Sony Xperia X review: Rated X

Rated X

GSMArena team, 20 May, 2016.

Phone

We have a single-SIM Sony Xperia X, but there is a dual-SIM version if you need an extra phone line. The phone has active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic. You can filter the call log by missed, incoming and outgoing calls.

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Dialer • Call log filtering

The phone also has a fairly unique feature, a built-in answering machine. Yep, it picks up an incoming call, plays your greeting and would later replay your friends' messages. You can set up your greeting and pickup conditions.

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The Xperia X has a built-in answering machine

The Sony Xperia X scored fairly low on our loudspeaker test. Stereo speakers or not, it just sounds quiet even when you boost the volume to the maximum. So it scores a Below Average, not really improving on the Xperia Z5's or the M5's performance.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Sony Xperia X 61.3 61.1 65.7 Below Average
Sony Xperia Z5 65.1 62.3 66.3 Below Average
HTC One A9 65.0 64.9 67.2 Below Average
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) 65.8 66.0 66.5 Below Average
Sony Xperia M5 65.6 68.9 64.0 Below Average
Apple iPhone 6 66.6 65.7 72.8 Average
Nokia Lumia 830 65.3 66.3 78.0 Good
Xiaomi Mi 4s 73.7 68.6 82.9 Very Good
Meizu MX5 75.7 73.5 79.5 Excellent

Messaging

The Sony Xperia X has a beautiful Material design messaging app. It feels like the instant messengers you might be used to, including conversations wallpapers and cute stickers you can send.

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Messaging app

Ours came with panda stickers pre-installed, but you can download more (free and paid sticker packs are available). You can also send your own creations drawn in the Sketch (obviously, this changes the message type to MMS).

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Stickers are available, just like in chat apps

For text entry, Sony picked the SwiftKey keyboard. It became popular for its swipe input, but regular tap-typing with text correction is available as well.

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Customizeable SwiftKey keyboard

The keyboard is highly customizable - you can change the layout, choose what characters are available (accented characters, emoji), enable a number row, resize the keyboard or even undock it.

The Messaging app also handles voice input.

Reader comments

Xperia x is very good quality phon. But one things suffered me so much. I can't make any local call when my i stay in my connected wifi area. Even others also can't making call to my cell !! And Network signal buffering suddenl. My current oper...

  • Anonymous

worst phone i ever used, issues with user friendly setups, hard to reboot and hard reset not so happy with the camera. sony really dont care about services

  • ussy

The Sony Experia X is quite smart amazing phone with slick and portable design good camera and the battery 🔋 is awesome sweet phone friendly user for any affordable buyer . Keep it 👆 up