Say hello to the new phone sitting at the head of Sony’s class: the Xperia X Performance. It’s a heady mix of immense muscle and irresistible beauty. Powered by a blisteringly quick Qualcomm chipset backed up by a dedicated GPU, it handles HD video and processor-hungry games with nary a stutter. And it has looks to match, thanks to its 2.5D rounded glass edges and seamless brushed-metal case. Toss in a super-high-megapixel primary camera loaded with fun and practical features and you have a phone that takes a place among the cream of the Android crop.
If Looks Could Kill
A curved Full HD 5-inch display instantly sets the Xperia X Performance apart. But there’s more to its aesthetic than an eye-catching screen. The brushed-metal back feels as luxurious as it looks, and the colour spills up from the back and under the glass front for tone-on-tone elegance. You can even set the desktop background to match the hardware. All that and water-resistant, too. Feel free to give it a quick dunk. It won’t mind.
There’s a big brain beneath all that beauty, and it takes the form of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, supported by an Adreno 530 GPU and 3 GB of speedy RAM. What all this tech talk means is that the Xperia X Performance can tear through HD video and the latest games without raising a sweat. Not a player? You’ll notice the extreme speediness in everything you do, from navigating Android to surfing the Web. It’s almost as if it knows your next move before you do.
Bait for Shutterbugs
The story of the Xperia X Performance’s camera only starts with its two-dozen-million-pixel (23 MP) image sensor. Lightning-fast startup and instant autofocusing will help ensure you never miss another fleeting moment because your camera wasn’t ready. And a dedicated two-stage shutter button – just press it halfway to focus – provides the feel of a traditional camera. The 13-MP front camera, meanwhile, is calibrated to draw out details in low-light scenes. It’s perfect for late-night selfies.
A Different Approach to Battery Longevity
We’re often so concerned with how long a battery lasts before needing to be recharged that we neglect to consider whether it’ll keep lasting that long months or years down the line. Sony’s Qnovo charging system is designed to keep your battery healthy and holding a strong charge well after those first few months – potentially extending its usable life by a factor of two. And it does all this while keeping charging times at a minimum: the Quick Charger included in the box can give you over five hours of juice in just 10 minutes.
At a Glance…
- 5-inch display – This 1080p-resolution screen with 441-ppi density delivers deep blacks, vivid colours and intense clarity.
- 23-MP front camera – A boatload of pixels plus Predictive Hybrid Autofocus for shots so sharp they should come with a warning.
- 2,700-mAh battery – Plenty of power to handle your daytime duties, with enough left over to pursue any nocturnal needs.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU – A pair of dual-core processors churn through resource intensive tasks like Olympic rowers.
- Memory card expansion – Quickly add up to 200 GB of extra storage via MicroSD cards that slide into a slot you can easily access with your thumbnail.