Sony Xperia X in the Test: The New Xperia X Vs. Z5

Test verdict: What you should know

With the Xperia X Sony has done a great job with the basic virtues: the battery lasts much longer than with the Z5, the pace of work was still good despite middle-class processor. In addition, the reception is better than with the Z5. Light and shade in the camera: In terms of picture quality Sony’s can reach new X not quite up to the previous Z5. Only the Selfie camera is better in the X. Too bad: The X is not waterproof. Best price on the Internet: 247,90 euro * this product at Amazon battery life good reception good camera, order Pro long especially for Selfies sharp screen memory card slot, fingerprint sensor contra battery is not exchangeable other than Z brother not waterproof test note of the editorial 2.19 well user rating now assess on the Mobile World Congress Sony 2016 caused an unexpected. Instead of the anticipated Xperia Z5 successor presented the Japanese is a completely new range of products. With the X-series, Sony wants to stomp a Z-series. The Sony Xperia X is the first of the new series and to come on May 28 in the trade. First’s for the Xperia X in Germany by the way, the top model of the X-series. Because the more powerful Xperia X performance should not for the time being to Germany, but the technically slightly slimmed-down Xperia XA. After the check of the preliminary series device, Our site was eager as the first series specimens in the lab test would suggest. The wait is over: here are the results of the first laboratory tests!

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Sony Xperia x: small, but fine differences

 

At first glance, nothing seems to have changed. The Sony Xperia X follows same angular design, which the Japanese remain faithful since the beginning of the Z series. There are differences in detail but: so the 5-inch diagonal screen is slightly smaller than at the regular Xperia Z5. In addition, at the end of the screen glass is slightly arched. Not as extreme as in Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge, but just so that the fingers during operation can pleasantly traveling via the display. The Sony Xperia X 69 mm is also slightly narrower than the Z5 (72 mm). Overall, the Sony X is so much more comfortable in the hand as all previous Z models. The fingerprint sensor in the power button on the right side is integrated, there is also a real camera button for quick starting and throwing the camera still.

Sony Xperia x: pictures from the test

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The screen convinced Xperia X:

 

Slightly shrunken size the sharp full-HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) remains constant (441 instead of 424 ppi) resulting in comparison to the Xperia Z5 a higher image density. Thanks to the in-house Triluminos Panel, the display is very colorful, achieved top values the Xperia X measurements of color fidelity, here ahead of the Xperia Z5. For a LCD screen, also the contrast of 1430:1 is very good, almost twice as high as in the Z5. The display is bright enough to be able to recognize anything outside even in broad daylight. The extreme brightness of 700 candela per square meter promised by Sony did not reach it in the lab however, the measurement was only 527,5 candela. That’s not quite enough for very bright sunlight.

Is the Xperia X not really waterproof?

Surprising: The traditional manufacturer has removed one of the largest figureheads of the own Smartphone range, because while Samsung in the Galaxy S7 again opts for the water resistance, the Xperia X in the water flooded unprotected so it says at least officially. From manufacturer circles the rumor settled, however, hear the Xperia X was in reality just as waterproof as the Z5. It would merely sought, the warranty claims of unruly users who have used the Smartphone to extensive diving in salt water, to counteract. Our site but wanted to not leave it at rumors and dared the test: camera, an Xperia X in a glass of water went swimming with backlight on continuously. Some time itself did nothing, but after about 5 minutes the Xperia X gave up the spirit. So Sony has not lied, the Xperia X is not really waterproof. This is a shame, but not necessarily essential in everyday life. Because only a few take your Smartphone really in the bathtub or swimming pool.

The camera: Progress only on Selfies

 

Specifically, the camera was a strength of the Sony Xperia Z5. The main camera used a 23-megapixel camera module as the Z5. It raises quickly and offers a decent quality (light touch 2.54), assessing the detail in the laboratory but has the Sony Xperia Z5 (light touch 2.38) nose ahead. Improved but has the quality of the video recordings. And for the first time is also the front camera not only sharper (13 instead of 5 mega pixels), but is also really good images (Note 2.35 instead of 3.06 during the Z5). The innovations in the camera software are managed. The snapping in the Xperia X thinks for itself! The autofocus calculates the next position of the photo object based on the previous way of movement and the current speed. This worked surprisingly well in the test, should help in fast movements, for example in sports photography. Otherwise, Sony has simplified the operation of camera app.

