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Sony Xperia X and Xperia XA UK release date & price revealed

Sony Xperia X and Xperia XA UK release date & price revealed

Sony surprises with new-look Xperia X and Xperia XA smartphones at MWC 2016, which are now available to preorder. Even more surprising, this new Xperia X family is replacing the mighty Xperia Z. Here’s what we know about the Sony Xperia X specs, features and UK release date.

Sony surprises with new-look Xperia X and Xperia XA smartphones at MWC 2016


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Sony surprised us by launching an all-new series of smartphones at its press conference at MWC 20162 in Barcelona on 22 February. Called the X series, it currently consists of two new smartphones – the Xperia X and the Xperia XA – which are now available to preorder ahead of 20 May and 10 June release dates. Even more surprising, this new Xperia X family is replacing the mighty Xperia Z. Read on to find out everything we know so far about the Sony Xperia X and the Sony Xperia XA. Both the Xperia X and Xperia XA boast next generation camera technology, battery and design.

They take a whole new direction for Sony, and the company says that the new series embodies Sony Mobile’s new brand vision.

Also see: Huawei P9 release date, plus feature and spec rumours3

Sony Xperia X UK release date: When is the Sony Xperia X coming out?

Up until 26 April, all we knew about the Sony Xperia X and XA’s release date was that it’ll be some time in the Summer. Now, though, Amazon has listed the X and XA for pre-order and says that they are due to be released on 20 May and 10 June 2016 respectively.

Sony Xperia X & XA UK price: How to preorder Sony Xperia X and XA

Amazon is taking pre-orders of the Sony Xperia X in the UK for 499.99. You can pre-order the Sony Xperia X here4. It is also offering pre-orders of the Sony Xperia XA for 239.99. Pre-order the Sony Xperia XA here5. Prior to Amazon’s pre-order kickoff on 26 April, MobileFun had listed the new Sony Xperia X and XA, but MobileFun6 is already taking preorders at 529 and 249 respectively. You can preorder your Sony Xperia X7 or Sony Xperia XA8 from Mobile Fun now.

Sony Xperia X design

Sony Xperia X And Xperia XA UK Release Date & Price Revealed

Sony Xperia X And Xperia XA UK Release Date & Price Revealed

The Xperia X phones look a bit different to Sony’s blocky Z series, with curved glass displays and rounded edges that make the frame continuous, designed to feel comfortable in the hand. And the XA takes things one step further with an edge-to-edge display. Both are 5 inches diagonally, with a Full HD screen for the X and a 720p display for the XA. They both measure 7.9 mm thick.

Sony Xperia X And Xperia XA UK Release Date & Price Revealed

Sony Xperia X And Xperia XA UK Release Date & Price Revealed

As an extra touch, the Xperia X and Xperia XA also have matching Style Covers available in white, graphite black, lime gold and rose gold, the four colours available for the phone itself. We’re not too keen on the lime gold but white and graphite black are nice.

Sony Xperia X specs & features

Both smartphones offer the next generation Xperia camera, with super-fast and sharp spontaneous photos, and the Xperia X goes on to add Predictive Hybrid Autofocus into the mix. The new autofocus feature lets you pick a subject and then predicts its motion to keep the focus trained on it. We’re looking forward to trying this for ourselves to see how well it works, so keep an eye out for our hands-on review coming this week. More specifically, the Xperia X’s rear camera is 23Mp, while the front-facing camera is 13Mp, while the XA has a 13Mp rear camera and an 8MP front camera. The Xperia X is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, so not the fastest processor by any means but we’ll see how it fairs in our benchmark tests.

Similar processors can be found in the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy A9, while flagship phones from Sony, Samsung and more boast more powerful processors in the Snapdragon 800 series. Meanwhile the XA has a MediaTek MT6755 octacore processor. There’s a microSD card slot for up to 200GB of storage in both smartphones.

The X series also includes smart battery management, which aims to deliver up to two days battery life on one charge.

More to follow (we are updating this article as Sony shows off the new phones at MWC. You can watch here9).

References

  1. ^ (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ MWC 2016 (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  3. ^ Huawei P9 release date, plus feature and spec rumours (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  4. ^ You can pre-order the Sony Xperia X here (amzn.to)
  5. ^ Pre-order the Sony Xperia XA here (amzn.to)
  6. ^ MobileFun (www.mobilefun.co.uk)
  7. ^ Sony Xperia X (www.mobilefun.co.uk)
  8. ^ Sony Xperia XA (www.mobilefun.co.uk)
  9. ^ Watch Sony MWC (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)

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