Sony Xperia XA Review: Sometimes an underdog proves to be crowd favorite and this may be the case with Sony Xperia XA and it is the most affordable of the four X-phones that we have seen so far and yet it is probably causes the most excitement when you will hold it in hand.
Sony Xperia XA Review
The retail box of the smartphone is deceptively simple and plain white from the outside with just an eye catching new logo. The Sony Xperia XA measures 143.6/66.8/7.9mm and it weighs 137.4g and it is thin too. The rounded front glass and the metal side flow smoothly.
Sony Xperia XA is a right combination of 2.5D shaped glass, the proportions of the thickness, weight, the metal frame and the narrow bezels. It is a good quality material, smooth and soft to the touch. A little bit prone to fingerprints but it flows into the sides just as smoothly as front glass. The polycarbonate is more durable than glass.
The volume rocker is cramped between the shutter key and the power key. It is very reasonably easy to press with left hand, but reaching it with thumb of your right hand is a good challenge.
On the power key or anywhere else on the device there is no fingerprint reader. On the other side there is Xperia XA card slots that are hidden under a flap. The device has the single-SIM model, that offers separate slots for a microSD card and a nanoSIM. There is also a dual-SIM model and there is microSD card that remains separate. Near the top and the bottom corner there is a noticeable cuts. The right and left sides are different from the top and bottom sides.
On the top there is 8MP selfie camera, the notification light, earpiece and proximity and light sensors. On the bottom there is loudspeaker. The noise cancellation and the secondary mic for stereo audio is on the top.
With a single-LED flash the 13MP camera on the back is put in the upper left corner. The polycarbonate back is glued on tight. The smartphone is backed by 2,300mAh battery. It will be available in four colour variants i.e. Lime Gold, Rose Gold, Graphite Black and White.
The smartphone has a 5-inch screen that is covered under a 2.5D scratch-resistant glass. The resolution is of720/1,280px or simply 720p and it is stretched a bit thin at this size.
The Sony Xperia XA comes in dual-SIM and single flavors. VoLTE is supported for the higher quality audio during calls. Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and wireless media connections include Miracast and DLNA.
The Sony Xperia XA is light and thin, that it does not leave much room for the battery capacity. As it is backed by 2,300 mAh battery. It supports a fast charging tech.
The smartphone come with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. The Xperia is available with 16GB of the internal memory. A microSD card is a must as photos, music, videos and photos will quickly eat up the available storage.
The Sony Xperia XA uses the MediaTek chipset like XA Ultra, while X duo went with the Qualcomm. The Adreno 405 in Snapdragon 616 does not do at 720p, while Adreno 418 sweats to push 1080p to Xiaomi Mi 4s screen.
Offscreen performance shows dual-core Mali-T860 is about half as fast as Adreno 510 in Xperia X.
- Android v6.0 Marshmallow with Xperia launcher
- Narrowest 5-inch phone, polycarbonate back and metal frame
- 13MP camera and front-facing camera of 8MP
- Single and dual-SIM variants
- 16GB of inbuilt storage
- A microSD card slot
- 2,300mAh non-removable battery
- Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
The Xperia XA is one to manage to get under our skin. Even without calipers this is the narrowest phone with a 5-ich screen. It proportions thickness, width and weight all are just the right. The polycarbonate sides and metal frame would not be out of place on the higher-end phone and both cameras deliver on quality.
- No fingerprint reader
- Battery capacity is only average, not particularly efficient 28nm chipset.