Sony Xperia X

Can you believe the Sony Xperia range of phones first hit the market back in 2008.

My Xperia Z2 was my pride and joy as newer models continued to roll out from all the big manufacturers that just didn’t offer me any reasons to upgrade. In the end the Z2 succumbed to old age and started having trouble recognising the sim card. Probably due to how often it was removed to review other phones.

I still use the Xperia Z2 as a dedicated music player on the go so I don’t drain my main phones battery, plus it’s waterproof. There have been a lot of models since the X1 in 2008 and we are here to look at the new Xperia X which is the latest variant.

After the Xperia Z5 Premium made waves as the first phone with a 4k display Sony have calmed down and returned to a less eccentric 5” Full HD display on the X.

Sonys reputation for having amazing phone cameras remains intact with not only a 23MP rear camera with predictive hybrid autofocus but an awesome 13MP front camera to keep your selfies looking flawless.

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Nicely rounded corners and an alloy chassis provide a high quality finish and the back is also metal which rounds out the premium feel of the device.

All the buttons are down just one side of the phone and are clearly placed with the camera in mind. Volume rocker and camera button at the bottom seems odd at first but when you turn the phone to landscape it makes perfect sense and they are perfectly positioned for the camera. Fantastic when taking photos and videos but it does make adjusting volume during a call quite tricky as you need to hold the phone precariously low to reach the button and I can imagine the phone toppling out of my grasp if I’m not careful.

The power button is located above the volume rocker half way up the phone. This is perfectly placed to unlock the phone as you pick it up using the built in finger print scanner which is super responsive.

Having all the buttons on one side also adds to the clean feel of the phone when it’s in hand. A 3.5mm headphone jack is located at the top and does what it needs to do. On the bottom is the micro USB port which is a shame, I would have liked to see USB Type-C here as it is clearly the new standard and would keep the Xperia in line with other leading phones currently available. On the bright side it does support expandable memory via a micro SD card which should be standard these days but isn’t for reasons that I cannot fathom.

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So how is the phone?

The Xperia X is a pleasure to use. Faultless in pretty much every standard phone task and exceptional when being used as a camera or audio player. There is a lot of Sony bloatware that I can understand but wish it was more an option rather than having it all forced on me. Like other leading brands there is a feeling that they want to fully engulf the user in their micro world of brand loyalty and things they expect us to want.

If you own a PS4™ it’s definitely worth having a Sony phone. PS4™ Remote play enables you to access your PS4™ console through your smartphone and keep playing in any room which is absolutely priceless if the family want to use the TV but you don’t want to stop playing.

So to sum things up the Xperia X offers a beautifully crafted and well thought out phone. Battery life is exceptional, easily lasting through the day while running high draining apps with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth GPS and all going. The screen is crisp and clear and the brightness is off the hook bright. Quality cameras, top quality audio, and it works with your PlayStation.

With the Xperia range of smartphones there is probably one to suit your needs and wants so check them out next time you’re thinking of upgrading.

 

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Memory and storage 3 GB RAM

Up to 32 GB flash memory* (Single SIM)

 

Up to 64 GB flash memory* (Dual SIM)

Up to 200 GB microSD™ card

 

Operating System Google Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)  
Processor (CPU) Qualcomm® Snapdragon 650 Processor 64-bit capable
Battery Up to 2 days battery life*** 2620 mAh
Weight 152g  
Dimensions 143 x 69 x 7.7mm  
Colour White

Graphite Black

 

Lime Gold

Rose Gold

 

Display 5″ Full HD 1080p

TRILUMINOS Display for mobile

 

X-Reality for mobile

Dynamic Contrast Enhancement

 

Main camera 23MP

1/2.3” Exmor™ RS for mobile sensor

Predictive Hybrid AF

Quick launch

5x Clear Image Zoom

24mm Wide Angle G Lens F2.0

 

Low-light photography: ISO 12800

Full HD 1080p Video Recording

SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode – video stabilisation

Superior Auto Mode

Pulse LED Flash

 

Front camera 13MP

1/3” Exmor™ RS for mobile sensor

Quick launch

22mm Wide Angle Lens F2.0

 

Low-light scene recognition: ISO 6400

Full HD 1080p Video Recording

SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode – video stabilisation

Superior Auto Mode

 

Connectivity A-GNSS (GPS + GLONASS)**

WiFi Miracast

Bluetooth® 4.2 wireless technology

 

DLNA Certified®

Google Cast

NFC

 

Fingerprint Sensor Fast and secure unlock  
Sound High-Resolution Audio (LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD)

DSEE HX

LDAC

Digital Noise Cancelling

 

Clear Audio+

S-Force Front Surround

Stereo Recording

 

Entertainment PlayMemories** PS4™ Remote Play
Applications Music

Album

Video

Movie Creator

Spotify

 

News Suite

Track ID

What’s New

Sound Photo

AR effect

 

Disclaimers *Memory comprises approximately 12 GB of firmware, plus 20 GB of “Internal storage” for music, pictures and films, and downloaded applications and their data.

**This service is not available in all in all variants or markets.

 

***Battery life has been measured against Sony Mobile Communications AB’s smartphone usage profile, defined in September 2014 to represent the typical smartphone user’s active condition, including but not limited to a range of usage scenarios (calling, texting, web browsing, social networking, game playing, music listening, picture taking, picture browsing, online video watching, video recording and playback).

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Matt

Co-founder & Head of digital content - HashtagMe. Tech lover and audio enthusiast. Husband, father, and casual gamer. Opinions are my own (once cleared by wife)