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Sony introduces a trio of Xperia X Series smartphones

by Mark Tyson on 23 February 2016, 11:31

Tags: Sony (NYSE:SNE)

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Like HTC, Sony hasn't got a new flagship smartphone to show off at the current MWC in Barcelona. However that hasn't stopped it presenting an interesting new range of mid-range smartphones and various mobile accessories. The Japanese firm has brought 'reimagined' next gen capabilities to the Xperia X Performance, Xperia X, and Xperia XA. In terms of new accessories it is showing off further 'smart products' such as the Xperia Ear, Xperia Eye, Xperia Agent and Xperia Projector.

Sony's new X-Series are said to provide intelligent technology and acclaimed Xperia features in camera, battery and design. In that way it sound similar to the new midrange LG X Series with their specialisms - but the range isn't so clear cut in the Sony lineup. In camera capabilities, for example, the two more expansive examples of the Sony X Series, the Xperia X Performance and Xperia X use an all-new Predictive Hybrid Autofocus which lets you choose a subject and predict its motion to capture the perfect shot.

Across the range you will find Sony's smart battery management should enable up to two days battery life between charges. Another commonality is the design. Sony says that these X Series phones are made with premium materials, texture and curvature for the most natural palm fit. All are available with matching style covers and in four finishes; White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose Gold.

While the three X Series phones are all 5-inch devices the internals are quite distinct. For simplicity of comparison I've tabulated their key specs below:

 

Xperia X Performance

Xperia X

Xperia XA

SoC

Qualcomm Snapdragon
820 Kyro quad core with Adreno 530 GPU

Qualcomm Snapdragon
650 Hexacore with Adreno 510 GPU

MediaTek MT6755 Octacore with Mali-T860 GPU

Display

5.0-inch FHD IPS TRILUMINOS Display
(1920 x 1080, 441ppi)

5.0-inch FHD IPS TRILUMINOS Display
(1920 x 1080, 441ppi)

5.0-inch HD Display
(1280 x 720, 294ppi)

Memory

3GB LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB storage, microSD slot

3GB LPDDR3 RAM, 32GB storage, microSD slot

2GB LPDDR3 RAM, 16GB storage, microSD slot

Camera

Rear: 23MP, 1/2.3-inch Exmor, Predictive Hybrid AF, 5x Clear Image Zoom, 24mm
G Lens, f/2.0

Front: 13MP 1/3-inch Exmor RS, 22mm wide-angle lens, f/2.0

Rear: 23MP, 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS, Predictive Hybrid AF, 5x Clear Image Zoom, 24mm
G Lens, f/2.0

Front: 13MP 1/3-inch Exmor RS, 22mm wide-angle lens, f/2.0

Rear: 13MP,1/3-inch Exmor, 5x Clear Image Zoom



Front: 8MP front camera Sony Exmor R  for mobile sensor

Biometrics

Fingerprint sensor on side

Fingerprint sensor on side

none

Battery

2,700mAh
(non-removable)
with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

2,620mAh
(non-removable)
with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

2,300mAh
(non-removable)

Size and weight

143.7 x 70.4 x 8.7 mm, 164.4g                     

142.7 x 69.4 x 7.9 mm, 153g

143.6 x 66.8 x 7.9 mm, 137.4g

Connectivity

LTE (4G) Cat 9, Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, Micro USB, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

LTE (4G) Cat 6, Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, Micro USB, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

LTE 4G / Cat 4, Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, Micro USB, Bluetooth 4

 

These new Android 6.0 Marshmallow smartphones will start to become available from Summer. Pricing is yet to be announced.

Other Xperia Smart Products

Sony is seeking to provide a wide range of Xperia branded smart accessories to sell alongside its range of mobiles. Of particular note at the MWC are the following:

Xperia Ear: This is a 'next generation' wireless ear piece. It doesn't just take phone calls but will provide useful, timely, geographically relevant information right to your ear. It can also respond to commands, ask it to make a call or search the internet, for example. The Xperia Ear connects to your smartphone over either NFC or Bluetooth. It is lightweight and comfortable enough to be considered for continuous wear. This earpiece is IPX2 water resistant and offers all day battery life. The carry case doubles as a charging receptacle.

Xperia Eye: This is simply an ultra compact, wearable wide-angle lens camera. You can pin it to your clothes to enjoy a natural field of view and facial and voice detection for image capture.

Xperia Projector: This device can project onto any clear surface and the projection will respond to touch, gestures, and voice - just like your smartphone.

Xperia Agent: is a personal assistant device which responds to voice and gestures providing information, communication and smart home controls. Its usefulness is bolstered by a built-in camera and projector.

RM-X7BT: This cryptically named device is an in-car Bluetooth commander which enables wireless music streaming and uses Sony’s voice technology to activate smartphone functions whilst driving.



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Are these even coming to the UK?
mmmmmm!………..Xperia Projector:
I know I'm becoming a bit obsessive about phone size but the XA is even slimmer than my Nexus 5 which should make very comfortable to grip. Shame it's the runt of the family.
Not too bad specs,but the new projector looks really interesting
cptwhite_uk
I know I'm becoming a bit obsessive about phone size but the XA is even slimmer than my Nexus 5 which should make very comfortable to grip. Shame it's the runt of the family.
I completely disagree. My only niggle about the Nexus 6P is that it's so thin that it makes it difficult to pick up from a flat surface and I'm petrified that I'll drop it one day. The Note5 has a similarly slim frame, but has a slight curve to the back which helps in this regard.

The Nexus 5's different as it has a slightly rubbery cover, and its ‘grippyness’ is utterly brilliant and I wish more phones would adopt it - it's not especially pretty, but boy is it effective.