Sony announced a confusing line-up of four very sleek new smartphones in the Xperia X series that will be available in the United States this summer. The new models include the meaningless naming of Xperia X Performance, Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia XA Ultra. Can you figure out which one is best, or which one is which from the picture?
Although each looks very similar, they are not all the same size. The XA Ultra is a 6-inch smartphone, while all others have 5-inch sized screens with curved glass edges. The (just) X and Performance models share the best rear camera offering 23MP with Predictive Hybrid Autofocus. The XA Ultra has the best front camera for selfies at 16MP. Color-wise your almost in the clear, but XA Ultra doesn’t come in rose gold (pink). Finally, if you go by price with best first, you get Performance, X, XA Ultra, then XA.
Xperia X Performance
Xperia XA Ultra
Both the the Xperia X Performance and Xperia X offer a 23-megapixel camera with Quick Launch — Sony’s fastest and smartest camera yet, with all-new Predictive Hybrid Autofocus. It was developed in collaboration with Sony Alpha camera engineers that tracks your subject and predicts its next move so you can automatically capture action shots in the sharpest detail, free of blur. So, even if you can’t predict where the shot is headed, your smartphone can.
Xperia X Performance and Xperia X are enabled with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 so you can get 5.5 hours usage with just 10 minutes of charging with a certified Quick Charge 2.0 charger, which also comes as an optional accessory for Xperia XA. The Xperia X is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, while the Performance model jumps up to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Both XA’s use a MediaTek hello P10 processor.
The X models (not XA) are powerful enough to let you play PS4 games on your phone over your home’s Wi-Fi. You can even use a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller to play full PS4 games directly on your phone.
All Xperia X series smartphones should have long battery life — up to 2 days. Sony is using smart battery management with Qnovo’s Adaptive Charging technology for fast recharging. Meanwhile, STAMINA mode minimizes battery drain so you have power when you need it most.
Furthermore, Sony’s water resistant design takes the worry out of a little wet. Xperia X Performance is built to withstand the splashes that are a part of everyday life.
Price and Availability
- Xperia X Performance – $699.99 with free 128GB MicroSD memory card (July 17)
- Xperia X – 549.99 with a free 128GB MicroSD memory card (June 26)
- Xperia XA Ultra – $369.99 with free 64GB MicroSD memory card (July 24)
- Xperia XA – 279.99 with free MicroSD memory card (June 19)
Pre-order offer for all four devices includes three free Sony Pictures movies and a UCH10 Quick Charger ($35.90 MSRP) for Xperia X Performance and Xperia X.
Xperia X Performance, Xperia X, and Xperia XA each have a range of matching Style Covers and will roll out in four elegant finishes: White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose Gold. Xperia XA Ultra will be available in White, Graphite Black and Lime Gold.