Sony’s 2016er flagship Xperia X like the test with a sleek aluminum case and special music features. One looks in vain for genuine unique selling points that keep the competition at a distance. Enough in 2016 to the top Smartphone?
The comparison with the previous Xperia Z5 shows a smaller display, which has fallen from 5.2 to 5 inches. While the resolution remains unchanged at 1920 x 1080 pixels. The quality of the LCD is Sony-typically very good. For the first time, the Japanese put on a glass front, which is rounded at the edges – a so-called 2.5 D glass that soft makes the transition to the metal frame. Due to the smaller display, also the housing is relatively compact: 143 x 72 x 7.9 mm the Xperia X is slightly better in the hand than its predecessor (146 x 72 x 7.3 mm). The back is no longer made of glass and aluminium sloping down slightly as well as the glass on the front towards the edges.
The round design and liberal use of aluminum make the Xperia X a tactile delicacy, which ergonomically perfectly adapts itself to the hand. In direct comparison with the Z5 also small detail changes stand out: the camera lens is now slightly protruding from the housing, the cover for nano-SIM and micro-SD is smaller. Processing of both models is excellent, the Xperia x Sony but forgoes an IP certification, the Smartphone is no longer waterproof. This is a disadvantage compared to competitors such as Samsung’s Galaxy S7.
The middle-class SoC Snapdragon 650 serves as a processor (SoC stands for system-on-a-chip), which was introduced to early 2015 and is rarely in smartphones. The 6 Kerner achieves a performance that is comparable to the last year’s top model Snapdragon 810 under load. Combined with 3 GB memory and a powerful graphics processor (Adreno 510) is guaranteed a fluid user experience for graphically intensive applications.
However, performance can not match with other champions such as the iPhone 6 s plus (Apple A9), HTC 10 (Snapdragon 820) and the Galaxy S7 (Exynos 8890). The performance differences are visible at the moment only in benchmarks, but maybe they make noticeable in everyday life in half a year, with a new version of Android and more demanding apps. In any case, it should be noted that other upper-class Smartphones have more to offer.
Many musical tools
Sony was always a good address for music lovers, and the Xperia X is no exception. In addition to the excellent sound convincing even the Extras, sound improvements such as clear audio + (automatic tuning of sound settings) and DSEE HX (optimizes the sound of MP3 and AAC files) supported up to play lossless audio formats such as FLAC and a Jack, the digital noise cancelling headphones. These do not belong to the scope of delivery, normal in-ears, providing a class common quality have been enclosed.
Newly added the Xperia x is an individual sound profile that is automatically tailored to the connected headphones and the listening habits of the user. We have not noticed but significant impact, the approach of HTC and Samsung, which create such a profile using a simple hearing test appears promising.
How a cast
The Xperia X runs the latest Android version 6.0.1, an update on the upcoming Android Version N, which is expected in autumn 2016, is virtually certain, because Sony is known for a particularly good software support. This is because that the Japanese only yet carefully customize the user interface and instead strongly based on the native Android design. So holds the programming effort within limits, when Google released a new version.
The few extras that implements Sony, are a real asset to the Android system. An introduction Assistant makes it easy to Sony and Android – beginners to meet the specific requirements of the system and the Smartphones. In addition, a well-crafted news app on all news keeps up to date. While the surface is, perfectly matched the design and color of the Smartphone what ensures a harmonious user experience – it manages as well as any other manufacturer Sony.
Less like the many preloaded apps have, among other Amazon shopping and sky go. You can be unfortunately unable to uninstall, just turn off. Although just 19 GB are available from the 32 GB, this circumstance does not in storage needs is a because can easily be added via Microsd.
The Z5 camera announced
Sony uses, such as in the previous Xperia Z5 on the 23-megapixel sensor IMX230, by a wide-angle-24 mm focal length and a f2. 0-aperture is flanked. The image quality is identical in principle with the Z5, meaning: not quite match up the top tier to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6 s the X model. Especially when shooting low-light, the noise ratio is much higher than when the above competitors. In the automatic mode, you have the choice between 23 and 8 mega pixels, the latter is recommended for Lowlight images, because then the noise is lower. Even with a high contrast range meets the camera limits: burn out bright areas relatively early – if about shooting a person with white shirt in the Sun, which has textile almost no drawing.
Great pictures succeed, however, in less difficult light conditions. Here, the camera can fully play its great strength – high resolution – and well represents fine structures. Also worth highlighting: autofocus and shutter to react without delay.
Liked have the Sony typical extra button for the camera that puts the operation close to a real camera, and the powerful 13-megapixel front camera, of Selfies succeed in very good quality. The much advertised predictive autofocus, which comes with action-packed scenes in the game is new: he calculates the path of a fast-moving subject ahead and thus reducing motion blur – but only if the subject is very fast and relatively close to the camera, for example, if a dog directly to the photographer.
Endurance and measurements
The appearance in the test lab was convincing by the Bank. The radio properties are outstanding in the UMTS and LTE network, typical endurance by 7:39 hours is also above the average – a day with no power outlet is not a problem for the Xperia X, under certain circumstances, even one and a half days are in it. Unfortunately Sony dispenses with a quick charge feature, it takes about 2:15 hours, until the 2620 mAh powerful battery is filled. For the Japanese integrate special software of Qnovo that so carefully controls the charging process, delaying the natural ageing process of the batteries.
This is an added value, because the battery is built-in and can not simply be replaced. A unique feature that keeps the competition at a distance, but it isn’t.
And a stale aftertaste will remain so despite the very good test results: compared with the predecessor is hardly a development. Who doesn’t bother to remember, you will get an exceptionally good and stylish Smartphone with the X.
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