Xperia X Concept to end in May; Xperia XZ Premium to take over [Update]

by XB on 19th April 2017

in Firmware, Xperia X series

Sony Mobile’s Concept for Android developers have confirmed that their programme for Xperia X users will end in early May, when the last update will be pushed. After this, there will be no more updates for Xperia X Concept users, not even Android security patches.

If you want to keep your phone updated, you will need to re-install stock firmware, which Sony says will continue to receive these security updates “for a fair bit longer”. The Xperia X follows the Xperia Z3, which was the first handset in the Sony Concept for Android programme back in 2015.

Along with this announcement, Sony has announced that the inTouch community forum will continue to live on. The next handset to get the ‘Concept for Android’ treatment will be their next flagship, the Xperia XZ Premium. Further details will be announced in due course.

Update: It looks like there will be no Sony Concept firmware for the Xperia XZ Premium after all. Click here.

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  • Raymond

    What about the normal XZ?

  • Guillion Romeo

    Must add Xperia Xz because too is very important

  • Moisés

    Wow… You get the new phone on 1st june and few minutes later can join the beta test..

  • KarFar

    which Sony says will continue to receive these security updates “for a fair bit longer”

    This is not clear, so X will only receive “security updates for a fair bit longer” what about other updates? It was priced like a flagship which means it should get atleast android O…

  • It’s not beta for commercial software. Concept is completely different

  • maleck johnson

    Still no update for almost a half of year. Seriously sony this is got dam shame.

  • Moisés

    I know… But is used to help..

  • Liam Hethershaw

    Judging by previous z series flagships it will probably get o as its final update, it might even get p but that is very unlikely.

  • Sorry… but it does not say that the XZ Premium with get Concept. It only suggests that it will get an inTouch forum.

  • Bashar Shehab

    That’s enough, Xperia Blog. Just enough posting false articles about Concept and getting everyone confused about it.

  • Bashar Shehab

    This is only Concept software not the entire official support

  • Dexterx Ramos

    What? Why stop? That is so uninnovative of you. You just tell this without giving reasons? We paid for these devices and you have obligation to make us know the reason. Don’t be like a girl who leaves a guy without giving reasons.

  • Moisés

    It ends in may… So the final firmware may be about to be released then.

  • Frode P. Bergsager

    I used Concept for nearly one year on my Z3C, but I am glad I didn’t buy a new X to have a couple of months with Concept.
    Right now I am using Z5C and Nexus 5X, hopefully they will survive until 2018.

  • Moisés

    Imx400 looks bigger than imx300, but is smaller.
    Is it because DRAM inside it?

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  • Emil Oskarsson

    Let’s hope we will get a new xz premium compact phone in September / November :)

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Well blame yourself for buying mid range products :p They don’t make that much money on mid range phones compared to high ends, that’s why they have lower priority xD

  • Roh_Mish

    I honestly think sony had just forgotton the XZ. Since they launched the XZs, the XZ security patches has stopped. The XZs has better camera (much better. I just checked it in store yesterday.), Better body and 1GB more RAM. It is what XZ should have been nine months ago


    As I am owning Xperia X dual this will not hamper me in any way unless Sony stop pushing upgrades to X officially. Hopefully will get Nougat 7.1.1 soon and 7.1.2 after that. Not much of hope with Android O but considering it was flagship once should get that too.

  • maleck johnson
  • Tomislav Matić

    Be ready for Android 7.1.1 because it is coming soon, maybe next week. That is the reason why 41.2.A.2.199 firmware is late.

  • ShinOrochiX

    The delay may be because of Mediatek, they’re generally slower and more reluctant (in general) in providing the kernel sources needed for an update.

  • Reyoch Ch

    What is this mean so no android update any more. The phone released on may 2016 even if 1 year not completed. Me buyed the phone price at 35000 rs india. Whats going on how much price was it this phone, why the sony is doing like this.

  • Did you even read this properly? Xperia X will STILL get Android updates. It’s just you’ll get it when normal people who bought their Xperia X with their carrier or phone shop get theirs. And you’ll need to step down to the “regular” software to get future updates.


  • Moisés

    No more updates for the program. Users need to go back to original firmware..
    Xperia X will probably get until android 8.1.

  • Moisés

    Of course X will be updated until 2018.
    X has never been flagship.
    X is a replacement of M5.
    X Performance used to be flagship.

  • Moisés

    Xz has march or april security …
    Even Z phones have march already.

  • Moisés

    Maybe XZs compact… SD 820.

    XZ Compact with SD 835 and HD screen will easily overtake XZ Premium as most powerful.

  • Moisés

    I guess this ..

    Z3+ : 7.1.1
    Z5: 8.0

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Let’s hope they make a compact phone of their real flagship phone this time then! Yeah the xz premium is their real flagship phone this time around ^^

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  • Z2,Z3- 6.0.1–> both have snap 801
    Z3+,Z5-7.1.1–> snap 810
    XP,XZ-8.0.?/8.1.?–> snap 820

    XZs–> snap 820,but its old only 2 months–> 9.0.?/9.1.?
    XZP-9.0.?/9.1.?–> snap 835

  • Moisés (XZs doing better than S8). ( XZs has better front cam than P10) ( XZs doing better than i7+ and p10) ( XZs faster than G6)

  • Moisés

    Z3 was going to get 7.0 . So we have this…

    Z1 : 5.1.1
    Z2: 6.0.1
    Z3 : 6.0.1 but would be 7.0
    Z4: maybe 7.1
    Z5: maybe 8.0

    The logic would be one Z phone left behind every semester. 24 months cycle.

