While Sony’s 2016 flagship is months away from its official announcement, the company showcased a new smartphone lineup dubbed as the Xperia ‘X’ series at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Sony revealed three new products for this series, the Xperia X, the Xperia X Performance and the Xperia XA that is a budget-oriented phone unlike the first two that are aimed at the high-end market. The main focus on these new handsets remains at the battery and camera hardware, both of which feature some new interesting technologies.
All three phones feature the the same 5-inch panels with variations in resolution. What’s worth noting here is that they flaunt curved displays with rounded frames, the cheaper XA, however, sports an edge-to-edge screen. Sony finally refreshed its design policies, all of these phones sport a completely overhauled metal build with a “tone-on-tone” approach, as a result, the front and back will have the same colors providing a really sleek and unique look.
The rear 23MP camera module on the X and X Performance comes with Sony’s Predictive Hybrid Autofocus that is usually found on their “alpha” series professional cameras, which lets you pick a target and tracks it. The camera app is capable of focusing and snapping a photo all in 0.6 seconds. There’s also a 13MP selfie camera can achieve ISO 6400 giving you much brighter shots in low light situations.
Despite having a small battery pack of 2620 mAh, Sony claims that the Xperia X can run for two days between charges thanks to the embedded Qnovo technology that will extend battery life and cut charging times by measuring battery health in real-time and continuously adjusting charging current. It also features stereo speakers with Hi-Res Audio and DNC inside.
The Xperia X is powered by the all-new Snapdragon 650 along with 3GB of RAM, Android Marshmallow and 32GB of internal storage that is expandable. The Xperia X Performance as the name implies is a way more powerful smartphone with the Snapdragon 820 and a slightly larger 2700mAh battery. It is also IP68 certified waterproof, something that is completely absent from the X and XA. Both the X and X Performance also offer a fingerprint scanner located over the power button just like the Xperia Z5.
The Xperia XA will be considerably cheaper than the other two products, it comes with a 5-inch 720p display, powered by a MediaTek MT6755 chipset with 2GB of RAM, 13MP and 8MP cameras, 16GB of internal storage, Android 6.0 and a tiny 2300mAh battery. Sony proudly calls it a “super-mid range” smartphone for some reason only they think is valid.
Company’s CEO, Hiroki Totoki stated that “Sony Mobile will continue to create increasingly personalised and intelligent products and services that empower you to do more, and live more creatively than ever. Our products and services will connect you to each other and become essential and beloved parts of your lives.”
Overall, the new devices look pretty impressive especially in terms of camera and design, however, Sony has a bad history of overpricing their products and the success of these new smartphones as of now solely depends on the final pricing. As you might have guessed already, the pricing is yet to revealed. The new handsets will be available later this summer.