Specs summary

Screen
5"

The Sony Xperia X Performance's screen is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.15GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 2.15 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

Camera
23+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 23+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 13+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2700mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2700 mAh battery.



If it weren't for the overzealous apps and Xperia's suggestions for downloads, this device would be a really, really great phone.

- Chris Burns , SlashGear 

The Xperia X Performance performs well enough, but it's absolutely not worth its outrageous price tag.

- Florence Ion , GreenBot 

Reviews summary

6.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 18 reviews

What's good  

  • Fast performance
  • IP68 rated for water- and dust-resistance
  • Clear and vibrant display
  • Good camera features and quality in good lighting

What's bad  

  • Poor battery life
  • Aluminum back prone to scuffs
  • Camera image quality drops off in low light
  • Expensive for what it offers

It appears that Sony is retiring their Z series for the latest X series. The flagship phone in this lineup is the X Performance. Despite the high price tag, however, many reviewers were unimpressed with the overall design calling the aluminum back “unimpressive” and prone to scuffs. It is, however IP68 certified making it water- and dust-resistant.

Unlike the Z lineup, Sony went with a curvier design providing a good hand feel for critics. At 0.3 inches thick, it isn’t the slimmest smartphone on the market and, thanks to the use of metal and glass, it weighs a hefty 164 grams. It also has very large bezels with Sony not even hitting a 70 percent screen-to-body ratio. Why are the bezels so large? It’s because that’s where Sony housed the front-facing speakers. For the most part experts were impressed with the audio quality of the speakers as it’s max volume was loud enough to listen to music and movies without distortion.

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The 5-inch, 1080P IPS LCD screen is the same one you can find on Sony’s midrange Xperia X device. While it doesn’t match Quad HD screens in terms of sharpness, experts still considered it very clear. In terms of overall performance, they were quite pleased with its color accuracy and overall vibrancy. Sony also offers options to change the color temperate and saturation so users can adjust the display to their personal preference. Besides this, they also praised its brightness and had no issues viewing it in direct sunlight.

Inside are two dual-core processors running at different speeds: two are 2.15GHz and two are 1.6GHz and 3GB of RAM. With these specs, it’s no surprise reviewers had no problem with lag or slowdown during basic tasks like browsing the web. When compared to its competitors, they noticed it actually performed better for more mundane tasks. They noticed an occasional hiccup when multitasking, but they add it was barely noticeable even when playing demanding games.

Battery life, however, is another story. They barely made it a full day with moderate usage and could only reach the second day by making use of Stamina or Ultra Stamina mode. Luckily, it does come with a quick-charge system to counteract the poor battery life.

Megapixels might not mean everything in the camera world today, but pixel peepers will be happy to note the X Performance offers a 23MP main camera. Reviewers were overall pleased with the image quality as they were able to take vibrant and detailed pictures in good lighting conditions. The camera also has some useful functions such as focus following moving targets, shutter button and a full manual mode to adjust white balance, exposure and more.

Unfortunately, experts soon found the limits of the camera in dark and very bright lighting conditions. In dark and mixed lighting, they noticed a fair amount of grain and loss of detail. Very bright lighting led to washed out colors.

Perhaps the biggest drawback for many users, however, is its lack of fingerprint sensor. Whereas most smartphone manufacturers now include this feature, Sony has decided to remove the feature from American versions, the international versions do come with one.

While reviewers agree the X Performance is not a bad smartphone, they cannot recommend it due to the steep price tag. Engadget states, “…in most ways the Xperia X Performance is an adequate phone. The bigger issue is whether a phone…should really just be ‘adequate.’ It’s just halfhearted, and that won’t get Sony anywhere.” Ars Technica adds, “…the X Performance should unquestionably lead the pack of Sony smartphones in design, performance, and features…but it just doesn’t do that. It simply feels like any other Sony msartphone…”


Reviews (6.3/10 Avg. rating)


Streamlined at a cost

from Pocketnow
The Xperia X line represents a drastic shift in philosophy for Sony, and many transition devices were a bit rough around the edges. Look at how Samsung struggled from the Galaxy S4 to the Galaxy S6. We can only hope that future Xperia X phones are better refined and well-rounded products... Full review

Sony's high-end Android phone is seriously lacking

from TechRadar
It's as if Sony doesn't realize how cutthroat this market is. Snapdragon 820 performance, waterproofing and microSD support aside, there's not enough here to recommend this overly expensive Android phone... Full review

The most powerful Sony smartphone

from LaptopMedia
Xperia X Performance is currently the best Sony smartphone. This, however, does not mean that it’s equal to all other premium models. This smartphone comes with a Snapdragon 820 CPU, and it is only natural that we do not have any remarks as regards performance or exterior temperatures after a continuous stress test. X Performance has a Full HD display, and not Quad HD, which will be a drawback only for those who want everything contemporary technology can offer... Full review

Camera goes toe-to-toe with the best smartphones on the market

from SlashGear

The Sony Xperia X Performance suffers from Sony's inability to survive only on their basic software finesse and high-quality hardware builds. That's unfortunate. Instead they seem to have to jam in as much software and promotions as they can to make the most of every single smartphone sold. If it weren't for the overzealous apps and Xperia's suggestions for downloads, this device would be a really, really great phone. Instead it's only a really great phone once we've gone through and disabled a bunch of apps ourselves. Then, and only then, is this smartphone ready to live up to its potentia... Full review

When average just isn’t good enough

from Mobile Syrup
If the Xperia X were released a few years ago, the $699 phone would be easier to recommend. However, in an increasingly competitive Android smartphone market full of $500, but still high-end handsets. The Xperia X Performance is a tough sell, even for Sony faithful. The handset also isn’t enough of an upgrade over the Z5, both in terms of hardware and aesthetic, to warrant a purchase for hardcore Sony fanatics. In the end, the Xperia X Performance is far from a bad phone, there are just better options out there in 2016... Full review

A Disappointing Step Backwards

from TechSpot
The Xperia X Performance is a disappointing step backwards for Sony. There are too many issues with this handset for me to recommend it over high-end Android competitors, and the exorbitant price tag makes it poor value for consumers... Full review

Totally not worth its flagship title

from GreenBot
I’ll never stop mourning the death of the Xperia Z series, especially because I don’t see the Xperia X series picking up where those phones left off. I like some aspects of the Xperia X Performance, like its water resistance, its speedy processor, and the fact that it’s a really comfortable phone to use. But I can’t call it a premium device because it simply doesn’t feel like one. It’s not worthy of flagship status, either, and I suspect Sony will have to try really, really hard to convince the public that it’s worth an exorbitant $700... Full review

A lot to ask for a fairly basic phone

from Ars Technica

Fast phone with furious price tag

from Tom's Guide
The Xperia X Performanceꞌs $700 price tag invites comparisons to other phones in that lofty price range — the iPhone 6s and, arguably, the best Android handset ever made in the Samsung Galaxy S7. Sonyꞌs offering canꞌt match the stylish design of those smartphones, and its camera, while capable, comes up short when compared to what the S7 can do (especially in low light). The one area where Sonyꞌs Performance handily beats out most of its competition — battery life — is hardly a scale-tipper... Full review

$700 worth of disappointment

from Engadget
Sony, what are you doing? Though the $700 Xperia X Performance features a flagship-level processor and runs well as a result, Sony apparently didn't feel the need to bring anything new to the table. What we have here is a reasonably good smartphone that lacks soul or ambition, and ultimately costs too much for what it is... Full review

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