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.



65. dazed1

Posts: 815; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Finally thin bezels!! Yes! Oh wait loool.

60. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Terrible naming strategy.

59. Tuga_Peter

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

Android M? At least that's what it says on the sony's website

54. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

June is way too far away and I bet Sony will only release it in asia. Drop this beast of a phone globally now and get ahead of the competition Sony!

51. SK_WS

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

Only X Peformance is IP68 certified ?

55. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Yes Xperia X Peformance only.

43. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I wish they would have given 4gb RAM and 3500mAh battery, i would have bought it right when it is released...........

47. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

And make the smooth corners more sharper like the Z5.

50. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

i dont know why they are bend to make something less... why not a complete phone? may be they will give z6 with 4gb ram and 4000mah battery, cause they need something to show when they release flagship...

64. silencieux.le

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

X is a lower price series compares to Z.

42. Omarion07

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

I think the X performance will replace the Z6 compact since they both have comparable sizes.. XA and X will replace M series.. I doubt there'll ever be C and E series. I also think Z6/ Z6 premium will be announced at IFA with new design, new camera sensor, and probably higher screen resolution!

41. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Where the hell is X Performance compact? :(

39. havoc

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Love the metal back, but I also wanted a fingerprint scanner.

38. therons

Posts: 59; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

what? the best mid ranger by far. metal design is so futuristik, front look is a bit curve and awesome. sony is a design masterpiece. black is supercool. 820 for FHD : perfection... Good camera, good design, good procie, fingerprint, waterproof. double check. i think this one is teaser hows Z6 series going up.... Can't wait Sony Z6. with the proper pricing, this mid ranger can be a good hit.

37. monoke

Posts: 1219; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Sony flaunting I see... "Ya'll thought we leaving mobile market.. Nah, we got ur 820 right here...no, it ain't even our flagship either."

36. Fellwalker

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Does this hopefully imply there will be an X premium with a 5.5 inch display?

31. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

This looks perfect replacement for my Z3 Compact but why June ?

28. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Seem extremely good.I might replace my S4 with this!

26. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

awesome specifications and awesome design too. love it

23. AZNHA unregistered

oh my god someone use FHD screen with 820

30. KillTheKardashians

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

yeah and 5" instead of 5,2"

21. tywinlannister

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

Screen to body ratio 69%. Really sony?

22. KillTheKardashians

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

design and technology rarely go hand in hand. but i think you get 2 frontfacing speakers

25. thawk78

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Note that that's for the Xperia X (SD650) The Sony Xperia X Performance is only 66.93 %....

20. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Well done sony

17. KillTheKardashians

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

good looking device. Great Cam and battery and i will buy it ^^

16. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Where can I get those lockscreen wallpapers?

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.

24. thawk78

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Bezels? Screen-to-body ratio: LG G5: 70.15 % 149.4 x 73.9 Sony Xperia X Performance: 66.93 % 144.8 x 71.1 Can not be that much of a difference can it?

32. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Well,X Performance got at least stereo as it seems,LG not

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