Sony announces US price and release dates for the new Xperia X and XA lines!


It was almost 3 months ago when we got to see the new Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, and Xperia XA, demonstrated at the MWC 2016 mobile superevent. Sony certainly surprised us with a line of devices that is supposed to reboot, refresh, and breathe new life in the Xperia family's looks and feel. A couple of weeks ago, the company also announced the selfie-centric Xperia XA Ultra, with a 16 MP, OIS-assisted front-facing camera, but still with no word on pricing and availability.

Well, today, we finally have the exact date that each of the new models will be hitting the store shelves, together with the retail price-tag for each one. An official statement from Sony claims that the new line's launch will begin with the Xperia X, shipping on the 26th of June with a price of $549.99, with the rest of the devices becoming available later in July. Check out the table below for the full information.

ModelRelease datePrice
Xperia XJune 26$549.99
Xperia XAJuly 17$279.99
Xperia X PerformanceJuly 17$699.99
Xperia XA UltraJuly 24$369.99

What can we expect from the new Xperias? Well, a slightly retouched, all-metal design is the most apparent change. Gone is the fingerprint-collecting glass from the back in favor of a cooler-feeling material. From the very few glimpses we've gotten of the device so far, we can also see that the user interface has gotten a facelift. Will it be a modern, user-friendly UX we've been waiting to see from Sony? Let's hope so!

By order of price-tiers, here's a quick recap of what each model is about:


The Xperia XA is the cheapest handset of the bunch, and, on the inside, it is your run-of-the-mill midranger. Powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 and 2 GB of RAM, with 16 GB of built-in storage, and a 13 MP / 8 MP camera combo. While corners were cut on the hardware side, the XA line definitely has a more interesting design than the regular Xperia X or even the currently-available Xperia Z family. The reason behind this is the XA's end-to-end screen, which gives the display a borderless, infinity pool-like effect on its sides. In terms of size and resolution, it's a 5-inch, 720x1280 screen. This $280 handset will definitely win some fans on looks alone.

Its bigger brother, the XA Ultra, earns its name with an inflated, 6-inch, 1080x1920 resolution display, a 21.5 MP main camera and a 16 MP selfie snapper with optical image stabilization. It does up the RAM to 3 GB, but still retains the Helio P10 at its core, and 16 GB of on-board storage.


The Xperia X is the handset that will be available soonest, and is the new line's "almost-flagship". It has a 5-inch, 1080x1920 resolution display, a 23 MP / 13 MP camera combo, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC with 3 GB of RAM. On-board storage also got a bump up to 32 GB, though only 20 GB of them would be available to the user out-of-the-box. The handset is also outfitted with Sony's distinct fingerprint scanner, located on the right frame of the device, just like in the Xperia Z5 line.

Last, but not least, we have the $700 top-tier representative of the line – the Xperia X Performance. Its design, display, cameras, storage, and RAM are the same as the specs of the Xperia X, but it does come with the quad-core, flagship-class Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. Whether this alone is what warrants an extra $150 to its price and 3 months of extra wait time remains to be seen, but if you are skeptical – we'd see why.

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35 Comments

1. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Sony is selling these phones for too much. Sony has to wait for their popularity to come up before selling phones at this price.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@bossman Yes, like Apple and also... (Cough) Samsung (Cough)... Seriously though; if Samsung can sell an enormously bloated piece of hardware with a cheap @rse & pathetic Spreadtrum 32-Bit SoC for $150 (Galaxy J1, anyone?) then trust me; it's OVERPRICED & OVERRATED... One can get a Meizu M5 for $100 with Octa Core Mediatek 64-Bit, FHD Display and 2GB of RAM... Long story short; This M5 can hold a candle against Huawei P8 Lite...

23. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Sony Has the greatest camera tech, thats why other companies buy it Sony design, waterproof, front facing speaker, accept sd, no camera lump Sony had the first 4k phone display they know what their doing Sony compact has some of the greatest battery life for a phone Sony has true innovation like the side power button fingerprint scanner If you're going to spend top dollar on a phone. Get a Sony

29. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

1. Yet Sony phone's don't even take the best photos. 2. The design has gotten stale and boring. The water proofing and lack of a camera hump is nice though. 3. How does having the first 4K phone mean that they know what they're doing? If anything it just shows that they ran out of ideas and are just upping the resolution for the sake of it. 4. The battery life of Sony's compact series is actually getting worse - the Z3C got an endurance rating of 101 hours, the Z5C only got 86h. 5. There were numerous of issues with the fingerprint scanners on the Z5 series. Sony phones are solid, but they're not particularly special in anyway, which makes it hard to justify their high prices.

7. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

Their pricing is rediculous (even more so here in India). The Xperia X is priced at INR 48,990 ($729) in India. Thats a full 32% more than what it is in US. Even 549$ is too much of an ask for this phone. To put things into perspective, Redmi Note 3 is priced at 12k (178$) in India with the same processor, Internal memory and RAM as Xperia X along with the finger print sensor and a full HD screen (though an inferior camera). Sony being a premium brand should be costlier, but not 4 times the competition. The Moto G4 plus is priced lower here than in Europe or other places owing to the market conditions, no wonder they are doing well. Sony and other brands can learn a thing or 2 from Motorola.

