5" Sony Xperia X Performance with Snapdragon 820 enters the fray

Well, well, well, who would have thought that Sony will drop a cluster bomb over the MWC expo this year, hiding not one, but three brand new handsets under its raincoat until the proverbial last minute. Not only did Sony surprise us with a litany of mobile -related announcements, but it took to the MWC stage to lift the veil over a spanking new line of phones, the X-series, consisting of the Xperia X, XA and X Performance. One of those is even powered by Snapdragon 820, believe it or not, which we thought won't happen before an eventual Z6. Which one? Why, the topic of this very article, of course, the slim but mighty Xperia X Performance - a cutsy 5-incher with a 1080p Full HD display.

As the name implies, this is the most decked-out model in the new X-series trio, and it sports quite the Z-series design, with "premium metal finish," a fairly rectangular chassis and rounded edges, sporting a display that is slightly curved towards the sides, for the trendy uninterrupted look. Sony says that this updated design feels more ergonomic in the hand, though we'll comment on that when we put our hands on the puppy.


With the new X-series, Sony has tried to double down on the strongest points of its handsets - battery, camera and overall design - introducing new technologies to upgrade those. The 23 MP camera, for instance, which in the Z-series sports the fastest 0.1s Hybrid AF of all flagships, has now been given the so-called Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, scooped directly from Sony’s blockbuster Alpha camera. In essence, it tries to guesstimate the direction your subject is moving towards, tracking it continuously, hence achieving a perfect focus without blur even on fast-moving objects, at least in theory. 

Unfortunately, the Predictive Hybrid Autofocus is made possible by a combination of hardware and software, so it's unlikely we will see on last year's Z-series trio. The camera surprises don't stop here, though, as the rear piece offers 5x Clear Image Zoom and ISO 12800 sensitivity, while the frontal shooter is a whopping 13 MP unit, with enhanced low-light sensitivity.

When it comes to the 2700 mAh juicer, Sony's now standard two-day battery life promise still applies with the Xperia X Performance, but the company has coupled its smart battery management tech with Qnovo’s Adaptive Charging, which it says will double the lifespan of the embedded unit, not bad at all. As for the rest of the specs, the X Performance is equipped with 3 GB of RAM, up to 32 GB of storage, and a microSD slot for expansion. Other things worth noting around the flagship of the new X-series are the finger scanner mounted on the side, continuous color on both the back and the front, and high-res audio support with a dedicated DAC.

Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA will be available starting June in White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose Gold, with each color having the Style Covers to match. Prices and availability in global markets will be clarified shortly, says Sony.



1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Sleek design and the X series is back. Waiting for the pricing and performance.

13. kabiluddin

Posts: 275; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

It's a really nice surprise, isn't it?

40. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

Considering the 5" 1080p screen and 14nm SD820 combo, it's a win-win for performance-battery department. I really like their design and hardware choice. But the only thing that I'm really dissappointed about Sony since the very first Z series is the camera software image processing. They never learn, their software processing are crippling the true performance of their superb camera hardware, they're also reluctant to give RAW support or even the whole Camera2 API itself, but we will see on this one. I'm hoping for Sony to be competitive this year but I'm not holding my breathe.

48. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

LMFAO Xperia Z5 takes best photos on the mobile market right now. Try to use the device and see for yourself. Most reviews change camera settings or resolution so that is why it appears bad. If you take shots in automatic (DxOMark did) it will have best photos available. Proof:https://www.flickr.com/photos/136945683@N06/sets/72157659379210989/

52. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

I have it it's not bad but it's not good enough, I gave it up for an LG G4, now it's sitting there collecting dust waiting for a software miracle for marshmallow update. Z5 has lot of preserved details in its image but ruined by software processing, generating too much noise to be usefull in low light, Z5 has the best electronic image stabilization but that's not enough, it's only helpful in videos and not taking long exposure shots, now imagine what the the Z5 camera hardware can do with an OIS and better software processing.

53. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Actually it has very thin noise in low light shots. You were probably taking pics with differemt settings. Try to put it on auto mode aka superior auto and you will see a difference like in the link I posted above.

57. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

That's already on Auto, still far from the quality of the G4, Sony can't hide the fact that they have a problem with image processing, it's even mentioned across the internet since the very first Z series.

45. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

3gb instead of 4gb Ram. Memory bandwidth should've been 60+ instead of 40. Ugly, the corners have been smoothen. Instead of angular.

49. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Image no. 2 is quite different.

2. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014


18. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

I know, I'm drooling!, hopefully the z line looks as good as these. This is gonna be a good year!

3. crestfallen

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Are those front-facing speakers?

4. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Not sure though, hopefully it is.

27. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I bet they are, the midrange have stereo speakers.

33. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Specification on Sony Web site is inscrutable : Sound High-Resolution Audio (LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD) DSEE HX LDAC Digital Noise Cancellation Clear Audio+ S-Force Front Surround Stereo recording

5. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Out in June?! Wow, that's around 4mths of waiting.

6. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Four months until it's available! Sony never learns...

12. kabiluddin

Posts: 275; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Their timing is miserable. Really hate their timing.

66. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

All the major players will have their flagships out long before then. The hype will be completely gone and no one will care about Sony...

7. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Ok so this new X lineup got me really confused.

29. thawk78

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

You have at least 99 days to meditate on it, chillax! :) Sony - Tomorrows phones tomorrow, or 99 days after that!

8. thawk78

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Sony please, "available starting June" is a bit too long time ahead for people too regard the phones as "new" when it finally can be bought. I like - and have owned - many of your phones, but I find a 6 months product cycle and a 4 month "waiting for the new phone to be avaliable" cycle is super strange. Good luck with the new range!

10. josephnero

Posts: 779; Member since: Nov 16, 2011


11. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

5" + 1080p + SD820 = win

46. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

1080p+ SD820 = fail. SD820 is still A57, while the Kirin950 are A72. Huge difference in power. 1080p + E8890 = win Wow! 10 cores couldn't be 8 cores? Samsung is a beast. The A9 is going to be A-Flat. The Exynos has taken the fire out the SnapDragon, and no one is carin' for the Kirin.

56. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Dude, the SD820 uses custom Kryo cores, not A57's, lol Are you sure you aren't confusing the SD820 with the SD810, which used A57 cores?

61. adecvat

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

SD820 already beat E8890

62. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

Wow, someone doesnt pay attention. The SD820 isnt based off the A57 or the A72 for that matter. It's a custom core designed from the ground up. Where are you getting your information?

63. silencieux.le

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

He is SAMSUNG's boy lol

15. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

FHD and SD 820? wow,im expecting high performance with this duo. Bezels are bigger than i expected,but its way better than G5 has. Waiting for a price,it finally might be competiting with price.

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