Sony hasn’t been seeing the best of times in the smartphone industry over the past few years. The result of this is trying out new things, including changing its conventional naming of smartphones from Xperia Z to Xperia X.
The latest of the Xperia Z family members are still fresh in the market after being released about a year ago. The family consists of Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact, and Z5 Premium. Even before these three have been fully exploited by their buyers, the company has recently announced a new line of products and a successor to the current Xperia Z series – Sony Xperia X. This new line is led by the flagship Xperia X Performance, the low-end Xperia XA, and the mid-range Xperia X.
To help you put these two families apart, here’s a quick guide with respect to design, display, software, and hardware features of the Xperia X and Xperia Z series.
Design and display
Of the six handsets in question, the Xperia Z5 Compact has the smallest form factor, but it also happens to be the thickest of them all. On the other side of thickness is the Xperia Z5 whereas the largest in size is the Xperia Z5 Premium. Coming to weight, the smaller Z5 Compact and low-end Xperia XA are the lightest with just 138g while last year’s standard handset weighs 143g. As for the Xperia X Performance, it has a weight of 165g, which is still lower than the 180g of the Z5 Premium.
Sony made some changes in the material design of these two families. While the Xperia Z series makes use of glass in its build rear, the X series turned to an all-metal design, but you will still notice the sharp edges on both families. The three newer models, however, go further to add a 2D curved glass on the front panel.
All six models of the two families come with a microUSB port, however, the newer Xperia XA and Xperia X do not support IP68 rating, which means they may be vulnerable to dust and water. Other than the lower end XA, all five remaining units are equipped with a fingerprint scanner, but for some reason, the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact variants sold in the U.S. do not have a fingerprint scanner.
Heading over to the display size, the Xperia Z5 Compact, as noted earlier, is the smallest of the six with its 4.6 inches of display. The Xperia Z5 Premium is the largest with a screen size of 5.5 inches. In the middle of the pack is the standard Z5 which has a screen size of 5.2 inches. As for this year’s Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia X Performance, the screen size is the same at 5 inches.
The Z5 Premium delivers the best views with its 4K resolution and a massive pixel density of 806ppi. The Xperia XA and Z5 Compact sit on the other side with resolutions of 720p, however, the latter has a better pixel density due to its size, managing 319ppi over the XA’s 293ppi.
The other two models from this year come with Full HD resolutions as well as pixel densities of 441ppi. This is the same resolution you get on the standard Xperia Z5, but it has a lower pixel density of 423ppi. The top two Xperia X models and the entire Z family take advantage of the company’s X-Reality and Triluminos technologies.
If you hate bezels on your display area, the Xperia XA is a worthy choice thanks to its edge-to-edge screen.
Hardware, software and camera specs
It’s 2016 and we have a new line of smartphone hardware for flagships. The Xperia X Performance is the only member of the two families that carries the latest chipset – a Snapdragon 820 SoC. This is actually the fastest chip present and it’s definitely faster and more efficient than last year’s Snapdragon 810, which is available on all three Xperia Z5 units. As for the Xperia X, you will get a mid-tier Snapdragon 650 SoC on board whereas the XA comes with a MediaTek P10 chipset.
As far as the amount of RAM is concerned, it is only the Xperia XA and Z5 Compact that come with 2GB. The rest are equipped with 3GB of RAM. You will also get room to expand the 32GB of onboard storage provided on all Xperia Z5 units as well as the Xperia X Performance unit. As for the Xperia X, you will get two storage options of 32GB and 64GB, but the lower-end XA only offers 16GB of storage.
With the Xperia Z5 Premium being the biggest of the two families’ members, it packs a larger battery capacity of 3430mAh while the Z5 has 2900mAh. On the other hand, the Xperia X Performance shares the same battery capacity as the smallest member of the Z5 family – a 2700mAh unit. As for the remaining two, the X has 2600mAh while the XA has the smallest – a 2300mAh unit.
Moving onto camera matters, Sony stuck with the same 23MP sensor on the rear it used on all of its three Xperia Z5 models as far as Xperia X and X Performance are concerned. However, the XA has the lowest resolution sensor of just 13MP, which is a decent offering.
On the front panel, Sony went for a 5.1MP sensor on all of last year’s models. As for the Xperia X and the flagship Xperia X Performance, the front has a 13MP selfie sensor.
All three Xperia X models will be unveiled with Android Marshmallow on board and while there are no pricing details for the X Performance so far, the XA will cost $345 while the X will cost a whopping $720. Even though the Xperia Z5 currently runs on the same Android Marshmallow OS, the three models came with Android Lollipop on board and they just received the software update recently.
There you have it! What you choose depends on your preferences.