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Xperia X is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core chipset, which may be a step below the premium-tier SD 820 SoC, but packs plenty of high performance potential. There are 3GB of RAM and up to 32GB (single SIM version) / 64GB (dual SIM version) of expandable storage. The Xperia X features a 5-inch 1080p resolution display with Sony Triluminos and X-Reality image enhancement technologies. Sony equipped the Xperia X with a 23MP camera that, uber-large photos aside, serves up Predictive Hybrid Autofocus. Other extras on board include Quick launch, 5x Clear Image Zoom, a 24mm G-Lens with F2.0 aperture, and 1080p video recording. Meanwhile, the front camera is a seriously big 13MP.

    GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    4G & LTE NetworkLTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
    Announced2016, February
    Form factorbar
    Dual SIM-
    Approx AvailabilityComing soon
    Sim Nano-SIM
    SIZEDimensions142.7 x 69.4 x 7.9 mm
    Height142.7 mm
    Width69.4 mm
    Thickness7.9 mm
    Weight153 g (5.40 oz)
    DISPLAYDisplay Colors16M colors
    Touchscreencapacitive touchscreen
    Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels
    Display TechnologyIPS LCD
    Display Size5.0 inches
    AdditionalScratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating - Triluminos display - X-Reality Engine
    SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
    LoudspeakerYES
    3.5mm jackYES
    MEMORYPhonebookYES
    Call recordsYES
    Internal32 GB, 3 GB RAM
    Card slotmicroSD, up to 200 GB
    DATAGPRSYES
    EDGEYES
    3G SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps
    WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
    Bluetoothv4.2, A2DP, apt-X, LE
    Infrared port-
    USBmicroUSB v2.0, USB Host
    4G SpeedLTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps
    NFCYES
    CAMERAPrimary Camera23 MP, f/2.0, 24mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
    FlashLED flash
    Features1/2.3" sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
    Video1080p@30fps
    Secondary Camera13 MP, f/2.0, 22mm, 1/3" sensor size, 1080p
    FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
    MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
    BrowserHTML5
    RadioFM radio, RDS
    GamesYES
    ColorsWhite, Graphite Black, Lime Gold, Rose Gold
    GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
    Java-
    CPUDual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
    Processor TypeDual-core
    Additional Features Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic - Xvid/MP4/H.265 player - MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player - Document viewer - Photo/video editor
    ChipsetQualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650
    GPUAdreno 510
    SensorsFingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
    BATTERYBattery TypeNon-removable Li-Ion 2620 mAh battery
    Stand-by Time-
    Talk time-
    MISCEmail ClientYES
    FCC ID-

Reviews


Sony Xperia X Review By CanadaGSM

Introduction

There is a shift of command in the house of Xperia. The Sony Xperia X and its two siblings are taking over from the Xperia Z. A dynasty has come to an end. We hear the C and M families are being put out to pasture as well, soon it will be all X top to bottom.

Sony Xperia X review

So, what is the new face of Sony like? The Xperia X, which will likely form the backbone of the new lineup, persists with the angular aesthetics that debuted with the original Xperia Z back in 2013. It has a metal back, but no more waterproofing (that is exclusive to the Xperia X Performance). Sony trademark sonic experience however lives on with the on-board stereo speakers and High-Res audio. Another Sony staple, the camera, is more than robust but has an uncomfortable question to answer.

Key features

  • 5" 1,080 x 1,920px LCD display with 441ppi, X-Reality for Mobile, Triluminos technology and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer; scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
  • Android OS v6.0 Marshmallow with Xperia launcher
  • Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, a dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 and quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53; Adreno 510 GPU; 3GB RAM
  • 23 MP camera with 1080p@60fps video recording and tracking autofocus; 13 MP front-facing camera with 1080p@30fps video
  • 32GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot
  • Single and dual-SIM variants
  • LTE Cat.6 (300Mbps); Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; A-GPS/GLONASS receiver, Bluetooth v4.1, FM radio with RDS
  • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic; 24-bit/192kHz Hi-Res audio
  • 2,620mAh non-removable battery
  • Fingerprint sensor

Main disadvantages

  • No 4K video recording
  • No waterproofing
  • Chipset and RAM not impressive for the price

We need to re-draw the Xperia family tree. If we agree that the Xperia X Performance replaces the Z5, then which one is X predecessor? We think its the Xperia M5.

