Sony Xperia X Review: Is the Sony Xperia X being a worthy successor to the Xperia Z5 or does it fails to hit the heights that the Sony want and it desperately need. Let’s find out in this in-depth Sony Xperia X review.
Sony Xperia X Review
The design of Xperia X will be instantly familiar to anyone who is acquainted with the Sony’s previous Xperia Z devices. The Xperia X has Sony’s familiar button layout by including the dedicated camera shutter button and the centrally placed power button, that houses a fingerprint reader.
The volume rocker is towards the bottom of the right side right between the camera shutter button and power button. On the top there is a 3.5mm headphone jack and the micro USB port on the bottom. On the left side there is a tray for the SIM card and the SD card. The front facing camera and front facing speakers are placed on the front of the device with the 5 inch Full HD 1080p TRILUMINOS display.
The Sony Xperia X comes with 5inch Full HD (1920/1080) display and resulting in the pixel density of 441 ppi. The smartphone also includes Sony’s Dynamic Contrast Enhancer. The Xperia X also features smart backlight control that detects if you are holding the phone in your hand. If you are then the screen stays on, let’s say just for example when you are looking at a photo even without touching the screen.
Overall, the display of the Xperia X is pleasure to use. The color reproduction is good and the display can also go very bright when needed like making the outdoor usage good.
Performance and Hardware:
Sony has opted for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 for the Xperia X. So, for those who are looking for a Snapdragon 820, then you will need to go to the Xperia X performance. It is 1.8GHz hexa-core processor with the two ARM Cortex-A72 cores and the four Cortex-A53 cores.
There is also internal storage of 32GB and you will also get option to add more through a micro SD card. The Xperia X also supports SDXC that means it can support cards up to 2TB.
Now as for sound, the Xperia X features dual front facing stereo speakers it means that the sound is unobstructed when you will place the device on the flat surface and that sound is the projected directly upwards and outwards. Also there are number of Audio settings that can be used to improve the sound quality that includes ClearAudio+, DSEE HX and a Dynamic normalizer. You can also enable the equalizer or activate various surround sound options by using the manual mode.
So as per the battery, the Sony Xperia X packs a 2620 mAh unit.
The camera on the Xperia X is good, but it is not the best. Although, camera has a 23MP sensor and it is set into 8MP mode by default.
On the other hand, in the low light situations the camera tries hard to produce a good shot, but the overall results are good.
The bundled camera app is quite good and along with a semi-manual mode, there are also a lot of additional modes also including an AR mode.
And as per the Software is concerned, the Sony Xperia X comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow along with the light skin on the top of stock Android and it also includes extra features and some Sony related apps.
In terms of the extra apps Sony has included Lifelong, steps and sleep and for tracking calories etc.
So if you are a Sony fan, or if you are looking to upgrade from a Xperia Z device and just want to stick with Sony then the Xperia X could just be what you are looking for. No doubt, there are other flagship devices out there that will offer more for less money and therefore the Xperia X’s high off-contract price makes it a tough sell.
- Good low light photography
- microSD card support
- Classic Sony design
- High quality display
- Device can overheat when recording video
- NFC reader in a strange position
- Some users will want more than a full HD display