Remember when the Walkman and Cyber-shot cellphones from Sony Ericsson were such a hot commodity? The Xperia line of smartphones has certainly had its fair share of ups and downs since that time and Sony is hoping for another big upswing with the new Xperia X series that it announced back in February. And Canadians will finally be able to get their hands on these new Android smartphones in a couple of weeks.

As a refresher, you might think of the Xperia X series as a reboot from the company’s Xperia Z series. They’re starting fresh(-ish) while still maintaining the slim and slick design philosophy we’ve come to expect from Sony Mobile. The Xperia X Performance with its Snapdragon 820 and 2.5D rounded glass edges is the most powerful of the bunch, whereas the 6-inch Xperia XA Ultra is the biggest of the bunch. Slotting in between are the mainstream Xperia X and the more affordable Xperia XA.

Not all models will be available through all Canadian carriers, unsurprisingly.


If you’re with Rogers, your only choice from the Xperia X series is the range-topping Xperia X Performance in Graphite Black. Pre-orders will be taken starting on June 23 with delivery on July 14. If you’re with Videotron, you can get the Xperia X in black starting June 29. Virgin Mobile’s got the Xperia XA in black or white starting June 23. Bell customers can pick between the Xperia X Performance or the Xperia XA, both in your choice of black or white, starting June 23.

The luckiest customers of them all appear to be those subscribed to Wind Mobile. With the exception of the Xperia X Performance, Wind customers can pick up any of the other three, including an exclusive on the Xperia XA Ultra, which ships July 14 in graphite black alongside the equally black X and XA.

Sony Mobile also commissioned a survey to reveal the smartphone photo habits of Canadians, the results of which you can see in this infographic. The full Xperia X series press release is below that. Pricing has not yet been announced and will be determined at the individual carrier level.


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Sony Mobiles New Xperia X Series Marks Canadian Debut

Much anticipated Android devices roll out to carriers starting June 23; four models available

TORONTO June 7, 2016 Sony Mobile Communications (Sony Mobile) announced the availability of its latest smartphone lineup today. The Xperia X Series is available starting June 23 at multiple carriers including Bell, Rogers, Virgin Mobile Canada, WIND Mobile, and Videotron. The four models announced earlier this year are coming to Canada.

The Xperia X Performance, Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia XA Ultra are each uniquely designed from the inside out and are a true testament to Sony Mobiles new brand vision of creating products that offer layers of world-leading technology, especially in its camera and battery.

Sony Mobile is passionate about creating the most intelligent and unique experiences for our users, bringing best-in-class technologies to help amplify the activities they love doing every day. Xperia X series is designed to let you interact with the world around you in exciting ways, making lives more enjoyable and delivering new intelligence that sets it apart, said Kunihiko Shiomi, President of Sony Mobile Communications, North America.

From camera and battery to design and performance, capturing and experiencing whatever life throws your way has never been smarter, simpler and more fun. The all-new Predictive Hybrid Autofocus in Xperia X and Xperia X Performance is developed in close collaboration with Sonys Alpha camera engineers; it lets you choose your subject and then predicts its motion, so you can capture the action in perfect focus, free from blur.

Xperia X Performance
Designed for those who want to turn heads and impress, the sophisticated Xperia X Performance impresses:
23 MP main camera with intelligent features like Quick Launch with a dedicated camera button that goes from standby to capture in 0.6 seconds, SteadyShot video stabilization, and all-new Predictive Hybrid Autofocus.
Water resistant design is built to withstand the splashes that are part of everyday life, and takes the worry out of sudden spills or unexpected showers[i].
Form-fitting 5 display with 2.5D rounded glass edges and seamless brushed metal back.
Equipped with PS4 Remote Play to access PS4 console remotely using the local Wi-Fi network.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor for blazing-fast performance.
Long lasting battery life and intelligent power management functionality plus it benefits from a battery lifespan thats up to twice as long with Qnovos Adaptive Charging technology[ii].

Xperia X
The Xperia X is perfect for those whose lifestyle demands a smartphone thats ready when they need it most.
23MP main camera with SteadyShot with Intelligent Active mode for clear, smooth videos and Quick Launch Camera to capture the most spontaneous moments fast and easily.
5 display with curved glass edge and seamless metal back is comfortable to hold and stunning to look at.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor for blazing-fast performance.
Equipped with PS4 Remote Play to access PS4 console remotely using the local Wi-Fi network.
Long lasting battery life and intelligent power management functionality plus it benefits from a battery lifespan thats up to twice as long with Qnovos Adaptive Charging technology[iii].

Xperia XA
Created with fun and style in mind, the Xperia XA fits into any lifestyle perfectly and beautifully.
A stunning 5 borderless display with a slim curved design thats amazing to look at and a pleasure to hold.
13MP Quick Launch Camera to capture spontaneous moments as they happen and Hybrid Autofocus to freeze the action for sharp, blur-free photos.
Groundbreaking Qnovo adaptive charging maintains battery performance and delivers a battery lifespan thats twice as long as earlier Xperia phones[iv].
MediaTek Helio P10 Octa-core processor that delivers efficient power and performance.

Xperia XA Ultra
Bigger is better takes a whole new meaning as it comes to life in the 6 Xperia XA Ultra.

Large 6 near borderless display on a narrow, curved 5.5 grip thats comfortable and fun to use.
MediaTek Helio P10 Octa-core processor delivers efficient power and performance.
21 MP main camera with < 0.15 second Hybrid Autofocus helps capture split-second moments in sharp quality.
16 MP front-facing camera with slow sync flash for capturing amazing photos in low-light conditions. Also features gesture shutter to ensure easy capture for photos with a simple motion.
Groundbreaking Qnovo adaptive charging maintains battery performance and delivers a longer lifespan compared to previous generation Xperia smartphones.

Availability Details

Xperia X Performance, starting June 23 at Bell (Graphite Black and White) and available to reserve starting June 23 at Rogers and in-stores on July 14 (Graphite Black)
Xperia X available June 29 at Videotron (Graphite Black) and July 14 at WIND Mobile (Graphite Black)
Xperia XA available June 23 at Bell (Graphite Black and White) and Virgin Mobile Canada (Graphite Black and White), and July 14 at WIND (Graphite Black)
Xperia XA Ultra exclusively available with WIND Mobile July 14 (Graphite Black)
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