Sony has started sending out a beta version of the Android Nougat for the Sony Xperia X Performance.
Those who have signed up for beta program will be able to access this update which brings several elements to the Xperia X Performance. Android Nougat was released a few months ago but it is yet to catch up phones in a big way. The Xperia X Performance is one of the finest performance offerings from Sony in recent months. Released in June, the phone has been receiving a lot of price cuts recently after the arrival of the Xperia XZ to the line-up.
Featuring a 5 inch display with full HD resolution, the Xperia X Performance comes with more than sufficient pixels per inch to go head-on with the top smartphones. Just like the Apple iPhone 7, the device comes with water resistant capabilities to great lengths. It is IP68 certified in terms of dust and water resistance.
The Android Nougat will show no signs of slowing down on a phone like the Xperia X Performance. As it is name suggests, it is a performance version of the Xperia X that came out recently. In order to justify its name, the Xperia X Performance comes with a snapdragon 820. Qualcomm may have recently released a new version of this processor called the snapdragon 821, but the Sony device has no major disadvantages in this regard.
If there was a criticism, it would be the 3 GB of RAM offered on the device. Since Android Nougat now supports multitasking by double tapping on the recent button, expect users to take up a significant chunk of the RAM while multitasking and the 3 GB offered on the Sony may just be insufficient. Android Nougat also brings the ability to run two apps at the same time using the multi-window feature. It is quite possible that the RAM quantity the struggle in such an instance.
The single SIM variant of the Xperia X Performance only comes with 32 GB of internal storage while the dual SIM version has 64 GB; the latter may prove to be especially popular amongst buyers even though the phone has microSD card slots that accept up to 256 GB.
A rear facing 23-megapixel camera grabs the headlines but it feels slightly let down in the post processing department. However, it is a major jump ahead in the right direction for a Sony phone.