Introducing the Sony Xperia™ X phone.
This is one of the latest models that Sony is offering. It’s got five-inch full HD display with curved glass edges and a powerful mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor and 3GB of RAM. The back camera’s has a 23-megapixel with new hybrid autofocus technology but on the front-facing selfie camera is the same 13-megapixel shooter. The X comes with 64GB and have microSD card slots for storage expansion. Lastly, it comes with a non-removable 2,620 mAh battery and the total weight is just 152g.
The display screen is using IPS LCD 16M colours with 69.6% screen-to-body ratio with a Full HD Resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels which roughly equals to 441 ppi pixel density which is more than apple’s retina of 300ppi. It has some kind of scratch-resistant but it’s not the usual gorilla glass protection.
Sony has included some of it’s technology into this phone: TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, X-Reality for mobile & Dynamic Contrast Enhancement.
TRILUMINOS Display for mobile technology enables the display to show a wider range of colours and by using quantum dots it has a 50 percent larger colour gamut than a conventional LCD panel.
X-Reality for mobile assist to improves the viewing quality of photos and videos after you take them, which allows clearer, sharper and more natural images.
Dynamic Contrast Enhancement to control the contrast using Sony’s own enhancement.Link for more info on Sony display technologies.
The phone is designed in a seamless full-metal back which includes a lock screen with the same colour tone. It’s not certified to be IP68 water but I found someone doing a water test and was able to use it after dipping in water for 2 whole minutes YMMV.
The fingerprint sensor is located at the side of the phone and is shared with the power key. It is also recessed in to prevent unwanted pressing of the button. The sensor is quite accurate and unlocks the phone quite fast. I’ve tried it using weird angles of my finger and every single time it got recognized.
Located south of the power key is the volume up/down rocker. It doesn’t feel natural when pressing the buttons as most of other phones volume rocker are located near the top of the phone or even at the back.
The last button is dedicated for the camera shutter key. It’s really fast to snap a picture after taking the phone out of my pocket.
Xperia X comes with a 23 MP camera 1/2.3″ Exmor RS sensor, Quick launch , Predictive Hybrid AF, 5x Clear Image Zoom, 24mm G Lens F2.0, Low-light photography: ISO 12800 , Full HD 1080p Video Recording and for the front a 13 MP sensor, f/2.0 lens with 1080p@30fps video.
Most of the phone’s weight comes from the battery. In this case the 2620mAh battery. It’s quite a low capacity comparing to other models but using Sony’s Smart Battery Management it can last longer than a day. It comes with Qnovo Adaptive Charging. More about Qnovo Adaptive Charging on this link
There are two modes that you can choose from in the battery settings.
STAMINA mode and Ultra STAMINA mode. It could be a life saver when you are out for the whole day and you forgot to pack a portable charger or you forgot to charge before leaving your house.
Sony has included a few software to compliment the Hi-Res Audio chipset.
DSEE HX / ClearAudio+
DSEE, which stands for Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, is a technology developed by Sony, to enhance the sound quality of compressed audio files by restoring high-range sound removed by the compression process.
ClearAudio+ is a special sound field that detects a music tract that the user is currently playing, then selects the best sound field to deliver the best possible sound listening experience. Hence, you may hear a different sound effect whenever a tract with a different audio format is played.
And finally they have included an Automatic optimization mode which will analyze your music preference and optimized the sound experience.
GPS signal locked is quite fast. I was able to get it even indoors.
I did a 3DMark Sling Shot benchmark test and it scored 1321 which is quite decent for playing the latest games.
Screenshot of HIT one of the latest graphic intense game on Google Play store
The best feature of Xperia X is the camera. It is using the latest Sony Exmor RS 23MP Exmor RS Sensor. With a high sensitive 1/2.3″ for low noise shots and aperture F2.0 for low light conditions. Sony has also included the BIONZ processor. BIONZ for mobile is a very intelligent processing engine running many algorithms.
There’s the Sony Predictive Hybrid Autofocus. it works really well most of the time. You have to touch on the area that you want to focus on and a yellow box will auto appear around that area. it’s good for still images and minimum movement. But it’s not able to focus well on moving vehicles. it does help reduce blur for taking humans photos.
A scenery shot from my window.
Morning fog with sunrise
A close up shot of a brown cat eating kibble.
A shot of a bridge in sunny condition
A carousel in a middle of a busy mall
A piping hot soup
Left Xperia X, Middle LG G3, Right OnePlus3
As you can see Xperia X photo is more vivid and the details are more sharp.
Overall the camera work really well and is quite easy to take amazing shots using it’s Superior auto function.