Hands-On With Sony's Xperia X, Xperia XA at MWC 2016


The show floor for Mobile World Congress 2016 has finally opened, and first out of the gate has been Sony. Holding an event early this morning local time in Barcelona, Sony had a conservative show-opener for us. Announcing the new Xperia X, Xperia XA and Xperia X Performance devices, as well as a raft of strange Xperia Concepts, it's been an interesting morning so far. We covered the news on Sony's latest smartphones earlier on, and now we've gotten the chance to take a closer look at the Xperia X and Xperia XA on the show floor here in Barcelona. Curiously absent was the Xperia X Performance, but hopefully we'll be able to get more on that when we head down to their booth later this week.

Starting with the Xperia XA, the 5.0-inch HD device with a 13-megapixel camera, Sony have given their lower-end device from today a pretty standard look and feel, compared to other Xperia devices. The Xperia XA is powered by a MediaTek MT6755. While this has some of the poorer specs compared to the X and X Performance, Sony have given this a good-looking curved glass display, and it does look pretty nice. As we can see from the gallery of photos below.


The Xperia X meanwhile is a more traditional Sony smartphone, and has more of an Xperia Z3 look and feel to it. On the inside, the Xperia X gets a bump to the familiar 23-megapixel camera from last year's Xperia Z5 line and it features a more powerful Snapdragon 650 under-the-hood along with 3GB of RAM (versus the Xperia XA's 2GB). Those looking for a more Xperia Z feel in a smartphone will probably want to take a closer look at the Xperia X, or perhaps the Xperia X Performance with its Snapdragon 820 processor, but we weren't allowed hands-on time with that one just yet. Below is a gallery of images straight from this morning's event, and we should hopefully get some more time with it and the rest of the line later this week.

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