After a plethora of Xperia Z flagships, Sony has finally unleashed a new line of Xperia smartphones. The company, seeing a better future with “X” instead of a “Z”, has unveiled three power-packed phones with some mind-boggling capabilities: Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia X Performance. All three, fitting in different price brackets, are set to debut in the across different markets. However, in Singapore, only the first two, Xperia X and XA are making their way.
Since both beauties look pretty much identical, buyers are feeling the tedium of marking out differences. Xperia X or XA? What’s different between the two? Well, let’s help you out. Apart from look and feel, everything else is different between Sony’s X series phones. Innards, displays, and a number of tweaks mark a thick line where X and XA part ways. Even their pricing, Xperia XA at SGD 299 and Xperia X at a hefty SGD 639, reveals how big the difference is. To clear this up further, let’s take them head to head:
Design and Build
Following the likes of Xperia Z5, both Xperia X and XA flaunt a charming form-factor with the same Xperia aesthetics. Both phones, apart from some minor tweaks, look more or less identical to each other. Xperia XA, the younger sibling, features the circular power button and instantly reminds us of older Xperia family. It boasts curved edges and large bezels, but retains the same “stretched” form-factor we’ve been seeing all these years.
The high-end Xperia X is also no different, at least in terms of form-factor. The handset packs a premium finish with continuous edging, flaunts a fingerprint scanner integrated power button instead of that circular button, and doesn’t incorporate an end-to-end stretched display as seen on Xperia XA. It ships with 2.5D curved glass with olephobic coating, and features slender bezels, adding a dash of class and premiumness.
On whole, both phones look good, but differ with some minor but important tweaks!
As for visual experience, everything else, apart from screen size, differs between Xperia XA and X. The mid-ranger packs a 5-inch HD IPS display with 294 pixels per inch, while its elder sibling sports one of the best full-HD LCDs with 441 pixels per inch. They both phones promise vivid output with good viewing angles, but in our opinion, the Triluminos display bundled with Xperia X is far better, especially when it comes to gaming and binge watching. It endows lifelike visuals with fine details, and is definitely at par, if not better than Quad-HD panels!
Performance and internals
If you’re shopping for performance, Xperia X is the player you’ve been looking for. The mind-boggling handset ships with Snapdragon 650 hexa-core SoC, and pairs up with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 510 GPU for seamless multi-tasking and top-load gaming. It delivers top-end performance without lags or thermal issues, and outperforms most low-to-high-end phones offering strong internals on paper. You can play games long-hours and get the best out of this beast without any snafus!
Sony Xperia XA Dual, on the other side, packs MediaTek’s latest Helio P10 octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM and Mali-T86-MP2 GPU. The processor bundled with this handset runs at 2.0 GHz, and makes an ideal package for moderate users with enough power in store for occasion graphic-intensive gaming and hefty usage!
Sony offers Xperia X and XA with a fresh look and a slew of feature upgrades on the top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Sony completes the material design interface with a mix of Google’s and its own design flourishes. It boasts four new skins with updated lock screens, wallpaper, and widgets, and delivers seamless performance with snappy performance, all thanks to effective hardware software optimization.
In addition to this, it is also worthy to note that Sony brings an iteration of its “Play” services with improved performance and a better experience. These apps certainly increase bloatware, but at the end of the day, they’re quite useful.
For photography, Sony Xperia X and Sony Xperia XA Dual both feature meticulously crafted cameras. The elder sibling comes with a 23-megapixel rear autofocus shooter bundled with f/2.0 aperture and Exmor RS sensor. It delivers sharp and crispy images in all environments, and is equally supported by a 13-megapixel selfie camera packed with f/2.0 aperture and 1/3” sensor size. On the ends, the camera of this handsets produces picture-perfect shots with excellent focus speed and minimal noise.
The camera of Xperia XA is not at par with Xperia X, but is good enough to cater your needs. The dual-SIM based handset uses a 13-megapixel sensor at the back with a slew of features such as, geo-tagging, face detection, touch-focus, HDR, and panorama. It misses Exmor RS sensor, but easily outperforms other players in the same price bracket. Added to this, on the other side, it comes with an 8-megapixel selfie-camera that offers enhanced pixel count for delivering vibrant, vivid and highly detailed group shots!
With a marginal difference in capacities, Xperia X and XA hold sufficient juice for at least an entire day after frequent calling, gaming, social networking and multi-tasking. The former ships with a 2,620 mAh battery, while the later houses a touch smaller 2,300 mAh battery. They both fail to take on leading players with big battery, but thanks to Marshmallow and Sony’s smart power saving mode, running out of power is not on the list of concerns!
In the end, the difference is quite clear. Xperia XA with mid-ranger specs and a price just around 20k makes an ideal sub-25k smartphone, while elder sibling with high-end internals sits in the mid-to-high-end category. However, we did not like Sony’s pricing strategy for Xperia X. INR 49k for a Snapdragon 650 equipped device is just non-sensual, especially when you have the likes of Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s to choose from in the same price bracket.