Sony's Xperia X Efficiency is a complicated telephone

In case you want one other reminder that Sony is hurting in cellular, simply check out the Xperia X Efficiency. It is probably the most highly effective model of the electronics big’s new telephone lineup, however slightly than a full-fledged successor to the Xperia Z5 (itself a mid-vary entry), it is extra of a half-hearted try at staying related. However if you’d like the quickest Sony telephone round, it is also your solely choice.

The Xperia X Efficiency is probably the most intriguing of Sony’s new X lineup with its Snapdragon 820 processor, waterproof case, and 3GB of RAM. The bottom Xperia X solely has a Snapdragon 650 processor, and the Xperia XA is even worse off with a MediaTekHelio P10 chip (together with decrease specs throughout). However, sadly, it is solely rocking a 5-inch, 1080p display, which is zero.2-inches smaller than the Z5 (in addition to the identical decision). And whereas its 23 megapixel rear digital camera and thirteen megapixel entrance-dealing with digital camera sound spectacular, they’re additionally the identical sensors we received final yr. In fact, we additionally liked the Z5’s display and digital camera, so maybe Sony did not want to vary a lot in any case.

Specs apart, the X5 Premium feels fairly nice. At eight.7 millimeters thick, it is noticeably chunkier than the 7.1 millimeter thick iPhone 6S, however that additionally provides it a strong really feel that I’ve grown to overlook as flagship telephones acquired thinner and thinner. And as all the time with Sony telephones, its metallic case provides it a decidedly premium really feel. It is a telephone that looks like it may stand up to a couple of drops with out falling aside, however on the similar time it feels luxurious in your hand.

Whereas it looks like the Xperia Z line is just about lifeless, Sony tells us it’s going to stick round no less than till the summer time. It is unclear if we’ll truly see a brand new Z mannequin this yr, which suggests the Xperia X Efficiency is your most suitable option if you’d like the quickest Sony telephone round. Should you’re on the lookout for a fair greater and higher display although, together with improved battery life, the Z5 Premium continues to be value contemplating.

Chris Velazco contributed to this report.

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