Introduction

Sony invited us over to Tokyo to give us a glimpse of the upcoming Xperia X – the pioneer in the company’s new lineup that puts an end to 6 generations of Xperia Z flagships.

The Xperia X is not a direct successor to the Z5, mind you, this is a burden the Xperia X Performance will have to deal with. Instead, it ushers in Sony’s new design language, which let’s face it, does build upon the fundamentals of the old one.

The Xperia X also introduces us to most of the flagship’s hardware, while still letting it keep exclusivity on some features – IP68 certification and top-class chipset in particular.

Sony Xperia X at a glance:

  • Form factor: metal body, 2.5D glass rounded bevel screen
  • Screen: 5″ Triluminos display, 1080p resolution (441ppi)
  • Camera: 23MP/1080p with 1/2.3″ sensor, f/2.0, Predictive Hybrid AF; 13MP selfie camera
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 650 (2x A72 + 4x A53 cores); 3GB of RAM
  • Storage: 32GB, expandable with microSD cards
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Audio: stereo speakers, Hi-Res audio, DSEE HX, LDAC
  • Battery: 2,620mAh

The Xperia X does get the top-spec camera of its bigger brother (or should we say wiser, as they’re both 5-inchers) – that means 23MP maximum resolution, phase detection autofocus, and a f/2.0 aperture lens. What it misses out on is 4K video recording, which is inexplicably missing from the Xperia X Performance spec sheet, too.

We already got a chance to handle the Sony Xperia X a couple of months ago at MWC, so this time, we’ll approach our hands-on with a focus on the camera department. We figured we’d spend the few precious moments we had with the phone on the important stuff.

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