• Display: 5.0-inch (FHD)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 650
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi, Dual-sim, NFC
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB expandable with microSD
  • Operating System: Android 6.0.1
  • Camera: 23MP (rear), 13MP (front)
  • Dimensions: 142.7mm x 69.4mm x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 153g
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Beautiful display
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark Icestorm Unlimited: 15,622 points
  • PC Mark Work: 4,469 points
  • Antutu: 52,457 points

A Great Xperience

Smartphones are now a staple in everyday life. You’d find it hard pressed to find someone in this age who doesn’t own a smartphone. Every few months a new smartphone would pop up with new features, better hardware and each targeting a certain market, ranging from selfie lovers and hobby photographers to those who need a lot of battery life on a budget.

First off we want to say how beautiful the display is, which can attributed to Sony’s TRILUMINOS Display that sports their Bravia TV technologies. The colours are vivid and bright and the only thing we wished from it was just a teensy slightly bit more contrast, but take it with a grain of salt because we’re just being overly fussy, the display is truly outstanding paired with the curved glass that reach the edges, the Xperia X is also aesthetically pleasing.

When it comes to performance the SnapDragon 650 and 3GB of RAM definitely does it job, providing a smooth and lag-free user experience. Swiping through menus is fluid whilst apps launched started up very quickly and we have nothing to complain about. The overall design of the Xperia X is simplistic yet beautiful, and due to its shape it fits perfectly in hand comfortably and works great even with single-handed operation.

Furthermore, for those who love taking photos and selfies, the Sony Xperia X doesn’t disappoint with a 23MP rear camera and 13MP front camera. The Xperia X gives you the feeling of holding an actual camera by giving you a dedicated shutter button which also acts as a quick launch button for the camera. Just tap the shutter button twice in quick succession and it’ll bring up the camera app in a single second, so you won’t miss any important shots to fumbling around for the camera app.

The Xperia X takes great pictures especially in good lighting, and the autofocus is able to track and stay focus even on a moving object. Whilst for those who love selfies, the 13MP camera definitely suffices and Sony’s low-light sensors also made taking photos in variable lighting conditions less of a chore.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Sony Xperia X is a beautifully made phone that rings all the bells, from its colourful display to its fast autofocus, the Xperia X is definitely a phone worth owning.

(previously published in issue November 2016)