Friday, March 2, 2018

Sony Xperia XA2 Full Specs, Review and Price

With the Xperia XA2, Sony has launched a new mid-range smartphone with neat upgrades compared to its predecessor. These include a Full HD display, a modern and efficient processor and 4K video support. Is that enough to show the taillights to the competition? The Xperia XA2 offers, according to Sony, a "smart design" and "simple elegance" with a "borderless design". Almost borderless is the smartphone but only on the sides. On the top and bottom, on the other hand, the edge is actually quite thick. This is not practical from a practical point of view, because thanks to the reduced width of the 5.2-inch smartphone is very good in one hand. Stable Gorilla Glass 4 meanwhile protects the display.

The frame of the Xperia XA2 is made of metal and the back of plastic. The fingerprint sensor is located under the back of the camera and is easy to reach. Overall, the smartphone makes a very stable impression and the design is indeed elegant thanks to the almost seamlessly merging into the frame display. However, some users may be bothered by the 16: 9 format, since the narrower 18: 9 format is the trend, or they are bumping up and down the large frame.

The Xperia XA2 is sturdy, self-contained and practical. With current trends like 18: 9 and a thin frame up and down Sony makes (yet) not, which is anyway a matter of taste and also has disadvantages.

Equipment and Performance: Fine upgrade with gaps

The 5.2-inch IPS display resolves at 1920 x 1080 pixels, which can be compared to the 1280 x 720 pixels of the five-inch predecessor Xperia XA1 . The internal memory is 32 GB and the RAM is 3 GB. The processor is now the Snapdragon 630 from the middle class, which ensures fast and fluid operation. The battery has a capacity of 3300 mAh and allows a very good battery life, which extends over a day in mixed use. In the test, we never had to worry about the battery, which is recharged very quickly via Quick Charge 3.0 anyway.

Audio and Cameras: Great sound and good main camera

Unfortunately, Sony has not installed a stereo speaker, but the mono speaker is quite loud and delivers a good sound quality. Even a little bass is, atypical for smartphone, to make out. The sound quality via the jack connection is even excellent, even if the volume is not high enough for more sophisticated headphones. Even the supplied in-ears already deliver a decent, punchy sound. On top of that, the XA2 supports Bluetooth 5.0 including aptX HD, so even the friends of compatible Bluetooth headphones can enjoy a great sound.

The main camera with IMX300 sensor and 23-megapixel resolution Sony uses a while ago in its higher-class smartphones and recently in the Xperia XA1. As a flagship camera, she disappointed, but as a mid-size specimen, she can be seen. Compared to the predecessor succeed despite identical sensor better photos, probably due to software updates. Details are accurately captured in good light conditions, dynamics and color reproduction are appealing - except in the HDR mode, which captures the photos oversaturated. Night photos succeed comparatively neat, unless you look at the details in the highest resolution.

At the edges, the sharpness of photos and videos unfortunately always visible, which is due to the wide-angle lens. Thanks to object tracking during video recording, moving objects such as the subway and running people are also captured. The electronic image stabilization called SteadyShot works well and the videos convince with striking contrast, accurate colors and decent dynamic range.

For the 4K clips look better than their Full HD counterparts, but not outstandingly sharp, but rather soft and mediocre detail. Also the sound should have been recorded in better quality. After all, the 4K clips can be stored in the new H.265 codec and thus require less space.

The selfie wide-angle camera with a resolution of 8 megapixels, unfortunately, in contrast to the selfie cam of the Xperia XA1, on the auto focus. So it is difficult to get sharp selfies and details will be missed. For some reason, the selfies 120 degrees wide mode also appear warmer and better exposed than in the 80 degree mode. But we've also experienced far worse selfie cams.

Conclusion: Convincing middle-class smartphone

It looks quite as if Sony would jump with its upcoming flagship smartphones on the 18: 9-train. If you want to see a classic Sony design at its best, you should take a closer look at the Xperia XA2. Thanks to thin edges on the sides, it fits well in one hand, the smartphone is sturdy and in his way, as Sony rightly says, practical and elegant.

The upgrades are noticeable compared to the predecessor, especially the Full HD display. A real highlight is the flagship-worthy sound quality via jack and Bluetooth headphones. The main camera also delivers a very good quality for its class and the battery lasts for a very long time. A 4 GB larger RAM and 64 instead of 32 GB of internal memory would have made the Xperia XA2 an optimal mid-range smartphone, but even so it remains a highly recommended device. An alternative is the Bq Aquaris X Pro, which is roughly equal in price for the same price of 350 euros.

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