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Sony Xperia X Dual: Is it a mediocre smartphone at its price point?

Sony Xperia X Dual

Sony, a well know brand for its premium electronic gadgets is currently receiving a downfall in the customer response and the reason behind it is seems to be sticking with the same strategy and same types of products.

In order to overcome the fact, the company has ditched its Z series and set up a new X line up, under which it has launched Xperia X and X Performance smartphones at MWC, Barcelona.

The Xperia X Performace is currently available in limited regions only, while in India the Xperia X Dual is now available for sale at Rs. 48,990.

Besides, the Sony Xperia XA is will be available for INR 20,990 with an alleged release date of June 22. The smartphone sports a 5-inch 720p screen, MediaTek Helio P10 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage expandable via microSD card, 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, dual-SIM support and a 2300mAh battery with Qnovo Power Management.

Talking about the features and specifications of the Xperia X Dual:

Display

The device compacts a 5-inch IPS LCD display with full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) resolution. The screen is claimed to comprise of Sony’s technologies such as Bravia, Triluminos. Although at this price range, the handset display doesn’t match up with its colleagues like Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and so on.

Unfortunately, the flagship is not equipped with either a high-pixel density or AMOLED technology, it has the ability to manage itself by offering accurate and great saturation of colours. The auto-brightness sensor and super-vivid mode were praise-worthy but unfortunately automatic boosting of contrast and colours of images were deceptive when transferred to PC.

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Features

The Xperia X Dual operates on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The software intakes a lot of internal storage because of pre-installed apps, bouncy wallpapers, themes and so on. Fortunately, the user won’t face any trouble in the overall experience. Tho’ the company said that the pre-installed games can be uninstalled, however, users will have an option to disable it rather than removing it permanently. Apart from the above features, it packs a smart cleaner that is capable enough to clean the cache automatically.

Performance

In terms of performance, the machine is responsive. Installed with Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, 3GB RAM, and Adreno 510 GPU, user has the option to perform multitasking without any lag. The heating issue is also manageable but using camera excessively makes the handset warm. The microphone needs another test as it randomly stops for few seconds or shuts down during a call. The handset offers 64GB of internal storage  that can be expanded up to 200GB via a microSD card.

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Camera

On the photography front, it bears a 23MP rear camera  along with f/2.0 aperture, 24mm wide angle lens, phase detection autofocus, an LED flash and a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS image sensor while the selfie snapper includes a 13 MP 1/3-inch Exmor RS sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and a 22mm wide angle lens. The Predictive Hybrid autofocus feature enables the user to click the images of moving objects but it needs some polish. The image quality suffered from noise reduction and in case of dim light, details seem to be missing. Sony has always faced this issue in the previous smartphones also. Although the selfie snapper is a mediocre one, image quality differed from dim light to sunlight which surely contradicts the company’s statement.

Battery

It is fueled with a 2,620 mAh battery unit. Unlike other devices which packed with gigantic battery units and doesn’t live long, the handset seemed to have an extra potential. For average users, the device lasts 24 hours and in case of heavy usage, it ends up in the evening.

Connectivity and Sensors

The Sony Xperia X Dual is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts two Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, FM, 3G, 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope.

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