Here is the deal: 5" 1080p screen, 13MP selfie camera, 21.2MP main camera with 4K video, IP68 rating. That is the Xperia M5. The Xperia X throws in a metal back and stereo speakers, but it loses 4K and IP68. Its an awkward trade-off to make against last year midranger.

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Sony Xperia X official images

Sony says that its secret sauce makes the Xperia X more than just a midrange handset and we are sure Sony fans would agree. So, if you want to experience this phone with your heart first - feel free. Starting on the next page, the hard facts and reason are back in the conversation.

Unboxing the Sony Xperia X

The box appears all white, but as soon as you remove the top you are greeted with a burst of color - a promise of a multitude of hues to come from the X-Reality display. There is also the huge new logo of the re-branded X-line.

The box itself does not hold much - the phone, the manuals, a charger and a cable. We did not get a headset; maybe that is just the review unit as there is an empty spot in the box, big enough to hold a headset.

The retail package that we received was missing headphones - Sony Xperia X review The retail package that we received was missing headphones - Sony Xperia X review
The retail package that we received was missing headphones

Its important to note that while the Xperia X supports Quick Charging, the in-box unit puts out 1.5A at 5V. That is not very powerful, even for a non-quick charger. Packaging in the US is different, though, and includes a Sony UCH10 Quick Charger, which offers Quick Charge 2.0.

We were let down by the basic retail package, especially considering the price point. To be fair, other companies are slimming down their boxes too - the HTC 10 skips the headphones in some markets, and the Galaxy S7 does not come with a quick charger everywhere while some LGs come without a fast charger too.

Sony Xperia X 360° spin

The Sony Xperia X brings the screen size back to 5", so its slightly smaller than the Z5 (but bigger than the Z5 Compact). It is roughly the same size as an Xperia M5. Slightly heavier though at 153g, in part due to the use of metal. It weighs the same as the Z5.

 

Hardware

The Sony Xperia X has been forged in the same fires as the Xperia Z5 - its a stark and restrained aesthetic of boxy, rectangular design mixed with rounded-off sides and a side-positioned fingerprint reader.

Sony Xperia X takes after the Z-series - Sony Xperia X review Sony Xperia X takes after the Z-series - Sony Xperia X review
Sony Xperia X takes after the Z-series

The rounded sides are complimented by the 2.5D glass that slopes into the them. The transition is smooth - a boon for side-swipes and a small but meaningful detail that contributes to the premium feel.

Two notches are cut into the front glass to give the stereo speakers room to let their voice out. They are a throwback to the Z3, unlike the Z5 where they were placed closer to the top and bottom edge.

The front glass is scratch resistant, but Sony has not mentioned any brand names.

Stereo speakers and 13MP selfie camera on the front - Sony Xperia X review Stereo speakers and 13MP selfie camera on the front - Sony Xperia X review
Stereo speakers and 13MP selfie camera on the front

On the top half, there is a 13MP selfie camera - the Z-series were so focused on the back camera, so they only used to get 5MP front-facers. This camera is serious stuff - 1/3" sensor and a f/2.0 aperture, not too different from the specs of an iPhone 6s primary camera.

The back is flat and made of metal with a frosted finish. The key placement is much the same as the Z-series as well.

The 23MP camera with G Lens - Sony Xperia X review The 23MP camera with G Lens - Sony Xperia X review
The 23MP camera with G Lens

The Xperia X weighs a hair over 150g, and the weight is evenly distributed. With Sony choice of materials, the heft helps sell the quality feel.

The sides of the phone are key to the Xperia design. The round button of the past is now the Power key/Fingerprint reader of today. The key is recessed, preventing accidental presses. The built-in scanner is also fast and accurate.

Recessed Power key/fingerprint reader and the oddly placed volume rocker - Sony Xperia X review Recessed Power key/fingerprint reader and the oddly placed volume rocker - Sony Xperia X review
Recessed Power key/fingerprint reader and the oddly placed volume rocker

We are still not happy about the placement of the volume rocker. Its between the Power and Shutter keys, so you have to tilt the phone sideways so your thumb can reach low enough. Sony is the last holdout for hardware shutter keys, and the benefit of having one is less certain when you would not be able to take pictures underwater.

On the other side of the phone is the card tray. It can be accessed without eject pins and it holds a nanoSIM and a microSD card. The Sony Xperia X also has a dual-SIM version.

