Sony has never been synonymous to mobile devices; smartphones are just not their niche. And yet the company always tries and has time and time again released a line of handheld gadgets that are stable, though not particularly the best in the market.
One of Sony's more recent releases, the Xperia X, adopted some aspects from Sony's older smartphones. But reviews are saying that Sony may have picked all the wrong characteristics to bring towards the future.
Android Police calls it a problematic mix, that Sony may have kept the lower end aspects and thrown away what did make their phones competitive. Of course, the Xperia X still sounds like a decent phone on paper.
It is powered by a Snapdragon 500 processor, has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The battery is respectable at 2620mAH and the device is installed with Android 6.0 Marshmallow software. The screen is 5 inches. Meanwhile, the rear and front cameras are 23 megapixels and 13 megapixels respectively.
Naturally, the Xperia X has plenty of goods in it as well. The display is bright and accurate and the battery lasts roughly a day and a half with moderate use. Android 6.0 Marshmallow also doesn't come with many pre-installed applications, so it is relatively clean and simple at the beginning. Despite these good points, however, there are a few negative things to point out as well.
As Pocket Lint points out, the Sony Xperia X is not waterproof - which is odd, because the Xperia Z was. Other complaints about the device include a hollow touch, as Sony opted out of a glass rear in place of a plastic one. There have been other complaints about activation of the device while in pockets and lack of a fingerprint scanner.
While the camera, which in numbers trumps many of the devices out in the market now, also leaves much room for improvement. It reportedly has terrible low-light, even loses detail in better light and has no optical stabilization.
All in all, the Sony Xperia X is not a bad device by a long shot. But for the price of $550, there are other more suitable options out in the market.