Sony USA confirms Xperia X series launch this summer; pricing revealed

by XB on 31st May 2016

in Xperia X series


Xperia X series USASony Mobile plans to launch the entire Xperia X range of smartphones into the United States this summer. So let’s break that down – Sony will release the Xperia X, XA, X Performance and XA Ultra into the US in unlocked form, only a matter of weeks later than other markets. This is unprecedented for Sony. Up until now, most USA Xperia fans had to resort to importing devices from Europe and Asia, rather than wait for months for a domestic release. Whilst there is no news of any carriers taking the Xperia X series, the news is welcome nonetheless.

Sony has detailed pricing and release dates for all four handsets (see below). Pre-orders for the Xperia X are available across a number of retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo Video and Reagan Wireless. The Xperia X will cost $550 including a free 128GB micro SD card and will launch on 26 June 2016. It is worth noting though that we are hearing the fingerprint sensor will be removed from the US Xperia X models, much like we saw last year with the Xperia Z5.

Pre-orders for the other three handsets will begin on 19 June 2016. The Xperia X Performance will cost $700, with the Xperia XA Ultra costing $370 and the entry-level Xperia XA costing $280. If you pre-order the Xperia X and X Performance, Sony will also throw in a UCH10 Quick Charger free of charge.

So, US readers, what do you think of these prices? Are you glad to see an official release in timely fashion? Could this mark a turning point for the Xperia brand in the US, at least in respect of greater transparency in terms of release dates and pricing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Sony Xperia X family launch details for United States

Xperia X: $549.99 (free 128GB MicroSD memory card) – Release: 26 June 2016
Xperia XA: $279.99 (free MicroSD memory card) – Release: 17 July 2016
Xperia X Performance: $699.99 (free 128GB MicroSD memory card) – Release: 17 July 2016
Xperia XA Ultra: $369.99 (free 64GB MicroSD memory card) – Release: 24 July 2016

Pre-order offer on Xperia X and X Performance: Free UCH10 Quick Charger

Thanks Muhammad and Wael!

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Dayuuum slap in our faces, wow.

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  • Raj Singh

    Sony definitely knows how to fuck up a good thing. Could have been a good story but it’s an insult to fans if they remove features.

  • Ambitious Man

    Good!

  • Hurshey Bar

    Mediocre phones… Sony is going for the ‘generic’ phone market… once used to be the ‘Rolls Royce” of electronics… shame shame.

  • Hurshey Bar

    LOL I love this post, it fits perfect for what Sony is currently doing with their phones. Sony is doing ‘harakiri’ on its phone line.

  • LiterofCola

    Why are they removing these fingerprint sensors on the American models?? wtf

  • david arias

    this is post from engadget not good for sony: “Sony’s Xperia X hits the US on June 26, but you don’t need one”

    http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/31/xperia-x-irl-june-26-launch/

  • Mallahet

    Was thinking of getting one of these, until they removed the fingerprint reader. Dumb. Not going to now. Might pick up a Z5, but I also might just get another Nexus, since Google at least tries to stay up to date on features..

  • ZoubIWah

    its prolly going the way of the vaio after shitty sales for 2016

  • Deads

    How fucked up is an Xperia X without fingerprint sensor in the US for 550?

    In the Netherlands 550 euro would be 150/200 to much.

  • Deads

    Except that the price is anything but generic.

  • DanielGearSolid

    is it the same way they disabled the fingerprint scanner with the z5 or is it completely removed?

  • RockStar2005

    The int’l version will STILL have the fingerprint sensor AND water resistance (IP65/68), but no free QNovo Quick Charge 3.0 charger, though it will most likely be cheaper than U.S. version. No warranty on int’l version, but your phone insurance through your carrier will most likely still cover it. At least Assurance will via T-Mobile. I confirmed that with 2 T-Mo reps and 1 Assurance rep.

    Thing is, I dunno when exactly the int’l version will be available for sale here in the U.S. Will Amazon get the int’l version the same time or before or after the U.S. one?? DOES ANYONE KNOW??

    I pre-ordered the int’l one from this reputable U.S. site, http://www.expansys-usa.com/s.aspx?search=sony%20xperia%20x%20performance. They confirmed it was the int’l one. Unless U.S. Amazon, or even Global Sony Mobile site, Best Buy etc. gets the int’l one before, I will prob just get the one from Expansys.

