Mobile Sony Xperia X Series at MWC 2016

Published on February 25th, 2016 | by Yasser Masood

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Sony Mobile reimagines Xperia line with new X series

Sony Mobile took the opening day of Mobile World Congress 2016 with the re-imaging of the Xperia brand for the coming years. The announcement also included the unveiling of the new X Series smartphone that will debut as the following models: Xperia X Performance, Xperia X, and Xperia XA.

We managed to get our hands-on with some of the units at their MWC booth. Turns out that with their new brand for the Xperia, Sony Mobile is also focusing on 3 pillars for the X Series line: Camera, Power, and Design.

Improved Camera Optics

Sony’s EXMOR camera tech is featured in many of their standalone digital and DSLR cameras. Bringing it to X series smartphones with many improvements is a no-brainer. If there’s one problem that users face, it’s always blurriness when taking photos. The Xperia XA comes with a Hybrid Autofocus to help freeze shots with blur-free disturbance.

The Xperia X and X Performance come with the new Predictive Hybrid Autofocus – just tap and hold on the object from the camera app and it’ll keep it in focus regardless of its movement pattern. This was made with the engineers who design the Sony A-series DSLRs, so you know that you’ve got some level of DSLR performance in your pocket with the X and X Performance.

Xperia Design

Keeping it clean and flush is the norm with smartphones, and Sony is following that same principle with the X Series. They come with an edge-to-edge screen design with bezels thin enough to match a standard human hair. The metal chassis for the phones come in different colours (based on the X Series model), keeping it seamless so that it’s smooth when holding it in your hands. All the models have a curved glass display and a premium finish, so that it fits well in the palm of your hands.

Maximising Power Usage

It may be a dream come true, but Sony Mobile is pushing the battery endurance race with up to 2 days of usage. Sounds far-fetched? Sony Mobile is pulling this off with both hardware and software level optimizations for the Xperia X series. Their STAMINA mode comes with different throttling levels to optimise power usage on the X series, which would explain how it would pull off a two-day usage scenario.

The Qualcomm SnapDragon SoC chips for the Xperia X and X Performance come with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, that looks to speed up the charging rate when there are bigger batteries being packed.

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The new line of Xperia X series smartphones are by 64-bit SoC chips for fast performance on the move, can be upgraded by microSD (up to 200GB), will be operated with Android M, support dual SIM use, and support the latest wireless connectivity standards.

Pricing and release dates for the Middle East haven’t been announced.

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