Sony has presented the new top model Xperia X at MWC that has technically to offer nothing new, but impresses with a stylish design. Costs as well as the mid-range model Xperia XA, which looks like a premium Smartphone, but only half as much. Connect could take both in hand, here a first test.
- Sony Xperia X in the first test
- Sony Xperia X performance and XA + official video
Before we get to the devices, a few words into the name for which is explained. Why of the change from Z to X? Why not Xperia Z6? Asked about, Susanne Burgdorf explains spokeswoman Sony Mobile Germany: “The X writes to our new brand strategy, which is to enrich the lives of people through intelligent communication”.
The typical PR acid? No, lots of smart accessories has been shown as parallel to Xperia X and XA, which is equipped with all kinds of sensors, including the Bluetooth headset Xperia ear, that automatically the latest news from the phone whisper the user, if he put it in the ear. Sony transmits the Xperia brand so on his accessories and puts the Smartphone at the same time in the center of a whole ecosystem of hardware – the X makes so sense. With this strategy the Japanese are not alone, on the contrary, it marks one of the key trends at the MWC 2016: the phone plays the main role may continue, but no longer the sole role, it will see LG (G5 and friends) and Samsung (gear) at the heart of larger equipment platforms that just rebuild the manufacturer.
The Xperia X is a round thing
Should that Xperia the EIA is 599 Euro – X in 4 colours (white, black, gold, Rosé) come on the market, and therefore lower than in the previous Xperia Z5, only since October 2015 is available 100 euro in may 2016. The technical equipment has been improved only in a few places, about the front camera, which now take photos with 13 instead of 5 mega pixel, what significantly enhances Selfies. The main camera Sony has the auto focus optimized so that it automatically detects moving objects and in advance the nearest position is that calculated and that sharp. This makes it possible, for example, consistently focus of suitable vehicles also when taking shots. Well try out you couldn’t but still, the software on the pre production models was unstable.
The display shrunk, is 5.2 inches to 5 inches, the resolution remains unchanged at 1920 x 1080 pixels. The quality of the LCD is Sony-typically very good, it looks very bright strong, high-contrast and viewing angle-stable. Due to the smaller screen, the housing is compact, with 143 x 72 x 7.9 mm the Xperia X is better in the hand than its predecessor (146 x 72 x 7.3 mm). Being responsible but mainly the modified design: first Sony sets so-called 2,5D-Glas, which makes the transition pleasantly soft to the metal frame on glass, which is rounded at the edges. The back is made of aluminium, also slightly sloping toward the edges.
We were surprised how much this Designkniff affects the overall impression. The Xperia X is much more compact and more stable than its predecessor and it adapts ergonomically perfect hand. If both models side by side, many small detail changes stand out: the camera lens protrudes slightly out of the housing, the cover for nano-SIM and micro SD has shrunk significantly. More information in our picture gallery.
Under the display no longer Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 model works, but is the middle-class SoC Snapdragon 650, which was introduced to early 2015 and rarely in smartphones. About performance, you should but don’t worry. The 6 Kerner reached one under load quite the 810s comparable performance, which is that the two more cores in the modern ARM design cortex A72 are made, while the 810 still with the older A57 runs. While the processor change is transparent, look at the battery ensures lack of understanding: Sony dispensed further on the Wireless-charging standard Qi and reduced on top of that the capacity of 2900 on 2620 mAh. Too bad also that this time an IP can is missing, the Xperia X is not so waterproof.
The Xperia X provides especially design improvements, technical innovations are missing – and that could be a problem for Sony. Because while the flagships by Samsung and LG with curved OLEDs and modular concept newly explore the technical limits, the Japanese are confined to simple model care.
The two sister models Sony Xperia X were also shown at MWC performance and Sony Xperia XA. The Xperia X performance is, as the name suggests, more motorized, it runs with the new Qualcomm flagship Snapdragon 820, which supports also the fast LTE standard Cat 9. But all other specifications and the design are identical with the Xperia X. Because a market launch in Germany is not planned, we want to treat this model here does not continue.
The Xperia XA, which is referred to by Sony as “Super middle” and end of may for 299 euro will be sold at us is exciting. The Smartphone is the flagship has very similar to, but a display that almost left and right ranges to the edge – it looks really good! It is the same size as the X and also comes with 2,5D-Glas on the front, the back is however made from plastic and not metal. We were amazed, how high quality the mid-range model still works, design and feel actually convey a premium feel.
Interesting detail on the edge: how us Sony spokeswoman Susanne Burgdorf said, wanted to also run the display at the Xperia X up to the edge, it could not implement technically but, because the fingerprint sensor blocks the place on the page. Not only this sensor is missing the XA, Sony has set the red pen yet in other places: the resolution of the 5-inch display shrinks to 1280 x 720 pixels, the camera creates maximum 13 megapixel and the processor comes not from Qualcomm, but by MediaTek (Helio P10). Even though the Xperia XA thus technically not with the competition from China can keep – just think of the honor 5 X full-HD display with fingerprint sensor for 230 euro-, it’s promising high-quality designs alone due to it.
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