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It was an exciting month back in February of this year when Sony announced their new Xperia smartphone range - the Xperia X line. According to Jun Makino, Sony’s senior product marketing manager, the new X line was brought out to replace the existing (and very popular) Z predecessors. The two most anticipated phones were the Xperia X and the Xperia X Performance. While the Xperia X wasn’t really a flagship - it was closer to midrange than anything else...but the X Performance stands up to its name!
After months of anticipation, the new range was finally released in June 2016. What we first noticed was that the Xperia X Performance packs a lot of power underneath its IP68 certified framework. It’s close to 9 mm in thickness and weighs around 165 grams, putting it somewhere in between other flagships from manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung, and HTC.
The Xperia X Performance packs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, a quad-core CPU that’s been topping benchmarks for quite some time now. If we're getting technical about it then the CPU comes paired with the Adreno 530 GPU, giving users access to high-quality video streaming, 3D mobile games, and many other such media treats. The 3GB of RAM is more than enough to handle any power-hungry app thrown at the phone. While there are other manufacturers that already use 4GB and 6GB of RAM in their flagships, 3GB is still sufficient for day-to-day usage.
The battery seems quite small at 2,700mAh, but according to various benchmarks, it’ll keep the phone running for roughly 2 to 3 days of normal use. That’s quite impressive, given that the phone is equipped with the battery-hungry Snapdragon 820 and has a 5” full HD screen!
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The 5” screen uses Sony’s Triluminous display technology and has a good pixel density of 441. The 600 units of brightness claimed by Sony have been tested, and perform incredibly well under intense sunlight, as long as the 'max auto' feature is enabled.
Stereo speakers are starting to become the norm in today’s flagships. The Xperia X Performance continues the tradition of Xperia Z3, rocking out amazing stereo speakers. These work on a 24-bit/192kHz Hi-Res frequency, guaranteeing one of the highest sound qualities available in a flagship smartphone.
There are two variants of the phone: single and dual SIM. In the case of the single SIM variant, the phone comes with 32GB of internal storage, with the possibility of a microSD card of up to 256GB. On the other hand, the dual SIM variant has 64GB of internal storage, but no microSD slot, because it’s used by the second SIM card. Regardless, both versions of the phone offer amazing features for their users.
If you have tried or own this handset, let us know what you think!