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Sony Xperia XA (16 GB, 4G LTE, White )
Sony Xperia XA (16 GB, 4G LTE, Graphite Black )
Sony Xperia XA is one of the most affordable smartphones and from what we have observed, it is the best phone from Xperia’s X-phones series. One of the best things about this smartphone is what Sony calls an edge to edge display. There is a scratch resistant glass over the screen which has its curved edges flowed neatly into the rounded metal sides of the phone, very seamlessly. With classy design and the Sony’s usual multitude of Audio Visual enhancements, this phone does look more than a common mid-range smartphone. Let us take a deeper look at Sony Xperia XA.
The Sony Xperia XA has a 5-inch screen, IPS LCD, which is protected by a 2.5D scratch resistant glass. The display is backed by Sony’s Mobile Bravia engine 2 and also has Super Vivid mode. The screen offers 720 x 1280 resolution, which could say a bit thin for a phone of this size. The pixel density on this display is 284 PPI. The colours on this display are not as vivid as on the Triluminos displays on other Sony’s Xperia phones. In this price range, it should have been better. For Image enhancements, there is Mobile Bravia Engine 2, which happens to work for both Images and Videos. It is one of the best things about this phone. The Super Vivid mode gives vibrant, surreal and super-vivid images. While viewing the screen from different angles, the screen does not show any contrast loss. Under sunlight, the display is magnificent, just like Xperia Z5 Compact and surprisingly, it is better than HTC 10. The design of Xperia XA is quite classy. It measures 143.6 x 66.8 x 7.9 mm and is the narrowest 5-inch phone. This phone only weighs 137.4 gm and is thin as well. It has rounded front glass and on sides, it has narrow metal bezels, which flow smoothly and gives it even thinner look. The volume rocker is on the right, and surprisingly; the volume rocker is below the power button. Just below the volume rocker, there is the camera shutter key. There is no fingerprint reader in this phone. On the left, it has card slots hidden under a flap. The loudspeaker and the microUSB 2.0, are on the bottom, alongside the mouthpiece. The secondary mic is on the top, near the 3.5 mm audio jack. On the back, it has a 13MP camera at upper left corner, with a single LED flash just below it. The Xperia XA has metal sides and polycarbonate back, which lends a soft and a smooth touch.
The Sony Xperia XA runs on MediaTek chipset like the XA Ultra. It is Helio P10, which has eight Cortex A53s, at 2GHz and a dual core Mali T860. This phone has 2GB of RAM. You can easily switch between the apps with this much RAM. When we tested, only a few heavy games got booted out of the RAM and had to be reloaded after several app switches. The process of this phone is quite fast. The GPU is just enough for a 720p screen. Overall, the configuration of this phone seems quite good. The benchmark results of Xperia A were average. AnTuTu 6 placed this phone in the middle of the pack with 47170 scores. Rest of the results are Basemark OS 2.0 1013, GFX 3.0 Manhattan 15, GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen) 11, Basemark X 6420 and Basemark X (medium) 14635.
The primary camera on the back of Xperia XA is a 13MP camera, with a f/2.0 aperture and a 1.3” sensor. It has hybrid autofocus (contrast + phase detection) and also supports object tracking. XA uses the same UI as the other X phones, which means vertical swipes change modes and horizontal swipe flips between back and front camera. The camera apps range from the useful panorama to the fun AR. You can also add more ways here as these are downloadable. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera, with an f/2.0 lens and ¼” sensor. It is not much impressive like Xperia X’s front cam, but still, it is better than the front cams. The phone has the extraordinary capability of taking pictures even while it is locked. Just press the shutter key and Quick Capture unlocks and takes a photo. You can also change setting to just opening the camera app from pressing the shutter. The picture quality on both front and back cameras is quite good. Both cameras take sharp images. The noise is low, and the noise reduction and sharpening are mature. In multimedia, the album app is amongst the most comprehensive and feature rich characteristics we have ever witnessed. It’s very fast and easy to use as well. The images are also enhanced, which even makes average looking photos pop. You can choose between Off, Mobile Bravia Engine 2 and Super Vivid. The music app is also excellent and is a part of custom Sony’s stuff. The audio quality is also great, but just the loudness is below average.
As the phone is so thin and light, as expected, the battery is only 2300mAh. The battery is not enough for a 5-inch phone. It supports fast charging tech, and as Sony says, you can get over 5 hours of battery life in just 10 minutes. And the battery performance is good with 10 hours of talk time. This phone comes in Single and Dual SIM models. Other connectivity features are Wi-Fi a/b/g/n (dual-band), NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 with Low Energy and audio-focused aptX is on board as well. It also has DLNA and MIRACAST for wireless media connections. There’s also USB on-the-go for external storage.
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