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 X8h 56 min(Good)
Huawei P96h 51 min(Average)
LG G55h 51 min(Poor)
Google Nexus 5X6h 25 min(Poor)
Full Charge(hours)Lower is better
Sony Xperia X2h 21 min
Huawei P92h 26 min
LG G51h 16 min
Google Nexus 5X1h 40 min

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!

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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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