Sony Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra Review

Both come with the promises of long battery life and spectacular camera performance, and no less importantly, they're among the first Xperia handsets to have functional fingerprint scanners on board – a feature that has been missing from US-bound Sony phones until now. But are the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra worth their salt?
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40 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6536; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Is the world going to end today? I can't believe that PA are being fair to Sony!

2. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Both have same cpu of U11 Life that also run 8.0 stock android. How can XA2 duo score that high antutu? It is Z5 numbers. I was expecting about 74k. Then I saw a few hands-on, numbers really reach about 89k.

9. Djz89

Posts: 419; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

This gen of mid-rang cpus are on the same level as the older flaships like SD810, but without the overheating, the reason it scores higher i would guess is beacuse sony uses almost stock android with very little to no on top of that, the HTC uses their on skin, whitch might not be as well optimized. sense is somewhat laggy IMO .

11. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

The U11 Life android one edition does not even score 73k. Must be due to new antutu version.

17. AliBashir

Posts: 53; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

My xperia x is scoring the same now at Android 8

31. may_czos

Posts: 952; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

New Antutu has different scoring system, numbers are now higher and not comparable with the old ones.

3. hafini_27

Posts: 942; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Decent mid-rangers from Sony.

4. ermond012

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 13, 2013

Peter, do these two phones have new static wallpapers?

36. peter.k

Posts: 70; Member since: Jul 05, 2017

No, I don't think so. We've seen the same on the Premium and the XZ1.

5. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

ok so weighing pros and cons, I really think that score should have been more.. but hats off to you PA.. You surprised me with this review.. This gotta be your most decent and honest review of an Xperia phone..

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3049; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

7.8 is really decent score for Sony in this site.. Normally they'll give it 6.5/10..

18. AliBashir

Posts: 53; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

The E5 in 2016 surprisingly got score 8 and it is a complete trash compared to these two handsets in all aspects, these two must have got >= 8 score nevertheless i am really impressed with the review.

21. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Probably 8 for a low end ranking. Not all phones together.

34. Akkh99

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 24, 2015

Don't compare a 2018 phone with 2016 phone.

25. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2209; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think PA is improving on their review ratings/opinions in being more fair...however I think they need to take that last step of dividing reviews by category. In other words, this phone may be a 7.8 overall, but if we just compared it to other midrange devices it may be an 8.5. So I think PA needs to start to distinguish that this phone is an 8 compared to other phones like it instead of just comparing it to every phone out there.

6. iczer

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

Nice review!!

7. josephnero

Posts: 773; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

That screen brightness on XA2 Ultra

12. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Still waiting for new devices with Z3/Z3+ brightness. They still lead Sony phones.

32. romeo1

Posts: 800; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Z3 wasn't that impressive imo. The z3+ however was really good. Haven't seen/used a phone with such a great screen in brightness and in quality only the xzp and maybe the note 8

8. Djz89

Posts: 419; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

this is a good score IMO, this phone is awesome for its price, this (xa2u) might vry well be my next phone :)

13. oscar

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 15, 2008

Great to hear about this review. I think a solid 8 would be ok based on your findings. Curious to know why both phones were reviewed at the same time. Subtle differences on the phone but still should have been reviewed separate........ would be appreciated.

14. Seany

Posts: 94; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

Sony,what is the point of 2 front cameras if there is no bokeh mode or portrait mode?? And why do they keep using OIS on front camera not the main cameras?? Come on Sony get with it

19. AliBashir

Posts: 53; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

Bokeh or defocus is available in all Sony mobiles long before the dual camera since the z3.

35. Akkh99

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 24, 2015

Do you mean defocus app on playstore that fail to defocus 999 times in 1000 attempts? lmao!! I have tried this app with xperia sp, z, xz and xz premium. It didn't work haha. "Please focus on an object 15-45cm (0.5-1.5 feet) away and make sure the background object is 5 meter away from focus target and hold camera steady" It doesn't even work on front camera haha. Trash app.

22. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

The same reason LG has 13mm lenses instead of 52mm. To fit more stuff. Other brands cant even blur background completely while using fake bokeh. Why use it on front?

15. vuyonc

Posts: 1087; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

For future (Sony) reviews, if a 'bad' display can be tweaked for accuracy, could you actually show what an optimal recalibration looks like. Sony probably cheaps out on factory calibration because users could simply boost reds to acceptable standards.

16. brasstax

Posts: 534; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Can somebody please provide me a link to download the blue wallpaper on the XA2 Ultra on the first picture in this article? I really dig it.

23. josephnero

Posts: 773; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Yes.search for xz default wallpaper

20. libra89

Posts: 2041; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Solid review but I think I'll have to pass on the XA2.

24. sunnyfpy

Posts: 265; Member since: May 12, 2013

Sony sucks, overpriced for below par specs !