Why it matters to you
There are smartphone bargains out there if you look for them, and this deal on last year’s Sony flagship is a great one.
If you’re quick with the credit card, and have a good eye for a bargain, it’s still possible to pick up an excellent phone for a low price. Just such a deal has shown up at B&H Photo, where the Sony Xperia X Performance is on sale for just $300, down from its usual $500, plus the gorgeous graphite black version is among those in stock.
The Xperia X Performance was the top-of-the-range model announced by Sony at Mobile World Congress in 2016, which makes it over a year old, but it still has a strong set of specifications. What’s more, the $300 price tag sees it go alongside smartphones with inferior technical ability, so if all you have to spend is $300, it’s a solid buy.
It gets its name from the Snapdragon 820 processor inside — the fastest chip you could get at the time — which is accompanied by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage space. The camera, often a Sony highlight, has 23 megapixels on the rear, and 13 megapixels on the front selfie camera. Although Android Marshmallow was installed at launch, an update to Android 7.1 Nougat was made available at the end of April 2017.
Perhaps the most notable feature rarely seen on other phones at this price is water resistance, and the Xperia X Performance manages an IP68 rating, which is the highest level available for mobile devices. Sony hasn’t been a fan of large screens for sometime, and the Xperia X Performance has a fairly modest 5-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, which paired with the 2,700mAh battery should result in a decent standby time.
B&H Photo is selling the Xperia X Performance in its graphite black, lime gold, rose gold, and white color schemes, all at $300. However, the deal is only live for a single day, so if you wait too long, it’ll will pass you by.