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Sony's Xperia X camera features a hybrid focus system designed to predict the action to capture the moment.

Sony releases 23MP super fast X series phones

WITH a 23 megapixel rear camera and a 13 megapixel variation for selfies, Sony's new fast focus, low light Xperia X smartphone should be a hit with budding photographers.

Sony this week announced Australian details for its new Xperia X Series smartphones, the Xperia XA, Xperia X and Xperia X Performance.

The Xperia X is now available online from sony.com.au and will be available from Vodafone on June 29.

Sony claims the X and X Performance offer the best autofocus on a moving object and world's most stable video capture.

The 5-inch smartphones also features a low-light selfie camera.

"Smartphone users expect more from their cameras, whether it's faster speeds and sharper images or better pictures in low-light,'' said John Featherstone, managing director of Sony Mobile Oceania.

Sony's Xperia X phones have 13 megapixel selfie cameras which are designed for low-light use.
Sony's Xperia X phones have 13 megapixel selfie cameras which are designed for low-light use.

Australian Regional Media has just started testing the Xperia X and has so far been impressed by its design and the materials used.

Sony says the texture and curvature is made for the most natural palm fit. The X certainly feels good to hold and the display is crisp and clear.

The Android phone, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core 64 bit processor, is super easy to set up which the intro menus particularly easy to follow.

One of the fun features is on the the selfie camera which can be set to take photos each time you smile.

The phones come in Lime Gold and Rose Gold as well as Graphite Black and White.

Xperia X has a seamless metal back, Xperia X Performance has a stylish hairline finish while the Xperia XA features a borderless edge-to-edge screen.

Sony says the Xperia X and X Performance offer smart capture technology that goes from standby to capture in 0.6 of  a second.

It's auto focus system is powered by Predictive Hybrid Autofocus camera technology.

The system was developed in close collaboration with Sony's camera engineers, and works by tracking an object and cleverly predicting its movement to produce clear, blur-free shots.

The Sony X range is available now online
The Sony X range is available now online

The 23MP rear camera also features SteadyShot stabilisation for recording smooth videos and minimising "shaky cam" effects.

Sony claims The Xperia X and Xperia XA offer up to two days' battery power from a single charge.

New to the X Series is Sony's smart battery management system, Qnovo Adaptive Charging, which maintains battery health while charging to make the battery last up to twice as long over its lifespan.

 Sony says the system uses a patented adaptive charging approach that monitors battery health in real-time and continually adjusts battery charging current.
 

Bonus movies offer

As a special Xperia X Series launch offer, Xperia X Series handsets will for a limited time come with 12 bonus movie downloads, valued at more than $235.

Users download their content to keep, and can choose from a range of over 100 Sony Pictures titles from latest releases through to back catalogue films.

The offer is redeemable through the Xperia Lounge app, which comes preloaded on the handsets.

The Xperia X will be available through Vodafone. All X Series models and accessories will be available directly from Sony Australia at www.sony.com.au, Sony Kiosks and Sony Centre.

The Xperia XA will be available through Vodafone and Virgin Mobile, and the Xperia X Performance will be a carrier exclusive through Telstra; these handsets are expected to be available within the next month, and an update on pricing details will be available closer to the release date.

Pricing will be confirmed at launch.

Sony's Xperia X camera features a stylish design
Sony's Xperia X camera features a stylish design

Comparison table

Key spec

XA

X

X Performance

Depth

Weight

7.9mm

<137.4g

7.7mm

152g

8.7mm

<165g

Design

 

 

IP65/68, capless USB

Processor

Mediatek Helio™ P10 octa-core 64 bit processor

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 650 hexa-core 64 bit processor

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 quad-core 64 bit processor

Internal memory

16GMB eMMC

(Supports memory card up to 200GB)

32GMB eMMC

(Supports memory card up to 200GB)

32GB (Supports memory card up to 200GB)

Display

5" HD 720p

Mobile BRAVIA engine 2

5" Full HD 1080p

TRILUMINOUS Display for mobile

5" Full HD 1080p

TRILUMINOUS Display for mobile

Connectivity

LTE Cat4, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1

LTE Cat6, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

LTE Cat9, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

Battery

Up to 2 days (2300mAh), Quick charging Pump Express+ 2.0 (10min charge - 5.5h use)

Adaptive charging with Qnovo

Up to 2 days (2620mAh),

QC 2.0 (10min charge - 5.5h use).

Adaptive charging with Qnovo

(2700mAh),

QC 2.0 (10min charge - 5.5h use)

Adaptive charging with Qnovo

Main Camera

13MP / Hybrid AF /

5x clear image zoom / HDR photo

23MP / Predictive Hybrid Auto Focus / up to ISO12800, Sony ExmorRS™ for mobile image sensor / 24mm wide G Lens / Superior Auto+ / Quick launch / HDR photo / Full HD Video

23MP/  Predictive Hybrid Auto Focus / up to ISO12800 / Sony ExmorRS™ for mobile image sensor / 24mm wide G Lens / Superior Auto+ / Quick launch / HDR photo / Full HD Video

Front camera

Front: 8MP/ Sony ExmorR™ for mobile image sensor / wide-angle lens

Front: 13MP / 22mm wide-angle lens / up to ISO6400 / HDR photo

Front: 13MP / 22mm wide-angle lens /   up to ISO6400 / HDR photo

Audio

Clear Audio+

DNC / DSEE HX / HRA / AHC / LDAC

DNC / DSEE HX / HRA / AHC / LDAC