  • RockStar2005

    Just buy the int’l version Cola. It will be cheaper, prob come out sooner, and it will have the fingerprint sensor AND IP65/68. Just no free QNovo QC 3.0 charger. That’s what I’m gonna do. I’m hoping U.S. Amazon will get it very soon, but until I know for sure, I already pre-ordered int’l one from this reputable site: http://www.expansys-usa.com/s.aspx?search=sony%20xperia%20x%20performance

  • Clarence Alvarado

    I think those fingerprint sensors didn’t pass on US’ security protocol, or as near as that thought.

  • el_sur

    Removal of sensor must be a patent issue. At this point, XA looking might fine at $280

  • Raj Singh

    Inconsistency is a huge detriment to the Xperia brand.

    They tried the slogan “One Sony” to drive a false narrative.

    Taking out features or releasing the same phone with different internals? Seriously, Sony, what the fuck? That’s stupid.

  • RockStar2005

    I think it’s just disabled. There’s only ONE single-SIM model of the X Performance, so it’s just the the software for the fingerprint scanner will be removed. Just the get int’l version and you’ll be fine. See my posts above or below for more info.

  • Deads

    Almost makes you wonder what idiot is making the decisions.
    Did that idiot that ruined Nokia get a job at Sony?

  • Raj Singh

    Hiroki Totoki is a saboteur.

  • hansip

    As seen on z5, the hardware is there, the software is deliberately altered to switch it off. So i assume it’s a copyright thing. Just follow XDA post to get into the solution (combine ftf to enable fingerprint)

  • Madis Otenurm

    Please just cut the prices in half and you’ll have some sales. In my country the prices for Xperias drop fast (used resell) but still they aren’t that good of a buy nowadays…

  • DanielGearSolid

    i had two horrible experiences buying sony phones from intl sellers…

    Who would u recommend i buy it from (nothing from ebay please)

  • Mallahet

    Thanks for the info. Might look into that. Still just a pain that really makes no sense why they’d do this. If it’s a QA issue (bad sensors), then…why have them on int’l versions, too?

  • RockStar2005

    Yeah? That sux man. Sorry to hear that.

    I pre-ordered the int’l one from this reputable U.S. site, Expansys: http://www.expansys-usa.com/s….. they confirmed it was the int’l one too. The int’l version will STILL have the fingerprint sensor AND water resistance (IP65/68), but no free QNovo Quick Charge 3.0 charger, though it will most likely be cheaper than U.S. version. No warranty on int’l version, but your phone insurance through your carrier will most likely still cover it. At least Assurance will via T-Mobile. I confirmed that with 2 T-Mo reps and 1 Assurance rep. Just have to register it with T-Mobile or your carrier first (the Xperia phones only work with T-Mo and AT&T, NOT Verizon, Sprint, or U.S. Cellular. I confirmed that here: http://willmyphonework.net/ )

    Unless U.S. Amazon, or even Global (not U.S.) Sony Mobile site, Best Buy etc. gets the int’l one before the U.S. version, I will prob just get the one from Expansys. They have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and I know a guy who has ordered from them several times without ANY issues. They have locations all around the world, but the U.S. one is located in the Chicago suburbs (very close to me actually). The U.S. one has the X Perf, not all of their other country locations do.

    My advice……. pre-order the color you like from the Expansys site. You won’t be charged ’til it ships. If U.S. Amazon site, Best Buy, etc gets it sooner though, then just cancel the pre-order and go with them. That’s what I’m gonna do. I’m hoping Amazon gets it before Expansys, cuz may not have to pay tax with Amazon depending on seller, but if it means extra waiting, I’ll pay tax if I have to. lol Expansys will charge me tax cuz I live in Illinois anyway.

  • RockStar2005

    Sure man. See my response to Daniel above for extra info.

