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Reviewed

14 July 2016

Launched

February 2016

Design

Seamless metal back
Curved glass edges
Designed to fit like a glove
Complement your personal style
without taking over
Colours: Graphite black, White, Lime Gold or Rose Gold

Camera

23 MP, f/2.0, 24 mm camera, LED flash
1/2.3" sensor size, HDR, face detection
Predictive Hybrid Autofocus
Smart tracking, wide coverage
Video: 1080p@30fps, 1080p@60fps
Front camera: 13 MP, f/2.0, 22 mm
1/3" sensor size, 1080p

Memory

32 GB internal storage
microSD, up to 256 GB

Ecosystem

Qualcomm Snapdragon 650
64-bit Hexa-core processor
Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 &
Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
Adreno 510, 3 GB RAM

Display

5" Full HD IPS LCD, 16M colors
TRILUMINOS display, X-Reality for mobile
Dynamic Contrast Enhancement
1080 x 1920 resolution, 441 ppi

Ease of use

Android OS, v 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
10 point capacitive touchscreen,
Fingerprint sensor
Refined the user interface

Connectivity

3G, 4G, NFC, Bluetooth® 4.2, A-GNSS (GPS + GLONASS)**, WiFi Miracast, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, , GPRS

Battery

Li-Ion 2620 mAh battery
Up to 2 days battery life
Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min

Portability

143 x 69 x 7.7 mm
152 g
Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating

Other Features

Play Memories, PS4™ Remote Play, Xvid/MP4/H.265 player, MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player, Document viewer, Photo/video editor, High-Resolution Audio, Digital Noise Canceling

Positives

Clean, refined the User Interface
Impressive display
Decent battery

Negatives

Average camera
Flagship price without the features

Our Rating
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8.3
8.0
-Camera
8.8
8.5
-Memory
9.1
9.0
-Ecosystem
8.1
8.0
-Display
8.9
9.0
-Ease of use
9.1
9.0
-Connectivity
8.5
8.5
-Battery
8.6
8.0
-Portability
8.5
8.5
The Last Word

Sony 's latest flagship phone the Xperia X, of Xperia Z6 as it should have been called, is more of an upgrade than a next release. Sony has made a few changes like the metal back, 23 MP main camera and of course the new colour range, but essentially it is the Xperia Z5 underneath. Sony has focused on the Xperia X camera as the main selling point, is this just the new marketing angle brands are looking at? Unfortunately the X camera does not live up to the likes of Huawei P9 or Samsung S7, what else has it got to offer? Overall the Xperia X is still a great phone with an impressive display, decent battery and a great take on Android OS. But at the price Sony has placed the Xperia X at you can get another flagship phone with slightly better specs, and if you have the Xperia Z5 already it really isn't worth the upgrade, though the Xperia X Performance just might be

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The Review

A look at Sony’s new flagship phone, has it got the X-Factor?

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Design

Many of the big brands have settled on their signature design for the last few years, and Sony is no exception. From a distance you could mistake the Xperia X for the Z3, Z5 or indeed any of the Xperia Z range and thats probably why people are wondering why Sony didn’t call it the Xperia Z6? we are too. Many think the bigger brands are getting lazy or boring but some think ‘if it’s not broke don’t fix it’ and for the most part I agree with the second philosophy, yes new designs are exciting but unless Sony (or indeed the other brands) has a completely new design that adds to the phone why change it? the Xperia X looks just great, just like it’s predecessors did. That said the odd tweaks are expected and Sony has made one noticeable change to the design, replacing the shiny plastic back is a brushed metal that not only looks good but is not prone to fingerprints and less slippery on counter-tops. Designed to fit like a glove the Xperia X has a seamless metal back and a display with curved glass edges joined together by a plastic edging that wraps around the phone. Sony has made the Xperia X in a range of colours designed to complement your personal style without taking over, the subtle range has a nice frosted look to it, which I like.

Camera

Sony has placed most of its ‘focus’ on promoting the Xperia X camera, more so than previous releases, which gives you the expectation that Sony has made some impressive changes. With Huawei’s recent release of the P9 which they claimed ‘reinvented the smartphone camera’ and Samsung’s legendary reputation of ‘best smartphone camera’ on the market Sony has a lot to live up to, but then again it does make the sensors most other brands use in their smartphone, no problem right? On paper the Xperia X certainly looks like it should out-do all other smartphone cameras, with 23 MP, f/2.0, 24 mm camera, a 1/2.3″ sensor size, HDR, face detection and LED flash; Sony has also added what they call Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, smart tracking and is capable of wide coverage. Unfortunately in reality the Xperia X camera is not much better than what we’ve seen in Z5, it’s not bad in fact it produces good images, it just doesn’t reach the level Sony’s competition has managed to, even with 23 megapixels. In theory Sony’s Predictive Hybrid Autofocus is a great idea, however Sony still has not moved to Optical Image Stabilisation,but rather uses it’s own Steady Shot software which does’t work quite as well. You will find the Xperia X jumps around trying to find something to focus on rather than what you want to focus on which is frustrating in the daytime but at night it means most of your ‘capture the moment’ shots are a little blurry. Sony’s camera software also employs heavy post-production editing tends to make images look a little fake rather than enhancing them, though some may like this. Overall the Xperia X camera produces good daylight images with strong colours and plenty of detail but lacks the finesse and superior quality Samsung and Huawei have managed. Low light shots remain an issue, like most other smartphones and unfortunately the Xperia X cannot shoot 4K video. The 13 MP front camera with f/2.0, 22 mm seems a little overkill for selfies but the results are impressive. Overall the Xperia X camera is good but not the game changer we were hoping for, especially as other flagship phones have moved ahead in this department.

