3 ways the Xperia X Performance improves upon the Xperia X

IDG.TV | Jul 6, 2016

A quick comparison of Sony's mid-ranger and high-ender.

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Sony has been a relative no-show in the smartphone scene for the last few years, and the recent release of the mid-range -- and frankly crappy -- Xperia X hasn't done anything to improve the company's fortunes. But now Sony has released the Xperia X Performance, which has all the high-end specs that Sony needs to compete with the big dogs.

Will it be enough to pull Sony out of its smartphone rut? You'll have to wait for the full review for our final assessment. For now, I give you three features that *should* make the Xperia X Performance a better phone than its mid-range counterpart.

Snapdragon 820

Unlike the mid-range Xperia X, the Xperia X Performance runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. It's the same chip that's inside all the latest Android phones, including the Galaxy S7, HTC 10, and LG G5.

It’s nice to see the Xperia X Performance playing alongside its competitors, but can it outrun them? We’ll determine that in the final review.

2. Waterproofing

Sony used to be the brand you went to first if you wanted a water-resistant Android smartphone, but it seems to have abandoned that particular marketing point once its competitors started offering waterproofing too.

Weirdly, only one of three Xperia X devices is water-resistant this year, and that’s the Xperia X Performance. And it’s appreciated, considering there’s lots of precious hardware to protect on the inside.

3. Better battery life

Unfortunately, I haven’t yet had a chance to put the Xperia X Performance through its paces. However, based on its slightly larger battery pack—2700mAh compared to 2620mAh—the battery should outlast what the Xperia X can offer.

Now, will the Xperia X Performance outlast the competition? And will it help Sony redemm itself in the smartphone space? I’ll have full details in the full review. Stay tuned.
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