Specs summary


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


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 MSM8956 Hexa core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

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.
32 GB

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


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2620 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 25 days standby time, 600 minutes (2G), 840 minutes (3G).

It's nearly impossible to recommend this phone at this price versus the competition,

- Chris Welch , The Verge 

It’s not quite the excellent phone Sony says it is, but the Xperia X is still a good alternative to the Galaxy S7 and LG G5 as well as a step up from the Nexus 5X.

- Alan Lu , ITProPortal 

Reviews summary

Based on 33 reviews

What's good  

  • Comfortable grip and premium design
  • Bright, colorful display
  • MicroSD support
  • Good performance

What's bad  

  • Cost
  • Inconsistent camera performance
  • Weak audio

With it’s smaller screen and mid-tier hardware, Sony Xperia X shows a different approach from Sony on their flagship line. Can a series known for pushing the spec envelope still deliver with the settings dialed back? Let’s see what the reviews are saying.

If you’ve seen any other Xperia phone, you’ll likely recognize the design on the Xperia X. It takes Sony’s classic omnibalance design and adds a bit of budget-friendly plastic to the mix. The back is a textured metal while the sides are a soft, smooth plastic. AndroidPIT loved the look, saying, “Although little has changed, appearance-wise, on this 5-inch smartphone, the Sony Xperia X still makes a good impression.” Unfortunately, many other reviews found the design a bit boring. The words “familiar” and “safe” were common.

The phone includes Sony’s normal mid-phone power button. Though now that button hides a fingerprint sensor as well. Most reviews indicated that as long as you didn’t mind the placement of the button, that it performed on par with the best scanners available. Mirror praised it as “exceedingly fast, and far more convenient than other sensors I've tested that have been incorporated into the home button.”

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Heading around to the front of the phone, you’ll find a 5-inch, 1080p IPS panel. This is one area where all reviews agree that the phone shines. Sony’s Triluminous technology provides a boost of brightness while the high-quality display offers a great visual experience as well. Mirror loved the screen, saying, “[It] looks utterly fantastic, delivering almost AMOLED levels of depth and richness without appearing oversaturated.” If you’re frequently on-the-go, AndroidPIT praised the phone for it’s visibility in direct sunlight.

Pushing all those pixels, you’ll find one of the first debated aspects of the phone--a hexa-core 1.8Ghz processor. This is far from what you’ll find in many of the current flagships. However, reviews on daily usage don’t appear to suffer. Mirror notes, “It naturally fell quite a long way behind rivals like the HTC 10 and LG G5 in our benchmark tests. In all fairness, though, the Xperia X still feels exceedingly fast.” Many reviews even noted that it handles gaming with no signs of delays or overheating. You’ll also find 32GB of internal storage and microSD support for those gaming and movie marathons.

Many of the reviews attribute this to Sony’s tweaks to Android 6.0.1. Nearly every site mentioned how fluidly the phone swipes between pages and loads apps. They also loved the minimal touches to the stock interface. Stuff dug into the phone’s interface and declared, “[You] Get a nice, stripped-back experience without too much bloat. Everything but the Music app and photo album can be eradicated, so making your Sony Xperia X bloat-free only takes two minutes.”

Keeping your phone chugging along throughout the day, you’ll find a 2,620mAh battery. While many reviews questioned the ability for the phone to last through a day, nearly all found that you could make it back to the charger at night without an issue. Alphr summed up findings well, saying, “As with any modern smartphone, if you use it constantly, you won’t get much more than a day out of it. However, as I write this, the battery gauge is sitting on 19% after a day and a half of use.”

Unfortunately, the phone has a few quirks that reviewers didn’t love. The main issue being the cameras. Rated at 23MP, many reviews applauded the image stabilization of the rear shooter. However, almost every review mentioned that low-light performance was terrible. Alphr summed up the issues, noting, “Things start to go wrong when the light isn’t optimal. Examining a shot captured on a grey London day closely reveals lots of noise and overprocessing, which are evident in smeared blocks of color and odd speckles around the edges of objects.”

Many of these same quirks carried over to the front-facing 13MP lens. AndroidPIT was nicer with their opinion of the camera, saying, “Details can become washed out, but the results, for a smartphone camera, are very strong.”

