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.


Related phones

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)
Xperia X Performance
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh(15.67h 3G talk time)

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64 Comments

1. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

I doubt that

55. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

What do you doubt?

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

When the s7/s7edge offers 24 gb out of 32 gb , i remember every1 was complaining lol

15. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

abdoualgeria. S7 do not support adoptable SD card so yeah i would also be complaining. Out of my 144 gb onboard memory on my moto x play i already using nearly 30 gb just for games...

20. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You always complain when it comes to Samsung. I bet you don't know that you can move almost all apps to your micro sd card on the S7?

32. anglosaxonengland

Posts: 64; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

You can't put app data into your MicroSD card and certain apps have restricted MicroSD card access which is quiet a bit of a bummer.

27. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

I talked about this on another article. It doesn't officially support it, but it is running 6.0 and it is capable of adoptable storage. You don't even have to root the phone. Just google "adoptable storage galaxy s7" and you'll find a step by step guide on how to do it. Again, no rooting needed.

47. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

You do understand what it means by onboard(internal) memory?

56. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Do you want a 1 GB operating system? At least you can install a 128 GB SD card in your SAMSUNG unlike the crappy iSilly that still comes with 16 GB storage!

60. MrHate

Posts: 317; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Wow! Way to go mate! Bashing Apple out of nowhere.

3. KRISTIJANJE

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

So much for Sony "light" skin

17. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Difference between sony and samsung UI. Sony one is big but most of it is not loaded in memory thats why its smoother ( sony x performance vs S7 ) Samsung one is smaller but more of it loaded in memory so its more prone to slow down or micro lag.

40. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

You do understand that RAM is faster than any nand storage right? You want more things loaded in the RAM to be quicker If loading to RAM is that bad then manufacturer would be skipping RAM for NAND storage to load temp executions

64. anglosaxonengland

Posts: 64; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Wtf, so that's why it chews up over 1gb of ram during idle?

44. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It's better when it's loaded on memory

28. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

That's true, but some of the things they include are really useful. I loved setting my Z3 up as NAS with one toggle and a password. I don't mind encroaching on my storage so long as I get good usage out of the extra features.

50. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

What's NAS? I find Samsung's multi window very useful, as well as blocking mode.

57. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I agree

4. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Its because Touchwiz bloatwares hogs all the spaces

5. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Except this is sony.. Touchwiz is Samsung.

9. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Even the Samsung trolls can't get it right.

41. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

how stupid he is.. when he see Touchwiz in the comments, he can't live without barking ... hahahhha

11. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

I Think its just fashionable to hate on touchwiz :p

12. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Touche Wizzz

29. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

I use to dislike TouchWiz, because every phone I've used was a Galaxy up until my iPhone. But ever since they updated TouchWiz around the time the S6/S6 Edge/Note5/S6 Edge+ was released, it's been nearly as smooth as iOS. And isn't that what everyone wants, a quick and responsive UI? People complaining about space simply don't know how to utilize it correctly, or they're using their mobile phones like a personal PC and guess what ... it's a smartphone not a PC, stop treating it like one.

6. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

More reason not buy these phones. Sony never learn. Remember M4 Aqua with same memory problem?

18. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Memory problem? No memory problem slot in a 128 gb super fast SD card and you have much more onboard memory than any samsung product. Adoptable SD for the win.

22. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Are you always this stupid? He clearly mentioned the M4 regarding the fact that it came with only 2gb of free space. I bet you wouldn't have cared about Adoptable SD if Samsung offered it. Just like front facing fingerprint scanner with capacitive buttons, you used to hate them, but I am yet to see you complaining about HTC moving out from the on screen buttons.

39. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

He hates anything Samsung

42. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

leave him alone... he can't live without barking on Samsung...

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