the best features of other brands’ flagship handsets. The Xperia X and XA come in four colours: white, graphite black, lime gold, and rose gold. (And we’ll never say no to a pink phone.)
Both phones feature a 5-inch screen, with full HD display on the X and 720p for the XA, and are 7.9mm thick.
Here are the Xperia X full specifications, as found on Sony Mobile’s official website: the phone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650 chipset. It offers two storage options: 32GB or 64GB, with micro-SD slot allowing up to 200GB of memory, and 3GB of RAM. The handset also features a fantastic autofocus 23-megapixel rear camera and a 13mp front snapper.
The lower end Xperia XA also comes with Android Marshmallow and runs on a Mediatek Helio P10 processor. Its 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM can be supplemented with a micro-SD card up to 200GB, and it features a 13mp back camera and 8mp front camera with autofocus and HDR – perfect for the selfie fans.
Both phones offer smart battery management, with the promise of delivering up to two days of battery life with just one charge!
Both handsets are available for preorder on Sony’s website and are priced £459 for the Xperia X and £239 for the XA when you buy them SIM-free. On contract, expect the Xperia X to cost between £25-£35 a month, while the XA will be around £15 per month.
Shipping will start at the end of May for the Xperia X, and the XA should reach consumers around June.
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