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Benchmarking the Sony Xperia X, starring Snapdragon 650

The Sony Xperia X is powered by a Snapdragon 650 – Qualcomm’s new and highly popular mid-range chipset. To be honest, we tend to prefer its 652 sibling.

Don’t be fooled by their name, these are the true successors to the Snapdragon 810. They use the Cortex-A72 CPU core, faster and more powerful than the A57 it replaces. The Snapdragon 650 has two of them, the 652 has four, both add four Cortex-A53 cores for low-power needs.

Better still, the GPU is part of the Adreno 5 series, a 510 to be exact. It’s miles ahead of the Adreno 405 that’s used in lower-end Snapdragon 6-series chipsets. It even stacks up well against the Adreno 430 in the S810 chipset. Sony paired the chipset with 3GB of RAM, while some makers are slowly making their way to 6GB.

All this lengthy explanation is needed because technically it’s a mid-range chipset. And the Sony Xperia X is a 600 phone, at this price words like “mid-range” are best avoided. So, let’s have the benchmarks do the talking, they speak in numbers only.

GeekBench 3 (multi-core)

Higher is better


Huawei P9
6558


Samsung Galaxy S7
6360


LG G5
5362


Xiaomi Mi 5
5358


HTC 10
5257


Sony Xperia Z5
4017


Sony Xperia X
3796


HTC One A9
3209


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
3061

GeekBench 3 (single-core)

Higher is better


HTC 10
2368


LG G5
2328


Xiaomi Mi 5
2305


Samsung Galaxy S7
2170


Huawei P9
1819


Sony Xperia X
1367

Basemark OS 2.0

Higher is better


Xiaomi Mi 5
2180


Samsung Galaxy S7
2128


Huawei P9
2068


LG G5
2065


HTC 10
1839


Sony Xperia X
1714


Sony Xperia Z5
1482


HTC One A9
944


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
833

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better


HTC 10
47


LG G5
47


Xiaomi Mi 5
45


Samsung Galaxy S7
38


Sony Xperia Z5
24


Huawei P9
18


Sony Xperia X
14


HTC One A9
6.4


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
5.7

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better


Xiaomi Mi 5
43


HTC 10
28


LG G5
28


Samsung Galaxy S7
27


Sony Xperia Z5
25


Huawei P9
19


Sony Xperia X
15


HTC One A9
6.7


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
5.7

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better


HTC 10
31


LG G5
30


Xiaomi Mi 5
30


Samsung Galaxy S7
28


Sony Xperia Z5
18


Huawei P9
10


Sony Xperia X
9.2


HTC One A9
3.8

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better


Xiaomi Mi 5
29


Sony Xperia Z5
19


HTC 10
15


Samsung Galaxy S7
15


LG G5
15


Huawei P9
11


Sony Xperia X
10


HTC One A9
4

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better


Xiaomi Mi 5
17


HTC 10
9.9


LG G5
8.8


Samsung Galaxy S7
7.9


Huawei P9
7.1


Sony Xperia X
5.9

Basemark X

Higher is better


Xiaomi Mi 5
33110


Samsung Galaxy S7
32345


LG G5
29456


HTC 10
28882


Sony Xperia Z5
23923


Huawei P9
16942


Sony Xperia X
15087


HTC One A9
6617


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
4947

Basemark X (medium)

Higher is better


Samsung Galaxy S7
40713


Xiaomi Mi 5
35292


HTC 10
30680


Huawei P9
29583


LG G5
29148


Sony Xperia X
24687


HTC One A9
12250

Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better


Samsung Galaxy S7
732


LG G5
587


Xiaomi Mi 5
580


Huawei P9
341


Sony Xperia X
251


HTC One A9
132