This morning Sony has launched the Xperia X series of Android smartphones, the first couple of which, the Sony Xperia X and Xperia XA, places them firmly in the mid-range. Not a lot is known about the internals, but Sony has emphasized that these phones feature “next-generation technologies in camera, battery, and design”.
What we do know is that Sony has opted for a curved-glass display that’s set within a rounded continuous frame. It’s the same design story across both the Xperia X and Xperia XA. The Xperia X also features several camera upgrades, the most interesting of which is called Predictive Hybrid Autofocus. That means you can select a subject, and the phone will predict its motion. The end result should be a photograph of a moving object in focus, minus the blur.
Sony also claims both devices feature a two-day battery life" thanks to smart power management features". Under the hood, the Xperia X ships with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor – that places it in the upper mid-range, and is actually the Snapdragon 618 under a new name.
There are currently no details on pricing or other specifications, but we'll update this post as they become public.
For those wanting a bit more under the hood, Sony also announced the Xperia X Performance, packing a Qualcomm 820 SoC and a 2700 mAh battery to support Sony's now standard two-day battery life promise, coupling smart battery management tech with Qnovo’s Adaptive Charging, which the company says will double the lifespan of the embedded unit.
It features a 23 MP rear shooter with a 13 MP camera up front, 3 GB of RAM, up to 32 GB of storage, and a microSD slot for expansion. There's also a fingerprint scanner mounted on the side, continuous color on both the back and the front, and high-res audio support with a dedicated DAC.
The Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA will be available starting in June in White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose Gold, with each color having the Style Covers to match.
Sony also announced the Xperia Ear, an earpiece that informs you of your schedule, news and weather. It responds to voice commands, so you can tell it to make calls, make an Internet search or navigate to a location. If you're worried about it chafing after wearing it for a full day, fret not -- the Ear uses soft silicone and is designed for all-day wear. The Xperia Ear will be available this summer.