Sony Xperia XR vs Xperia X Performance vs Xperia X: What’s the rumoured difference?

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The next Sony Xperia flagship is expected to be announced at the beginning of September at consumer electronics show IFA.

It has leaked several times over the last couple of months as both the Xperia XR and the Xperia F8331, but we are going to call it the former for the sake of this feature.

We’ve compared the rumoured specs of the Xperia XR to the Xperia Z5 in a 1 Comment, but here we are looking at how the Xperia XR compares to the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance, based on the speculation.

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The leaked images of the Xperia XR all show a device following the same OmniBalance design previous Sony smartphones feature. The new flagship is claimed to measure 146.4 x 71.9 x 8.1mm and offer a brushed metal finish.

According to the images, it looks like the fingerprint sensor will remain within the side power button, USB Type-C will be on board and there will be a new rear camera layout. We’d also hope to see IP65 and IP68 water and dust resistance.

Both the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance have a brushed metal finishes and the OmniBalance design. They also both have fingerprint sensors built in to the side power button, but only the X Performance is water and dust resistant.

The Xperia X measures 143 x 69 x 7.7mm and weighs 152g while the Xperia X Performance measures 143 x 70.5 x 8.6mm and weighs 164g. That means if the rumours are accurate, the new Xperia will be larger than both the X and X Performance, but perhaps slimmer than X Performance.


The Sony Xperia XR is rumoured to be coming with a 5.1-inch display offering a Full HD resolution. If accurate, this would put the XR’s pixel density at 423ppi.

The Xperia X and X Performance both have 5-inch displays and they both have 1080p resolutions meaning their pixel densities are 441ppi. Although on paper that means they will be sharper than the XR if the rumours are true, the difference wouldn’t be noticeable to the human eye.

The Xperia X and Xperia X Performance both have a number of Sonytechnologies on board, including Triluminos and X-Reality. We’d expect the same from the next Xperia too though.


There haven’t been any rumours relating to the resolution of the next Xperia smartphones camera, but it has been claimed it will offer 4K video recording from both the front and rear.

As we mentioned previously, the leaked images suggest the Xperia XR will have a different camera layout on the rear, and it has been claimed it will offer a dual-LED flash.

We’d expect the same sensors as the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance though, as Sony waited a few years to upgrade to this from the 21.5-megapixel seen on the earlier Xperia Z devices.

The Xperia X and Xperia X Performance come with a 23-megapixel rear camera and a 13-megapixel front-facing camera. Both are only capable of Full HD video recording, but they come with Predictive Hybrid AF, which we’d also expect to see on the Xperia XR.


The Sony Xperia XR is said to be coming with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor but there haven’t been any other leaks relating to the hardware.

We’d expect to see 3GB or 4GB of RAM, hopefully the latter, along with 32GB of storage and microSD support. We’d also expect a battery capacity around the 3000mAh mark.

The Xperia X features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chip, supported by 3GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage, both of which have microSD expansion. There is a 2620mAh battery.

The Xperia X Performance has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, suggesting it will offer the same performance as the Xperia XR if the rumours are true. There is 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory with microSD and a 2700mAh battery.


The Sony Xperia XR will probably launch on Android Marshmallow rather than Android Nougat and it will no doubt have Sony’s bloatware over the top.

Both the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance launched on Android Marshmallow and also feature bloatware over the top.

There will probably be a few new software features announced with the new device but we’d expect the experience between these three devices to be similar.


According to the rumours, the Sony Xperia XR should improve on the Xperia X in terms of hardware and performance, though perhaps not on the X Performance.

The image leaks suggest we will see a slightly different design, even if still familiar, but in terms of other specs, there doesn’t seem to be much change, especially compared to the Xperia X Performance.

This is all speculation for now though so take everything with a pinch of salt. You can read our next Sony Xperia rumour round up for the latest and we will update this feature when the official specs and name are announced.




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