During the first quarter of 2016, Sony Xperia X and Samsung Galaxy S7 were launched in the market. They are the freshest faces of this year. Which of these two smartphones is the premium device worth having? We pitted one against the other, and here are the results.


Sony Xperia X and Samsung Galaxy S7 have the same size – length, width and weight. Both devices have a metallic build with glass, imbued with a smooth and stylish look. However, the Galaxy S7 screen easily catches fingerprints, while Sony’s new handset design lags behind in terms of buttons. The volume rocker is placed at the bottom ,which is awkward. Meanwhile, Samsung has easy-to-reach buttons.

Xperia X also lacks special design features like the fingerprint scanner and the waterproofing, whereas Samsung’s device has both.


Sony Xperia X sports a 5-inch LCD screen having 1080 x 1920 pixels, offering the same display quality as Samsung Galaxy S7 that has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, also with 1080 x 1920 pixels.

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However, the screen colors of Samsung’s device are comparatively more balanced than Xperia X’s.

The Always-on option is not found in Sony’s handset, which shows its users time and phone notifications.


Since both handsets run on the same OS which is Android, Sony Xperia X has an interface that offers simple, light and fast usage while Galaxy S7 has a longer list of customization options.

Performance and Memory

Galaxy S7 is powered by the latest and fastest Snapdragon 820 SoC paired with 4GB RAM. It evidently wins as Sony Xperia X runs on Snapdragon 650 chip and 3GB RAM.

Interestingly, Sony Xperia X and Samsung Galaxy S7 have the same 32GB internal storage.


As always, Sony didn’t let us down in terms of camera specs. Xperia X is packed with 23 MP rear and 13 MP secondary shooter. Galaxy S7 has 12 MP rear snapper and 5 MP selfie shutter. Samsung has a fast shutter and an auto-rotate function that is better than that of Sony, notes Yibada.

Battery Life

Samsung’s device is backed by 3000 mAh battery, which has a longer life than the 2,620 mAh battery capacity of Sony Xperia X. Fast recharge is an advantage from the Japanese’s firm.

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Clearly, Sony Xperia X has one of the best cameras but Samsung Galaxy S7 wins in all face-off categories.