Sony Xperia X Performance
Sony's Xperia mobile phones are displayed at Tokyo Game Show 2016 in Chiba, east of Tokyo, Japan, September 15, 2016. Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A number of Sony Xperia X performance users have already received the first beta release of the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. Sony will keep refining the Android 7.0 software. It could keep on releasing further beta builds before the final update hits the devices.

New notification panel and split-screen multi-tasking is in and Sony has also added new camera app options with manual ISO and shutter speed control at 23MP. The latest update also has the Stamina Mode enabled. The auto-rotation bug has been fixed and touch sensitivity is greatly improved, reports GSMArena.

The Android Nougat Beta has the firmware build number 39.2.A.0.248. It will be available to users in certain regions with single sim variants of the Xperia X Performance. The firmware also includes Google’s October security patches, reveals the Xperia blog.

As per Tech Times, Sony wants a stock Android experience for Xperia X Performance and wants to go away from the heavy and clunky custom Android UI. Thus, the new firmware does not show a massive departure from conventional Android N experiences.

The Stamina Mode reduces CPU strain and hence saves more power as the mode cuts off app processes not in use. As already noted, the most-irritating auto-rotating bug has also been removed. Touch sensitivity has greatly improved.

The Xperia X Performance is more powerful than the Xperia X and packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. It has a 32GB internal storage that is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. It also has a 13MP selfie camera, 3GB RAM, 2,700 mAh battery and an incredible 5-inch Full HD Triluminos display with a screen resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.

The Xperia X Performance was originally available for US$599 (AU$780). However, Sony has slashed its price and the handset is now available for US$475 (AU$620).