The card tray reboots the phone when you take it out - Sony Xperia X review The card tray reboots the phone when you take it out - Sony Xperia X review
The card tray reboots the phone when you take it out

One annoying thing is that the phone immediately restarts when you pull out the tray - no questions asked, no chance to properly exit apps, no option to prevent the reset. Yet Sony has not enabled the Adoptable Storage feature of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which would be one reason to restart the phone as soon as the cards leave it.

At the bottom is the microUSB 2.0 port and the mic, there is a secondary mic on top.

Top and bottom sides hold wired ports and microphones - Sony Xperia X review Top and bottom sides hold wired ports and microphones - Sony Xperia X review Top and bottom sides hold wired ports and microphones - Sony Xperia X review Top and bottom sides hold wired ports and microphones - Sony Xperia X review

Display

The Sony Xperia X brings a Bravia, Triluminos, X-Reality display (hey, the names match!), 5" big with 1080p resolution. Sony won the sharpness wars with its 4K Xperia Z5 Premium, so the Xperia X is free to go for quality instead of bragging rights of a QHD display.

All those brand names really stand for an IPS LCD built on the Quantum Dot technology. It generates colors in a different way than vanilla LCD and you can tell - even if you are used to AMOLED, the saturated colors of this screen look spell-binding.

Sony Xperia X review

Despite their surreal appearance, Sony managed to keep color reproduction fairly accurate - the display scores an average deltaE of 4.0 - that is more than the best in this regard (the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s), but its still better than quite a few devices (the Xperia Z5, LG G5, and Huawei P9). Its really the white balance that is off (it has a blueish tint), the rest of the color reproduction stays mostly under a deltaE of 6. The biggest deviation was 9.4.

There are sliders to adjust white balance, but you need to have a calibration tool as you really can not do much by eye.

Sony also worked to improve contrast and the Xperia X scores 1,200:1, better than the 1,000:1 the Z5 managed and the 800:1 of the Xperia M5. This was largely done by improving the black levels, which are still on the high side. Even so, in the dark, you can get the brightness as low as 4.9 nits, a boon for late-night notifications when a bright screen would blind you.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Sony Xperia M5 0.63 527 839
Sony Xperia Z5 0.59 583 986
Sony Xperia X 0.44 539 1219
HTC One A9 - 366
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) 0.00 421
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) max auto 0.00 601
Huawei Honor 7 0.32 450 1398

Sony does image post-processing in its gallery. You can turn it off, switch to X-Reality mode or go all in with Super-vivid mode (delivering self-described "surreal" images).

These modes sharpen images, boost contrast and (in super-vivid mode) enhance colors. You can get a side-by-side comparison to help you make your choice too.

The sunlight legibility marks a small improvement over the Xperia Z5 and M5. Its on par with, say, LG G5, but behind some mid-range AMOLED-packing phones.

Sunlight contrast ratio

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  • HTC One A9 4.274
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) 3.789
  • Sony Xperia X 2.989
  • Sony Xperia Z5 2.876
  • Sony Xperia M5 2.69
  • Huawei Honor 7 2.406

The Display settings have a few additional perks. You can enable double-tap to wake (off by default), Glove mode (for cold winters) and Smart backlight control (keeps the screen on while you hold the phone).

Connectivity

The Sony Xperia X comes in single- and dual-SIM versions, ours is of the single-SIM kind.

For mobile data, LTE Cat. 6 (300Mbps down, 50Mbps up) along with HSPA as a fallback (42.2Mbps/5.76Mbps). You also get dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac (the Xperia M5 lacked ac), Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX and Low Energy, NFC and FM Radio with RDS (we know its important to some people).

The Wi-Fi connection can be used for screen casting - either via Miracast or Google Cast. This goes great if you connect a DualShock controller, the Xperia X becomes a portable console. For cars, MirrorLink can connect to your head unit.

The microUSB 2.0 port (yep, no Type-C action from Sony in the foreseeable future) lets you charge the phone as well as hook up USB storage and accessories. The port is MHL-enabled if you need a wired TV out instead.

Battery

Ask any Xperia owner about battery life and you will hear good things. But the Sony Xperia X comes with a sealed 2,620mAh battery. Is it enough? That is the same capacity as the Xperia M5 and actually a bit less than the Xperia Z5 Compact (2,700mAh).

