Sony Xperia X review
Sony Xperia X review
The Sony Xperia X is set to become the most popular of the Xperia X series, with a premium build and impressive specifications.
It doesn’t quite go all-out, like the Xperia X Performance, but that phone is designed for those who have to have the most advanced, over-the-top and most expensive components.
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So, for anyone else, who isn’t a techno-geek, the Sony Xperia X will be the right choice for them. We will highlight the differences between the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance in this review, enabling you to make an informed decision about which handset is right for you.
Display - Curved glass
The Sony Xperia X has a perfectly sized 5” Full HD display (1080 x 1920 pixels) and the glass is curved at the edges, which gives it an illusion that is floating above the body of the phone.
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Sony’s BRAVIA TV technology makes the colours displayed brighter and the lock screen is coloured in the same hue as the phone. The colours include Graphite Black, White, Rose Gold and Lime Gold.
Design - Thin and light
We are able to make our first comparison here and find that the Xperia X is both lighter (153g vs 164g) and thinner (7.9mm vs 8.7mm) than the Xperia X Performance.
So, there is a definite tick here for the Xperia X and it has the same premium seamless metal back as the Xperia X Performance.
Phone Set Up
Transferring content - Android and iOS
The Xperia Transfer Mobile app really takes the work out of transferring content from an old phone. The app handles everything from photos to contacts and works for both old Android phones and old iOS phones.
The Sony Xperia X has a 32GB internal memory, of which 20GB is free for user storage. There is also a microSD card slot for expanding the memory further and this supports cards of up to 200GB.
Security - Fingerprint sensor
The Sony Xperia X has a fingerprint sensor for security and this has been integrated into the power button, located on the side. This works really well as the phone can be picked up and unlocked in one motion.
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Apps - Sony software
The operating system on the Sony Xperia X is Google’s Android M and Sony has refined this and added its own apps, for an experience that is unique to Sony. These Sony additions include:
- Play Memories - This app backs up your photos and videos online and offers the option to see or share your memories with family and friends
- Video app - This app is the home for streaming with seamless access to movies and TV
- News Suite - Along with the latest news the owner can set favourite topics, bringing news of interest to the fore
- What’s New - This app lets you discover new content with recommendations on the hottest new games and apps
The whole experience is powered by a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor with 3GB RAM. While this processor is plenty powerful enough for 95% of users, there is a small speed difference, in comparison, with the Xperia X Performance that uses a 2.2GHz processor, for console-grade gaming.
Music - Sound enhancements
Hi-Res Audio delivers crisp and sharp sounding music that is further enhanced by Sony sound technologies such as Clear Audio+ and S-Force Front Surround. Sony’s music recognition service, Track ID, is included and stereo recording is also possible.
Accessories - New dimensions
The Sony Xperia X is compatible with a series of Sony accessories, which really enrich the experience for those who like to make additional purchases. These include:
- Style Cover Touch - This transparent case has been created for touch phones and allows the user to swipe and answer calls without having to flip open the cover.
- Xperia Ear - This ear bud wirelessly connects to the Xperia X and gives a virtual assistant styled experience, powered by your voice. It is possible to hear weather reports, initiate GPS navigation, respond to messages, set reminders and a whole lot more, all without touching the phone.
- PS4 Remote Play - By purchasing the Remote Play controller, users get access to their PS4 console, for gaming in any room of the house.
Camera & Video
Photography - More megapixels
The Sony Xperia X has more megapixels than any other current smartphone and with Quick Launch it is possible to take a 23MP photo, from standby to capture, in 0.6 seconds.
Sony’s most advanced Smart Capture technology is employed and this includes its new Predictive Hybrid Autofocus. This software ensures that the image stays in focus by tracking and predicting objects and people’s next movements.
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5x Clear Image Zoom gives almost loss-less quality when zooming and a Pulse LED Flash gives natural illumination for low-light photography. Video recording is possible at Full HD 1080p, capturing the same number of pixels as those visible on the display.
Selfies - It’s a group thing
The selfie camera also has an extreme number of megapixels and this 13MP camera can shoot in low light and capture group selfies through its 22mm wide-angle lens. The selfie camera can also shoot video at a quality of 1080p, so it doesn’t matter which camera is used, the same great quality is on offer.
Here we discover our final difference between the Xperia X and the Xperia X Performance. The 2,620mAh battery is slightly smaller, compared to the 2,700mAh battery on the Xperia X Performance, yet Sony’s Smart Battery Management still gives a two days battery life, under a typical usage pattern.
Qnovo Adaptive Charging maintains battery health while charging and it is possible to purchase a special Quick Charger, which can add hours of use in just a few minutes.
Sony Xperia X release date: The Sony Xperia X has been scheduled for a summer 2016 UK release. The Sony Xperia X deals will appear here as soon as the handset is launched, with the most likely date being June 5th, the date used by Sony in its picture portfolio.
Written by: Michael Brown