Overall, reviews were mixed on the Xperia X. Stuff perhaps highlights the core issue with most of the reviews when they say, “There's really nothing much to hate about it, but nor is there quite enough to love about it.” Alphr feels that the weak point is something else entirely, saying, “The Sony Xperia X is an odd fish. In its own right, it’s a very good smartphone, with lovely design, decent battery life and performance, a great screen and (in some circumstances) an impressive set of cameras. Yet, given its specifications, it’s entirely the wrong price.”

Reviews (6.7/10 Avg. rating)


One-handed wonder

from Recombu
The Xperia X is unfortunately eclipsed these days by the freshly launched OnePlus 3T, which offers seriously impressive performance for the same asking price. But despite this, there’s still plenty to like here. Sony’s more compact design is easier to use one-handed, while the dual cameras are great for the asking price... Full review

A quality mid-range phone

from Techgoondu
The Xperia X is a decent mid-ranged device, pairing good quality (no washed out screen or trashy camera) components with a good finish... Full review

Isn’t a value-for-money phone

from VR-Zone
The Xperia X is a lovely phone in my opinion. It’s just too expensive to put it bluntly. Is it worth the cash? Maybe? However I think that at this price, there are equivalent or better options. Nevertheless, I loved the “xperience” and I think that the Xperia is a great 5” device. If you love Sony’s line of phones, getting the Xperia X flagship isn’t a bad idea at all... Full review

It has the bark, but desperately lacks the bite

from Gearburn
There’s brisk performance, a solid design and a camera capable of excellent daytime snaps. But for R11 999, you’d expect better low-light camera performance, a cutting-edge processor and a phone that doesn’t overheat (yet again)... Full review

A rock-solid, yet quite expensive smartphone

from Notebookcheck

The Sony Xperia X does a lot of things right, but cannot entirely live up to its self-imposed claim of being a top smartphone. Nevertheless, there are many arguments in favor of the 5-inch Android phone. It features an elegant case made of aluminum and plastic, which also feels premium to the touch, even though the chassis cannot keep up fully with its Xperia Z5 predecessor. On the other hand, the phone comes with a bright and viewing-angle-stable Full HD display, a fingerprint sensor, the latest Android 6.0, 20 GB of free storage space, good communication features, and the fast Qualcomm Sn... Full review

Sunday Express

One of Sony's best yet, but falls short on a few key points

from Sunday Express
I really wanted to like the Xperia X, I really did. And in some ways, I do – but not enough. The Xperia X just doesn't feel like a big enough step forward for Sony if it wants to become a big player in the Android space. Despite its decent camera and comfortable build, it suffers from several big design flaws, unnecessary bloatware and some fairly under-powered hardware... Full review
What Mobile

A lacklustre rebirth

from What Mobile
I can’t work out what’s so special about the Xperia X, is it the camera? No. Music player? No. It’s just a decent device that will get you through simple things at an excellent rate, just don’t ask too much. If you really want a Sony device in your life, go for the Xperia X Performance, the Xperia X is hard to justify with the current price point, unless you get lucky in a flash sale and get it for under £400. Good luck... Full review
The Inquirer

Good screen, so-so camera, ridiculous price

from The Inquirer
Whichever way you cut it, the Sony Xperia X is a woefully overpriced handset. Coupled with the performance problems and dull design, there's just not enough here to justify that high price and make it a handset to recommend... Full review
Talk Android

The most expensive mid-range phone ever

from Talk Android
The Xperia X is a fantastic phone. It really is. Battery life is solid, performance and screen quality are decent, the camera manages to consistently impress, and it still manages to capture everything that makes Sony phones unique. The caveats here really, really hurt the Xperia X, however, considering the device is no longer waterproof, Sony still left out the fingerprint scanner in the US version, and it’s $549. Sony priced themselves out on this one, and that makes it really hard to recommend over anything else on the market at similar price points... Full review

A potentially solid choice

from Pocket-lint
The Sony Xperia X is something of an oddity. It offers a pair of decent cameras in a package that's nicely designed. The specs are fitting for a mid-range device, delivering the performance you'll need for day-to-day tasks... Full review

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