Introduction

As most others focus on phablets, Sony showed the 5″ market a lot of love with the new Xperia X series. The Xperia X Performance is essentially a Z-phone in disguise. Better even, not even the Z5 has a brushed metal back.

This one has it all – waterproofing, stereo speakers, Snapdragon 820 chipset, 23MP camera, the works. If money is no object, this would be our pick.

MWC 2016 Sony review

Sony Xperia X Performance at a glance:

  • Form factor: metal body, beveled screen; IP68 waterproof rating
  • Screen: 5″ Triluminos display, 1080p resolution (441ppi)
  • Camera: 23MP/2160p with 1/2.3″ sensor, f/2.0, Predictive Hybrid AF; 13MP selfie camera
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 820 (2+2 custom 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: 2,700mAh

The Sony Xperia X is at the center of the family. Same metal exterior (without the brushed finish) and 5″ 1080p screen, same 23MP camera and stereo speakers too. It’s not waterproof, though, and the chipset is a Snapdragon 650.

MWC 2016 Sony review

Sony Xperia X at a glance:

  • Form factor: metal body, beveled screen
  • Screen: 5″ Triluminos display, 1080p resolution (441ppi)
  • Camera: 23MP/2160p with 1/2.3″ sensor, f/2.0, Predictive Hybrid AF; 13MP selfie camera
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 650 (8 Cortex-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 Sony Xperia XA is more price conscious. It still has a 5″ screen, but it has 720p resolution. No metal exterior, no stereo speakers either. The biggest loss is the camera, however, it’s a 1/3″ Exmor RS sensors with 13MP resolution.

MWC 2016 Sony review

Sony Xperia XA at a glance:

  • Screen: 5″ Triluminos display, 720p resolution (294ppi)
  • Camera: 13MP with 1/3″ sensor; 8MP selfie camera
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6755 (8 Cortex-A53 cores); 2GB of RAM
  • Storage: 16GB, expandable with microSD cards
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Battery: 2,300mAh