Sony has last unveiled MWC’s latest weapon to fight in the difficult high-end segment. In this review of the Xperia X we will see if they can stand out thanks to their new design with a 2.5D glass, or the improvements in the camera and autonomy manage to make differences between their competitors.
A surprise presentation
Sony has always wanted to be different in the smartphone market. For this reason they have always unchecked the dates that other manufacturers choose to present their new models. Brands such as Samsung or LG launch their flagship terminals in February, while in the case of Sony, these usually occur in September.
Our surprise was capital when the past Mobile World Congress, along with the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S7 or LG G5, featured a new Sony terminal, of which nothing was known until its launch. Just 5 months after the launch of Sony’s latest high-end smartphones, the Z5, Z5 compact and premium Z5, it seems that market pressure has made a dent in the Japanese brand, and has been forced to advance dates, although it did, despite being announced in February, and unlike its rivals that we have already had on sale for some time , Sony’s latest terminal will arrive this summer.
The new Sony Xperia X range is divided into 3 models, the Xperia XA, which corresponds to the most basic model, although it has the most compact size of all, along with a Mediatek Helio P10 processor, a 13 MP camera and an HD display. The other two models share features such as their Full HD display, and the main camera of no less than 23 megapixels.
But here, we’re going to perform the analysis of the Sony Xperia X, which has, in addition to what was just mentioned, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor accompanied by 3 GB of RAM, and which is the main difference from the Xperia X performance, which includes the powerful Snapdragon 820.
For years Sony opted for a design that has barely changed over the years in terms of its shapes and proportions, and which today represents its hallmark. However, the evolution of the Xperia X’s design compared to previous models is noticeable, improving the weaker aspects they presented.
If we talk about size, this smartphone has dimensions of 143 by 69 millimetres, and has a thickness of 7.8 millimetres. Regardless of what the numbers are in absolute terms, the truth is that this phone is really comfortable in the hand. The weight reaches 152 grams, which is somewhat high, but it does not pose any problem when it comes to carrying it on top of it or holding it in your hand.
This is where we realize that, unless you have very large hands, one of the most determining factors in the ergonomics of a phone is the width, and in view of all the tests performed, we could place the 70 millimeters as the ideal width to have an optimal grip.
The front of the Xperia X presents one of the newest elements of this terminal, and that arrives as a novelty in the high-end Sony, and it is none other than the inclusion of a 2.5D glass with rounded edges, which gives it that extra quality that further elevates the status of high-end smartphone as is the one we have in our hands , just like it happened at the time with the iPhone 6.
Integrated in the glass we find two openings for the two stereo speakers, of which we will talk later, along with the proximity sensor and the front camera of 13 MP.
Leaving the glass behind, we have a chassis completely made of metal, both on the edge and on the back cover, even though these elements are made in different parts.
A special mention deserves the anti-fingerprint treatment of the terminal. High-end terminals include fairly good oleophobic glass protection, so this leaves few footprints, and those left over can be easily cleaned. This happens the same way on the Xperia X, but in addition, the protection against footprints on the back is even more effective, being practically impossible to leave any mark.
Gone all we find is the Laser Engraved Xperia logo, next to the 23 Megapixel main camera next to the built-in LED flash. Unfortunately this time we do not have the IP 68 certification of water and dust resistance, something that we will have in the Xperia X Performance.
On the sides we find again the buttons of the volume control and the camera at the bottom, the latter being with double travel to perform the focus and shooting as we have in the cameras.
The power button is located just above both buttons, and just like in the Xperia Z5 family, it includes a built-in fingerprint sensor.
At the top edge we continue to have the already classic 3.5 millimetres audio jack, while at the bottom we find the micro USB socket for data connection and charging. We still don’t have USB Type-C at the moment, so we’ll have to wait until the next generation.
One of the innovations that we liked is the renewal of the tray design for the nano SIM card and the micro SD that allows to expand by up to 200 GB the storage capacity of the Xperia X, which stands at 32 GB. Now it is the lid itself that we extract together with the tray, and it makes it much easier to place and insert the elements.
Connectivity and audio
When we talk about a high-end smartphone, it is to be assumed that all existing connectivity technology must be present, and of course, this case is no exception. The Xperia X is tier 6 LTE, which achieves a download speed of up to 300 Mbps. We also have WiFi along with the latest version of Bluetooth, 4.2.
It also includes NFC, whose most optimal detection area is located at the top front of the terminal, as indicated by an identifying sticker, and that allows us to perform data transfer, or transfer the configuration of another smartphone, in addition to paying thanks to Android Pay.
The biometric sensor is located on the home button itself, and despite having a small size, this is not a problem to provide fast and accurate detection. In previous models, such as the premium Z5, detection was somewhat more clumsy, and needed a more accurate finger placement. It is possible that this change is largely due to the upgrade of the system to Marshmallow, because when we tried the premium Z5, this one had included Android Lollipop.
The quality of the calls in this review of the Xperia X is at the same level as on the other high-end Sony terminals. And it is that here they were already at a great level, and they continue to maintain it, with a very clean sound, where the cancellation of external noise works very well, and the power of its sound facilitates its use with hands-free.
The positioning of the GPS is very precise, as we are accustomed from Sony, with a fast location that is not lost in motion, and an orientation that does not need any calibration to indicate the cardinal points.
On the other hand, as we said at the beginning, we have a system of stereo speakers that are located on the front, so there is no risk of covering the output when holding the phone with your hand. Again here Sony gives us a worthy audio system, with adequate power and sharpness, although as on any mobile device it suffers from a lack of bass.