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Review: Sony Xperia X - Unlocked

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The Sony Xperia X represents a bit of a conundrum. The phone is a mid-range handset, but strives to be a flagship. The X doesn't offer some of Sony's best innovations, which makes it hard to take seriously as a flagship contender. Too bad, then, that Sony priced the Xperia X as high as it did.

From a distance, the Xperia X resembles the Xperia Z range. It's a shame the X loses the high-quality materials and build quality in favor of more economical choices. The plastic frame and metal back just can't compete with the metal frame and glass back of the Z series. That said, the Xperia X is compact, easy to use, and has a great screen. Battery life is quite good. In the minus column, the X is not waterproof and doesn't have a fingerprint sensor.

As far as core performance metrics are concerned, the X delivers average data performance, and below average voice quality on the networks of AT&T and T-Mobile. The Android 6 operating system flows well, and Sony's UI touches are light enough that they don't invoke frustration.

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Perhaps the phone's best feature is the camera. I genuinely like the camera tools and was pleased with the 23-megapixel shooter's abilities.

Sony and other online retailers are selling the phone unlocked for the hefty sum of $550. That's a hard pill to swallow, especially given that the best phones (Galaxy S6) cost only a little more and phones that are just as good (Nexus 6P) cost less. If you're in the market for a pricey mid-range handset, then the Xperia X from Sony is an option, but not the best option.

Our Ratings

3
Overall
3
Reception
4.5
Battery Life
4
Hardware Usability
3
Hardware Quality
4
Display
3.5
Interface Speed
3
Audio Volume
4
Camera
 

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