Sony Xperia XA2 hands-on


Sony apparently loves its 'super' mid-range phones, evident in how CES 2018 is seeing a pair of brand new phones coming to market starting in February. Now, if you're the kind of user that appreciates hand-friendly sized phones, like those that are relatively easy to manipulate using just a single hand, then you'll surely appreciate what the upcoming Sony Xperia XA2 will offer.

We spent a little bit of time checking out the Sony Xperia XA2, the successor to last year's Xperia XA1.

While it indeed shares the same distinctive design language that has become synonymous with Sony's smartphones, like how it features flat top and bottom edges and those rounded edges along its left and right edges, the phone is very different under the hood. In particular, this new model boasts a slightly bigger, 5.2-inch Full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a higher capacity 3300 mAh battery. Still, the design definitely has some premium qualities to it – like its anodized aluminum sides and diamond cut finish on its top and bottom edges. When everyone is moving towards the trend of offering super large phones with minimal bezels, some will certainly appreciate the shorter stature of the Xperia XA2. 

While it's packaged along with a 23MP rear camera, the same megapixel account as its predecessor, Sony is stressing the phone's performance under low light thanks to its higher ISO sensitivity of 12800. And for those who love the buttery smoothness of slow motion videos, the Xperia XA2 is still fairly attractive with its 120 FPS slow motion capture. The front camera, though, sees the addition of a wider 120-degree lens, which should be able to squeeze in more faces into the composition. Most of these features might be common on flagships, it's nice that this mid-ranger offers similar conveniences.

On the surface, it's really tough to realize that the Xperia XA2 is a totally different phone, especially when it really looks like the XA1 before it. However, most of its changes are found under the hood with the hardware that's employed by the phone. And depending on the market, the Sony Xperia XA2 will be available in either single or dual-SIM configurations, which will make it especially useful for those who are constantly hopping from one place to another. There's no word on what it'll be priced when it's released, but do know that it's anticipated to land sometime in sometime in February in colors like silver, black, blue, and pink.

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Xperia XA2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(29h 3G talk time)

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9 Comments

1. lbblock

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

The author may have confused the XA1 plus (5.5") that launched in the fall with the actual XA1 (5"). The XA2 appears to be much heavier than the XA1, so no brownie points for compactness.

5. kabiluddin

Posts: 275; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Well, I don't blame the author. Sony's naming is confusing. I like what sony did with their XA2. It's a very solid upgrade from previous gen. STB ration now 74.89 % from 70.87 %. Battery gets massive upgrade from 2300 mAh to 3300 mAh, a solid processor and least but lets not forget it has android 8.0. I don't think any mid range phone has the latest and greatest android version.

7. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Your first point is correct but your second point isn't quite right. Compactness is not only in weight, it's also in height and width. The Essential Phone is considered somewhat compact even though it's a heavy phone. The XA2 is shorter in height over the previous generations (XA1, XA) which makes it easier to use with one hand.

9. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

dude, the phone has a massively larger battery. As far as size is concerned, this phone has a larger screen than the XA1 and is only wider to accommodate that, all while having a taller screen and being shorter to boot. That silver XA2 is one SEXY phone!

2. josephnero

Posts: 778; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

decent midrange.knowing sony the battery will last long. plus snapdragon CPU means much faster updates

3. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

This could have been the perfect successor for the LG G2 (LG seems to not be able to make one), but it is unfortunately a bit taller. However, the Snapdragon 630 with a 3300 mAh battery could be a recipe for stellar battery life.

4. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Finally some bearable-size bezels, though not yet 2018-worthy. However, the overall size is nice.

6. kabiluddin

Posts: 275; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Xperia XA2 Ultra - 76.07 % Xperia XA2 - 74.89 % Galaxy A8+ (2018) - 75.43 % Galaxy A8 ((2018) - 75.60 % Huawei Honor 9 Lite - 75.5% Huawei Honor 7X - 77.0% Xiaomi Redmi 5 - 75.72 % Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus - 77.44 % LOOKs like Xperia mid phones are totally 2018- worthy.

8. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm looking forward to this. A good amount of screen in a shorter phone of theirs is a win for me. Finally the battery isn't going to be a tiny little thing like it was with the first XA which was beautiful but terrible battery life. Processor is solid too and it's finally short enough to use with one hand. The fingerprint scanner finally working for the US market is the cherry on top.

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