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: 7.1.1 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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Full Specs

Release date June 3, 2016
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.1.1 Nougat)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 MSM8956 Hexa core 1.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.97 W/kg
Body: 0.97 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2620 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 600 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
600 minutes (2G)
840 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 25 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Graphite Black, Lime Gold, Rose Gold, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.3 x 6.9 x 0.8 cm
(5.6 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 153 grams
(5.4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Glove touch
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 23+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 8x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, XviD, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Facebook, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Sony F5121

Additional Sensors: Fingerprint sensor, Barometer, Pedometer
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