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Sony Xperia X vs Xperia X Performance vs Xperia XA: what's different?

|February 27 2016 |Android Phones, Android, Sony, Comparisons

"Comparing the three new smartphones in Sony's Xperia X lineup"

Xperia X, XA, X performance

In an interesting move, Sony announced the retirement of its Xperia Z brand at MWC in Barcelona. The Japanese giant announced an all-new X series of smartphones among various other smart devices. According to Sony CEO Hiroki Totoki, Sony sees the future of smart devices as always connected and offering a seamless new way of interacting with the physical world. The new X-series has made its mark with the introduction of three new smartphones, the Xperia X (first impressions), X Performance, and the XA (first impressions). Here’s our full comparison of these devices to shed some light on how they differ on paper.

Design and Display

Xperia X Performance Colours

All three smartphones seem to carry forward the design formula of the Xperia Z series, with a metal body and OmniBalance design. Furthermore, Sony promises a range of matching style covers for the devices. The devices will be available in four colours including white, lime gold, rose gold, and graphite black.

While the display sizes found on all devices are identical at 5-inches, where the difference lies is the screen resolution. The Xperia X and X Performance feature 1080p resolution as compared to the 720p resolution found on the XA. The Triluminos display in the devices is powered by Sony’s X-Reality engine for mobile.


Under the hood, the Xperia X Performance boasts of the Snapdragon 820 processor, while the Xperia X settles for the midrange Snapdragon 650 chipset. Both smartphones are coupled with 3GB of RAM for multitasking and smoother performance. The Xperia XA, on the other hand, opts for a MediaTek MT6755 chipset aided by 2GB of RAM.


  Xperia XA Black Predictive Hybrid AF

These are arguably the most interesting part of Sony’s new X series. At the back of the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance lies a 23MP camera with f/2.3 aperture and pulse LED flash. The autofocusing is taken care of by a new technology termed as Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, which comes with object tracking. This allows the camera to stay a step ahead is terms of predicting the location of a moving subject to reduce the blur in such pictures.

The Xperia XA too gets hybrid autofocus too, but but misses out on the predictive tech, and gets a downgraded 13MP sensor to boot. In the front, the Xperia X and X performance boast of a 13MP sensor while the XA is gets an 8MP front shooter.

Battery life and storage

Another dimension which the Xperia X series focusses on is battery backup. All the smartphones use a technology called Qnova Adapting Charging which can effectively lead to two times the average battery lifespan of a smartphone. Sony claims up to two days of battery life for the new devices with its STAMINA power saving mode, something which needs to be tested in real life. The Xperia X is powered by a 2,620mAh battery, while the X Performance gets a little bit more juice at 2,700mAh. With a 2,300mAh battery, the Xperia XA might seem a little low on battery backup, but the lower-res HD screen should help to conserve juice.

On the storage front, the Xperia X and X performance come with 32GB of internal storage while the XA gets 16GB of storage. Fortunately, all three devices support microSD cards up to 200GB.

Software and connectivity

android-6-0-marshmallow full

As expected, all three smartphones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with Sony's custom UI on top. On the connectivity front, all phones feature 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, and GPS. Dual-SIM variants will also be released in select markets, and we expect India to be on the cards for these models.

Pricing and availability

Sony Xperia XA vs Xperia X vs Xperia Performance

All three smartphones will go on sale starting summer 2016, and that is when the company is expected to give more details about the prices. We’ll keep you updated with the latest news about the handsets, until then keep following 91mobiles.

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