Sony Xperia XA2
In February 2018, Sony released its first smartphones of the year 2018. After having a successful 2017, releasing top players in the smartphone market, Sony is back at it yet again this year with the Sony Xperia XA2, and XA2 Ultra. This article is about the XA2 version, which is the lesser of the two. Now, for the record, by so saying, I do not mean it is the inferior choice of the two. And this can be easily seen from its main features (which, except from the display size on the XA2 Ultra are all the same), as listed below.
5.2 inches IPS LCD display
Corning Gorilla Glass protection
1080 x 1920 pixels resolution
Android Oreo 8.0
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset
Adreno 510 GPU
32GB internal memory + 3GB RAM
23MP primary camera
Dual 16MP + 8MP secondary camera
2160p@30fps video recording with stereo sound recording
Type C 1.0 reversible connector: USB host
Rear mounted fingerprint scanner
Non removable 3300mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
Single SIM or Dual SIM (2g. 3g and 4g)
*choice of four colors: silver black, blue and pink
Design and build
After reviewing two or three recent Xperia smartphones, I am convinced Sony is taking a different approach with the design of their smartphones. I bet this year we shall be seeing centrally placed primary cameras with rear mounted fingerprint scanner right below it. This was not the case with previous Xperia phones where the camera was placed on the top left corner and the fingerprint scanner on side mounted on the power button, which still maintains its position. There is SONY branding on the back of this phone and on the top bezel which has the dual front facing camera and, sensors and the call speaker. Its build id front glass and back aluminum. It has good grip and it looks quite beautiful. I love how compact this phone is due to its size and how comfortably it sits in the hands.
Display and camera
What do we have here? A 5.2 inches IPS LCD display of 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution (424 ppi density). It is a very decent display with sharp and accurate colors, great viewing angles and ample brightness. It has a 75% screen to body ratio and supports 16M colors and multi touch feature a like. Corning Gorilla Glass protection on this display will see it endure accidental drops and even scratching over time. Oh, and did you note the pixel per inch count? 424! On a 5.2 inches display, this is very sharp and crisply. Colors are vibrant as a result of this. It is one display you most definitely will enjoy using, especially while surfing the web, or playing games or watching video, or just whatever. That I am certain about.
Sony includes the best cameras on their smartphones, that almost everyone can testify for. Check this out. A 23MP primary camera with phase detection, autofocus and an LED flash to ensure picture clarity in poorly light scenes. With it come features like geo tagging, touch, face/smile detection, HDR and panorama. What about that selfie camera? Oops! I mean, those selfie cameras. Yes, with the Xperia XA2 come two front facing cameras. The first, a 16MP shooter for the selfish ;-). What I mean is, this camera will pay detailed attention to just you, a picture for one face. Unlike the second 8MP one which is a wide angle shooter, to capture you, your friends and your scene, all in one selfie. I bet, selfie lovers will fall in love with this smartphone soon as they snap that first shot. And from experience, I hardly lose bets of this nature.
Video recording stands at 2160p@30fps and has stereo sound recording capability and HDR (high definition recording).
Performance and memory
It comes running on Android Oreo 8.0, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset and an Adreno 510 GPU for graphics performance. I love Sony since it is a company that’s early with OTA updates. Unlike most smartphone companies, Sony ships their latest smartphones with the latest OS update available.
Internal memory is 32GB with 3GB of RAM. It can be expanded up to 256 GB using an SD card. There is a dedicated slot for this function.
You get even more time off charge with its 3300mAh battery. Such a capacity is best recharged with a quick charge tech, and Sony understands this best. Quick Charge 3.0 is supported here.
This is so far (as at time of review), the best mid range smartphone in the market. Be sure to check out its bigger brother, the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra and get even more wowed. Buy your Xperia XA2 today at www.phoneplacekenya.com.