Set to be officially introduced in Malaysia tomorrow on 8 June, Sony Malaysia – oddly enough – has revealed the local pricing of the Xperia X early. Set to go for a whopping RM2,499, it is priced like a flagship smartphone even though its hardware is that of a mid-range device.
Aside from the high asking price, Sony Malaysia also mentioned that the Xperia X is currently available for pre-order.
However, the company’s online store shows that all four colour choices of the Xperia X are out of stock; this may simply be an error, although there is a chance the devices are truly sold out in a short period of time. (Update: all colour variants of the Xperia X is now available.) Also, it’s unclear if it’s possible to pre-order the Xperia X from retail stores.
According to Sony Malaysia’s listing of the Xperia X, those who pre-order the device will receive several freebies, including a Sony Style Cover, a screen protector for the smartphone, and a 64GB “SD card”; chances are, this is actually a microSD card for the Xperia X. This promotion will be valid until the 14th of June.
Sony Malaysia’s decision to price the Xperia X at RM2,499 is quite odd, considering the fact that it’s not even the highest-end device in the lineup. That title goes to the Xperia X Performance, which is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor instead of the Xperia X’s slower Snapdragon 650 chipset. That is not to say the Snapdragon 650 isn’t a good processor; we actually quite liked it in our review of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.
The Sony Xperia X series will be launched in Malaysia tomorrow on the 8th of June 2016; those who are keen to check out the Xperia X for themselves can also register for a sneak preview of the smartphone on 12 June here. Seeing how the mid-range Xperia X is retailing in the RM2,000 price range, we wonder how much the more affordable Xperia XA will be priced at, not to mention the third “yet to be revealed device” in the series.