Mini review: Our 90-second verdict on the Sony Xperia X Performance

Good, but not good enough.

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07.13.16 in Mobile
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    The Xperia X Performance isn't a bad phone, per se. It's just that Sony's newest flagship doesn't bring anything new to the table. For $700, it offers fast performance (as its name suggests), and the design is water resistant, so that's nice. Other than that, though, you're stuck with a middling camera and occasional episodes of overheating. What's more, it's missing some features you'd typically expect from a device in this price range -- things like a fingerprint sensor, 4K video recording and a Quad HD display. Again, it's not a bad phone; it's just not good enough for the price, especially with so many superior alternatives out there.

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    Pros
    • Flagship-level performance
    • Water-resistant design
    • Lightweight, unobtrusive Android skin
    Cons
    • Not worth the asking price
    • Lacks some features you'd expect from a flagship
    • Middling camera
    • Occasionally overheats

    Summary

    Sony, what are you doing? Though the $700 Xperia X Performance features a flagship-level processor and runs well as a result, Sony apparently didn't feel the need to bring anything new to the table. What we have here is a reasonably good smartphone that lacks soul or ambition, and ultimately costs too much for what it is.

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