Sony reached a middleground between Xperia Z and M at Mobile World Congress, presenting a final result that is big on features but (presumably) low on price: Xperia X with X Performance, the more sophisticated (and pricy) brother.
Between the 5-inch, 1080p display and brushed metal body of the X Performance, resides a Snapdragon 820 chip that is bound to give a big boost to performance, 2,700mAh battery, 3GB of RAM and 32/64GB of storage, with microSD expandability. The Xperia X is similar in display but works on Snapdragon 650 processor and is not waterproof. Oh, did we forgot to mention that?
Yes, the X Performance can be taken underwater for up to 30 minutes, at one metre deep.
There’s a lot to say for camera capabilities, too. Sony has updated the 23- megapixel Exmor RS sensor, so much so that you can comfortably take your smartphone camera instead of your professional DSLR for casual shoots. The motion-tracking autofocus feature means you can capture moments from the skate park or your dog’s playful times in-focus. Once you’ve set the focus, it follows the subject’s movements. Moreover, Sony has thought about the millions of users who love to share selfies and moved up the front sensor of the camera to 13-megapixels for increased sharpness.
You will also notice the fingerprint scanner for biometric security and the lighter UI with modern icons. It’s not an easy-to-refuse mobile phone, so we’ll keep you posted on the exact release dates and prices, as soon as they are made public.