Sony's mid-range Xperia X smartphone tries to balance top-tier features with a more accessible price point.
Sony Xperia X: Specs
The Sony Xperia X sits in the middle of the company's smartphone offering for 2016. It balances some of the premium features of the Xperia X Performance, but tries to approach a price tag closer to that of the budget Xperia XA. You still get the impressive Sony camera and side fingerprint scanner, but there's a slower processor inside which will affect performance.
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Sony Xperia X: Buy outright
There are a lot of similarities between the Xperia X and its premium brother, the Sony Xperia X Performance, both from a design perspective and in terms of specs. The price tag is also fairly similar, with the Xperia X's RRP just $100 shy of the Performance at $899. Naturally, you can pick it up for less if you shop around.
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Sony Xperia X: Review
Sony's decision to pop a lower-powered processor in the Xperia X compared to the Xperia X Performance has one significant upside – battery life. The phone didn't just creep past the 10 hour mark in our battery tests, it smashed past, competing with devices like the Galaxy S7 Edge and Huawei Mate 8 (both of which feature significantly higher battery capacities). The camera performance is also a stand-out.
"Sony makes the vast majority of camera optics for smartphones you’re likely to buy, excluding a few outliers such as the Huawei P9. It shouldn’t be a shock then that it saves the good stuff for its own phones. The Xperia X’s autofocus is fast, and the inclusion of a dedicated shutter button makes it easier to eliminate camera shake while taking shots."
The catch is that performance takes a big hit with that slower processor, with last year's Xperia Z5 offering better performance than the Xperia X.