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Sony Xperia X, X Performance, XA, XA Ultra: What's the difference?

How can you tell the four phones in Sony's Xperia X family apart? With this specs chart and handy guide.

Josh Miller

Sony announced pricing and availability for all four (count 'em, four!) phones in its Xperia X range: the midprice X (fully reviewed here), budget XA, upmarket X Performance and large-screen XA Ultra. But what's the difference?

The chart below helps you hunt out details in size, specs and price, but here's a simpler take-away to keep in mind as you read: They're listed from least to most expensive.

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Xperia XA: The least expensive of the bunch with entry-level hardware.

Xperia XA Ultra: Sony's hulking 6-inch phone, with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera.

Xperia X: A compact, 5-inch handset that's extremely easy to operate one-handed. It also has a 23-megapixel camera.

Xperia X Performance: The X, but with a faster processor and dust- and water-resistance.

Hardware and specs

Sony Xperia XA Sony Xperia XA Ultra Sony Xperia X Sony Xperia X Performance
Display size, resolution 5-inch; 1,280x720 pixels 6-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels
Pixel density 294ppi 367ppi 443ppi 443ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.7x2.6x0.31 inches 6.5x3.1x0.33 inches 5.6x2.7x0.31 in 5.6x2.8x0.33 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 144x67x7.9mm 164.2x79.4x8.4mm 143x69x7.7mm 143.7x70.5x8.6mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 4.8 oz (137.4g) 6.70 oz (190g) 5.36 oz; 152g 5.8 oz; 164.43g
Mobile software Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera 13-megapixel 21.5-megapixel 23-megapixel 23-megapixel
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel 16-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel
Video capture 1080p HD 1080p HD 1080p HD 1080p HD
Processor 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 1.8GHz six-core Snapdragon 650 2.1GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Storage 16GB 16GB 32GB 32GB
Expandable storage 200GB 300GB 200GB 200GB
Battery 2,700mAh (nonremovable) 2,700mAh (nonremovable) 2,620mAh (nonremovable) 2,700mAh (nonremovable)
Fingerprint sensor None None Power button (disabled in US) Power button (disabled in US)
Connector Micro-USB Micro-USB Micro-USB Micro-USB
Special features N/A N/A Hardware shutter button Water-resistant
Price off-contract (USD) $280 $370 $550 $700
Price (GBP) Converts to £190 Converts to £255 Converts to £375 Converts to £480
Price (AUD) Converts to AU$ 390 Converts to AU$515 Converts to AU$760 Converts to AU$975
Availability July 17 July 24 June 26 July 17