Sony quietly unveils Xperia XA2 Plus with 6-inch display & Snapdragon 630

Sony quietly unveils Xperia XA2 Plus with 6-inch display & Snapdragon 630
Joining the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra that were both announced back in January, Sony has quietly taken the wraps off of the new Xperia XA2 Plus which appears to be just a slightly modified version of the XA2 Ultra.

Externally, perhaps the biggest change is the presence of a new 18:9 display panel that retains the same 6-inch diameter seen on the Ultra model. However, due to the new aspect ratio, the XA2 Plus sees a reduction in both height and width, thus resulting in a smartphone that’s easier to hold. Also, Sony has equipped the device with a slightly more premium build that replaces the previous plastic rear with a new aluminum panel. Just like the Ultra variant, though, positioned just above the circular fingerprint scanner is a single rear camera which sports a resolution of 23-megapixels. On the selfie side of things, though, a pretty major downgrade seems to have taken place. After all, the dual-camera setup seen on the Xperia XA2 Ultra has been replaced by a single 8-megapixel sensor.

Regardless of these external details, the differences between the two devices are virtually unnoticeable when it comes to the internal side of things. Starting off with the processor, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 can be found powering the device along with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. Additionally, Sony is once again offering the choice of 32GB or 64GB of internal storage depending on the user’s preference, although this is further expandable via a microSD slot. On a final note, it’s worth noting that Android 8.0 Oreo will be making a return straight out of the box alongside the same 3,580mAh power pack complete with Quick Charge 3.0 support.

As of now, Sony is yet to confirm the official pricing of its latest mid-range offering, although it will be available in Black, Silver, Gold, and Green upon its release in August in Europe.

source: Sony

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Xperia XA2 Plus
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3580 mAh(34.2h 3G talk time)



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Why quietly? Write a bloody song and dance about it, 'Sonny'! This is a decent phone with decent specs and if Sony manage to price it under $300 (Which I doubt); at a decent price. I absolutely love how this phone has the visual flair of older Xperia Phones; released back in Jelly bean days. I find it quite nostalgic; although some might disagree. Lastly; I'd oh so optimistically go as far as to say that phones like these 'Might' (With a capital 'M') put Sony back into the smartphone game! Oh well, G'Day!

2. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Not even Moto G6+ is below $300, how was this one supposed to? Xa2 was $340, Xa2u was $440... This one must be around $ 380

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Because... Well, The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Pro (Global Version) with the vastly superior Snapdragon 636 is available here for $280. And... The Nokia 6.1 with Snapdragon 630 is going for $200 right now (On sale). Both unlocked.

12. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Redmi 5+ No nfc, no usb C, no triluminos, no qnovo, no EIS 4K, low bitrate vids, audio recording is awful, many users complain about microphone. No gorilla 5 Redmi is made in India, which is cheaper. Nokia 6 is made by Foxconn, which is cheaper than having own factories ( Apple knows pretty well), bad pics, bad vids, no gorilla 5 Cellphone is a whole thing.. Not cpu, storage and amount of ram.

14. josephnero

Posts: 785; Member since: Nov 16, 2011


3. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

The design is much better then premium. The only thing that is deal breaker for me is back FPS.

4. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

It is same of last year, just curved back... I love the loop design.

15. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

I hate the loop design The flat rear back rectangular look better

5. Rager722 unregistered

Not bad, Sony. Beautiful midranger. Now make your flagship look better.

6. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

This has Gorilla 5, Motorola uses GG3 for midranges.

17. AronWunarso

Posts: 244; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I don't really see huge difference between GG3 and GG5, both has the same scratch resistant.

8. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Ugh sick of these big phones. I have the Xperia XA2 and the biggest reason I got it was because of its 5.2" screen

9. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

and a thick bezel...they willl not be that much different in terms of size

13. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

1mm more than OP5t

10. wesley.

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

This is more like it. Premium metal back. I don't care if using glass on the back is shiny and all that. It's fragile, slippery and a fingerprint magnet. I'd seriously consider getting this phone. Ticks all the boxes and battery life should be excellent, which is very important to me. The XA2 and XA2 ultra have plastic backs, as well as very easily scratched plastic covering the camera lens. A big error. Glad this is rectified. Also I saw a great deal on an XZ2 yesterday, but ignored it, because it has no 3.5mm headphone jack and the fingerprint sensor is in the most awkward low position in the middle of the back. Terrible decisions from Sony.

11. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Very beautiful midranger nice Sony!

16. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

This looks even better than my XZ2, Sony could have done the same with a revamped omnibalance design with a 2:1 display. Don't get why the gold color is only offered in the midrange class too.

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