Note that the Xperia X is the first phone to launch with a Qnovo battery. It supports fast charging (Quick Charge 2.0 in this case)), but the company behind it claims it has a longer life and will last hundreds of charge cycles more than a conventional Lithium battery (especially one that is being fast-charged). This means that a year or two after you buy it, the X will continue to offer solid battery life while an aged regular battery will not be able to hold much charge (and this is important for a phone with a sealed battery).

Additional improvements, including a new chipset, help the Endurance rating to a good 67 hours. Not the best we have seen (Z3 Compact was a wonder), but we think its actually an improvement over the Xperia Z5.

It comes down to the testing procedure - we used to set the brightness slider to 50% (which for the Z5 meant a low 90nits), but now we test all phones at 200nits. The only test the Xperia X loses compared to the Z5 is the browser test, but we think at equal brightness the Z5 lead will shrink.

Sony Xperia X review

In comparison, the LG G5 scored 60h (50h with Always On screen), HTC 10 did 66h, Sony Xperia Z5 73h, Huawei P9 75h, Samsung Galaxy S7 80h (49h with Always On).

Marshmallow-first Xperia

The Sony Xperia X comes with Android 6.0.1; its the first Xperia to launch on Marshmallow (older phones are getting updated to it). Sony put its usual light-but-functional Xperia skin on top.

Sony Xperia X review

Keep in mind we use "light" in terms of the number of changes it makes, not how much storage it uses up. The X is available with 32GB of storage only, the Sony software reserves 12GB of that, leaving 20GB to the user. If you need more, add a microSD card.

The fingerprint reader is a recent addition to the Xperia line and Sony firmly believes the best place for it is on the side, integrated into the Power button. We can not deny the convenience, waking the screen and unlocking the phone are tightly related. There is optional tap-to-wake if you just need to check notifications (there is a notification LED in the top loudspeaker too).

Smart Lock gives you conditional security - trusted nearby devices, locations, faces, or voices can allow you to skip the security unlock protocol.

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Lockscreen • Lockscreen settings

We had a good experience with the fingerprint reader. Its fast and fairly accurate. There is an animation that slides the lockscreen away from your thumb (as if you pushed it out of the way), which helps hide the small delay, so it feels seamless.

The homescreen appears unchanged. This includes the swipe down gesture, which shows a screen of the apps you use most along with recommendations for new apps to install. A search field is highlighted so you can start typing the app name immediately.

Homescreen - Sony Xperia X review App suggestions and search - Sony Xperia X review App suggestions and search - Sony Xperia X review App suggestions and search - Sony Xperia X review
Homescreen • App suggestions and search

The traditional app drawer is still on board and it features an above average amount of vendor apps. Sony takes great pride in their AV prowess, so you know they are going to swap out the base Android Gallery, Music and Video players, media editors too.

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Standard app drawer

Themes are available (both free and paid) that can customize the look and sound of the Xperia X.

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Xperia themes

The notification area is plain Android. You can re-arrange the quick toggle tiles and adjust the screen brightness. Note that just like in vanilla Android, there is no toggle for Auto brightness (you need to go into the settings for that). That is the one thing we do not mind skins changing.

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Notification area is vanilla Android

The app switcher is similarly a vanilla Android affair with the 3D rolodex look.

The small apps are gone, however, and there is no longer floating app multitasking.

So is the app switcher (note: no small apps) - Sony Xperia X review
So is the app switcher (note: no small apps)

That is not to say apps are allowed to do as they wish, the Smart cleaner feature will periodically empty the cache of apps you have not used in a while. You can switch this off or just manually tell it not to bother for certain apps.

Smart cleaner frees up memory of both kinds - Sony Xperia X review Smart cleaner frees up memory of both kinds - Sony Xperia X review Smart cleaner frees up memory of both kinds - Sony Xperia X review Smart cleaner frees up memory of both kinds - Sony Xperia X review
Smart cleaner frees up memory of both kinds

One thing Android has been missing for years is a proper backup solution and Sony gives you one. It can backup applications, contacts, messages, phone settings. The backup info itself can be stored on your Sony online account, on the microSD card or an external USB device. Backups can be scheduled, including conditions like "Connected to Wi-Fi" and "Charging device" (the latter means you can build a charge/backup dock if you are crafty enough.

Scheduled backups are the best way to prevent data loss - Sony Xperia X review Scheduled backups are the best way to prevent data loss - Sony Xperia X review Scheduled backups are the best way to prevent data loss - Sony Xperia X review Scheduled backups are the best way to prevent data loss - Sony Xperia X review
Scheduled backups are the best way to prevent data loss

Performance

We already had a piece on chipsets and performance of the Sony Xperia X in our blog, but now we will go into more detail.

