The Sony X Performance is the turbo-charged version of the Xperia X. Sony has packed more processing power into the Performance, with speedier LTE 4G connectivity and a slightly bigger battery.
Sony X Performance has an aluminum body with rounded edges, and it is super-comfortable to hold, with a satisfying weight and solidity. There’s a brushed effect on the metallic back panel. It does not mark a major departure from Sony’s Xperia Z line-up in terms of design, though the Sony has ditched the glass back and decided that a 5-inch 1080p display is enough.
This is a powerful smartphone that comes out with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core 64-bit processor under the hood backed by 3 gigabyte of RAM. It’s running the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow along with Sony’s light user interface on top and a smattering of Sony apps. It’ll feel familiar to any Android user, but Sony has added a customizable app menu and search box that is accessible by swiping down in the middle of the screen. Storage is 32 gigabyte, but there is a MicroSD card slot for expansion by up to 200 gigabytes.
Sony talked up the speed up of the 23MP main camera, and the X Performance retains a dedicated physical cam key. A soft press on the key enables you to focus, and a harder press takes a shot. It’s very fast, and you can pivot and take a photo with no sign of blur. The front-facing camera is rated at 13-megapixels.
The X Performance retails for $700.