Saturday , August 19 2017

Sony announces local pricing for Xperia X series, starting at $499

First shown off at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, Sony’s revamped flagship line has now arrived in Australia, with pricing announced for the new Xperia X series.

Jason attended Sony’s launch last week, and now we know that much of the range is now available locally, with the Xperia X Performance to arrive in a couple of weeks. We’ve got all the details on pricing below.

Firstly, the outright options:

Retailers Handset Pricing Availability
Sony Kiosks and Sony Centre Xperia XA
(Graphite Black, White, Lime Gold, Rose Gold)
$499 7th July
Xperia X
(Graphite Black, White, Lime Gold, Rose Gold)
$799 Available now
Xperia X Performance
(Graphite Black, White, Lime Gold, Rose Gold)
$999 July
JB Hi-Fi Xperia XA (Graphite Black) $499 July

Harvey Norman
Xperia XA (Graphite Black) $499 July
Xperia X (Graphite Black, White) $799 July

For those contemplating a carrier-contract option, Sony has offers available from Telstra, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone, though Optus are conspicuously absent from the offerings. The pricing appears to be mostly rather competitive, too.

Carriers Handset Pricing Availability
Vodafone Xperia XA
(Graphite Black)
$40 Red plan + $3 phone  + bonus 500MB[iv] (Over 24 months, Min cost $1032) Available now
Xperia X
(Graphite Black)
$70 Red plan + $0 upfront phone (Over 24 months. Min cost $1680) Available now
Virgin Mobile Xperia XA
(Graphite Black, Rose Gold)
$40 per month ($40 plan + $0 upfront. Min total cost over 24 months is $960) Available now online; available in-store 4thJuly
Telstra Xperia X Performance
(Graphite Black, White)
Details to be provided at launch July

Perhaps the only disappointment is the rather high price of the Xperia X Performance. When we saw it had been pitched at $700 USD, we immediately feared that the Australian price would be significantly higher (factoring in the notorious Australia tax). The good news is that it’s not grossly inflated; the price of $700 USD comes to about $920 AUD, against the $999 AUD outright price here.

We’ve not yet completed our review, but we do have a couple on the way for Sony’s Xperia X range. From what we’ve read elsewhere, though, the camera performance could be a little lacklustre, and some of the design decisions are a bit… odd. Retaining MicroUSB, when many are moving to USB-C, having a volume rocker in a rather awkward place, and the NFC antenna is on the front of the phone, rather than the rear like most others … these are some curious choices.

We look forward to seeing how the Xperia X range goes, and with some rather affordable handsets (particularly the Xperia XA at just $499) they’re bound to do alright despite potential misgivings.

At a personal level, we’d love to see Sony turn their fortunes around in the mobile space. We know (and they’d probably have to agree) that the Xperia Z5 was not their finest hour, and I’m crossing a lot of things hoping that the Xperia X range improves in some key areas. Jason will tell us all in due course.

For those wanting to compare the range, here’s our Ausdroid comparison table which you can tweak as you see fit.

 Sony Xperia XSony Xperia XASony Xperia X Performance
Release dateFebruary 2016 February 2016 February 2016
Screen size5.0-inch5.0-inch5.0-inch
Screen technologyIPS LCDIPS LCDIPS LCD
Resolution1,920 x 1,0801,280 x 7201,920 x 1,080
PPI441294441
Rear camera23MP13MP23MP
Front camera13MP8MP13MP
ChipsetSnapdragon 650MediaTek helio P10Snapdragon 820
Core config1.8 GHZ x 2 + 1.4 GHZ x22.0 GHz x 82.15 GHz x 2 + 1.6 GHz x 2
Ram3GB2GB3GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
16GB32GB
MicroSDYes, up to 200GBYes, up to 200GBYes, up to 200GB
Battery2,620 mAh2,300 mAh2,700 mAh
Battery removable
ConnectorMicroUSBMicroUSBMicroUSB
Headphone PortYesYesYes
Headphone Location
Speaker Configuration
Android OSAndroid 6.0.1Android 6.0.1Android 6.0.1
Vendor skinXperia UIXperia UIXperia UI
Dimensions143 x 69 x 7.7 mm143.6 x 66.8 x 7.9 mm143.7 x 70.4 x 8.7 mm
Weight152g137g164g
Colours
  • White
  • Graphite Black
  • Lime Gold
  • Rose Gold
  • White
  • Graphite Black
  • Lime Gold
  • Rose Gold
  • White
  • Graphite Black
 

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

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4 Comments on "Sony announces local pricing for Xperia X series, starting at $499"

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Michael Wang
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Not only did Optus decide not to get aboard with X series, they quietly increased the price for Z5 Premium, which is just unbelievable.

Catherine Edwards
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If the recent performance of Telstra-Sony Android updates is anything to go by, don’t go on contract with these phones! There is no word of Marshmallow on the horizon, and both companies are pointing at each other at fault.

GaryGarth
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GaryGarth

OPPO offer better value for money

Hasapi
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Hasapi

ZTE Axon 7 even better!

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