Sony Xperia XA2 review
Super wide selfies
This is the third generation of the XA series and this model will replace the Sony Xperia XA1. The Sony Xperia XA2 is expected to have a February 2018 release, so there isn’t long to wait before you can get your hands on one.
The Sony Xperia XA2, just like its predecessor, has a borderless display that has minimal visible frame at the sides.
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One of the most noticeable differences between the XA2 and its predecessor is that there is less body above and below the display. This is an even more incredible feet when we take into account that the display is bigger (5.2”), yet the phone is shorter, at 142mm.
Comparison: The Sony Xperia XA1 is 145mm tall and has a 5” display.
The Xperia XA2 design includes anodised aluminium sides, which have a diamond cut finish on the top and bottom. Sony calls this the Loop Surface. The aluminium sides give a premium feel and these meet the toughened Corning Gorilla Glass front.
This Sony phone weighs in at 171g and is 9.7mm thick. There are four colour options to choose from and these are Black, Blue, Silver and Pink.
Display and performance
The Sony Xperia XA2 has a 5.2” Full HD display (1080 x 1920 pixels at 424 pixels per inch). Image Enhance Technology ensures vivid colours and produces a brightness of up to 500 nits, which is really bright and ideal for outside viewing.
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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 2.2GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM gives premium performance. There is almost no lag when opening apps, the photo gallery or when playing graphics intensive games.
Phone Set Up
The XA1 didn’t have biometric security but this oversight has been corrected for the Xperia XA2. Unlike other Sony phones, the fingerprint sensor is not built into the power key. Instead, the fingerprint sensor is located on the back, which is far more convenient and natural to use.
The Sony Xperia XA2 has a 32GB internal memory for moving your old smartphone’s content onto. This backed up by a microSD card slot that accepts memory cards with a value of up to 256GB.
Android Oreo and Sony apps
The Sony Xperia XA2 will launch with Google’s Android Oreo operating system. This is Google’s latest and along with Google apps, such as Maps and YouTube, there is a portfolio of Sony apps.
Sony apps include:
- AR effect
- Movie Creator
- Xperia Lounge
For those who require one handed use, there is handy Mini Display feature. We will also point out that there is a notification LED, which makes it really easy to see if any notifications have come through, without even needing to touch the phone.
Another feature of note is Xperia Actions. This is a learning piece of software that provides hints and tips that will you optimise the phone, based on how you use it.
The Sony Xperia XA2 has a bunch of audio enhancing tech. The Smart Amplifier technology, along with Clear Bass and ClearAudio+, fine tunes the audio song by song. This ensures that you get deep tones and clear highs, without any distortion.
Camera & Video
Super wide selfie
The portrait camera has a 8MP resolution and super wide selfie 120° lens. This offers a really wide landscape shot that makes it very easy to get four or five people into the shot, without the need of a selfie stick.
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For ease of use, the Hand Shutter feature lets you show your palm to the camera, in order to activate the shutter.
The 23MP camera has its lens positioned in the centre of the back cover, as opposed to other Sony phones that have had it positioned at the side. This makes the Xperia XA2 look quite different to others and the lens is nicely accentuated by a reflective rim.
The camera has loads of useful features, such as:
- 4K video recording with SteadyShot
- Quick Launch and Capture in just 0.6 seconds
- 5x Clear Image Zoom
- Slow motion video recording at 120 frames per second
The battery has swelled significantly, compared to the one on its predecessor. The 3,300mAh battery works with Smart Stamina. This monitors your phone and your typical usage patterns, so that it can alert you of the best time is to activate STAMINA Mode.
Comparison: The XA1 has a 2,300mAh battery.
Smart charging technologies (Battery Care & Qnovo Adaptive Charging) manages the charging processor to help extend the life of the battery. Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 is also supported, although the charger is not supplied and is instead sold as an accessory.
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Written by: Michael Brown