Telstra announces Sony Xperia X Performance on contract pricing

Sony's staggered rollout of its X series smartphones has almost come to an end with Telstra's announcement of on contract pricing for the Xperia X Performance.

Telstra's Xperia X Performance plans start at AUD$80 per month (a AUD$55 plan with a AUD$25 handset repayment fee). This gets subscribers 1GB of data, AUD$550 of talk, and unlimited text. AUD$84 per month (AUD$70 plan with an AUD$14 handset repayment fee) bumps this to 2.5GB of data, AUD$1,000 of talk, and unlimited text. Handset repayment fees are dropped on Telstra's AUD$95 and AUD$135 per month, which include unlimited talk and text, and 10GB or 15GB of data, respectively.

In terms of hardware, the Xperia X Performance is Sony's new flagship smartphone; it's clad in metal and offers IP68 water resistance, and a side-facing fingerprint reader. The handset features a 5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 2,700 mAh battery. 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 is available through Telstra now. Outright, the phone is priced at AUD$999 through Sony stores.

Read more: Sony confirms X series smartphone pricing for Australia



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