Sony Xperia X Performance vs Samsung Galaxy S7

Introduction


Sony made headlines at this year's MWC edition by announcing a trio of phones aimed to form a completely new X-line portfolio, bidding adieu to the Z-line that has been shaping its Android strategy for a few years now. Top of the line here is the Xperia X Performance, and that's exactly the handset we are going to clash with Samsung's finest in the category – the Galaxy S7. Both fit in the 5” display realm, sport the latest Snapdragon chipset, have powerful cameras, and cost a similar amount, so which one takes the cake? Let's see...

Design

Fatboy X in metal against glass Slim Jim, not much of a water gun fight here

We aren't going to mince words here – while the new X-series is a departure from the familiar Sony Z design, it's not much of a change in form, just the glass back got replaced by other materials. The fairly chubby and rectangular X Performance has a back panel made of metal, but it rings somewhat hollow when you tap on it, and the keys all around the phone are shallow, with poor tactile feedback. The SIM card tray is all-plastic and rather flimsy, too.

Sony Xperia X Performance vs Samsung Galaxy S7
Sony Xperia X Performance vs Samsung Galaxy S7
Sony Xperia X Performance vs Samsung Galaxy S7
Sony Xperia X Performance vs Samsung Galaxy S7

The S7, on the other hand, is slim and fashionable in its glass-and-metal chassis, with sturdy, easy to feel and press buttons. It also fits much more comfortably in the hand, not only because it's slimmer, but also on account of the tapered backsides.

Despite that the fingerprint sensor is moved to the side of the Sony phone, embedded in the lock key, its screen-to-body ratio remains poor, and the 5” display barely occupies 67% of the front surface. That's largely thanks to the two front-facing speakers, which, let's face it, aren't going to produce much of a stereo sound at that spacing anyway. The Galaxy S7 has a finger scanner that is housed in the home key beneath the display, and still returns way better screen-to-body ratio.

The Sony handset has an IP68 water resistance rating, meaning that you can dip it in up to three feet of water for at least half an hour. The same is valid for the Galaxy S7, yet it feels downright elegant in its thin glass-and-metal chassis, when compared to the X Performance.


Sony Xperia X Performance

Sony Xperia X Performance

Dimensions

5.67 x 2.76 x 0.34 inches

144 x 70 x 8.7 mm

Weight

5.82 oz (165 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

Dimensions

5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches

142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

Sony Xperia X Performance

Sony Xperia X Performance

Dimensions

5.67 x 2.76 x 0.34 inches

144 x 70 x 8.7 mm

Weight

5.82 oz (165 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

Dimensions

5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches

142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

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



Display

On par at the beach, more credible indoors – the Quad HD AMOLED takes the cake

Sony Xperia X Performance vs Samsung Galaxy S7
Sony decided to stick with 1080 x 1920 pixels of Full HD resolution on the 5” LCD panel of the X Performance, and we are totally fine with that, as the pixel density is more than enough for the screen diagonal. Samsung's 1440p Quad HD AMOLED screen is a bit of overkill for the 5.1” size, but the more the merrier, we suppose.

Sony again went with very, very cold colors and way oversaturated greens for the screen's color balance. While it argues that this setup aids outdoor visibility, we'd rather have a more natural color mode to choose instead. The X Performance has a very good peak brightness of 547 nits, and the display is easily visible outside, with low reflections – a tad better than the Galaxy S7's panel.

Samsung's display, on the other hand, has a Basic mode that returns colors which are pretty close to the standardized gamut in terms of temperature and saturation. The default Adaptive mode goes on the cold and saturated side of the spectrum still, but not as much as the X Performance.



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24 Comments

1. cytyler

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

RIP Sony

9. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

No no!! Its s**t sony

12. Settings

Posts: 2941; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Samsung pays so Samsung stays. Easy as that.

20. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Sony X line is a step back to their Z5 line up. It's not a bad phone but the price ia really hard to accept considering the featurea that they remove. I'm still hoping that Sony's next generation X line will be way way better than these X line. For the mean time, I'll stick with my Z5 premium.

24. dazed1

Posts: 771; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

And Sony Z5 was bad enough, Sony never listen to the customers, hence they will fail and fail more and more.

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2523; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Yay. Sony made a worse device, at a higher price, and released it 4 months later. Bravo Sony, bravo.

3. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Epic fail Sony. Z2 Z3 Z3+ Z5 Xp 5 iteration phones still running on 3gb Ram. Ditch Snapdragon and use Exynos.

5. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Dream sony phone > 5.2 1080p ips lcd > improved Z3 design > exynos soc w/ 4gb ram > 3000 mah battery > 16mp camera with 1/2.2" sensor size , improved imaging process

8. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

What does it has to do with Sony??? Samsung is most capable to Make a phone better than that as other High end manufacturers never touch Exynos ( with a few rare expections). I think S7 is almost that phone with a few differences.

4. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I am very disappointed that Sony has dropped the Z line for this X line. This is not a bad phone it is just not a good deal for the price. It seems that every phone maker is now racing to the bottom of cell phone design. So I guess from now on we all get average phones. No more nice features like really good front stereo speakers, user replaceable batteries and unique features. Gone are the glory days of cell phone design.

6. MrLove

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 05, 2016

Sony, a bigger disappointment than Samsung.

7. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Again Phonearena.. Samsung's display peak at over 800 nits and is far brighter than Sony's.

15. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Wow hard decision I'm a huge Samsung guy and waiting for the note 7 and own a Sony Xperia Z5 premium and a ex Apple user lol off topic on Apple lol but i will say the Samsung due to faster ram 4 gb or more sorry to say Sony still on 3 ram still and has been like Apple 2 ram but I'm still a Sony user despite all the bad rap Sony has, Apple should not Sony but that's my opinion

17. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

And sony priced Xperia X 64 GB (non-performance) on par with S7 in India

18. htcisthebest

Posts: 423; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

What's the point of comparing 2 phones in different price bracket. Not a fair comparison imo. Should wait for the next Sony flagship and then compare it to the S7.

19. Jason2k13

Posts: 1436; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

So you're saying the next Sony flagship in 2017 should be compared to the 2016 S7? And I don't know where you're from but here the S7 and x performance are priced the same.

21. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

...No point. Sony being Sony, will always come with compromises and a high $$$.

22. Nibbler1

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

The main problem with Samsung phones is they only look good on paper, when you hold them in the hand they feel cheap and perform cheap and they last less than a cheap Chinese brand.Had a s4, after one year the battery was dead and the phone laged so much it was unusable.The latest phone was s7 edge it was definitely better build but it felt one time on the floor and the glass was broken and is also very uncomfortable to hold in the hand and also slippery- bad design.Now I am back to my xperia z2, it does the job done :).And dont trust the reviews, they are mostly paid articles , test it for yourself ;)

23. Romantico3pe

Posts: 152; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Plus you cant even let an picture or app like navigation still for a few hours or your screen will burn, happened to me with google maps on the s6, so i will never buy an amoled phone again they are crap

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