    I don’t know why they’re doing it. I think it has to do (maybe) with some patent issue/lawsuit I read about recently. But that lawsuit involves Samsung and other big names too, and they have the sensor on the U.S. variants (I currently have the S7, which I can’t WAIT to get rid of for the X Perf lol), so I honestly don’t know. That’s why I’m getting the int’l version…… then I don’t have to worry about it. The int’l one will get released first, but I don’t know if like U.S. Amazon will have it available to buy here, or Expansys, etc. My gut says either Best Buy, Expansys, or Global (not U.S.) Sony Mobile will have the int’l one BEFORE the U.S. version’s July 17th release, but which one and exactly when I don’t know for sure.

    You’re right, it is a f’ing pain. That they announced the X Perf in Feb but are releasing it in July?! That they’re making the U.S. version different from the int’l one. The only good thing here is that this is BY FAR the earliest U.S. version release EVER for an Xperia phone. Usually it takes a few months. My old Z3…….. the T-Mobile Z3 I had came out like 6 weeks after int’l version, but this time it’ll only be 2-3 weeks. So they ARE improving, assuming everything actually goes as planned. lol

  • Primož Rojko

    Sony is like apple but with android.

  • Raj Singh

    Hiroki Totoki, the saboteur.

  • Bashar Shehab

    Good prices actually, still way better than India :p

  • Bashar Shehab

    Can’t he just buy the US ver and flash an international firmware via Flashtool?

  • RockStar2005

    Hey Bashar,

    I don’t know anything about that, except that it sounds like a lot of work. lol Flashing means having to root and/or unlock the phone. F that. lol And even if he wanted to do that, that only resolves the fingerprint sensor. And that’s assuming the firmware would even work on the U.S. variant, which I can’t guarantee it will. But let’s say that works……….. the U.S. version STILL DOES NOT have water/dust resistance (IP65/68), but the int’l one does. So for me, the int’l one is the best! Plus it will be cheaper & probably come out sooner than the U.S. version too.

  • Bashar Shehab

    No no Flashtool doesn’t need any modding/unlocking/rooting etc.. It’s completely safe and doesn’t even void warranty, + the normal X isn’t waterproof, neither thr int’l nor the U.S ver.

    If you’re referring to the X Performance, than it’s your choice if you wanna take underwater selfies :p

  • RockStar2005

    lol oh ok. All my posts are about the X Performance only (unless otherwise stated).

    Ok whatever. But the int’l one is STILL gonna most likely be cheaper than the U.S. version, AND it will probably come out weeks sooner too. That goes for X, X Performance, etc etc.

  • impasse

    lol @ these prices. not that people aren’t paying the same for iphones, just through carriers so they don’t [usually] realize how much they’re paying, but the sticker shock along with disabling the fingerprint reader for no publicly-explained reason here immediately makes me say no. throwing in a $30 microsd isn’t doing anything for me, either, especially with the zenfone 3 and new axons coming in way, way lower. hell, you can pick up a new gs7 for just north of $400 now, which also has waterproofing, microsd expansion, AND a fingerprint reader.

  • Bashar Shehab

    Anyway, I just said that he can flash the int’l firmware just to safe time and effort getting the int’l ver..

  • RockStar2005

    No that’s cool. Always good to have more options I guess.

  • Deads

    I did not go to any fancy school and such, but ffs id do a way better job then whoever is making one dumb decision after another.
    Is it so hard to not make dumb decisions?

  • Vjekoslav Andric

    Because japanese despise the Big Brother ;-) .
    Read up on apple vs certain agencies news articles

  • RockStar2005

    No kidding. I could train a roomful of monkeys to run Sony Mobile better than those a$$ clowns they got doing it now. lol

  • MoYeung

    Canadian prices would be $700 to $800? Out of my league…

  • DarkMaster

    SAME INTERNALS fingerprint is just disabled trough software…

  • Timel

    “It’s a business decision” , Sony said

    I just wonder why Samsung can sell their smartphones packed with fingerprint scanner without any problem in the U.S.

  • Timel

    I have no idea how Sony can’t compete with Apple and Samsung in mobile battlefield? , Their Xperia phones lack behind every competitors

    I don’t know what Sony is thinking right now

  • Timel

    Actually, One Sony suppose to be the deeply combination of all technologies from Sony (audio: Wellman’s DAC, visual: Bravia, Cybershot RX, alpha nex) and many of Sony’s contents(game, movie and music) into Xperia smartphones, isn’t it?

