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Sony Unveils New “X” Xperia Smartphone Line

Sony Unveils New “X” Xperia Smartphone Line

Today at MWC, Sony announced their latest smartphone lineup. The “X” line includes the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, and the Xperia XA. All three design share a common design, but vary in specifications and what they focus on. Below are all the details.

Sony Xperia X


The X packs mid-range specifications with a focus on its camera capabilities. On the back is a 23MP camera with a 13MP, Wide-angle Selfie camera on the front. Sony has added “Predictive Hybrid Autofocus” which allows users to pick a focus point and track it constantly. The rear camera is also capable of taking a shot in just 0.6 seconds.

Sony also claims great battery on this device thanks to the 2,620 mAh battery which should include two days of use. The device also has a fingerprint sensor built into the power button and also packs front facing speakers with Hi-Res audio and DNC inside.

Xperia X Specs

  • 5″ 1080p display
  • Snapdragon 650 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB Storage (microSD)
  • 23MP Rear Camera
  • 13MP Front Camera
  • 2,620 mAh battery
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Android Marshmallow
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Sony Xperia X Performance


The X Performance puts its focus on, well, performance. This device packs the latest Qualcomm processor with a 5″ 1080p display, and the same camera package as the X. It brings a slightly larger battery as well and the same camera package as the X. Another feature unique to this device is the IP68 Water/Dust resistance rating.

Xperia X Performance Specs

  • 5″ 1080p display
  • Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB Storage (microSD)
  • 23MP Rear Camera
  • 13MP Front Camera
  • 2,700 mAh battery
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • IP68 Water/Dust Resistant
  • Android Marshmallow
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Sony Xperia XA


The Xperia XA is the last new X series phone and comes in as the affordable version. With a 5″ 720p display and MediaTek processing package, this device will likely come in at a much lower price point than the other X Series devices. It doesn’t pack a fingerprint sensor or front facing stereo speakers, but it does come with Android Marshmallow and the same new design.

Xperia XA Specs

  • 5″ 720p display
  • MediaTek MT6755 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Storage (microSD)
  • 13MP Rear Camera
  • 8MP Front Camera
  • 2,300 mAh battery
  • Android Marshmallow
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Sony has not revealed pricing for these devices as of yet, but they do plan to release them this Summer.

Press Release

Sony Mobile introduces an evolution of the Xperia™ brand to redefine communications

Barcelona, Mobile World Congress, 22nd February 2016 Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today unveiled a new-look XperiaTM brand with the first “X” series smartphones and a vision for the future of communications, with ambient connected devices capable of changing the way you interact with the world.

“Sony Mobile will continue to create increasingly personalised and intelligent products and services that empower you to do more, and live more creatively than ever. Our products and services will connect you to each other and become essential and beloved parts of your lives.” said Hiroki Totoki, President and CEO at Sony Mobile Communications.

“With our continued passion for technology, we will keep adding new and exciting features to evolve our smartphones. At the same time, we want to change how you access information and interact with friends and family in a closer, natural and more meaningful way.”

First “X” Series smartphones: Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA

The Xperia X series embodies Sony Mobile’s new brand vision through adding new layers of intelligent technology across popular and acclaimed Xperia features: camera, battery and design, to make every day smarter and simpler.

Predicting the unexpected is difficult, but not impossible – the next generation Xperia camera takes spontaneous capture to another level allowing you to shoot in sharp focus, even for spur-of-the-moment shots. The all-new Predictive Hybrid Autofocus in Xperia X and Xperia X Performance is developed in close collaboration with Sony’s αTM camera engineers, it lets you choose your subject and then predicts its motion, so you can capture the action in perfect focus, free from blur.

Advanced features require the battery stamina to match, and Xperia X series incorporates Sony’s smart battery management to deliver up to two days battery life1. Not only will it keep your phone running for longer from one charge, Xperia X series benefits from a battery lifespan that’s up to twice as long with Qnovo’s Adaptive Charging technology2 and Sony’s smart battery management system. Each phone is powered to make the most of their advanced capabilities, with Xperia X featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 650 processor and Xperia X Performance introducing the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor for ultra-fast connectivity.

As part of their unified design concept, Sony designers researched premium materials, texture and curvature for the most natural palm fit. Each X series smartphone brings a curved glass display within a rounded, continuous frame for a familiar form that feels comfortable in your hand. The unified design concept is also extended to Xperia XA, which features a stunning edge-to-edge display to integrate seamlessly into your life. 

Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA each have a range of matching Style Coversand will roll out in four elegant finishes; White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose Gold, from Summer 2016.

Introducing new Xperia smart products, with expanded communication experiences. 

The new Xperia smart products and concepts are designed to adapt to your situation and environment, whether at home or on-the-go. Sony Mobile envisions this new category as intelligent devices that understand preferences, activities and behaviour, to provide useful and contextual information.

Xperia Ear is a next-generation wireless ear-piece that brings a new way of communicating, without compromising on enjoying the world around you. It provides you with useful information such as your schedule, weather and the latest news to keep you up-to-date on the go. Powered by Sony’s voice technology, it responds to verbal commands, so you can ask it to make a call, perform an internet search, dictate a message or navigate to a certain location. It enables you to face forward and get things done, for a convenient hands-free experience.

It connects to your Android smartphone via NFC or Bluetooth® and talks to a host application, where you can customise settings, including the info you need when you first connect in the morning, touch commands and app notifications.

Its lightweight and comfortable soft silicone ear-bud is built for continuous wear, with IPX2 water-protection and all-day battery life3. It’s available in Graphite Black and the innovative case doubles as a charger, so you can simply pop it in when you need to recharge.

Xperia Ear will roll out from Summer 2016.

All-new Xperia smart product concepts, a communications vision with machine learning, natural user interface and sensing

Xperia Eye is a conceptual vision for an ultra compact, wearable wide-angle lens camera – with the flexibility to be easily attached to clothing or worn around the neck. It represents a proof-of-concept exploration to bring Sony’s acclaimed camera and sensing technology to its smallest ever form-factor – featuring a 360-degree spherical lens for a natural field of view. Its intelligent shutter technology will use facial and voice detection to capture images, allowing you to enjoy and preserve life’s moments without thinking about the technology.

The Xperia Projector concept will enrich, empower and stimulate creative family communication using a natural and interactive interface projection on any clear surface. It will respond to touch, voice and gestures just as you would interact with your smartphone screen.

The Xperia Agent concept is a vision for a personalised assistant. It will enhance everyday life by responding to voice and gestures – providing you with useful information, communication assistance and home appliance controls. It is also powered by Sony’s voice technology and will respond to a number of commands – and has a built-in camera and projector display for projecting content onto surfaces.

RM-X7BT in-car Bluetooth® commander, from Sony Corporation, enabling wireless music streaming and hands-free smartphone functions. 

RM-X7BT is an in-car Bluetooth® commander that enables wireless music streaming and uses Sony’s voice technology to activate smartphone functions whilst driving. It consists of two units – an ‘adaptor’ module that enables wireless audio streaming and hands-free calls, and a ‘commander’ facilitates smartphone functions such as navigation, all whilst driving safely.

RM-X7BT in-car Bluetooth® commander will roll out from Summer 2016.

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Ben Schoon

Ben is a tech geek who co-founded YourTechExplained in 2016. Constantly switching between devices that literally surround him, he can be found reviewing the latest smartphones around the web.