Sony’s Xperia lineup has now been expanded to include a whole new series of devices: the Xperia X series. The announcement comes not long after LG announced its own X series with the focus being on producing mid-range devices with each possessing one flagship level feature and the vision behind Sony’s own X series doesn’t appear to be all that different.
The three devices that’ll comprise the series at launch are the Xperia X, X Performance and XA. Sony wants this series to provide the most refined forms of the features that they are most famous for: camera and battery life.
Talking about what these three devices share, it is clearly the design language. Each sports a curved glass display encased in a rounded, continuous frame that exudes class. The Xperia XA in particular makes its bezels nearly invisible resulting in an edge to edge display that’s beautiful to look at. The X Performance has a brushed metal finish on its back and is waterproof. All three devices will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
Like is the case with all smartphone series, the difference lies in what’s inside these phones. The X Performance houses a Snapdragon 820 and 3 GB of RAM and while the X too has 3 GB of RAM, it’s powered by the Snapdragon 650. The XA is the entry level model of this series and hence comes with 2 GB of RAM and a MediaTek MT6755. While all three phones have 5 inch displays, the X and X Performance come with a resolution of 1080p while the XA has a resolution of 720p. The X and X Performance also carry fingerprint sensors and they are placed in the same location as the ones on the Z5 series, on the oval power button. The XA carries a circular power button and lacks a fingerprint scanner. Sony also claims these devices will have a battery life of two days though there’s no word on battery capacities yet.
The camera on the X and the X Performance is a 23 MP shooter with what Sony is calling “predictive hybrid autofocus“. That marketing term translates into you getting to choose your subject and the phone then predicting its motion so that your photos are blur free. The XA meanwhile comes with a 13 MP front camera and all share the 8 MP secondary camera.
The new X series will launch sometime in Summer 2016 and while we don’t have the pricing details yet, what we do know are that each will come in four colors: white, graphite black, lime gold and rose gold.
Looks like mid-range is shaping up to be the new flagships with all manufacturers paying increased attention to this very important tier and this only bodes well for customers so we couldn’t be happier. What about you? Let us know below 🙂