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Meet the Sony Xperia X, the 'next-generation' of Xperia phones

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Sony Xperia X

For years, Sony Mobile has peddled more of the same, but 2016 could mark a welcome turning point with the X series.

Sony has launched two new smartphones – the Sony Xperia X and Xperia XA – at today's MWC 2016 press conference.

The handsets are the first in the ‘X’ line-up, and purportedly feature “next-generation technologies in camera, battery, and design”.

Sony Xperia X and Xperia XA specs & features

Sony hasn’t detailed much in the way of specs just yet, but here’s what we do know.

Like some of its rivals, Sony has opted for a curved-glass display that’s set within a rounded continuous frame. It’s the same design story across both the Xperia X and Xperia XA.

The Xperia X also features several camera upgrades, the most interesting of which is called Predictive Hybrid Autofocus. That means you can select a subject, and the phone will predict its motion. The end result should be a photograph of a moving object in focus, minus the blur.

Sony has also improved the battery, with claims of two-day battery life thanks to smart power management features.

But what’s the performance like? Well the Xperia X ships with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor – that’s an upper mid-range chipset, and is actually the Snapdragon 618 under a new name. Unfortunately, we won’t know how well it performs until we get a good stint of hands-on with the device.

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“Sony Mobile will continue to create increasingly personalized and intelligent products and services that empower you to do more, and live more creatively than ever,” says Hiroki Totoki, Sony Mobile President and CEO.

Totoki continues: “We want to change how you access information and interact with friends and family in a closer, natural and more meaningful way.”

The Xperia X and XA are available with a range of matching Style Covers, and the handsets ship in a number of hues: White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold, and Rose Gold.

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Sony has confirmed that the devices will starting shipping in ‘Summer 2016’, although exact pricing and availability has yet to be announced.

What do you think of the Sony Xperia X and Xperia XA? Let us know in the comments.

MattMe

February 22, 2016, 9:38 am

So these are mid-range versions of the Z range?

aseuss

February 23, 2016, 1:27 am

I personally liked the glass and plastic design of the Z series better, and I'm not sure why all-metal designs are supposed to mean 'premium' design. But I think Sony's turn toward all-metal signifies that it is willing to experiment more and take some risks at its Mobile unit. This is a good sign because Sony in many ways has neglected its Xperia brand and some writers thought Sony would sell the brand. With an entire new line of phones and a new factory (announced last fall), it seems that Sony is beginning to take smartphones seriously again.

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