Quick look at Sony Xperia X – first impressions, camera, performance

A few days ago we told you that we’re testing Sony Xperia XA, and we now have in our hands its higher-end brother which sells for twice as much. We are talking about Xperia X, and with the present publication, we share our first impressions of it for those who can’t wait for the upcoming review. If you are interested in Sony Xperia X, you can check its current price and availability here: http://amzn.to/2a7FQkD

Xperia X can be considered as the current Sony flagship model along with Xperia X Performance, which has a slightly better processor. However, this article is dedicated to what Xperia X has to offer. One can observe the typical Sony design or form, to be more precise. The back is made of metal and feels great. It has a matte finish almost no fingerprints are to be seen on it. The frame, however, is made of aluminum. On the right side, one can find the Power button which is slightly concave and considerably bigger than that of Xperia XA. What’s more, it now has an integrated fingerprint scanner. According to the Japanese company, this is the reason why the sides are not as thick as those of Xperia XA. We may note that the placement of the volume controls is somewhat strange – in the lower part of the right side, and under them, one can find a hardware camera button.

Xperia X uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650 mobile CPU, and this is actually the first time we’re testing this chip. It features six cores – two more powerful Cortex-A72 cores (ticking at up to 1.8 GHz) and another four Cortex-A53 (ticking at up to 1.4 GHz). Also available are the Adreno 510 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. The internal storage is 32 GB, 12 GB of which are occupied by system files and pre-installed apps. Below you can find the results we got from the first tests – Vellamo 3 Metal and 3DMark Ice Unlimited.


Sony has chosen Full HD resolution which more than enough for the 5″ screen to provide a highly detailed image – 441 ppi. Also available are an IPS panel, and Triluminos and X Reality Sony technologies. In other words, you get a display with accurate colors and high brightness. The display settings menu also offers many modes and additional features that optimize image quality and more. You can find more information about this in the upcoming review.

Xperia X uses Android 6.0 Marshmallow along with Sony’s UI. The latter does not bring revolutionary changes. There are no surprising menu sections, but there are several useful pre-installed apps.


The main camera seems to be one of the key advantages of this smartphone. It is 23MP and has a Sony Exmor RS sensor, Predictive Hybrid autofocus which is very fast and can keep track of moving subject, an aperture value of f/2.0, LED flash and good low light capabilities. Additionally, the camera menu offers various modes and many manual settings. You will learn more about them from our future review. Also present are Full HD (60 fps) video recording capabilities. We have included several test shots below for you to look at.



Specs sheet

OSAndroid 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 650 MSM8956 (2-core, 1.80GHz, Cortex-A72 & 4-core, 1.40GHz, Cortex-A53)
Internal storage32GB
GPUAdreno 510
Display5-inch IPS LCDcapacitive multitouch display with scratch resistant glass (1920 x 1080 p)
ConnectivityBluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, A-GPS
Cameras23MP camera with autofocus and an LED flash (rear), 13MP (front)
  • microSD card slot (supports up to 256GB)
  • microUSB v2.0, USB Host
  • integrated loudspeakers
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • FM radio, RDS
  • camera with geo-tagging, touch focus, face recognition, HDR, panorama
  • fingerprint scanner
  • accelerometer
  • proximity sensor
  • barometer
  • compass
Battery2620 mAh
Dimensions69.4 x 142.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight153 grams

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