Memory

The Xperia X comes with 32 GB of internal memory, with a micro SD slot capable of taking up to an additional 256 GB which is more than sufficient for a flagship phone.

Ecosystem

Sony has packed the Xperia X with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 65064-bit Hexa-core processorDual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53, Adreno 510 with 3 GB RAM. The latest release of Snapdragon processor is 820, meaning the 650 is far from the the strongest processor on the market, however Sony says it’s powerful enough, along with the 3 GB RAM, to run the Xperia X. In reality, normal daily use is fast and smooth, applications launch quickly, web browsing and casual games run without any noticeable lag. However, if you want to have multiple windows open, watch HD video or play more graphically intense games the Xperia X struggles, with numerous frame drops and stuttering, not what you want to see in a flagship phone. With an An Tu Tu score of 71865 the Xperia X scores better than the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge at 67207, but below the Huawei P9 at 87783 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge at 122037. However if you spend a little extra on the Xperia X Performance it scores better than them all at 131088.

Display

The Xperia X comes with a 5″ Full HD IPS LCD display which is slightly smaller than the Z5 at 5.2″. While some brands have increased screen resolution on their flagship phones Sony has gone with the standard 1080 x 1920 resolution giving 441 ppi. That said there is much debate around what point you actually stop seeing the difference with the naked eye, while the geek in me wants the higher resolution in reality you cannot see any difference in the pixel density. Thanks to Sony’s TRILUMINOS display with X-Reality for mobile and Dynamic Contrast Enhancement, the Xperia X display is one of it’s best features. Images are clear and crisp, with no fuzzy edges around icons and colours are rich & warm with plenty of depth. The screen is also very bright lending to good viewing angles even in direct sunlight meaning outdoor use is easy. While the Xperia X display may be a little behind on the spec sheet, when using the Xperia X you will be hit by how clear, colourful and vibrant the display is.

Ease of Use

Sony has packed the Xperia X with Android OS, v 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) the latest version of Android (Nougat) is not yet available but the Xperia X is due to get the upgrade, when however is anyone’s guess. One of the best features of the Xperia X is Sony has not overdone it with it’s User Interface, Sony has managed to keep it very clean with very little changes, one of the best stripped out Android UI skins on the market. Sony has added a few little helpful extras like the search bar accessible when you swipe down, much like iOS search, and there is the expected, but mostly unwanted bloatware of additional Sony apps but you can delete the unwanted apps as usual and turn off notifications, a little customisation is needed but it’s still a very clean version of Android. Sony’s 10 point capacitive touchscreen is very responsive and the Hi-Res audio is crystal clear and quite loud whether you’re listening with the dual stereo front-facing speakers or earphones. Similarly to the Z5 you will find the fingerprint sensor on the power button placed on the side of the Xperia X, this added security measure is becoming more popular in smartphones and works well on the Xperia X. If you are a gamer one of the added benefits of buying a Sony smartphone is you can enjoy PS4™ Remote Play and stream games from your PS4 to your mobile, though with the Xperia X processing power you won’t want to do this with graphically intense games.

Connectivity

The Xperia X supports 3G, 4G, NFC, Bluetooth® 4.2 and WiFi Miracast, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band as you would expect with any smartphone these days. Some have reported connectivity issues however, while testing the Xperia X I have not come across this issue yet.

Battery Life

Loaded with a Li-Ion 2620 mAh battery Sony claims the Xperia X can last up to 2 days battery life, however this is stretching it a little. Compared to other flagship phones the Xperia X fares well, you will have no problem getting the day out of the battery with normal to heavy use but it will need a charge in the evening. Thankfully Sony has included fast battery charging with the Xperia X, you will get 60% battery life in just 30 minutes if you need a quick charge if you forgot to charge over night.

Portability

The Xperia X looks a little big, deceptively so as it fits perfectly in your hand for one-handed use, thanks to the round edges it’s comfortable to hold and weighing a mere 152 g it’s very light. With a metal back and scratch-resistant glass with oleophobic coating covering the display the Xperia X is quite strong and durable.

Pricing & Where to Buy

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€549.99 32 GB

 

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€599.99 €30 Unlimited Unlimited 7.5 GB

 

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€549.99 €20 Unlimited – weekend Unlimited Unlimited
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Phone Price Memory
€619.99 32 GB
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Classic Flex Max 350 €269 €40.66 350 flexi units 350 flexi units Unlimited 18 mths Unlimited Three to Three calls and texts
Classic Flex Max 350 €169 €40.66 350 flexi units 350 flexi units Unlimited 24 mths Unlimited Three to Three calls and texts
FlexiFix 45 €409 €45.74 400 flexi units Unlimited 400 flexi units 12 mths Unlimited Three to Three calls and texts, unlimited ROI texts
Unlimited Flex Max €69 €55 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 24 mths Unlimited Three to Three calls and texts

 

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Eir Mobile 100 €249 €30 100 Unlimited 1 GB 24 mths
Eir Mobile 400 €149 €45 400 Unlimited 4 GB 24 mths
Eir Mobile Unlimited 10 GB €49 €55 Unlimited Unlimited 10 GB 24 mths
Eir Mobile Unlimited 30 GB €49 €65 Unlimited Unlimited 30 GB 24 mths

 

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Comparison

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