The United States has never been the friendliest market for Sony's Xperia phone lineup, despite the stellar Xperia Z and Xperia Z3 being available. After Verizon saw the writing on the wall and cancelled their upcoming Xperia Z4v, that was pretty much the end of the line for US carriers stocking Sony Xperia devices. Though US customers could still get the devices via third party sellers, this deprived CDMA customers of the devices and took away an attractive buying method; consumers had to pay in full at the time of purchase, like with any other unlocked phone. While the Xperia X lineup was meant to shake things up, many have lambasted the new Xperia family on the grounds of price. For at least one model in the US, Sony is making a move to fix that.
Starting today, the Xperia X base model, sporting a 1920 x 1080 screen and a Snapdragon 650 chipset, is getting a $50 markdown across all sellers, only 10 days after the phone was released. Third party retailers like Amazon, B&H Photo & Video, and Best Buy will all be selling the handset for only $499 from here on in, though there has thus far been no word on price drops for any of the other Xperia X family members, including the Xperia X Performance, which sits at $699.
To recap on the Xperia X's other specs, its 1080p panel is of the 5-inch persuasion and bears curved 2.5D glass for a smooth grip, while the battery is a 2,620mAh sealed unit that Sony promises 2 days of average use on. That upper mid-range Snapdragon 650 chipset comes with an Adreno 510 GPU. While not up to par when compared to the likes of the GPU found in the Snapdragon 820 or NVIDIA's chips, the Adreno 510 blows away everything from previous generations. The device can be charged for 5 hours or so of action in just 10 minutes, and bears an IP68 specification that wagers it can withstand a dunk or two, though Sony recommends against taking it in water, officially. These specs put it in line with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy A9 and Xiaomi Mi Max, calling its price tag into question. Still, if the phone's other merits call to you or you happen to be a Sony fan, this price drop may be music to your ears.