The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 650 chipset. This means you get the new Cortex-A72 cores - better, faster than the A57 they replace - but only two of them. They are paired with four Cortex-A53 so the chipset is a replacement of the Snapdragon 808 (2x A57 + 4X A53). That said, this chipset is built on the older 28nm process while the Snapdragon 808 was built using the 20nm process.

Sony Xperia X review

Despite this fact, in multi-core CPU speed, the Xperia X does better than the LG Nexus 5X with S808, and it even matches the Xperia Z5, which uses an S810 chipset.

GeekBench 3 (multi-core)

Higher is better

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  • Huawei P9 6558
  • Xiaomi Mi 5 5358
  • Sony Xperia Z5 4017
  • Sony Xperia X 3796
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual 3554
  • LG Nexus 5X 3527
  • HTC One A9 3209
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) 3061

AnTuTu 6 and Basemark OS II 2.0 have a positive view of the performance. They place it well ahead of the HTC One A9 and the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016), premium mid-rangers that compete for a similar spot as the Xperia X. Its not a flagship but it tops the Xperia Z5.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

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  • Xiaomi Mi 5 131758
  • Huawei P9 98069
  • Sony Xperia X 77537
  • HTC One A9 60324
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) 35689

Basemark OS 2.0

Higher is better

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  • Xiaomi Mi 5 2180
  • Huawei P9 2068
  • Sony Xperia X 1714
  • LG Nexus 5X 1591
  • Sony Xperia Z5 1482
  • HTC One A9 944
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual 860
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) 833

The chipset also brings a new GPU - Adreno 510. Its a new generation graphics chip, and it only has to drive a 1080p screen. Its not as fast as the Snapdragon 810 graphics, but it does close to double the frames per second of its immediate competitors.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

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  • Xiaomi Mi 5 45
  • Sony Xperia Z5 24
  • Huawei P9 18
  • LG Nexus 5X 16
  • Sony Xperia X 14
  • Huawei Honor 7 9.2
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual 8.4
  • HTC One A9 6.4
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) 5.7

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

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  • Xiaomi Mi 5 43
  • Sony Xperia Z5 25
  • Huawei P9 19
  • LG Nexus 5X 17
  • Sony Xperia X 15
  • Huawei Honor 7 9.3
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual 8.7
  • HTC One A9 6.7
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) 5.7

Basemark X

Higher is better

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  • Xiaomi Mi 5 33110
  • Sony Xperia Z5 23923
  • Huawei P9 16942
  • LG Nexus 5X 16609
  • Sony Xperia X 15087
  • Huawei Honor 7 9377
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual 7780
  • HTC One A9 6617
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) 4947

Basemark X (medium)

Higher is better

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  • Xiaomi Mi 5 35292
  • Huawei P9 29583
  • Sony Xperia X 24687
  • HTC One A9 12250

The Adreno 510 supports the latest developments in mobile 3D graphics, so we ran OpenGL ES 3.1 benchmarks as well.

Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better

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  • Xiaomi Mi 5 580
  • Huawei P9 341
  • LG Nexus 5X 306
  • Sony Xperia X 251
  • HTC One A9 132

While we would have appreciated the Snapdragon 652 (it has two extra A72 cores), the 650 offers satisfactory performance for a premium midranger. If you are after more bang for the buck, however, the price tag of the X will send you looking elsewhere.

Phone

We have a single-SIM Sony Xperia X, but there is a dual-SIM version if you need an extra phone line. The phone has active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic. You can filter the call log by missed, incoming and outgoing calls.

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Dialer • Call log filtering

The phone also has a fairly unique feature, a built-in answering machine. Yep, it picks up an incoming call, plays your greeting and would later replay your friends messages. You can set up your greeting and pickup conditions.

The Xperia X has a built-in answering machine - Sony Xperia X review The Xperia X has a built-in answering machine - Sony Xperia X review The Xperia X has a built-in answering machine - Sony Xperia X review
The Xperia X has a built-in answering machine

The Sony Xperia X scored fairly low on our loudspeaker test. Stereo speakers or not, it just sounds quiet even when you boost the volume to the maximum. So it scores a Below Average, not really improving on the Xperia Z5 or the M5 performance.

