Sony Xperia X and X Performance 32 GB offer only 20 GB of usable memory

Sony Xperia X and X Performance 32 GB offer only 20 GB of usable memory
Although it announced the Xperia X family in February, at the same time with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, Sony has yet to release any of its three new handsets (Xperia XA, Xperia X, and Xperia X Performance). Fortunately, the phones will be available to buy starting later this month. Until that happens, you may want to know that the 32 GB variants of the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance will offer less usable internal memory than you'd expect.

According to Sony, the 32 GB memory of the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance "is comprised of approximately 12 GB of firmware, plus 20 GB of internal storage." Thus, you only get 20 GB of space that you can actually use for apps, music, and so on. This info has been shared by Sony a while back, so it's not technically news. However, we think this is important to know, because, if you're coming from an older Xperia like the Z5 or the Z5 Compact, you're certainly expecting to have more free space (both the Z5 and Z5 Compact offer 27 GB of usable memory out of the box).

Normally, a 32 GB Android handset, regardless of brand, has around 24 - 25 GB of free space out of the box. So it's a bit disappointing to see that we're only getting 20 GB on the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance. Of course, the two devices support microSD cards, but that's another story. As for the Xperia XA, this has 16 GB of internal memory, with 11 GB being user accessible (which is decent for a 16 GB device). 

Sony is planning to release all three Xperia X smartphones in the US, but it's not clear if it's going to do it this month (when the handsets will hit shelves in Europe). We'll bring more details about the new Xperia phones when they become available. In the meantime, let us know if you're planning to buy any of them.


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Xperia X
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP (Single camera)
    13 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2620 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
Xperia X Performance
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP (Single camera)
    13 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo

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64 Comments

63. VegasRooted unregistered

Just to be clear... by "OS", I'm actually referring (generically) to system-reserved memory (all partitions, caching space, etc), that is unavailable to the user. (usually 8-12gb, depending on the device.)

62. VegasRooted unregistered

Here: developer.sonymobile.com/downloads/whitepapers/xpe​ria-z5-e6603-and-e6653-white-paper/ Here: developer.sonymobile.com/downloads/whitepapers/xpe​ria-z5-compact-e5803-and-e5823-white-paper/ Here: developer.sonymobile.com/downloads/whitepapers/xpe​ria-x-f5121-white-paper/ Here: developer.sonymobile.com/downloads/whitepapers/xpe​ria-x-performance-f8131-white-paper/ The fact that you'd choose to overlook the actual Sony technical documentation on these four devices and instead double-down by again quoting their erroreous sales Web page is ludicrous...besides, anyone who's ever used any OEM-skinned flagship Android device in the last 5 years or so would easily recognize the mistake that was made on the sales pages of the Z5 and Z5 Compact in listing the OS as taking up only 5GBs of storage...that's a ludicrously small size, roughly half of the average used by the majority of OEMs. That should've been a red flag right there. Anyways, check all four white papers above, then verify with the actual devices. (Z5, Z5 Compact.) You'll see that the usable memory "out of the box" is only 1.7GB less with the Xperia X, when compared to the Z5 and Z5c, not the 7GB difference implied by this article. Cheers!

59. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

All high end phones must have 64 gb internal memory at least

54. VegasRooted unregistered

If you simply check the white papers of the Z5, Z5 Compact, and the Z5 Premium from Sony's own developer website (Google "Xperia Z5 white paper", "Xperia Z5 Compact white paper", or "Xperia Z5 Premium white paper"), all three Z5 series white papers clearly state: "Memory comprises approximately 10.3GB of firmware, plus 21.7 GB of 'Internal storage' for music, pictures and movies, and downloaded applications and their data." Compare this to the white paper for the Xperia X (Google "Xperia X white paper"), which states, 'Memory comprises approximately 12 GB of firmware, plus 20 GB of 'Internal storage' for music, pictures and movies, and downloaded applications and their data." So...there is only a 1.7GB difference between the available internal memory of the Xperia Z5 series and that of the Xperia X series, not the 7GB difference that the author presents in this article. (The Z5 and Z5 Compact are not spec'd with "27 GB of usable memory out of the box", as the author states above.) Again, this is from the official Sony documentation on these devices, and can easily be verified by anyone.

61. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

We'll check on exactly how much internal memory the Z5 phones have out of the box. Until then, the official Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact specs pages (from Sony's US website) clearly state the following: "Memory comprises approximately 5 GB of firmware, plus 27 GB of Internal storage for music, pictures, and movies, and downloaded applications and their data." See here: http://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/phones/xperia-z5/specifications and here: http://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/phones/xperia-z5-compact/specifications/

48. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

I forgot this phone was coming out, didn't this get announced three years ago? Trust Sony to have less space. They are one of the Bloatware specialists. I wonder if this phones camera is any good. I had a Z1 compact and it was good but the camera was horrible. Surprising since they actually make cameras. The Z3 and 5's were no better. Have the LG G4 now and it's a beast in the stills department.

