Still unsure which of Sony’s frequently discounted Xperia X-series phones to pick up for some pre-holiday cheer? Well, they all seem like sensible choices from a software support standpoint, at least in the short term, but you might be surprised to find out the X Performance gets the first official Nougat taste.

Not the newer, arguably superior and significantly pricier XZ, but the February-unveiled, June-released Sony Xperia X Performance, powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB RAM and 2,700 mAh battery, currently going for $500 on Amazon unlocked, US warranty included.

It’s not enough to own one of these to be able to try out Android 7.0 via an over-the-air update delivered between yesterday and tomorrow, as this is still a pre-release beta build whose participants were selected way back in August.

Odds are however that an official, polished, wide-scale goodie pack will follow in a matter of weeks, before spreading to other members of the X family, from the low-cost XA to the diminutive X Compact powerhouse to the full-size XZ flagship. Fingers crossed there aren’t too many bugs crippling this long-awaited Android Nougat beta rollout.

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