Sony unveils trio of smartphones, including a brand new flagship

Sony has unveiled a trio of new smartphones, covering a number of bases: the high-end Xperia X Performance (pictured above), the mid-range Xperia X, and the budget-friendly Xperia XA.

For all intents and purposes, the Xperia X Performance is a mid-year flagship for Sony. The device itself is clad in metal (abandoning the glass back Sony typically uses in its flagships), and includes high-end features such as the side-facing fingerprint reader Sony introduced with the Xperia Z5 family.

In terms of hardware, the Xperia X Performance offers up a 5-inch 1080p display, the brand new Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 2,700 mAh battery said to last up to two days. In addition to a 13MP front-facing camera, the Xperia X Performance has a souped up rear shooter that borrows features from Sony's Alpha range of cameras. Namely, the camera uses "predictive hybrid autofocus" technology that is able to predict a subject's motion, to – in theory – ensure in focus, blur free shots.

The Xperia X Performance will be available in a range of familiar colours:  white, black, gold, and rose gold.

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