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Sony Xperia X Performance will see a limited release in the UK

Sony's new Xperia X Performance will be releasing in the UK care of Clove Technology with an asking price of £549 VAT included ($782).

Published onJune 12, 2016

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Sony’s Xperia X line of phones have already released in some parts of the world, though until now it has not been clear as to if the highest end product, the Xperia X Performance, would launch in the UK. It seems those fearing for the worst can alleviate their concerns, as the device will indeed be launching in the United Kingdom, but at the moment just with a single retailer.

Clove Technology has currently listed the Performance with a price of £457.00 without VAT, or £549.00 including it. This converts to roughly $650 sans tax and $782 with it, for those more familiar with USD. While the device is not yet in stock, it is listed with a Mid-July release date. According to Clove’s spec-related information (scroll to the bottom of this post to expand) the model will launch in just a single color: Black.

“Peculiar” pricing

Sony’s latest offerings have been the subject of some degree of controversy given that they has some decidedly mid-range specs. With respect to the Xperia X Performance, the phone packs the potent and powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 but couples it with a Full HD (1920 X 1080) display and only 3GB of RAM. Price-wise however, it – along with the standard Xperia X – are clearly on the premium side of the spectrum, competing with the Galaxy S7 and HTC10. Said pricing, in and of itself, has already resulted in some rough reviews for said standard X, which is basically the same phone as the X Premium but with a Snapdragon 650 SoC instead.

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It remains to be seen just how many customers the world over will go for the Xperia X Performance, especially when last year’s Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium are still sold and likely carrying significantly reduced price tags compare to that which they launched at last year. For those who don’t care about having an “old” SoC like the Snapdragon 810, the specs are shockingly similar, except the Z family was at least waterproof.

Clove lists the following key details for the Xperia X Performance:

SIM Free / Unlocked UK Stock
At Clove Technology we go the extra mile to providing you with the latest technology. This SIM free, factory unlocked handsets can be used with nano SIM cards from all major network providers.
Like our other smartphones, this is an official UK version of the Xperia X Performance, including 3pin UK mains charger, 24 month Sony warranty and is unlocked for use on all UK & European networks with a nano SIM card.

And specifies the following selling points:

  • Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) OS – All the latest Android features including battery saving technology
  • 23 MP Sony camera sensor with Predictive Hybrid Autofocus – Capture great photos no matter the location and scene
  • Lossless 5x Clear Zoom and <0.1 second autofocus
  • 5.0” Full HD resolution – Enjoy content in great detail
  • LTE Cat 9 support
  • 64 bit quad-core processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 & 3GB RAM
  • 32 GB storage & micro SD support up to 200 GB – Plenty of storage options for all your media
  • Fingerprint sensor – Keep your phone and the data on it secure
  • Hi-Res audio support – Enjoy music in more detail

Wrap Up

What do you think? Are you a customer living in the UK? Does the Xperia X Performance seem like your cup of tea? Is it priced too high to purchase? Leave a comment or two below and share your thoughts!

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