Speakerphone test Voice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Sony Xperia X 61.3 61.1 65.7 Below Average
Sony Xperia Z5 65.1 62.3 66.3 Below Average
HTC One A9 65.0 64.9 67.2 Below Average
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) 65.8 66.0 66.5 Below Average
Sony Xperia M5 65.6 68.9 64.0 Below Average
Apple iPhone 6 66.6 65.7 72.8 Average
Nokia Lumia 830 65.3 66.3 78.0 Good
Xiaomi Mi 4s 73.7 68.6 82.9 Very Good
Meizu MX5 75.7 73.5 79.5 Excellent

Messaging

The Sony Xperia X has a beautiful Material design messaging app. It feels like the instant messengers you might be used to, including conversations wallpapers and cute stickers you can send.

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Messaging app

Ours came with panda stickers pre-installed, but you can download more (free and paid sticker packs are available). You can also send your own creations drawn in the Sketch (obviously, this changes the message type to MMS).

Stickers are available, just like in chat apps - Sony Xperia X review Stickers are available, just like in chat apps - Sony Xperia X review Stickers are available, just like in chat apps - Sony Xperia X review
Stickers are available, just like in chat apps

For text entry, Sony picked the SwiftKey keyboard. It became popular for its swipe input, but regular tap-typing with text correction is available as well.

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Customizeable SwiftKey keyboard

The keyboard is highly customizable - you can change the layout, choose what characters are available (accented characters, emoji), enable a number row, resize the keyboard or even undock it.

The Messaging app also handles voice input.

An Album up to Sony standards

The Album app is among the most comprehensive and feature-rich we have seen, its fast and easy to use, too! Photos are organized by month, and you can use pinch-zoom to change the size of thumbnails (then they smoothly animate into the grid).

At the very top of the list is a slideshow, showing off your photos, lower down, the first photo of each month is shown at twice the size of other images.

The Album app is beautiful and functional - Sony Xperia X review The Album app is beautiful and functional - Sony Xperia X review The Album app is beautiful and functional - Sony Xperia X review The Album app is beautiful and functional - Sony Xperia X review
The Album app is beautiful and functional

You can instead browse photos on a map (you can manually add geotag info) or by folder. This includes network storage so that you can view photos from a DLNA server (your home computer for one). Then there is integration with online albums - Facebook, Picasa, Flickr.

Image editing is handled by several apps, including Sketch and Sticker maker (so you can create your own custom stickers to send to your friends).

Sketch lets you fingerpaint over a photo or a paper-like texture, add text, stickers, photos and so on. If you are talented, you can share your creations on the Sketch mini-social network, and if you are not, you can just browse what others drew.

Sketch is a fun image editor with a mini social network for sharing art - Sony Xperia X review Sketch is a fun image editor with a mini social network for sharing art - Sony Xperia X review Sketch is a fun image editor with a mini social network for sharing art - Sony Xperia X review Sketch is a fun image editor with a mini social network for sharing art - Sony Xperia X review
Sketch is a fun image editor with a mini social network for sharing art

Movie Creator is similar to the Assistant of Google Photos. It automatically creates short videos from the photos and videos you have shot.

You can do it manually too: pick photos and videos, change their order, add color effects and music (you get a small audio collection to start you off, but can use custom files too). Then tap the Share button and send out your animated slideshow.

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The Movie Creator can automatically or manually make shareable slideshows

We mentioned it in the Display section, but we will repeat it here. The Sony software uses image enhancements to make even average-looking photos pop. You can choose from Off, X-reality (sharpen and boost contrast) and Super-vivid.

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Screen settings

Music app

The Music app feels like a part of the same software package as the rest of the custom Sony stuff. The side menu offers much of the same browsing options - by folder, network folder and online services, in this case, Spotify (its just a link to the Spotify app though). You can share music from the phone to compatible players.

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Music app

The Infinite button as such is gone, but its functionality is now under the More about this option in the menu. It can find the track video on YouTube, look up info about the artist on Wikipedia and search for lyrics on Google. Gracenote is used here too and it can automatically download information about your tracks and album art.

The Music app offers a variety of audio settings - ClearAudio+ determines the best audio quality settings depending on the track you are listening to. We liked how it changed the sound and carefully accentuated various details.

Then there is DSEE HX, which uses an almost wizardly algorithm on compressed music files, like MP3s and restores or rather extrapolates high range sound. According to Sony, the result is near Hi-Res Audio Quality. We are not quite sure about that, but the processing does seem to boost quality quite noticeably. Also, it only works with wired headphones.

