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Sony Xperia X - One Step Ahead

Sony Xperia X - One Step Ahead
Instead of launching the next generation of Z series smartphones, Sony surprised everyone by showcasing a whole new smartphone range. The new X range has a lot in common with Z series smartphones, but in terms of specs it comes in just below current flagships, which is an interesting move by Sony. It’s still unclear whether they are trying to carve up a new segment within flagships or battle on their own terms, but one way or another, Xperia X deserves our attention.

Sony Xperia X


Z series smartphones were renowned for exclusive design. Xperia Z5 looked and felt like something you would buy in a jewellery store, yet the new X series leans more towards simplicity and comfort instead of cutting edge fashion. The price does reflect that as it’s more affordable than the Z5, but you don’t get the same level of craftsmanship either. Using a combination of soft polycarbonate and aluminium, Xperia X manages to balance comfort and style without going overboard. The brushed aluminium backplate isn’t a fingerprint magnet anymore thanks to its unique texture and the polycarbonate bits are rounded out for higher comfort. Dimensions of 142.7 x 69.4 x 7.9 mm make it perfect for one-handed use in an age when most of us are struggling to reach the edges of the screen. Fingerprint scanner has been incorporated into the power button on the side and proved to be incredibly precise in our tests. Unfortunately Xperia X doesn’t retain waterproofing credentials so owners have to be a bit more careful around water, but it isn’t a deal-breaker by any means.

Sony Xperia X


In the past we’ve seen Sony push the boundaries of technology by installing a 4k screen on a smartphone. Full HD resolution already packs enough pixels for astounding sharpness that squeezing more in is purely to demonstrate how far technology has come. Xperia X takes a more subtle approach by featuring classic 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution through a 5-inch IPS LCD screen. With a density of 441ppi, there is absolutely nothing to be worried about. Content is incredibly sharp, colours are vivid, and contrast accentuates the tiniest of details. Sony’s screens tend to have more pronounced colours than other LCDs, giving content a richer look.

Sony Xperia X


Although Xperia X doesn’t come with Qualcomm’s most powerful hardware, it still packs a formidable punch using Snapdragon 650, 3GB of RAM and Adreno 510 GPU. Our tests didn’t reveal any issues as everything was accomplished without lag. Lack of processing power can only really be seen in intensive games such as Asphalt 8. Even then, Xperia X produces playable framerates with slightly longer loading times. Sony’s approach to software surprised us because Xperia X runs on almost stock Android 6.0.1 which wasn’t the case on previous generations. Vanilla versions of Android have plenty of advantages including smoother interface and less confusion when it comes to finding certain settings. Unfortunately Sony hasn’t eliminated all the bloatware as they’ve included a proprietary app for pretty much everything from music to photos, but everything is easily erasable so decluttering your phone should take mere seconds. Internal memory comes in at 32 or 64 gigabytes and can further be expanded via a microSD card.

Sony Xperia X


One of the main selling points of this smartphone is its camera. Sony never let us down in the imaging department so we had high expectations going into this review. And disappointed we weren’t by Xperia X’s 23-megapixel Exmor RS sensor accompanied by a 13-megapixel front-facing camera. Our tests revealed pleasing results as we ended up with detail-rich photos embellished by balanced colours. Additionally, Sony’s predictive hybrid autofocus anticipates the movement of an object in order to minimize focusing time and deliver near-perfect clarity. Camera performance will certainly satisfy those looking to brighten their social network profiles.

Lingering in a new market segment, Xperia X changes Sony’s traditional smartphone recipe in favour of something more subtle and dynamic. The hardware specs managed to fool us into thinking performance would be inadequate, but in the end its smoothness blew us away. If you are in the market for something fresh, Sony Xperia X is the way forward!

 


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