Sony Xperia XZ Premium Vs. Xperia X Performance Tested: The 2016 Flagship Fails To Perform

Sony has upped the ante this year with the new Sony Xperia XZ Premium, one of the most feature packed and premium phones available currently. In the process, it has also outdone a very close rival, the Sony Xperia X Performance, which was Sony’s Xperia flagship last year. So, how do the two phones compare against each other? We reveal the specs-only review here to get the bigger picture.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs Xperia X Performance: Under the hood

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is powered by the quality Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC, which has been clocked at 2.45 GHz. The new processor is paired with the very decent Adreno 540 GPU which will also create a very good response rate for the user as well. On the other hand, the Xperia X Performance was powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor, which was a quad-core processor rated at 2.16 GHz.The unit had the Adreno 530 GPU on board. Clearly, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium overcomes this hurdle.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs Xperia X Performance: Storage Capabilities/OS

The new generation XZ Premium has 4GB RAM and is available with 64GB native or onboard storage which can also be expanded. On the other hand, the Xperia X performance had 3GB of RAM which was paired with variants of either 32GB or 64GB of storage, with both memories expandable.

Sony Xperia X performance
The 2016 flagship- the Sony Xperia X Performance

While the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has an Android Nougat 7.0 OS background, it has been updated to the Android O platform. The Xperia X Performance was originally available in Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which was later updated to the Nougat version. This round too goes to the Xperia XZ Premium.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs Sony Xperia X Performance: Display

Sony phones are nearly always known for their excellent and graphic displays and these two sets are no different. The 2017 flagship, the XZ Premium, has a 5.46-inch IPS LCD Triluminous display enveloped in 2.5D curved glass. Also on board is a quality 4K pixel resolution (3840 x 2160) and protection thanks to Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

On the other hand, the Xperia X Performance had a lesser 5-inch 1080p Triluminous IPS LCD display which also had a scratch-resistant glass and oleophobic (oil-resistant) coating for added measure. The XZ Premium is again ahead.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs Xperia X Performance: Camera

Sony has always emphasized on the camera features and the new XZ Premium has great cameras. But, then again, so did the Sony Xperia X Performance. Which is the better one? The Xperia XZ Premium has a 19-megapixel rear-facing camera equipped with 5-axis electronic image stabilization (EIS), PDAF and laser autofocus. Other features include f/2.0 aperture, 25mm focal length and a 1/2.3″ sensor size. The front camera is a 13-megapixel sensor which can also boast excellent selfies and can record 1080p videos at 30fps, along with a f/2.0 aperture, a 22mm focal length, a 1/3-inch sensor size and 1.12µm pixel size.

The Sony Xperia X Premium had very good onboard cameras as well. The rear camera had a 23-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 aperture, a 24mm focal length and a 1/2.3-inch sensor size. It also had phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and a LED flash. The camera, however, did not support native 4K recording. There was a 13-megapixel sensor on the front camera and a f/2.0 aperture, 22mm focal length and a 1/3-inch sensor size. The front cam could also capture 1080p video.


If you are looking for an impressive smartphone with lots of premium and flagship features, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the phone for you. Alternatively, the Xperia X Performance too is a superb piece of flagship wizardry and can also serve as a handy alternative to your first phone as well.

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