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Sony Announces Xperia X Performance with Snapdragon 820 SoC

News by Josh Dasey on Tuesday February 23, 2016.

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Xperia X Performance
Xperia X Performance

Sony has stunned us at MWC and launched a flagship quality smartphone. Japanese company first unveiled the Xperia X, a fetching high end device that stopped short of full flagship, but the following Xperia X Performance is near as makes no difference a full flagship.

Of course, being the pedantic bunch we are, it is worth noting that Sony is still going to launch an Xperia Z6 this year, which will be the full bells and whistles device. Until then the Xperia X Performance will fill the void with its excellent specs and winning design.

The handset shares many of its specs with regular Xperia X, with one caveat, the inclusion of Qualcomm?s brand new Snapdragon 820 flagship processor paired with 3GB of RAM. This CPU boost puts the Performance in the Xperia X Performane, while all the other specs are the same, so you can check out what we wrote about the Xperia X below:

The Xperia X is a classic Sony smartphone, in as much as it looks like all of the company?s handsets over the last couple of years. That's both a good and bad thing, we are getting a little tired of this overall design language, but admittedly the Japanese company keeps crafting gorgeous handsets, with premium quality, and high end attention to detail.

In those terms, X marks the spot as the Xperia X is very good looking, svelte, and just a great option for the mid-range market if aesthetics are your primary criteria.

The 5-inch screen delivers 1080p Full HD resolution, while a 2,700mAh battery keeps the lights on. That may seem like a small juicer, but Sony has consistently produced the best performing handsets in terms of battery life in recent years. Expect that to continue here.

Sony is leading the market in image sensor manufacturing, so we know we are in good hands when snapping photos with any device the company churns out. Here there is a massive 23 megapixel lens, which is above and beyond the price point and delivers such features as Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, Quick launch, 5x Clear Image Zoom, a 24mm G-Lens with F2.0 aperture, and 1080p video recording. We will need a full review before making a lasting judgment, but we could be looking at the best mid-range camera phone on the market. There is no scrimping around the front either, with a sizeable 13 megapixel lens serving selfie duties. The 22m wide lens gets SteadyShot stabilization.

To sharpen those images and other media on the Xperia X, Sony has included its Triluminos and X-Reality image enhancement technologies. All-in-all the handset is shaping up to be a solid media smartphone, coming with 32GB of built in storage for the single SIM version and 64GB for the Dual SIM variant. In both instances the Xperia X gets a micro SD card port to expand the storage.

Whether this is a real quality package will depend greatly on price. If Sony can hit a sweet spot with the cost then the company has a winner on its hands, but if the Xperia X is expensive, then it will be a missed opportunity.

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Josh Dasey
Josh is our European editor, tackling news events, reviews, and new items from his UK home. As a former HTC marketing employee, Josh is close to the industry and bring his experience to MobileBurn.

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