Sony's got a new breed of smartphone in town, with the Xperia X lineup arriving to offer shoppers a variety of feature and performance options (with an emphasis on camera capabilities and battery life), all tied around a unified design. Of all those new models, the Xperia X Performance comes in as the best-equipped of the bunch, though as we noted in our recent review, even it's not without its trade-offs.

While Sony's no doubt looking to steal a little market share from its Android competition, any smartphone that wants to make a name for itself is going to have to survive comparison to Apple's iPhone juggernaut. We already put the standard Xperia X up against Apple's reigning flagship, and now we're giving the same treatment to the Xperia X Performance, as it goes head-to-head with the iPhone 6s.


The look and feel of metal-enclosed smartphones is hard to beat, with a premium aesthetic that plastic simply can't touch. Apple's really been nailing the metal construction for a while now, while Sony is turning its attention back to the material after a stint working with glass. The good news is that the Xperia X Performance looks like a million bucks, and its lack of antenna lines is an improvement over Apple's design.

That said, Apple implementation is more than a little bit better overall. For one, the iPhone's metal extends around the phone's edges, so your fingers are always in contact with it; Sony bows out for its edges and goes with a metal-looking plastic. And while Apple's back panel feels nice and solid, Sony's gives the impression of a thinner, less resilient metal sheet.

As for buttons, Apple gets points for its physically separate volume keys and mute switch, while Sony delivers a really low-mounted volume rocker that's in an easy-to-reach spot (if you're right-handed), as well as an always-welcome camera shutter button. Buttons on the iPhone 6s tend to be clickier overall, while those of the X Performance feel a bit shallow.

Unfortunately, Sony's recessed power button takes a bit of getting used to, and we're still sore that the US edition of the Xperia X Performance ditches the integrated fingerprint scanner – an area where the iPhone is the clear winner.

Sony Xperia X Performance

Sony Xperia X Performance


5.67 x 2.76 x 0.34 inches

144 x 70 x 8.7 mm


5.82 oz (165 g)

Apple iPhone 6s

Apple iPhone 6s


5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm


5.04 oz (143 g)

Sony Xperia X Performance

Sony Xperia X Performance


5.67 x 2.76 x 0.34 inches

144 x 70 x 8.7 mm


5.82 oz (165 g)

Apple iPhone 6s

Apple iPhone 6s


5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm


5.04 oz (143 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Both the Xperia X Performance and iPhone 6s offer some powerfully bright displays, and while the panels are configured a little differently – Apple going with a 4.7-inch screen in a 750 x 1334 resolution, while Sony choosing a 5.0-incher at 1080x1920 – the initial experience isn't far off between the two.

When we start really analyzing screen output, though, Apple starts taking a clearer lead, delivering a phone whose display boasts superior color accuracy. Sony's way off especially when it comes to green hues, and the screen's white balance tends towards the too-cool end of the spectrum.

And while it's a tune you've no doubt heard over and over by now, we've got to give credit to the iPhone 6s for its force-sensitive touch screen. Similar functionality is slowly creeping over to the Android side of the tracks, but Sony's not there quite yet.



1. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Did you guys adjust the color settings on the Xperia X? It gives users the ability to go more accurate or use punchy colors like an AMOLED display.

8. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Still, it won't change the fact that Sony display is poorly calibrated. Xreality display Mobile Bravia Engine My a**! It looks even worse than some cheap Chinese phonees. Failed marketing! Apple is lucky enough to have LG as its display supplier.

13. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I wouldn't call it poorly calibrated unless they were trying to calibrate it to the RGB standard. Some manufacturers are intentionally going for punchy colors and they include a color setting for those who want sRGB.

15. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

The X Performance actually has a great display, a step up from the Z5.

17. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Says who, a delusional Sony fanboy!

24. Subie

Posts: 2427; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Read PA's review of the screen. Aside from color calibration it's quite positive.

14. StephenS

Posts: 18; Member since: May 02, 2016

We evaluate all color modes when testing screen brightness, but for color accuracy tests use the non-enhanced "basic" mode.

2. blesio

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 07, 2016

Well, the iPhone 6s gets 131 thousand in Antutu, and is on par with the Xperia, I don't know how you did those tests

19. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I have seen iphone 6s getting upto 135000 even. And what you just said was asked by me 4 months ago, but no one replied. I don't know why phonearena doesn't clear up the reason for such a false antutu score and why don't the authors correct it when a >130000 score is universally known. Atleast one writer should reply to this and tell everyone the reason behind that A7-like mark on Antutu!

3. mammary.moon

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

sony has its head in the sand . The iPhone smoked it

4. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I didnt even bother to read, anything vs appel products on this site turns the IP as favorite, this site should be called iphonearena, this is far from the first time. Appel will always be favorites here. As i said i dint even read the article, but i am 100% sure i would get a dejavu if i did :P

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

6.3/10 vs 9.3/10 lol..

28. foxfoxfox

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 10, 2016

ibend 6s win

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

To be fair, about the only thing the X Performance is competitive with is a toaster. Not a high end toaster, mind you, just a typical 4 slicer.

11. Unordinary unregistered

You should start bothering to read a dictionary

12. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

When will you ever wise up?

21. Unordinary unregistered

Lol new account again. Keep getting banned

26. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Ok professor.

20. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Atleast spell Apple correctly. Your mistake tells how ignorant you are. Anyways you should've managed to read articles like 6S plus vs S7 edge to know other brands get credit where its due. I know phonearena sometimes praises apple to an offending state (and doesn't give deserving scores to many phones) but that's because of it's brand recognition and the fact that iphones are so much admired and loved by millions. So its not always iphonearena, especially in the above comparison.

6. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

lol so the ability to post comments and next page buttons do not show up when ad blocker is enabled now? Awesome!!!

9. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

iPhoneArena s**tcks aside, iPhone wins on this one , because if you're gonna sell another phone with 2013 specs, crappy UX, comparatively bad camera, and price it costing an arm and a limb, then you have a recipe for disaster, iPhone on the other hand wins on OS (fluid updates), camera, I can go on all day on why iPhone wins. Let's have a tea and talk about it

10. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

iphone 6s with 1,700 mah last 8h? is that true?

22. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

FYK, battery life doesn't solely depend on its capacity; software optimization around the hardware is a more impactful reason. But yeah, the 8 hours time is true, atleast according to phonearena's tests. However, it all comes down to personal usage so your iphone might live up to 3 days even!

16. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Checked out an iphone at the store. The stock keyboard was garbage and the dialler was laggy. Is this what they call premium? Bollocks!

18. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lol, what "store" did you check it out at? If you're going to lie to people, at least make it believable :D.

23. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Haha true bashing!

25. Hama22

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Did they simply skip the fact that the Xperia is waterproof or I someway missed it?

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31614; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Battle of the bezels.

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