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No upper-class processor? Never mind!

 

In this country unfortunately unavailable Xperia X performance works under the hood of Qualcomm’s new processor-top model Snapdragon 820. The Xperia X stacks here unfortunately deeper: there is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 used. The six-core CPU cycles with 2 x 1, 8, and 4 x 1, 2 gigahertz. Although the processor designation rather refers to middle class, the prototype of the Xperia X in browser based benchmark tests (Web Base Ma and Octopus) reached yet significantly better performance than the Xperia Z5 with its Snapdragon 810 processor. Other benchmark-apps could not run on the prototype. In conjunction with the 3 gigabytes (GB) of memory the Xperia X in the practice test was also faster everyday Companion. For interesting players: Integrated graphics unit as Qualcomm the Adreno 510 in its new processor the GPU is far more powerful than those of many Smartphone competitors. The space of the Sony Xperia X amounted to 32 gigabytes of which factory 20,25 GB are available. The internal memory up to 200 GB can be expanded with a microSD card. Memory cards can be used but not flexible as a replacement for the internal memory. After all, Sony provides a wizard to move music, photos and movie files from the internal memory on the card. You can not install apps on a memory card.

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Battery and reception

 

Advertising is on Smartphones much about megapixels and megahertz. It is often the failure in the basic functions such as battery and reception, which drives users to despair. Here there was a surprise in the laboratory test the Sony Xperia X: when the battery run-time test as well as the elaborate reception measurements the Sony Xperia X makes old look the Z5. Although the 2.620 mAh battery is even smaller sized as with the Z5 (2,900 mAh), he can last much longer due to more efficient hardware. With heavy use, the Sony Xperia X in the test reached a period of 12 hours and 34 minutes. The Z5 was not even ten hours. Even with low usage the Xperia X held out longer a quarter. Moreover, the Xperia X on UMTS and LTE shows much stronger reception qualities as the Z5 (on 1,800 MHz). The Z5 is minimally better for LTE on 800 MHz (especially Vodafone, O2, Telecom only in rural areas). LTE (up to 300 Mbps) and Wi-Fi connections (ac-standard with two antennas) are very fast.

Sony Xperia X or Z5: Who will win?

Pursuant to the test comparison: both Sony smartphones to play in the same League. The Z5 can score points for water resistance and the main camera. However, the Xperia X offers the better front -, video camera and especially significantly longer battery life and better reception (especially in UMTS and LTE Telekom). Because of the clear advantages in these basic virtues can be in the total score clearly above the Xperia Z5 continued. However, the Xperia X is currently still around 150 euros more expensive than the previous Z5 which should thus currently be still better purchase for many. Who wants to even more respect on the price, also the Sony Xperia XA can watch: that costs only half with 299 euros, appears only slightly later and provides no high-quality technology as the Sony Xperia X.

Table: Comparison specifications Sony Xperia X, XA, and Z5

Sony Xperia XSony Xperia Z5Sony Xperia XA Display5 Zoll5,2 Zoll5 ZollAuflösung1920x1080 Pixel1920x1080 Pixel1280x720 PixelSpeicherplatz32 Gigabyte32 Gigabyte16 GigabyteRAM3 Gigabyte3 Gigabyte2 GigabyteProzessorSnapdragon 650Snapdragon 810MT6755Taktfrequenz2x1,8 Ghz + 4×1,2 Ghz2 Ghz2 GhzAbmessungen142,7×69,4×7,9 mm146x72x7,3 mm143,6×66,8×7,9 mmGewicht156 Gramm154 Gramm138 GrammRückkamera23 Megapixel23 Megapixel13 MegapixelFrontkamera13 Megapixel5 Megapixel8 MegapixelVideoaufnahme1920x1080 Pixel3840x2160 Pixel1920x1080 PixelBlitzLEDLEDLEDAkku2.620 mAh2.900 mAh2.300 mAhDatentransferHSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, WLAN-acHSPA, LTE , NFC, 4.1 Bluetooth, Wi-Fi acHSPA, LTE, NFC, 4.1 Bluetooth, Wi-Fi acPreis599 Euro485 Euro299 euro

 

Camera footage from the test for downloading (Sony Xperia X and Z5).

 

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