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Sony Should Have Just Combined the Xperia X and the Xperia XA

Sony announced a new line-up of smartphones at the Mobile World Congress: the Xperia X Performance, Xperia X, and the Xperia XA. There wasn’t a demo unit of the X Performance available at the exhibition floor so we were only able to play around with the X and the XA. Our initial verdict after spending close to an hour with both phones? Sony should have just made one device by combining the best that both the X and XA had to offer. If they did that then they would have had one of the most compelling and attractive mid-range offerings in the market today.

The Sony Xperia X
The Sony Xperia X

Here’s the thing. The Sony Xperia X has better specifications. It has a full HD display (vs HD of Xperia XA), runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor with 3GB RAM (vs Mediatek MT6755 processor and 2GB RAM), and a 23MP primary snapper (vs 13MP). While it has superior specs, the puzzling thing is that the Sony Xperia X looks less premium than the Xperia XA. For some reason, Sony decided to give the edge-to-edge screen to the lower priced and lower spec’ed Sony Xperia XA.

The Sony Xperia XA
The Sony Xperia XA

These days hardware design and aesthetics is just as important as technical specifications. Combining the power of the X with the looks of the XA would have made for a really strong mid-range offering, one that could easily pose a strong challenge the mid-range offerings of Samsung, LG, and Apple. We kinda felt that Sony missed a big opportunity here to deliver something that could have really changed the game for them.

As for the Xperia X Performance, we’ll have to hold our initial impressions for it as we never got around to playing with a unit. We just saw it during the announcement. The specifications though are a bit confusing.

What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments section below.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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9 Comments

  1. sir ang problema sa pricing mas mahal pa ang xperia x kesa lg g5.. mid range specs pero pang flagship ang price. ewan ko lng kun final nb yun. pre order price is 600 euro ang xperia x sa europe.

  2. Not possible. According to sony theu cannot use the XA design for the X and XP because they have the side mounted finger scanner which needed more space. Maybe in the future.

    1. Also if you check the latest sony financial standing playstation, cameras sensors and financial services are doing so well that what they need for xperia is presence. If people will buy the XA cause it will be a less expensive somewhat premium “edged” device that will create more presence for xperia. Something samsung did with the galaxy y years ago.

  3. here’s an nice concept that i think sony should have gone with instead.
    xperia X + waterprofing = xperia X aqua
    -spiritual successor to the promising but bug-fated xperia M5. expect to be priced similarly.

    xperia XA + waterproofing = xperia XA aqua
    -spiritual succesor to the suprisingly low (on sony’s terms) priced M4 aqua (or as i like to call it, the M5 lite)

    so you got a fairly high-spec’d midranger that’s waterproof (sony owned the whole water-resistant phone segment, now that samsung is doing it again they’ll have to spread it out to their other models), and a lower-spec’d but nicely design midranger, ALSO waterproof.

    1. Hindi lahat ng unbox readers e tulad mo na bente lang ang laman ng wallet at skyflakes ang tanghalian. Wag mong dalhin sa techblogs ang financial insecurities mo.

  4. If they did that, their x performance would have a hard time selling. Think of it like this: Instead of getting all the people that can afford the XP to buy the more profitable XP, those people will now have the option to buy a much affordable and less profitable phone.

    It’s all about the money.. I know this because I’m still studying all things about businesses.

    1. i dont know where you study business, but that’s just wrong. if that’s true, nobody would buy flagship phones. the fact that there’s a G5, a S7, a Z5, an iphone 6 when there are myriad of bang for the buck phones makes your statement invalid.

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