    Z/ Z Ultra : 2013-15
    Z1: 2013-15
    Z2: 2014-16
    Z3: 2014 -16
    Z4: 2015-17
    Z5: 2015-17

  • Moisés

    Or maybe they bring X2 / Xc 2 with Qualcomm 660.

  • XperiaBlog

    What ‘false’ articles?

  • XperiaBlog

    Well it was very ambiguously worded, which is why all of the comments assumed the Xperia XZ Premium was next on the Concept list with everyone asking whether there would be a discount (much like for the Xperia X). Just look at the first bunch of comments before clarity by the Sony team, everyone complaining about the cost of the handset (including your comment!) Our post was written, before this point was clarified.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Please dont even joke about a compact mid range version :( Bring back the high end compact phones!

  • Moisés

    Qualcomm 660 is stronger than 810.

    4,6 HD X2 Compact would achieve easily 105000 on antutu. Probably is 14nm CPU.
    Better battery life than Z3c and Xc..

    But would be better to have X Compact 2 and XZ 1 Compact.

    – 4,6 ” HD , 660 , 4gb ram, 64gb , 23mp /13mp , 2700 mAh

    – 4,6 ” HD , SD 820, 4gb , 64gb, Motion Eye, 2700 mAh.

  • I’d say mildly ambiguous due to the context it was published in…. I think people were more inferring hope from the statement. It was cleared up in the comments pretty quickly prior to this and Android Police.

    Goes to show how one bit of misinformation can spread so easily. Thanks for posting the clarification post.

  • Bashar Shehab

    You did it a bunch of times before, I assume you are not personally in the Xperia X Concept program, so it’s just normal to have some info wrong. But please next time double check what you report, many people had high hopes that Concept will continue with the XZP when it’s actually not. Sorry I sounded angry with this comment but I was just upset.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    I know but Snapdragon 835 is stronger than s660 and s810 :)

  • Reyoch Ch

    So the xperia x will not get android o update?

  • Reyoch Ch

    No more update. In which program,? Will it get android o updates?

  • Moisés

    No more updates for concempt ..
    If users go back to original everything goes back to normal.
    X may be updated until 2018.

  • Moisés

    Could be both…

    One compact powered by 660, another by 820 or 835

  • Emil Oskarsson

    And here we go again, why would Sony release 3 compact phones? XD People always complains on Sony for releasing too many phones a year, imagine what people would say about 3 compact phones with only different soc’s xD

  • It will. Maybe. Who knows for certain?

  • Moisés

    That is too bad.. Hope you get it soon.

  • Moisés

    Why 3? High end compact and mid range compact only.

    X is not compact, almost same size of XZ

    Some people like small and simple. My father has J1. He does not need a powerful cpu. E5 would be enough if it was 4,6 or smaller.


    In India X was flagship as X performance was not launched here. X wasn’t a replacement of M5, M is different series and X is different. X was start of Xperia X series…(Remember no more Z series)

  • Emil Oskarsson

    X compact is a compact phone though :p not talking about the mid range Xperia x

  • Moisés

    It s like this ..

    XA = m4
    X = m5
    X Perf = ?
    XZ = z5

  • AG12

    Concept was not a beta for the Xperia Firmware.


    No it’s not M was different series and X is different. There is C series also. Now XA is mid range series, L is lower mid range while X is premium class series. Look at the specs of L1, XA/XA1 and X. Also X is getting regular updates because it was once flagship.

  • Moisés

    X can not be flagship , X Performance came along.
    Flagship of 2015 was Z3+, than Z5 premium. Not z5.

    Does not matter if Sony did not sell X performance in your country.. It was still better than X.
    With Qualcomm 820.

    X is super midrange, like M5.

    LG had G5 and G5 SE

    X is like M5, G5 SE, Samsung A9.


    If don’t want to agree don’t. From where Samsung come in picture here?
    Z5 was flagship so was X, XZ then XZs and now XZ premium.
    When did I say X Performance wasn’t better than X? Both were flagship phones. What makes you think X was super midrange?

  • Moisés

    A9 is an example… X is similar to A9 and G5 SE.

    X Performance is successor of Z5. X can not be because it is not even superior to z3+.
    Qualcomm 650 is similar to 805.


    805 is having Adreno 418 while 650 is having 510, though 650 is not as good as 820 but it’s hardware is far better than Z3+ or for that matter Z5.

  • Moisés

    X does not outperform Z3+ nor Z5.

    With android 7, X and X Compact can not even reach 83.000 on Antutu.
    Phones with the 810 can reach 100.000

    650 and 652 are refreshed versions of 805 and 808. While 653 is a little bit better.

    The new 660 is the similar of 810.

    Here X Performance never came too. Because Z5 Premium came here only in february 2016. And Z5 was still very expensive.

    But it was the best of Sony during first half of 2016.


    Antutu score isn’t everything. Xperia X having Cat6 LTE while Z5 Cat4. Camera is also better in X. So debating over 650 is better or 810 is of no use. 810 had various disadvantages and heating issue and that’s why manufacturer stayed away from it. And check Adreno capabilities 650 is next gen with better support than 808/810.

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