Sony Xperia X Performance Review

With that in mind, let’s dive in and take a look at how it, ahem, performs in our hands-on Sony Xperia X Performance review. Sony introduced the three smartphones in its new Xperia X range at MWC 2016. But what about the Xperia Z6, you ask? We don’t know anything for certain, but there’s a chance that the Xperia X Performance has replaced it.

Sony Xperia X Performance release date and price

The Sony Xperia X Performance price is unconfirmed, but the device is sure to cost more than the Xperia X, which comes in at 599 Euros (around US$660).

The Xperia X Performance release date will likely fall close to summer. The X Performance’s counterparts, the Xperia XA and Xperia X, are available for pre-order in Europe now.

Sony Xperia X Performance design and build quality

The Xperia X Performance is almost identical to the mid-tier device in the X range, the Sony Xperia X, although the Performance model is a few millimeters thicker.

It has a typical Sony Xperia design and is made from premium-feeling stainless steel and glass. The rose gold demo device we got our hands on looked splendid.

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Our Sony Xperia X performance demo unit in rose gold. / © ANDROIDPIT

The smartphone’s good looks are boosted by the 2.5D glass on the front and its impeccably smooth corners.

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Under the flap on the left side is the nano-SIM and MicroSD card slot. / © ANDROIDPIT

Size-wise, the Xperia is X Performance sits between the Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5. It’s a lovely little piece to hold and feels comfortable to boot.

Sony Xperia X Performance display

The Sony Xperia X Performance arrives with a Full HD display, as found on the Sony Xperia X and Xperia Z5. It houses a fingerprint scanner on the power button (present on the Z5 but not on the US version). The side bezels are slim, but not as slim as those on the almost bezel-less Xperia XA.

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The 5-inch display of our demo unit showed rich colors and good brightness. / © ANDROIDPIT

The model we went hands on with is not a final product, so there may be some changes before its release. Nevertheless, the display colors were vivid and stayed true even when viewed from different angles. We were unable to verify how the display behaves in direct sunlight, though, as we could not leave the exhibition hall.

Sony Xperia X Performance special features

Fingerprint sensor

The Sony Xperia X Performance features a combined power button / fingerprint sensor, placed on the side of the device. It seems to be effective and well placed.

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Sony’s power button and fingerprint sensor can be found in the middle of the right edge. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Sony Xperia X Performance is also dust- and water-resistant to IP 65 and 86 certification.

Sony Xperia X Performance software

The Sony Xperia X Performance demo unit we tried was running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Xperia UI. It seemed stable enough, however Sony Germany confessed to AndroidPIT that the software implementation was “pretty rushed”, because it is only a demo device.

Therefore we will reserve judgement on the software until our full Sony Xperia X Performance review.

Sony Xperia X Performance performance

Inside the Sony Xperia X Performance is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor supported by 3 GB of RAM. The internal storage capacity comes in at 32 GB and can be expanded via microSD card up to 200 GB.

With a latest edition processor and 3 GB of RAM, the X Performance should easily be able to keep up with the likes of the LG G5 and Galaxy S7.

Sony Xperia X Performance audio

The Xperia X Performance is equipped with stereo front-facing speakers in typical Sony flagship fashion. Their quality couldn’t be tested at the event, however, we expect they will deliver superior sound quality to the flagships that have a single bottom mounted speaker (such as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge).

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Sony’s Xperia X Performance audio features will need to be evaluated in the final test. / © ANDROIDPIT

Sony Xperia X Performance camera

The camera technology on the X Performance is quite promising. The rear camera sensor is a whopping 23 MP while front camera can captures images at 13 MP. Bear in mind that there are new Android phones being released with fewer pixels on their main cameras, so the Sony X Performance is quite far ahead in terms of resolution here.

However, it’s Sony’s innovative auto-focus features that play the biggest role in Sony’s new camera. Sony’s predictive autofocus is said to have a improved ability to capture moving images in a photo, resulting far less blur than with Sony’s previous cameras. It should also help keep images in focus when the smartphone itself is moving.

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With a 23 MP camera, the X Performance should create some excellent photos. / © ANDROIDPIT

We put this briefly to the test at the event and if a person was moving a little too fast, the pictures were still blurred, so Sony will have to address this for the final version of the device (we should reiterate that our test device is only an early version of the product).

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Sony’s front-facing camera has a higher resolution than many Android phone’s main cameras. / © ANDROIDPIT

Sony Xperia X Performance battery

Sony phones are known for their excellent battery life and this should remain true for the X Series. The X Performance holds a 2,700 mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0.

Sony claims that the device should last for two days on a single charge. We will find out if this is true in our final Sony Xperia X Performance review.

Sony Xperia X Performance technical specifications

    • Type:
    • Phone
    • Model:
    • Sorry, not yet available!
    • Manufacturer:
    • Sony
    • Dimensions:
    • 143.7 x 70.5 x 8.6 mm
    • Weight:
    • 165 g
    • Battery size:
    • 2700 mAh
    • Screen size:
    • 5 in
    • Display technology:
    • LCD
    • Screen:
    • 1920 x 1080 pixels (441 ppi)
    • Front camera:
    • 13 megapixels
    • Rear camera:
    • 23 megapixels
    • Flashlight:
    • LED
    • Android version:
    • 6.0 – Marshmallow
    • User interface:
    • Xperia UI
    • RAM:
    • 3 GB
    • Internal storage:
    • 32 GB
    • Removable storage:
    • microSD
    • Chipset:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
    • Number of cores:
    • 4
    • Max. clock speed:
    • Sorry, not yet available!
    • Connectivity:
    • HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

Early Verdict

The Sony Xperia X Performance hardware is a step above the current top model from Sony, the Xperia Z5 Premium, even though it lacks the Premium’s 4K display. Given that the Premium was only released recently, it’s likely that Sony will hold off on launching the X Performance until it’s not in such direct competition with its other products.

Sony’s plan for the Xperia X Performance is not yet clear. Sony’s releases are always competing with each other because the release cycles are so erratic. Now that the manufacturer has introduced a whole new range, including a device that looks very much a flagship, we don’t know what this means for the Xperia Z6 range.

As things stand, the Xperia X Performance looks like a pretty nice phone, but until we learn more about its price and availability, we can’t say whether it will be a must-have.

What do you think of the Sony Xperia X Performance? Let us know in the comments.

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