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Our Sony Xperia XA2 Review
Fans of Sony’s classic smartphone design will find a lot to love in this excellent mid-range smartphone which boasts a vibrant full HD display, surprisingly effective hardware for a great performance and Android 8.0 Oreo.
Contract, PAYG or SIM only?
Although the Xperia XA2 is relatively affordable in terms of smartphones, you’re able to buy it directly from Sony for around £300, unless you sparingly use your phone or require a lot of flexibility, it really makes sense to opt for a pay monthly contract.
There’s just so many different options available that you’re sure to find one to suit both your budget and usage levels in no time, plus you get the added convenience of it automatically arriving on your device every month.
Despite Sony choosing to stick with the smaller 16:9 aspect ratio over the extra-wide 18:9, the XA2’s 5.2-inch display is absolutely excellent for a mid-range smartphone.
It’s been upgraded from the muted 720p resolution of the XA1 to glossy 1080p full HD and boasts a remarkable 424ppi so both images and text will always appear fantastically sharp and rounded.
Having LCD technology over the premium OLED is to be expected at this kind of price, but it’s still incredibly effective with a very full and accurate colour palette which awards all shades with plenty of rich depth and perfectly balanced levels of contrast.
Turning on Super Vivid mode will seriously amplify the XA2’s colour brightness and saturation to a level which is able to compete with much more powerful devices.
On the rear of the XA2 sits a 23-megapixel single lens rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture while a 8-megapixel selfie camera with a brilliantly wide angle lens adorns the front.
Shots captured in bright, well-lit conditions will generally be really clear and crisp with a great amount of sharp detail present across the whole frame, especially if you switch on the beautiful HDR mode, and colours will appear pleasingly natural but also quite vibrant.
The phase-detect autofocus also works at a pretty decent speed but scenes with high levels of contrast, like a really sunny sky for example, can be a little oversaturated at times.
Night shots don’t look quite as smooth, often containing a bit more noise, but are definitely still much better than some of those produced by other smartphone cameras in this price range.
If you’re not already a fan of Sony’s instantly recognisable smartphone design, the XA2 is unlikely to do much to really convert you.
The familiar but still nicely functional combination of shiny aluminum, glass and smooth slightly curved plastic make-up the main body of the XA2 for a surprisingly premium feel and while the chunky top and bottom bezels might feel a bit dated to some, they are a key part of Sony’s classic overall look.
Although it’s a fair bit heavier and thicker than the XA1, 171g compared with 143g and 9.7mm up from 8mm, the XA2 thankfully never feels ungainly or uncomfortable to hold and still slips easily into your pocket.
A responsive fingerprint scanner is located on the back of the device accompanied by a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top but sadly, it’s not waterproof.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset with an impressive 3GB of RAM offers exactly the kind of smooth, satisfying performance you’d expect.
Everyday activities like switching between your various apps, scrolling through image heavy webpages and streaming video content feels amazingly fast and fluid while load-times are effectively non-existent.
Gaming is equally as excellent as even Android’s most graphically-intensive offerings will never falter or stutter. You might find playing with on-screen controls a bit more fiddly if you’re scaling down from a larger device however due to the smaller aspect ratio.
Battery life on the XA2 is great and you’ll easily be able to enjoy a whole day of streaming music, sending emails, checking social media and playing games before needing to stick it on for an overnight charge.
Features and OS
The XA2 runs Android 8.0 Oreo with Sony’s custom UI laid over the top. Wisely, they’ve elected to make only a few minor cosmetic changes to Google’s celebrated OS, a different way of scrolling through the app drawer for example, and it still feels wonderfully slick and intuitive to use.
Android 8.0’s updated security features and hugely efficient new notification system are probably two of its standout additions alongside Picture in Picture, whose usefulness is sadly limited by the fact it’s not yet compatible with YouTube in the UK.
A mix of both Sony’s and Google’s own media apps are available but if you’re an existing Google Play user, Sony’s have the tendency to feel a bit like bloatware especially as you can’t properly delete them off your device.
What we think
The Xperia XA2 might not bring anything particularly revolutionary to the crowded mid-range smartphone market but with an above average glossy 1080p full HD display, seamless performance and classic design, it’s a incredibly solid option for anyone whose got their heart set on owning a Sony device.
Sony Xperia XA2 Specification
- Display Size: 5.2"
- Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Display Type: IPS
- Primary Camera Flash: LED
- Primary Camera Resolution: 5488 x 4112
- Primary Camera Megapixels: 23
- Secondary Camera Megapixels: 8
- Memory Card Slot: MicroSD up to 256GB
- 2G Connectivity: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- 3G Connectivity: HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100
- 4G Connectivity: LTE 700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600
- 5G Connectivity:
- Bluetooth: 5.0 with A2DP, LE, apt-X
- GPS: A-GPS and GLONASS
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Processor: 2.2 GHz Quad-core & 1.8 GHz Quad-core
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
- Talk Time: Up to 29 hours
- Weight (grams): 171
- Dimensions: 142 x 70 x 9.7 mm
- Battery Type: Non-removable
- IP Rating:
- Sim Type: Nano SIM
- Operating System: Android
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