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Sony announces the new Xperia X smartphone series

Sony took to their booth at MWC 2016 to expand their Xperia line with a new X-series of smartphones and a line of connected lifestyle gadgets. The Xperia X series includes the mid-range XA, the X, and the flagship Xperia X Performance.

Details are still trickling in on each phone, but the new line features a design that's a clear evolution of Sony's design language, with typically-premium materials like a a seamless metal body and curved display glass. Sony is focusing on two technological areas with the X phones: the camera and the battery.

As we've seen from other manufacturers, most cameras take good enough photos, so the goal now is to improve the photo-taking experience. On that front, Sony has developed a new predictive hybrid autofocus system that leverages Sony's Alpha DSLR camera technology to use motion-tracking to predict where the camera will track focus in activity-filled scenes.

On the battery front, the Xperia X series incorporates smart battery tech in the form of Qnovo's Adaptive Charging, which is designed to smartly manage heat and charging to extend the lifespan of the battery. On top of that, Sony's claiming a 2-day battery life for the X series phones.

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When it comes to specs, there's a lot we don't yet know, apart from the screen size, which for the X and XA is a solid 5 inches. Sony's presentation was mum on display size, type, or resolution; camera resolution; weight; and much more. They did regveal that the Xperia X will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, while the Xperia X Performance will pack the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset.

All three phones are due for a gloabl launch in the summer fo 2016 and will come in white, black, rose gold, and "lime gold". Pricing has not yet been revealed. Stay tuned for more info from MWC 2016.

Source: Sony

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm (the old one), and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

  • Huh? Lam I Am
  • That's a surprise... New flagship from Sony !!! Waiting for details.
  • Over four months until availability! And they'll never hit the US. Good job, Sony. And people wonder why their mobile division of tanking...
  • Interesting. Posted via the Android Central App on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • Same old design. Bye Sony. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'd like to know more about the Xperia X Performance, despite the fact that I'm the least bit surprised they launched this only a short bit after the Z5 series Nexus 6
  • This is Sony. I'm surprised it took them this long to launch a new phone.
  • Sony always finds a way to make their new flagships look obsolete in no time. Sent from my all-so-temporary idol 3
  • I think my perception of time is a bit off since my wife got her Z3 in December '14. That's a lot of product launches(Z3+, Z5, Z5P, Z5C, C5, M4 Aqua etc) since then. No wonder they're losing money. Nexus 6
  • When you had a Z series, I guess the only way is down.. but seriously, I hope they get it right and they are desirable again.
  • Looks nice. Sony is one brand that I haven't tried but really would like to. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same, I wanted to give the copper Z3 or Z4 a try. I’m not sure why I never did, but I guess the wide availability of competing OEMs and my fear of glass backs kept me away. Since I’ve never owned a Sony smartphone before, I really don’t care that the design hasn’t changed much over the years.
  • So they are still keeping to this design language? Every Sony phone looks similar in design to the next. Smh
  • Whistles and claps.
    Really impressive Sony. Too good. Far better than that stupid LG toy Posted via the Android Central App on my Galaxy S3 Neo Dual Sim which thankfully doesn't have S-pen and does not have a horrible metal body.
  • "Lime gold" or pee coloured as it looks to me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nasty. We didn't need to know that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Speak for yourself...I definitely needed to know that.
  • Your pee is that color??
    What do you eat? Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's pretty.
  • DOA Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just wish I could actually get one before it is outdated..... Posted via the Android Central App
  • So no more z series or what? Posted via my smexy Nexus 6
  • To me the design has stayed the same since the 1st generation Xperia z... Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • Like that they're 5" Not enough 5" phones IMO
  • I'd like the xperia x performance, but I think they're not taking their phones seriously... Posted via the Android Central App
  • What is that lockscreen..... And where can I get it
    Love the large clock
  • The phones look stunning with that lock screen. Especially the black one.