Sony Mobile’s Xperia X series of phones look great. They have further developed the OmniBalance design with the use of curved glass, which looks incredibly striking. They are also probably one of the most ergonomic phones that Sony has produce. Whilst there isn’t one overall standout feature that the phones offer – as a package, they can’t be faulted. However, one area of constant criticism that Sony has faced on the Xperia X is pricing.
See that graphic below? That shows what it would cost right now to purchase the Xperia X (£499.99) versus the Xperia Z5 (£406.25) from Amazon UK. You can dress it up as you like, but we can’t envisage any scenario where we’d pick up the Xperia X over the Xperia Z5 at the same price point, let alone having to pay over £90 for the privilege. Now Amazon seems to be overcharging for the Xperia X here, as the handset is available on the Sony Mobile Store for £459. Either way, you would still be paying a premium for the Xperia X over the Z5.
Simply put, Sony’s biggest issue right now is that they’ve overpriced the Xperia X so much that when placed against the company’s flagship from last September it becomes an extremely difficult sell.
The Xperia Z5 offers numerous features over the Xperia X including:
– Dust and water resistance (IP65/IP68 rating)
– 4K video recording
– A slightly bigger screen (5.2-inches vs. 5.0-inches for the Xperia X)
– A bigger battery (2900mAh vs. 2620mAh for the Xperia X)
– The Snapdragon 810 chipset that will more than hold its own against the Snapdragon 650 of the Xperia X
– A lanyard hole
– An all-glass design
The Xperia X advantages, on the other hand, include:
– A 13MP front camera (the Xperia Z5 has a 5MP camera)
– Predictive Hybrid Autofocus
– Qnovo Adaptive Charging technology
Again, right now, there is at least a £50 difference between these phones. Whichever you look at this, the Xperia Z5 offers much better value over the Xperia X at current prices. Given the age of the Xperia Z5, this price differential is likely to be in place in other regions around the world. Hopefully, Sony will come to its sense on Xperia X pricing soon and adjust accordingly. But right now if you’re thinking of picking up the Xperia X, we’d suggest seriously looking at the Xperia Z5 instead. If you think we are wrong, let us know why in the comments below.
Amazon UK price difference on Xperia X vs. Xperia Z5