Sony Xperia XA2 Plus review
An entertainment focused smartphone
Our Sony Xperia XA2 Plus review finds a mid-range smartphone that shows off select features from Sony’s premium range of phones, such as the Xperia XA2 Ultra. Due for a late August UK release, the Sony Xperia XA2 Plus is entertainment focused with a bigger display and battery, compared to the original Xperia XA2.
The Sony Xperia XA2 Plus has a display that is perfect for watching movies, browsing the web and playing games. The 6” Full HD+ extended display has more rows of pixels so that you can see more of the action or web page.
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The display has a 18:9 screen aspect ratio, which is thinner yet longer than standard displays. This makes the phone easier to hold and there is a mini display feature for one-handed use.
Design and processor
Without any doubt, we can say that the Sony Xperia XA2 Plus is the best looking Sony phone. It has a borderless screen and premium looking anodised aluminium frame with diamond cut top and bottom edges. You can take your pick from four colours; Silver, Gold, Green and Black.
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The phone however is slightly on the heavy side at 204g and it is 9.6mm thick. Better news is that the display is protected behind durable Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 2.2GHz octa-core processor with 4GB RAM gives you the power you need. Apps open almost instantly and graphics heavy games play seamlessly.
Phone Set Up
Fingerprint security and memory
The Sony Xperia XA2 Plus has a fingerprint sensor and this is positioned on the rear. This means that you can easily unlock the phone when you pick it up.
This Sony mobile phone has a 32GB internal memory (there will also be a 64GB option) and this is plenty of memory for transferring over any content that you have. Should you need a memory boost in the future, then you can buy an up to 400GB microSD card.
High resolution audio
The Xperia XA2 Plus has high resolution audio, which means your favourite tunes sound like they have just come out of the recording studio. DSEE HX software restores compressed music files (MP3s) back to their original quality.
You will also be blown away by the enhanced bass and louder sounds that are created by the Smart Amplifier. If you want to fine tune things further, then you can with the built-in equaliser.
Android and Sony apps
The Sony Xperia XA2 Plus runs on Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo operating system. This gives you popular apps such as the Google Assistant, Maps and Chrome web browser. You also get a range of Sony apps that give you a better than stock Android experience. Sony apps include:
- Movie Creator
- AR effect
- Xperia Lounge
Camera & Video
The 23MP camera has Superior Auto and a lens aperture that lets in more light. This means that you can shoot in low light and get great results without even thinking about changing a setting yourself.
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Further features that make this an excellent camera package include 5x Clear Image Zoom, 4K video recording with SteadyShot and 120 frames per second slow motion video recording.
Super wide angle selfie camera
The 8MP selfie camera has an almost panoramic 120 degrees super wide angle lens. With this, you can capture group selfies or a solo selfie where the backdrop is shown off.
A special Portrait Selfie Mode allows you to blur the background and capture a bokeh effect. You can also select enhancements such as soft skin, eye enlargement, skin brightness and slender face.
High capacity battery
The Sony Xperia XA2 Plus has a high capacity 3,580mAh battery. However, it is the Smart Stamina feature that will ensure you always make it to the end of the day. Smart Stamina learns how long your battery will last from your typical usage. It then uses this information to prompt you of the best time to activate STAMINA mode, should you need to.
The battery is protected by Qnovo Adaptive Charging and Battery Care, which together ensure that the battery will have a long life. The phone is Quick Charge 3.0 compatible, but you will need to buy a Quick Charger, if you want to take advantage of this.
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Written by: Michael Brown