Sony Xperia X goes official as re-imagined mid-range Android smartphone family

Well, this pretty much came out of nowhere. Not truly, as Sony timidly teased its MWC 2016 presence a while back, then a few leaks tackled a couple of prospective non-flagship phones. Still, we weren’t expecting very flashy new products from the financially struggling Japanese OEM, since the Xperia Z6 definitely needs more time and behind-the-scenes work.

But at least the Xperia X Performance sounds quite remarkable for a “super premium mid-ranger”, as it was billed on the Barcelona stage, pairing a 5-inch Full HD display with, get this, a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor.

Sure about that mid-range label there, Sony? After all, any SD820-powered device is a high-ender in our book right now, even when accommodating a relatively small 2,700 mAh battery and “only” 3GB RAM. Especially as the Xperia X Performance apparently features 23 and 13MP (!!!) cameras too. Mind = blown.

Don’t go anywhere just yet though, as the “re-imagined” Xperia X slate also includes, well, a Sony Xperia X and an XA. The former is strangely wrapped in secrecy, downgrading processing power to hexa-core Snapdragon 650 and revealing little else of importance as far as specs go.

Finally, the Sony Xperia XA is no doubt the humblest member of the new family, with a MediaTek Helio P10 SoC in tow, 2GB RAM, 5-inch 720p screen, 13 and 8MP shooters, 16GB expandable storage space, and 2,300 mAh cell.

Of course, Marshmallow software goodies will be offered upon launch across the board… in a few months, when the Xperia X, X Performance, and XA are to start their official world tours. Stay tuned for more details as we get them.

Update: In case you didn’t notice, that’s curved glass combined with a “metal finish” on the Xperia X Performance. As for the standard X, it predictably slots between the X Performance and XA on the Android food chain, with a slightly less glamorous design than the family’s top dog, 5-inch FHD panel, 3GB RAM, and the same mind-blowing 23 and 13MP cams.

Source: Sony

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