Sony announces US price and release dates for the new Xperia X and XA lines!
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.
|Xperia X||June 26||$549.99|
|Xperia XA||July 17||$279.99|
|Xperia X Performance||July 17||$699.99|
|Xperia XA Ultra||July 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.
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.