Review: Sony Xperia X - Unlocked
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.
The X Series is an interesting new range of phones from Sony. Although they all look similar, the various specs cover a surprisingly wide range of the market from affordable to high-end, the models hit on a number of current trends.
May 31, 2016
Sony today said it plans to bring its Xperia X range of handsets to the U.S. market beginning in June.
Feb 22, 2016
Today Sony announced the Xperia X series at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The new phones focus on performance in two core areas: camera and battery.
Aug 23, 2016
Sony today highlighted which devices it plans to update to Android 7 Nougat. Sony will make Nougat available to the: Xperia Z3+ and Z4 Tablet; Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact, and Z5 Premium; and the Xperia X, XA, XA Ultra, and X Performance.
Feb 22, 2016
Sony today said it plans to bring its new X Series handsets to the U.S., even if only via its own online sales channel. The company reiterated its commitment to the U.S.