  • Raj Singh

    Allegedly, yes, this particular model has the same internals with disabled fingerprint. There are other models that have different internals for different markets.

  • Raj Singh

    They make awesome products but the only reason they can’t compete is because they don’t know how to run a profitable business (with the exception of SCEA). That needs to change. They should hire people outside of Japan.

  • Raj Singh

    It is but they don’t know how to package it all up and sell it as One Sony. They failed at that so now they’re trying something new that’s also going to fail.

    Just like their stupid “Demand Great” marketing slogan that no one remembers. I don’t want great. I want the best. Whoever approved that campaign should be replaced. Waste of money and waste of talent.

  • Timel

    Awesome products? Like what? If you mean Bravia TVs , Walkman players, headphones , alpha NEX cameras, yes! definitely I agree but not when they produce smartphones because Xperia phones suck!

    – camera is good , but bullshite when compare to Samsung
    Z5 camera is very slow when saving pictures , produce bad low lights pics

    – Sony have problem with white balance, Z5 display is too red I don’t know why

  • Pamelanwells4

    “my room mate Lori Is getting paid on the internet $98/hr”…..!ti857ur

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  • Jorgie Llanos

    So the pricing is on point (finally), but jeez what the hell is this about not having the fingerprint sensor? why Sony, why?!

  • Aiden Pearce

    some patent issues or government regulation i suppose for Sony in US.

  • Xpr

    Where can you find a gs7 for $400??

  • iia3ezu

    More than a calendar quarter between first announcement and release.

    Just LOL. Good luck Sony.

  • jamie evans

    XA’s is cheaper than I thought it would be. I definitely go for XA because of the design and price.
    Still, when I’m going to buy XA in late July, there might be some leaks of a new phone that Sony is going to introduce at IFA2016…

  • MurF-A-Zoid

    No middle #$(*% Fingerprint sensor , Sony you really want my family to leave you. Damn it, come on now. Make those cellphones cheaper and give us that middle &^(%*% Fingerprint sensor! I was so looking forward to this new chapter and it just became a bunch of Bullshizz. Forgive me for my kind words. Make’s me so upset that Sony lost it’s touch right when PlayStation took over. Have the damn PlayStation developer’s make the cellphone’s, software code’s and give us compatible prices. I’m still in a recession working 80 hours or more doing my best to make it.

  • MrM3

    Wow look at thoose prices. Checked a currency exchange and if you compare 700 dollars that is 5834 SEK or 629 euro. USA got lucky this time. Only problem from Sony is that they are late to the party again. To bad they can’t have price like this in Europé.

  • Khillo81

    Who reads Engadget anyway?

  • Sadman Khan

    The problem with white balance is on most phones nowadays though. I’ve seen green S7’s and even reddish HTC 10s. Display panels vary greatly from one phone to another.

  • el_sur

    If they planned on removing the fingerprint sensor on the Performance, they should have given us the beautiful design of the XA with the circular power button. I just can’t anymore.

  • impasse
  • Raj Singh

    They design and engineer the best looking consumer electronics in the world. Bold statement but that is my subjective opinion. They just don’t know how to sell them.

    The Xperia portfolio is well designed — love the design and build of the Z series — but, as an enterprise and business, they have made more than a few blunders along the way.

  • EQ

    So you are telling me US citizen dont get fingerprint support again and also dont get IP67/68 water resistant certification for the phone? K.O.

  • Gayle Humphreys

    “my room mate Lori Is getting paid on the internet $98/hr”…..!tr253ur

    two days ago grey McLaren. P1 I bought after earning 18,512 Dollars..it was my previous month’s payout..just a little over.17k Dollars Last month..3-5 hours job a day…with weekly payouts..it’s realy the simplest. job I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months. ago. and now making over hourly. 87 Dollars…Learn. More right Here !tr253u:?:?:.?.?.?.? http://GlobalSuperJobsReportsEmploymentsMetaGetPay$98Hour…. .????????????????????????????????????????????????????::::::!tr253o….,…

  • rygarto

    Yet another attempt set up to fail. Sony really isn’t helping the public perception by not explaining the fingerprint sensor issue, and speculating crowd is just getting more and more irate.

  • paul_cus

    I’m going to get the XA because I think the design is really sleek.

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