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Sony Xperia X Vs Xperia X Performance

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Few months back, at the Mobile World Congress, Sony introduced a fresh product line with a bunch of majestically crafted smart accessories. The company surprisingly unveiled Xperia X smartphones and announced the culmination of Xperia Z family with no more of Xperia Z6 or Z7. The change, though hard to accept at the first place, marked the sway of Xperia X series with three smartphones, Xperia X, XA and X Performance. These phones with top-notch features look pretty impressive and have given clear signs that Sony sees a better future of smart devices with an “X” instead of a “Z”.
The tempting Xperia X range has already made its way into different markets, and is now moving towards India, promising a unique smartphone experience with a lot more than good looks and high-end internals. The two high-end models in this series, Xperia X and Xperia X Performance will be up for grabs soon and will take innumerable devices in the entry-level and flagship segment.

But, what exactly Xperia X and X Performance have on offer? What makes them different? These are the burning questions today and we’ll get them answered with a detailed comparison. Like always!

Design Language and Build Quality

When it comes to design, it is important to note that Xperia X and X Performance both look good but are pretty much identical to every other high-end Xperia we’ve seen till now. Both phones extend the same Xperia Z5 look and boast a lean metal-built profile with a flat back, rounded edges, and an elongated fingerprint scanner equipped power-button on the right side. Xperia X features a clean finish, while X Performance ships with a brushed aluminium finish and looks a little more premium. They both come in same colour options: Black, White, Rose Gold, and Lime Gold, but the Performance variant is a little stronger with premium looks and added IP68 certification for water and dust-proofing.

The Gorgeous Display

No matter much you criticize Sony, the one thing you’ll always love is its ability to bring a low-res display with vibrant and punchy colours. The same goes here with Xperia X and X Performance. Both phones fit in different price brackets but offer an impeccable visual experience with an identical Triluminos display. At 5-inches, the full-HD LCD bundled with Xperia X and Xperia Performance marks a strong impression and delivers lifelike output just like iPhone 6s.

It comes protected with scratch-resistant glass and oleophobic coating, and produces super-accurate colours and perfect viewing angles, just as on a flagship Quad-HD panel. It may not pit against Galaxy S7 or LG G5, but is definitely not as bad as usual mid-rangers.

Performance is a performance

Whether on paper or in real life, Xperia X Performance is a performer from all aspects. The device ships with Snapdragon 820 64-bit processor and makes into the high-end category alongside devices like Galaxy S7 and LG G5. It features four cores, two running at 2.2GHz and other two at 1.6GHz and pairs up with 3 GB of RAM and Adreno 530 graphics for seamless work and play. Speed is not an issue for this handset and you can easily run any app or game without witnessing lags or excessive heating complaints. On the contrary, Xperia X uses a mediocre Snapdragon 650, also known as Snapdragon 618 processor and as is positioned in the mid to high-end category. Just like its sibling, it also pairs up with 3GB of RAM and handles multi-tasking and gaming quite easily. The performance is pretty-much snappy even here, but on heavier usage, Xperia X Performance might take a lead ahead.

Identical Camera Setup

Just like display, the camera setup bundled with Xperia X and X Performance is also identical. As per 91mobiles, both phones pack a 23-megapixel rear-facing and a 13-megapixel front-facing shooter with a bunch of tweaks and a well-optimized iPhone-like camera app. Camera has always been a key feature on Xperia flagships and even this time it does not disappoint Xperia lovers. Enhanced pixel count on both ends, Exmor RS sensor, wide-angle 22mm lens, and f/2.0 aperture, all together makes an incredible package for on-the-go smartphone photographers! Sony has also added a Predictive Hybrid Autofocus on the X series. The improved autofocus not only enhances focus speed, but also captures fast-moving objects with perfection. It creates a unique ecosystem for photography and contributes in taking picture-perfect shots with rich-colours and plenty of details.

Enough Power to Get You Through

Sony Xperia X and X Performance boast a decent set of specs with good enough batteries to keep things up and running. Both phones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the box and last for just about two days without rushing towards a charger or power-bank. Sony’s nifty power-saving features add a lot, but individually, Xperia X gives a 2,620 mAh and Xperia X Performance gives you a 2,900 mAh battery. The both look pretty average when compared to the Galaxy’s and the LG’s, but in our opinion, it is sufficient to cater moderate and even high-end usage without any glitches.
Sony hasn’t given wireless charging, but thanks to fast-charging tech, you can rest assured that both phones will give you at least 5 to 6 hours of power with a single 15-minute charge.

Bottom Line

Sony Xperia X and X Performance both look good and fit nicely in the mid and high-end category. Both phones have a plenty to like about, but there are somethings (design and display) which make us think that is just a spin-off of Z series and not a new line of premium Xperia phones. Performance, battery life and software, we like it all on Xperia X and X Performance, but there’s still not enough to get excited about!

As per 91mobiles, Sony’s pricing strategy plus rehashed specifications might just ruin the entire package. But if the price gets right, these two are clear winners from the Japanese tech-giant!


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