Dynamic normalizer evens out the volume differences across tracks, which is great if you have mixed multiple albums from multiple sources.

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Audio settings

Noise-cancelling headphones are supported - they are a special kind that does not require batteries as Sony has figured out a way to make the phone do the work. You will need noise-cancelling headphones from Sony, though.

FM Radio

There is also an FM radio tuner with RDS. The app features multiple visualizations and integrates with TrackID to recognize the currently playing song. The interface is very intuitive and full of stunning animations. Possibly one of the best FM radio apps out there.

Of course, you would need to have your headset plugged in for the FM radio to pick up any signal.

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FM radio with RDS and track recognition

Video

The Movies app is gone, a simpler Video app takes its place. The app is simpler to use - you pick a file from one of the local folders or your home network. You can also use the Search feature to look up videos on YouTube. The app is missing the HTPC-like functionality though, which pulled movie and TV show info automatically.

A chapter view lets you find a specific part of the video, by letting you scrub through a virtual timeline.

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Video player

Videos can continue to play in the background (its an option), but you can not view the video in a small floating window. At least you get full subtitle settings.

Audio output starts off strong, loses some brilliance with headphones

The Sony Xperia X showed perfect clarity in the first part of our audio quality test. When attached to an active external amplifier, the smartphone produced great scores top to bottom and things were above average in terms of loudness too, for a great performance.

Plugging in our standard headphones did cause some damage - volume dropped to below average, stereo crosstalk rose a bit and some distortion crept in. Its still a very good performance, but no longer up there with the best.

Here go the results so you can do your comparisons.

Test Frequency response Noise level Dynamic range THD IMD + Noise Stereo crosstalk
Sony Xperia X +0.01, -0.04 -94.8 89.9 0.0043 0.015 -93.4
Sony Xperia X (headphones) +0.44, -0.03 -83.7 87.7 0.0083 0.226 -65.5
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) +0.02, -0.07 -94.3 92.2 0.0065 0.010 -95.0
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) (headphones) +0.42, -0.01 -93.4 87.1 0.029 0.254 -53.0
Samsung Galaxy S6 +0.01, -0.04 -95.6 92.8 0.0024 0.0094 -94.5
Samsung Galaxy S6 (headphones) +0.02, -0.05 -92.6 91.9 0.0025 0.042 -83.4
HTC One M9 +0.02, -0.06 -94.8 93.0 0.0049 0.026 -93.7
HTC One M9 (headphones attached) +0.03, -0.05 -93.7 92.7 0.0082 0.030 -91.6


Sony Xperia X frequency response
Sony Xperia X (2016) frequency response

Camera

The Sony Xperia X is the company new photography star. It uses a big 1/2.3" 23MP Exmor RS sensor behind a F/2.0 G Lens.

The big addition in this camera generation is the Predictive Hybrid Autofocus. You can tap on your subject and the camera will track its movement, keeping the focus locked on it. This is great for subjects who would move all around the scene.

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The X camera lets you capture moments in the blink of an eye - from a locked phone, it takes a mere 0.6 seconds to capture the first shot. To use that feature, you need to enable taking a photo when waking the camera with the shutter key in Settings. The feature worked as fast as advertised and took the shot before we even got the chance to see the camera viewfinder. Then again, a lot of the photos came out blurry because we were still adjusting the framing of the scene while the phone took the pics.

The front camera is equally impressive. It has a 1/3" Exmor RS sensor with 13MP resolution and f/2.0 G Lens. Its the kind of setup some lower-end phones would use for their main camera.

Sony tech promises good performance in low light and smartly adjust the shutter speed based on movement in the scene - a static scene gets a long exposure time to reduce noise, a dynSony Xperia X hands-on Review By CanadaGSM

Introduction

Sony invited us over to Tokyo to give us a glimpse of the upcoming Xperia X - the pioneer in the company 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 new design language, which lets face it, does build upon the fundamentals of the old one.

The Xperia X also introduces us to most of the flagship 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 are 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.

Sony Xperia X hands-on

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

Wrap-up

The Sony Xperia X is a promising device, positioned high up in the midrange. Its got near-flagship-level hardware, and if you can live without 4K video recording, you can rely on it to cover all other bases.

Sony Xperia X hands-on

We cant wait to get a final unit for proper testing and until then, we say Sayonara! to the Xperia X and Tokyo. We will meet again soon!