Knowing Sony’s spotty track record in terms of timely US expansions of its chiefly Asian and European-focused Xperia handhelds, it was only natural to fear the surprising new X, X Performance and XA might never pursue their American dream.
But while we still have no idea exactly when are the “mid-rangers” supposed to start selling stateside and for how much, pre-registration pages on the Japanese OEM’s US website suggest a happy ending is in store.
At least as far as the Sony Xperia X and X Performance are concerned, with no hints of XA availability outside select European and Asian markets yet. Speaking of, it seems the UK and Germany will actually be snubbed this time around from the X Performance’s list of officially supported countries, though Sony hasn’t corroborated the ominous regional suspicions.
What’s perhaps even more unexpected is the Xperia X and XA have already gone up for pre-orders on Amazon Germany, despite their manufacturers initially claiming they’d launch in the summer. With 32GB internal storage space, a Full HD 5-inch display, 23 and 13 MP cameras, 3GB RAM and a hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor, the X costs €600 ($660), which feels a bit much for a phone advertised as mid-end.
It also begs the distressing question of how expensive may the Sony Xperia X Performance turn out, and we guess the logical answer is €700 on the old continent, as well as $700 stateside. Granted, that bad boy packs a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 820 SoC, but it’s hardly a Galaxy S7 or LG G5 equal all in all.
On the bright side, the Xperia XA is pretty affordable, at €300 in Germany, offering unremarkable but decent specs like a 720p 5-inch screen, octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 SoC, 2GB RAM, and pre-installed Android 6.0 Marshmallow.