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Compare the Sony Xperia Z5 and the Xperia X

The Xperia XA, Xperia X, and Experia X Premium were introduced. The 3 devices from the X series only differ when it comes to specifications. They don't vary in size: 5-inches. With the Xperia X, Sony is aiming for the big crowds. That's why we thought it worth the trouble to compare this device to Sony's prize winner of last year: the Sony Xperia Z5.

From X to Z

From Sony Xperia X to Z

Just like the Z5, the X will feature a fast processor, 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. With a memory card, you can quickly expand the storage up to no less than 200GB. The screen has shrunk a negligible 0.2 inches, and you can still enjoy HD quality. The power button on the side has a fingerprint scanner you can use to safely and quickly unlock the device. The design is also recognizable, despite the fact that the edges of the Xperia X are a little more rounded. One con is the fact that the Xperia X isn't waterproof.

Software differences

Sony Xperia XZ5 software and performance

Sony Xperia Z5 software and performance

Sony Xperia Z5 have Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, but has already had its update to 6.0 Marshmallow, so you'll work with the latest version of the operating system. The Z5 runs on one of top-notch processors available at the time of release: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. In theory, it works better than the processor in the new Xperia X, but you'll barely notice the difference for everyday use.

Sony Xperia X software and performance

Sony Xperia X software and performance

A brand-new, top-notch device needs the latest version of the operating system, of course, and that's Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Sony is keeping the software it's adding to Android as straightforward as possible. No flashy icons in bright colors, but an approach that stays true to the original Google design. With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor on board, your tasks will go incredibly smoothly.

Camera differences

Sony Xperia Z5 camera

Sony Xperia Z5 camera

Sony develops sensor that are also used by other smartphone manufacturers. The 23-megapixel camera in the Xperia Z5 won't disappoint. Thanks to the super-fast autofocus, you'll capture every special moment. The Clear Image Zoom technology allows you to zoom up to 5 times without quality loss. SteadyShot ensures a stable image at all times. You can easily take photos in automatic mode, but the camera app also offers extensive configuration options. On top of that, videos look good: you can film in 4K resolution.

Sony Xperia Z5 camera

Sony Xperia Z5 camera

The Sony Xperia X shows off with a 23-megapixel camera that's always one step ahead of the subject of your photos. You can pick the main subject of your photo, and Smart Capture technology ensures the camera won't lose track of it and stays focused. The autofocus has become even faster compared to the Z5. You can also film in 4K, and the 13-megapixel selfie camera was designed specifically for photos in low-light conditions.

Battery life

Battery life

The Xperia Z5 has a 2,900mAh battery and various energy-saving options. This way, it will easily last you a day and a half. The Xperia X features a 2,620mAh battery. That may sound disappointing at first, but Samsung once more promises a battery life of up to no less than 2 days. New energy-saving modes, in combination with the Android 6.0 Doze function, should ensure that you can go out for a weekend without a charger. You can charge both devices via a micro USB port.


We can conclude that the Sony Xperia X isn't really anything new. A recognizable Sony design, and an excellent battery. You can also find all of this in the older Xperia Z5. On top of that, the model is waterproof, and has a theoretically faster processor, although you'll barely notice the difference for everyday use. The Xperia X has a smart focus that can follow a moving subject and keeps it in focus. Your selfies will also look better than ever with the X.

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