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@NonFanBoy Well, lets just say that Indian Market isn't on the radar of most tech giants... It's a MASSIVE market of over 1 Billion Population; almost 1/5th of the whole world's population but lets face it; most people there earn just a $1 per day or so... To most, a smartphone is a luxury they can't possibly afford... Hence Indians lined over Ringing Bell's $4 Smartphone that later turn out to be nothing more than just a mass hysteria...

22. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

It's complicated in india, while average income is low the deviation is pretty high. so there are many with very high income, and can afford a upper mid range phone, and willing to spend somewhere $200 bucks. Yes there is population who can not afford smartphone and smartphone is luxury for them but that population is very thin now days same as people with flagships.

24. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

@GreenMan First of all..Indian Market is in the the radar for most trch giants ( I dont think you have heard about Tim Cook's ambitions for India in his latest visit) Secondly, even if 20% of the pupulation in India can afford decent smartphones, its more than the population of most countries. Lastly, anywhere in the world, if there was a smartphone available for 4$, people would line over it. ( There was nothing about lining over it though, just had to place an order online).

28. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

$1 per day..?? Well.. lets face it you have no idea what ur talking abt.. (most of the times).

31. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

The average income of an Indian is about 4$ per day. I think he has a pretty good idea. He's wrong though.

32. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Well, according to him an avg indian makes $30 month and $365 per year. Well It is something tht I don't call "pretty good idea" but pretty stupidest idea lol.

33. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

His idea is not far off actually. The 4$ per day is based on GDP per capita which is an inflated value since 1$ can have an impact of 100$ on GDP. So 1$ per day should be closer to accuracy than you think. I personally believe it should be between 1 and 2$ perr day.

34. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Simply speaking, I don't know where ur from but I'm from south part of India. Here a newbie/fresher earn $4-5 every day. $1 = ₹67.4800. I guarantee u here no one will do any work for such low return($1-2/day). And smartphone is not a luxurious thing for people here. May be flagship phones but almost all younger generation here own smartphones(entry level mostly). There may be place in india with very low income people as well as area with people with huge amount of income.

35. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Just because your part of India is richer doesn't mean the whole of India is. The GDP per capita of India( google it) is 1500$ per year. That's about 4$ per day. And GDP per capita is much more than the average income of a country since 1$ can make part as 10$ or more contribution in GDP if it's circulated more. So it is a valid assumption that an average person in India earns much less than 4$ a day. If 1$ has an impact of 4$ on GDP of India, the average guy in India earns 1$ a day. Anyway, I'm sure since you have Internet and know English, you live in an urban area and must have seen that. But rural areas earn much less than that. And they contribute to the average too. India is poor. The GDP per capita of developed countries is more than 30 times that of India. If you don't call that as poor, I don't know what you will.

36. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

India is high populated and already second largest smartphone market (granted most of them are low end phones) and when we are talking about about smartphones market we should focus on those particular market segment (target market) where people are willing to buy the product and not those poor people (which original comment points). Besides India's GDP is in continues rising trend and those rich - poor gap is filling faster than you think. Where I'm from is state with PCI of ₹74620(googled it and compared) that is $3 per day. Yet here majority makes $3-4-5 per day(a fresher). It is not $1. It is not always lower as you u are thinking. It includes lower as well as higher groups. Then again $1 is just way too much lower and unlikely be a majority...

37. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Let me remind you this part from his comment- Tech giant has no focus on Indian market cuz most the people earn $1 per day, since I think ur going a little off topic.

8. TheGranter

Posts: 63; Member since: Jan 28, 2016

can't wait for the phonemark to crash.

26. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Well, they can sell the phone for whatever price they want. I'm just not buying it at that price.

27. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

why the hell did they announced it in February when the release date is set to July!!

30. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

And guess what? These won't have fingerprint scanners when they hit the US shores. I used to really like Sony, and I'm typing from a Z3C, but I think I'm done with them. I'm going Moto or Asus this time around. The Moto Z Play, the Zenfone 3, or the Galaxy C7 all look good to me

2. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 713; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

The xperia x seems to be the best offer from these devices since the SD650 is on the same level as SD810 but without overheating. Nevertheless, I am rather interested in Sony's 2nd half 2016 offerings.

4. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

True, I didn't bought the Xperia Z when it came out and waited a little longer, then the Z1 came out and it has been the best phone I've had so far. Maybe I should do the same thing this year.

10. Marduch

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

You are wrong. SD650 is maximally equal to SD808. SD810´s GPU is about 70% better than the SD650´s GPU.

14. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

But the 810 does not do well in day to day use .

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Doesn't blow any air up my skirt... Is it supposed to make my jaws drop? If so; it has failed miserably... Oh well... Another Day; Another G'Day!

6. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

LMFAO

11. dimas

Posts: 3420; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

$700 for the x performance? And how much does a 64gb titanium s7 edge cost now? Great job sony, your marketing team just made another financial suicide right there.

12. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

It's almost as if Sony doesn't want their phones to sell well.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right.. S7edge already cheaper than that X performance... and this X performance is the most expensive SD820 smartphone right now, lol.. they should slash $100 for each of that price

16. dimas

Posts: 3420; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Another laughable issue. X performance is thicker, taller, and wider than galaxy s7 but only housing a 2700mah battery. I loved the previous z lines but these specs and pricing makes it an obvoius rip-off. Bye sony better luck next year like lg g5.

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