Post updated February 23rd, 2016 at 12:08 am
Sony has reimagined its Xperia line of smartphones with the new X series. It is difficult to tell if this will be replacing the current flagship line of phones, but the hinted specifications of the Xperia X Performance seems to indicate that this is the case.
The Xperia X series comes in three varieties, the regular Xperia X, the premium Xperia X Performance, and the mid-range Xperia XA. All three smartphones are equipped with Qnovo’s adaptive charging technology, which supposedly tracks battery usage and provides up to two days of battery life.
The Xperia X occupies the middle ground in the series, although it shares the 5-inch Full HD display and 3GB RAM as the Xperia X Performance. The processor is dropped to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650. Storage options also differ according to SIM variants. The single SIM version tops out at 32GB, while the dual SIM variant goes up to 64GB. It also supports the same kinds of microSD cards as the higher end Xperia X Performance.
Finally, the Xperia XA maintains the 5-inch form factor as its brethren but drops the display down to 720p. It also drops the RAM down to 2GB and storage down to 16GB (although it also supports microSD cards). Powering the device is a Mediatek MT6755, which is a significant step down compared to the other two Xperia X phones.
Sony is also leveraging its work with camera technology for the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance, has included Predictive Hybrid auto-focus technology in the cameras. Both these cameras share the same 23MP camera on the back, which features a 24mm wide angle F/2.0 G lens.
The top of the line Xperia X Premium has a 5-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS display powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor and 3GB RAM. It seems to have only one storage option at 32GB, although the Sony Mobile page helpfully breaks this down based on how much space Android 6.0 takes up. That being said, Sony has included a microSD card expansion slot with support for cards up to 200GB.
All three devices will be appearing in four colours: White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose Gold. They are scheduled for a release in the Summer of 2016, and no price has been announced yet.