Sony's new Xperia XA phone leaks: streamlined design and affordable price expected


Sony might be getting ready to show the world its next-generation affordable phone: the successor to the Xperia XA, and the first images that show what the new phone might look like have leaked out.

Sony, a company with a design excellence pedigree, has streamlined the looks of this second-gen Xperia XA with slightly more curves and a more modern look.

You can see the slightly curved sides of the phone, what looks like a flat shape for the back, the typical for Sony small lock key, volume rocker and dedicated two-way physical shutter key. There is also a 3.5mm headset jack at the top, a welcome feature that is likely to be missing on many new phones in 2017.

So far, there is not much clarity about the specs of this newer-gen Xperia XA: what we know is that we're likely looking at 5-inch phone with dimensions of around 145 x 66.8 x 7.99mm, using a USB-C port for charging and connectivity.

This is all that we've got at the moment about the new phone, but for a quick refresh on the Xperia XA subject feel free to check out our detailed review.


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27 Comments

1. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

...now that, is a hot looking phone

9. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

This is only xperia which has nicest design and compact..the rest is crap..

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

This design has me excited... Will hop on it if Sony indeed delivers.

3. mikedemoda

Posts: 127; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

looks like every other Sony device from the last 4 years, next!

5. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

So what? Which company changes its design every year? Samsung? Apple? Every major company uses some minor changes in their phones, XA(2016) is different from this leaked one.. And please don't talk about other companies.. Samsung's still got the soap like design, even though the materials changed over time and edges got curved.. And Apple has been using the same Sony-isque style since the first phone...

11. flow280

Posts: 33; Member since: May 09, 2016

I don't know, I use Ivory soap and Xperia look more like soap to me. Anyway, jokes aside, you would be kidding yourself if you think you can compare Samsungs design changes with Sony's. The S7 edge/Note 7 are radical changes from the S4 while you can't say the same about the Xperia Z and today's Xperia X. For better or for worse, the design of the Xperia's haven't really changed much at all (go check out phonearenas phone size comparison tool if you need proof).

14. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

I told already that Samsung did introduce edgeless designs, didn't I? My bad then... And I know that Xperia phones have undergone very subtle changes but for an Xperia fan like me, those are enough...

20. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Err...I'm not so sure the following is a "radical change": https://i.ytimg.com/vi/rE-IM0mNr7Y/maxresdefault.jpg They mostly keep the same design language for about 3 generations (the S5, S6, and S7 all look the same just with different screen sizes). It does look a little different from the S4, but I don't think I would call it "radically" different.

16. jellmoo

Posts: 2561; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

"Which company changes its design every year?" Followed by: "And please don't talk about other companies.." I'm confused, should we be talking about other companies or not?

23. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

Well duh? The first was a question.. And the second was an exclamation.. It means.. Please.. Don't go on about other companies.. They are all the same.. No big design change..

24. jellmoo

Posts: 2561; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

But that isn't true. You cherry picked ones that didn't have a design change. What about the ones that did? Motorola, LG, and Asus for example.

19. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

That's what they called timeless design xD all jokes a side, it is getting kind of boring seeing how people can't differentiate one xperia from another but this one looks very nice tbh, it has the high-end feel in a compact body give me a nice bump in specs and camera (should be at least as good as the XA Ultra) and a good price then this will be selling like hot cakes the XA where I live is only about ~$320 when it was first released and it was the best selling Xperias of this year I really hope the same for this baby :x

27. donrox

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Lol! These kind of comments are even older than how old you claim that design to be.

4. w1000i

Posts: 241; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Please, remove the sharp edges :(

6. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

There are front facing speakers too???? And metal build.. I can see the antenna lines.. Oh

7. SailfishOS

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

Gorgeous but the bezels! They better lose them

8. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

Just one word beautiful

10. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I bought a XA (not Ultra) and it is good looking phone, however, spec wise it's very dissapointing for its range. I'm already replacing it.

12. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

it should at least have a 5.2" screen, a fingerprint scanner and hope it improve the battery life which is one of the chief complaint against the XA.

13. libra89

Posts: 2270; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

May the battery life be better...

15. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

same old same ol, google pixel ass looking bezels phone.

17. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 454; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Bezels are still too big :(

18. jellmoo

Posts: 2561; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Sony really, really needs to rethink their mobile strategy. They continually offer underspecced, overpriced handsets missing key functionality in the US market, with a feature set that has hardly changed in years. It hasn't worked, and no amount of trying the same thing again and again will make it work.

21. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

That;s what they strategized before, and they reported loss upon loss upon loss. Their current strategy is to sell phones at a much higher value. Anyway, if Sony did sell this phone competitively, would you buy it? The market is so saturated nowadays nobody knows which phone is great or not. If you're a person who loves specs, you'd be happy with a Blackberry Passport in 2014. If you're a person who demands a great user experience, you'd either buy a phone from a brand you had experience with or go with iOS or stock Android as they offer fluid straightforward operation. I guess the best Sony can give now is user experience, although I don't think they're the best at that, but I know they're good at it. (Had an Xperia SP)

22. jellmoo

Posts: 2561; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The problem is that Sony has been overpricing and underdelivering. Their products just haven't been as good as the competition, they've been charging more for them, and they've been missing a key feature in the US market. Then they iterate a refresh 6 months later that barely changes from the previous offering. The strategy is nonsensical. At the end of the day, they run into the problem that their devices simply aren't the best at anything. They don't stand out in a sea of competition, and they retain a high price for no apparent reason. Their strategy hasn't worked in years, yet they keep doing the same thing.

28. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 290; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

hopefully they'll add waterproofing.

29. Carbonatedcheeze

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 16, 2016

Seriously the battery life should be better. I have XA and it is so painful to see battery going down rapidly. And yes I miss Waterproofing. And price no more than 380$. Both XA and X are delicate phones. Get scratched easily. Just removing and applying back cover made some paint ( yes paint on X as well on the sides) disappear in patches. Therefore I don't want them to make such foolish compromises..

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