Sony Xperia XA review
Out Thoughts: Great design affordable to all
The Sony Xperia XA is set for a summer release and we expect the exact date to be June 5th 2016. This date has been shown on the phone’s display in numerous marketing images from Sony.
The Xperia XA gives us something that the Xperia Z range failed to deliver. That is a compact version of the phone with lowered specs, making great style affordable to all.
Display - Edge-to-Edge
Unlike the other members of the Xperia X range, the Sony Xperia XA has a full width display that has almost no trim surrounding it at all. This gives maximum screen size without bulking out the size of the phone.
The screen is a 5” HD display, which gives us a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The Super Vivid mode produces vibrant colours on a display that softly curves away at the edges.
Looking for a bigger screen? Read the Sony Xperia XA Ultra review
Design - Minimalism at its best
The Xperia XA has a smooth form with a rounded frame and there are few visual distractions to break up the minimalist design ethos. This Sony phone is available in Graphite Black, White, Rose Gold and Lime Gold and the display uses a matching hue to give 360 degrees of colour coordination.
The phone weighs only 137 grams, which is 16 grams lighter than the Sony Xperia X, and it has the same thickness, at 7.9mm.
Phone Set Up
Setting up - Xperia Transfer Mobile
The setting up process has been made easy by the Xperia Transfer Mobile app, which allows users to transfer all their existing content, from their old Android or iOS phone.
Sound - Sony’s exceptionable musical expertise
It may have started more than four decades ago, with the Sony Walkman, but even today Sony has a reputation for creating great audio devices. This rings true for the Xperia XA, which employs Sony’s latest tech, such as S-Force 3D, Clear Audio+, Clear Stereo, Clear Bass and X-Loud.
One of the most interesting of these technologies is VPT (Virtual Phones Technology). Through research in human acoustics, Sony has managed to recreate the cinema style effect, where surround sound is heard from differing directions, through headphones. At home, we attain this experience through a 5.1-channel speaker system.
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When music is to be played out loud, a Dynamic Normaliser ensures that all tracks play at the same volume, while the 100dB SNR (Sound to Noise Ratio) indicates that the music plays at 100dB louder than any background interference.
Operating system - Android M
Google’s Android M (Marshmallow) OS powers the Xperia XA and one of its most useful features is OK Google. This service offers a wide range on natural voice commands to do everything from searching for restaurants and getting directions to setting reminders, sending texts, making calls or playing music.
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In addition to the apps that Android offers, Sony has included its own apps, which includes Track ID, Album, What’s New and a Weather app.
Processor - MediaTek MT6755
This processor, with its more user friendly name of Helio P10, is a 64-bit 2GHz octa-core processor with 2GB RAM. This gives excellent performance while using 30% less energy than other chips, in its grouping,
The 16GB internal memory, of which 11GB is available to the user, can be bolstered, when needed, through the microSD card slot that supports cards with a value of up to 200GB.
Camera & Video
Photography - Ready in an instant
The Sony Xperia XA has a fast launch camera button that gets the 13MP camera ready to shoot in an instant. The hybrid autofocus also acts quickly, so no matter how fast the action is, the Xperia XA will capture blur free results.
The camera has a wide focal length so that the user can touch to focus, even on objects that are in the corner of the frame. 5x Clear Image Zoom is paired up with HDR, to ensure that both light and dark elements in the shot are exposed correctly.
Both the main camera and the 8MP selfie camera have highly responsive sensors to ensure good results in low light. The selfie camera also has a wide angle lens with an 88 degree field of view, for capturing group selfies.
Looking for extreme wide angle photography? Check out our LG G5 review with its camera that has a 135 degree field of view
The 2,300mAh battery will give most users 2 days of use. For those who have only fleeting moments to recharge their phone, a purchase of the Quick Charger UCH12 will enable the user to get 5.5 hours of use after just 10 minutes.
Final thoughts: It is hard to knock Sony for creating a more affordable mobile phone, with the same great design as its high-performance cousins. If you are in the market for such a device during 2016 and the first half of 2017, then this phone should be at the top of your list.
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Written by: Michael Brown