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Shining a limelight on the Sony Xperia X Performance

Sony's highest-powered Xperia phone, the Performance, punches up the hardware. We show it off here in its unusual limey shade.

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Jessica Dolcourt
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Not every Sony Xperia X Performance comes in this unusual shade of lime-gold, but one of ours did! It's a colorful alternative to grey and black.

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But we also did see the phone in a more sober grey shade, too.

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The X Performance takes photos through its 23-megapixel camera.

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A dedicated camera button launches the app from its locked position, and takes the photo, too.

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You'll find a 13-megapixel camera up front for selfies.

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The power button can read your fingerprint to unlock the phone in a flash -- if you have the global version.

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But it isn't available on Performance phones sold in the US; there, the power/lock button snubs your thumbprint.

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On the global version, this fingerprint reader is very speedy.

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The phone runs Android 6.0.

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Overall, the phone's 5-inch screen makes it easy to operate one-handed, a nice change of pace from supersize phones.

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The slim sides make for a nice grip.

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If you want to expand the phone's storage, the microSD card snugly fits next to the SIM card.

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The Performance definitely runs circles around other phones in the Xperia X family, but it'll cost you.

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