36. Gadgetex

Posts: 201; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Those knuckleheads at Sony should offer a 64gb version as well as a 128gb version as well. They go all out with screen and short buyers on memory

35. matistight

Posts: 1066; Member since: May 13, 2009

People don't realize that when you say 20GB/32GB (62.5% of the storage is accessible) people will be mad. That is just like saying "This car is 707 horsepower, but you only get 450 horsepower off the lot." Yes, 20GB is a good amount, but when you advertise your premium phone at 32GB, it's just like a punch in the face. Just make the phone with 44GB, or the 64GB version with 76GB. Make yourself better than everyone else.

37. Gadgetex

Posts: 201; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Pretty much so. I am sure many people out there would like more internal storage space on inside. They should just offer smartphones with more internal storage space. It is not like technology is not there for 64gb and 128gb of internal storage space. This is one of the reasons I did not buy the new HTC 10,Galaxy 7 nor the LG G5

34. rsiders

Posts: 2069; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Love everything about Sony phones(had the Xperia Z3 for a year) except for the letdown of a camera experience for my needs. Until Sony camera systems come without an overheat warning and offer a true manual experience like LG, Samsung and Huawei, I can't take them serious. Surperb hardware and feel in the hands but they must go to the next level in the camera experience. Average consumers probably don't mind what Sony offers.

33. afzalzainal

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Nah... Most of pre-install apps inside xperia can be removed so this is not a big deal

26. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

20 GB is not much... However, Sony lets you ininstall most of the pre-loaded apps on previous models, so I hope that's the case here...

31. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Since they are talking about 12 GB of firmware, meaning located on the system partition, you can't remove those. Even removing them with root, doesn't mean more storage for apps. Downside for apps in the system partition, when they get updated, they are installed on the data partition as well, using actually twice the storage space.

25. mahima

Posts: 746; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Still better than 16gb iphone...

38. Gadgetex

Posts: 201; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

At least Apple offers 64gb and 128gb versions of their smartphones

49. Jorgemerino97

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

At least Sony offers micro SD slots.

53. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 748; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

And how many countries do you think have access to 128gb MicroSD cards?

21. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

How could they add 7GB more stuff? Did they fill it with albums or something?

51. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

Bloat, yo.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I don't care if the firmware is huge, but when it is; then the OEM's need to increase the storage to 64Gb as standard. After all, how much does 64GB cost them vs 32GB? on retail its roughly $10. I am sure they can add $10 worth of hardware at no extra cost. After 2011, NO OEM's should still be offering 16GB on a highend phone. By 2013, they all should be offering 32GB minimum. But with some apps taking up more space and many people wanting to carry media without buying SDCARDS and firmwares taking up more space, 64GB should be the minimum. Especially for an OEM that makes their own phone. This really needs to change, because I'm considering just buying the size I ned and never buyign again until this is no longer an issue. The phone I want should come 64GB standard or as an option. But this $100 cost for 32GB vs 64GB, needs to stop.

19. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I fully disagree. Adoptable SD card are here for those who need more onboard memory... ah right Samsung removed thats features lol..

23. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Oke oke, we got it. Just get a room and f***k your beautiful Motorola already! But don't forget inform us your wedding date. Oke bro? ;)

24. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

adaptable storage isnt as fast as onboard. apps will load slower and you may run into some performance issues due to that as well

30. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Most apps (that I use) can be moved to SD card anyway and it won't crash the phone when you remove the SD card or when the SD card becomes corrupted. It just greys out the app that is on the SD card. Also you have a say in which app goes to faster internal memory and which app goes to sd. With adoptable storage, you can't.

43. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

hello doggy.. I can't move most of apps and games to SD card on my galaxy s7 edge.. before you bark please check again if you are right or wrong..

58. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

When you take your s**t SD card out of this Moto X 2013 then its useless anywhere else ... so???

14. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

At least Sony handset support adoptable SD card so onboard memory is a non issue as you can easily have much more onboard memory than any others phone who dont support it ( S7 , G5 ) I have 144 GB of total onboard memory on my moto x play ( no slow down or issue at all )

46. iushnt

Posts: 3190; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You mad bro?

13. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

This would not stop me from getting the phone, it has an SD card anyway so no big deal!

10. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I'm planning on getting the X Performance, so this is bad news for me.

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