Sony's Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA were originally announced back during Mobile World Congress in February, and at the time it was unclear when exactly Sony was planning to launch both of these phones in the U.S. officially. More recently, Sony unveiled the fourth phone in the lineup, the Xperia XA Ultra, and along with it they revealed pricing and availability details for the three previous Xperia X smartphones that were already announced. While pre-orders have been up on all the phones for a varying amount of time following the Xperia XA Ultra announcement, they have been slowly reaching an official launch. In regards to the Xperia X Performance and the Xperia XA, the official launch time is today as Sony has stated that they are now available to purchase from Amazon and other online retailers like Best Buy and B&H. Of course, today's launch date was already known so this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who was interested in a Sony device from this lineup.
The Sony Xperia X Performance is the top-tier device out of the four, coming with the highest specifications as well as the highest price tag, costing U.S. consumers $699 if they wish to pick it up. The more modest Xperia XA will only cost consumers $279.99, although Sony does also highlight that both devices will come with a free memory card to insert into the device for expandable storage, with the Xperia X Performance getting a 128GB microSD and the Xperia XA getting a 64GB microSD.
The Xperia X Performance comes equipped with a 5-inch Full HD curved display, a seamless metal back with a water resistant build, and it's powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU and is paired with an Adreno 530 GPU for the graphics as well as 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It sports a 23MP Sony Exmor RS sensor on the back with Predictive Hybrid autofocus, a 23mm wide-angle lens and LED flash, and on the front it has a 13MP Sony Exmor RS sensor, and it's powered by a non-removable 2,700 mAh battery. The Sony Xperia XA comes with a 5-inch display as well although it is borderless and is only HD as opposed to the Full HD. The back camera has also been bumped down to a 13MP sensor while the front camera has been bumped down to an 8MP, and the battery inside is slightly smaller at 2,300 mAh. It's powered by the MediaTek HelioTM P10 octa-core processor and is paired with a Mali-T860 GPU for the graphics, as well as 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage space. Both devices come running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. Both devices are also offered in four colors of Black, White, Lime Gold, and Rose Gold, although Amazon only seems to be carrying the Black model of the Xperia X Performance for now.