Sony Xperia X Q&A: Your questions answered

In case you missed it, our review of the Sony Xperia X is live. Provided that you just want the TL;DR, here's the bottomline: it's not a bad phone, but not worth the money Sony's asking for it. And ultimately, it's the bounce for the ounce that determines whether a phone is a "hit" or a "miss".

Anyway, there are most probably numerous slightly obscure questions that we did not answer in our review. Our recent Q&A sessions about flagship devices like the Galaxy S7, HTC 10, and LG G5 are the living proof that many of you have such questions. And we are always eager to answer as many of them as possible!

We gave you the chance to ask us anything, and you did — here are your questions, answered!

Sony Xperia X Q&A

PA: Our review has been updated with the battery life benchmark. The Xperia X clocked in at 8 hours and 56 minutes, which is a pretty good result! Have in mind that it also takes a long time to recharge - 141 minutes.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Sony Xperia X 8h 56 min (Excellent)
Huawei P9 6h 51 min (Average)
LG G5 5h 51 min (Average)
Google Nexus 5X 6h 25 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Sony Xperia X 141
Huawei P9 146
LG G5 76
Google Nexus 5X 100

PA: The Xperia X is a not bad phone at all, but it certainly left us wanting more. Design and performance are good, though the display and the camera disappointed us - Sony has certainly done better before. In general, we feel that the Xperia X is not offering enough value for the money.

PA: In its current state, anywhere between $399-$449 would be a way more fitting price for the Xperia X. Still, if the shortcomings of the camera are software-based, and Sony can fix them soon enough, then the entire value proposition ought to be re-calculated. Suddenly, even $500 sounds good enough!

PA: Seen in a vacuum, we'd say the smooth system performance and attractive design are two standout reasons for the X. Put in the midsts of dozens of competing devices, well, nothing.

PA: Although the Huawei P9 is a bit more expensive ($600-$650), we think it'll give you more bounce to the ounce.

PA: Hello there, Sacarambay. First of all, the camera is not that bad, just not in the same ballpark as the Galaxy S7 and the G5. There's a lot of leeway for optimization.

Secondly, the Predictive Auto Focus is definitely slower than the one on the Galaxy S7/S7 edge. And finally, we don't think this is factually correct. Sony's devices have good cameras, they are just not as good the best ones out there. 

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PA: Our unit is meant for the US market, so it came with no fingerprint scanner aboard. Sorry! As far as your second question is concerned, our unit did not overheat.

PA: Nope.

PA: It's hard to answer to this one in a few sentences. Our dedicated review comparison between the Xperia X and the Xperia Z5 is on its way. Rest assured that your question will be addressed in it.

PA: In our tests, the Xperia X proved to be the superior phone in terms of battery life, surpassing the Xperia Z5 by roughly 10%. 

PA: No, it doesn't.

PA: Hey, never underestimate Germany!

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Xperia X
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2620 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Man if the X performance is just the X with an SD820 it's also going to be rubbish, Sigh guess i'll continue waiting for a Sony phone that's actually good by my standards.

6. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Spoiler Alert: Keep Waiting. Sony is just beyond disappointing across the board this year. First the "PS4.5," nothing massive in their camera division, and phones that were rushed and halfhearted like Honey Boo Boo's mom forced her to a beauty pageant after she just woke up.

10. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

What's wrong with a ps4.5? They want 60 fps vr the hardware limitations on the normal ps4 just won't cut it.

13. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

That's a BIG middle finger to everyone who just bought a PS4, that's the problem. They should've just delete the PS4 to get the VR hardware ready...

14. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Don't see why it would matter. If a flagship phone gets released every year it's not a middle finger to the persons who bought the one before that? No right. And the ps4 will still be able to play the titles only no 60fps vr. It's a hardware limitation.

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Nothing is wrong with the PS4.5 VR is being big and a lot of people are interested in it, why wouldn't Sony and Microsoft both not release VR ready consoles?

2. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Thanks for the answer

3. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I think maybe more people would accept the high price if Sony put a 5.5" screen instead of 5"!

4. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Germany sure was something else during the last world cup. Man it was amazing how they destroyed all the other teams

5. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

If they play that way in the next month or so, then the title is secured.

9. BobLawblaw unregistered

But we beat them during the qualifiers. What a day!

8. BobLawblaw unregistered

Ireland for the Euros!!

12. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Thanks for the answer; PA Team... Appreciate it, lads! Not many blogs have 'THAT' close relation with its user base...!!! So in conclusion; it disappoints as an 'overall package' and doesn't worth the price tag... Can't say I'm surprised, PhoneArena... Sony, Microsoft, LG, HTC & Blackberry; they ALL need to step-up their game in order to keep-up with the Android Market... Otherwise, time will likely wipe them all out from the Smartphone Game... Sad but true... G'Day!

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