Sony xperia xa review : now with android n, but superseded, sony xperia xa review


Key Specifications

review Price: £239.00Bezel-less 5-inch screenOcta-core MediaTek CPU13-megapixel camera2GB RAM16GB internal storage2,300 mAh batteryAndroid 6.0.1

What is the Sony Xperia XA?

Sony is becoming irrelevant in the Smartphone space. Its high-over phones are increasingly dull and forgettable, highlighted by the recent Sony Xperia X, and it’s now falling behind in the mid-range space thanks khổng lồ the OnePlus 3, Mokhổng lồ G4 Plus & Vodafone Smart Ultra 7.

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Sony needs something new, something exciting. Enter the Sony Xperia XA. Is this the phone lớn make people care about the Japanese brand’s điện thoại thông minh business?

Probably not, but it’s still a better buy than the Xperia X.

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Sony Xperia XA – Design

The Xperia XA looks nicer than the more expensive Xperia X. While the boring Xperia X pales into middle-of-the-road territory, the Xperia XA has a spark that differentiates it from most budget phones.

It’s the near edge-to-edge display that really catches the eye. It’s nowhere near as pronounced as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but it’s a thiết kế choice rarely seen in the lower kết thúc of the phone market.


It looks good, but it also makes the phone feel very compact. It nestles easily in one hand and my thumb can move around the 5-inch display without too much stretching. With so few smaller phones on the market, it instantly makes the Xperia XA more of an enticing prospect to lớn those who don’t want something with a 5.5- or 5.7-inch screen. It’s not as pocketable as the dinky iPhone SE, but it’s about as close as you can get to lớn one running Android.

It’s light, too, probably because metal is kept lớn a minimum & only used sparingly on the sides. The back is fairly cheap-feeling plastic, which picks up oily residue easily và becomes slippery quickly, but it hasn’t gained any scratches during my time with it.

Instead of using the flattened home button that Sony switched to with the Xperia Z5 range, the Xperia XA goes baông xã a metallic circular switch. It’s tiny và responsive, but lacks a fingerprint scanner. Some might say it’s harsh to knochồng a £240 phone for this lapse, but Molớn managed to lớn squeeze one into the £199 Molớn G4, và the vast majority of budget Honor phones have sầu them, too.

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Below the standby switch is a mushy volume rocker that doesn’t give much feedback when pressed, & under that is a physical two-stage camera shutter button. The shutter button is a great addition that gives you quiông chồng access lớn the camera và makes the XA feel more natural to use when taking photos.

I am a little bit disappointed by the XA’s laông xã of water resistance. Sony championed water resistance on phones such as the Xperia M5 và Xperia M4 Aqua, & it’s one feature other budget options lachồng, so it would’ve sầu given the Xperia XA something to lớn phối it apart.

Sony Xperia XA – Display

While the thiết kế isn’t necessarily budget, the 5-inch 720p LCD screen is. I’d expect a phone costing £240 khổng lồ at least feature a 1080p screen. Being fair to Sony, the display is one of the better 720p panels I’ve sầu used, but it’s far from great.


My biggest gripe is colour – there just isn’t that ‘oomph’ you normally get from a Sony panel. Even with the bright purples, pinks, reds & oranges in the preloaded wallpapers feel washed out & dull.

There’s a distinct laông xã of brightness, too. Normally I’d keep a phone at around 60% brightness – I’m not a bạn of auto-brightness – but with the Xperia XA I’m having khổng lồ constantly keep it at about 80-90% to make it readable in the majority of lighting conditions.

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Viewing angles are good, which is something that often trips up cheaper phones, as is outdoor visibility, but for the price I expected more. Motorola managed khổng lồ fit an FHD panel inkhổng lồ a £169 phone, as did Huawei on the Honor 5X.


720p spread over a 5-inch display is still fine, but my eye can spot individual pixels và it makes videos và especially pictures look blurry. The display pales in comparison to lớn those on the Moto lớn G4 & iPhone SE.

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