Sony Xperia X Performance vs Sony Xperia Z5

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Sony Xperia X Performance vs Sony Xperia Z5

When Sony announced their new Xperia X line up, comprising three new smartphones, they confirmed that the Z series are officially over, with the Xperia Z5 being the last Xperia Z series phone to be on the market.

The Xperia X Performance is the top contender of the Xperia X line up, and that should mean that it is the successor of the Xperia Z5. But, Sony says that they won’t sell the X Performance in Europe or the USA, and for starters it will only be sold in Asia.
But should you consider an upgrade from the Z5 if the Xperia X Performance is available? You will find out now.

Design

The first thing you notice when comparing the two phones, of course besides the actual size (the X Performance is a bit smaller), is that the newer phone comes with an aluminum finish at the end, covered with glass overlay at the front. In our opinion, that is big enough upgrade overall, but there is more. The Xperia X Performance comes with a little bit rounded edges, but still, the design between the two phones is quite similar.

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Hardware

The Xperia Z5 came with a 5.2 inches 1080p display, with pixel density of 424 ppi. The new phone comes with a bit smaller 5.0 inch screen, with the same resolution of 1080p and pixel density of 441 ppi. The difference between the pixel densities is not noticable by the naked human eye.

Overall the displays are very similar one to another, because they are both using the same Sony technologies (X-reality, Triluminos).

When it comes to raw processing power, the Xperia X Performance comes with the latest edition of Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 820, supported by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Compare that to the Snapdragon 810 processor, the same 3GB of ram and 32GB of internal storage of the Xperia Z5, we can see that the only difference is the processor (and graphics card in that fact). And that difference is truly notable.
The batteries are also quite similar, with the Z5 boosting 200 mAh more (2900 mAh compared to X Performance’s 2700 mAh), but considering the newer and more power efficient processor of the X Performance, the battery life is quite similar.

The camera on the Sony Xperia X Performance is a 23 megapixel snapper, with 24 mm wide angle G lens. It comes with complete HDR and SuperiorAuto (Sony’s features since Xperia Z days), but with the addition to the new software feature called Predictive Hybrid Autofocus.

And when we compare the rear camera to the one featuring the Xperia Z5, they are completely the same, with only one software edition to the X Performance.

But the front cameras are different. The Xperia X Performance comes with 13 megapixel camera, compared to the 5 megapixel front camera on the Xperia Z5, meaning that shooting selfies with the Xperia X Performance will be a breeze.

The Xperia X Performance will be launched with the newest Android Marshmallow, while the Xperia Z5 is still on the Android Lollipop, but it will eventually get the upgrade.

Verdict

It is really a tough decision. Yes, the Xperia X Performance is the faster of the two, it comes with a better front camera and the design is improved by a margin.
But, if you are upgrading from an older phone like Xperia Z3, Z2 or etc., then yes, the Xperia X Performance will be very worthy upgrade. When it comes to upgrading from Xperia Z5 to X Performance, in our opinion, you should probably stick with the Z5, because even though the upgrades are notable, the Z5 is still very capable phone and it can hold on its own.

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