Sony Xperia X Performance Launched With Snapdragon 820 At MWC

The Xperia X Performance is essentially an Xperia Z in a compact form factor and amped up appeal.

Sony has always known to take the road less travelled and continues to do so. While most manufacturers are trying to push the boundaries of screen real estate by introducing phones with over 5.5-inch screens, Sony is dialing back to the 5-inch form factor. The smartphone maker unveiled 3 new devices at the Mobile World Congress today: The Xperia X Performance, Xperia X and the Xperia XA.

Sony Xperia X Performance: Going for the glory

The Xperia X Performance is essentially an Xperia Z in a compact form factor and amped up appeal. The back of the Xperia X Performance features brushed metal instead of the Gorilla Glass generally featured in the Z line up. We actually prefer brushed metal over glass since it is relatively less slippery. It also features IP68 rating which attests that the device is dust and water resistant.

The Xperia X Performance comes with a 5-inch Triluminous 1080p display which tops out at a pixel density of 441ppi. The handset is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC which feature four custom Kryo cores that can take on almost any top end processor in the market currently. There is 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with the option to expand it further using microSD cards.

The rear camera is Sony’s latest 23MP unit with Predictive Hybrid AF, while the front camera is a more conventional 13MP shooter. The rear camera is capable of recording in 2160p at 30fps. It will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, skinned with Sony’s own custom UI. Audiophiles also have a reason to rejoice because Sony has added support for Hi-Res audio, DSEE HX and LDAC along with stereo speakers for those of you who still play their music loud.

We feel that Sony is finally finding its way back home after a long tome. If they could price this right and provide adequate software support, then they may very well be on their way to glory.