Sony Xperia X Performance – a fit rival to Galaxy S7 ?
When everyone was interested in the iPhone SE and the Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony Xperia X Performance was quietly released. The phone was intended by the Japanese manufacturer to attract users looking for a quality smartphone.
The manufacturer now relies on the new Sony Xperia X Performance to fight main rivals such as: Samsung, LG, HTC and even Apple’s iPhone. May be just a simple change of name as some people would say, as this top model looks as a Sony Xperia Z6 would probably look.
The design has changed, but it keeps the previous range design line, however Xperia X Performance is equipped with the latest generation hardware platform and some interesting new features of the camera, which could attract a variety of users.
Sony Xperia X Performance Specifications:
– IPS screen of 5.0 “Full HD resolution
– 820 Snapdragon chipset
– 3 GB RAM
– 32 GB internal memory
– 23 MP camera with Full HD recording
– 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi
– Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow
– Li-Ion 2700 mAh of
– weight 164 grams
What makes the Sony Xperia X model special?
The Xperia X Performance has a similar design to Xperia Z6, but it now has a metal backside, a change which at least theoretically should significantly reduce the number of fingerprints and dirt on the smartphone.
The positioning of the power button, however, remains unchanged – on the right side, the only difference is that now, this button also plays the role of fingerprint reader. It also has two speakers for improved sound quality, and the smartphone has water and dust protection to IP68 standard limits.
The hardware platform is let’s say, the main similarity between the Xperia X Performance and other top phones of the moment, but Sony has also opted for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, with Adreno 530 graphics. However, unlike the Galaxy S7 and LG G5, Xperia X Performance has “only” 3 GB of RAM.
RAM plays an important role in the smooth running of a phone, but on the other hand the differences between 3GB and 4GB should not be so obvious, especially if the operating system is well optimized. Regarding smartphone internal memory, X Performance has 32 GB, a size that can be expanded with a microSD card.
The display is a 5-inch IPS with very good features, Sony keeps the most practical size without daring to enter the phablet-sized world as other manufacturers did.
Sony also remains true to Full HD resolution, good enough now, included on top terminals, even if rivals rely heavily on QHD to impress customers with nice figures. Basically, this resolution is suitable for text and multimedia content, as the phone diagonal doesn’t exceed 5 “.
The camera has a 23 MP sensor, its size: 1 / 2.3″ – that is capable of taking a photo in just 0.6 seconds. One of the most interesting features of the cam is Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, which allows to maintain continuous focus, including where the person or the object moves in the frame.
The video recording is in Full HD resolution, while the front camera for selfies has 13 MP. However, remains to be seen in practice how powerful the camera is, it is a known fact, that even if manufacturing the best photo sensors, Sony fails to implement the software that takes advantage of these sensors.
Sony Xperia X Performance keeps the unibody format, and this means the battery cannot be replaced. Its capacity is of 2,700 mAh, a relatively small value compared to phone size. The manufacturer claims that autonomy should last for two days, but probably in practice, in normal use, we have the traditional re-charging at the end of each day.
Xperia X Performance comes with the new operating system Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which is not loaded with too many pre-installed apps, allowing the user to choose whatever he/she wants to install.
Sony Xperia X Performance certainly has many qualities, from metal simple design on the back to the powerful hardware platform.
Therefore, if you want a top 5 ” Full HD smartphone, and you’re attracted to camera capabilities, the new Xperia may be an inspired choice.
With the new Xperia X Performance, Sony ends the Xperia Z series having a glass rear and goes forward to a metallic build, with a good quality screen and a top hardware platform.
However, when compared to its predecessor, the new features are quite minor, and refer in particular to a new feature of the camera. The smartphone thus marks a natural evolution, which has the potential to attract a significant number of buyers.
The new Sony Xperia X Performance will be available in the summer of 2016, but the retail price has not yet been announced, although it is supposed to be somewhere around $600 -700.