Sony Xperia X Review [Hands on]: It's got equal share of hits and misses
Sony Xperia X Review [Hands on]: It's got equal share of hits and missesRohit KVN/ IBTimes India

Sony Xperia X made its debut in India in June and the company sent the review unit to our office, last week. Since then, we have been using it as a secondary phone. Here's our initial impression of the new Sony phone.

Design and build quality:

The Xperia X was originally unveiled in MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2016 in February. It is the company's first new X series line of phones.

Sadly, the new device still holds on to the most of the "OmniBalance" design features of the disbanded legacy Xperia Z series (January, 2013 to February, 2016).

It features slim candy-bar shape with curved corners. The smooth high-grade alloy shell on the back exudes premium feel.

Sony Xperia X Review [Hands on]: It's got equal share of hits and misses
Sony Xperia X Review [Hands on]: Sony Xperia X Back panelRohit KVN/ IBTimes India

Performance:

Sony's Xperia X comes with the Android Marshmallow OS backed by Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Hexa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 2,620mAh battery.

During the test, the phone fared well in terms of loading of apps, multi-tasking. We didn't find any lag when playing graphics-heavy games.

As far as battery life is concerned, Sony Xperia X's battery optimisation features works wonders on the device. After charging it fully, we have been using it moderately for a week and yet, it still had over 20 percent left in it.

Sony Xperia X Review [Hands on]: It's got equal share of hits and misses
Sony Xperia X Review [Hands on]:Sony Xperia X front panelRohit KVN/ IBTimes India

We will file the benchmarking test results in the full review, which we will be posted in the coming days.

Camera:

The highlight of the Xperia X's camera is of top-notch quality. It takes beautiful snaps even under low light conditions.

It boasts 23MP with 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor, predictive hybrid auto focus, quick launch (less than 0.03 seconds), 5x clear image zoom, 24mm wide-angle G Lens F2.0 aperture and Pulse LED flash. And on the front, they come packed with a 13MP snapper having 1/3-inch Exmor RS sensor, Quick launch (less than 0.03 seconds) and a 22mm wide-angle lens.

On the front, it houses an equally impressive 13MP snapper with 1/3-inch Exmor RS sensor, Quick launch < 0.03 seconds, 22mm wide-angle lens, F2.0 aperture.

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  • Sony Xperia X Review [Hands on]: Primary camera sample 1Rohit KVN/ IBTimes India
  • Sony Xperia X Review [Hands on]: Primary camera sample 2 with lightRohit KVN/ IBTimes India
  • Sony Xperia X Review [Hands on]: It's got equal share of hits and missesRohit KVN/ IBTimes India

We will post more camera samples in the final review article.

Initial impression:

During our testing, we found that the Sony Xperia excel in three key areas — build quality, camera and battery. That being said, it got a few chunks in its armour as well. We wished the phone had a new design, a more powerful processor and a higher RAM capacity to justify its Rs. 48,990 price-tag.

Stay tuned to this space as we will be coming up with a full review next week.

Also read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: An undisputed champion in sub-Rs. 15,000 range

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