A new mid-range smartphone has been unveiled at CES 2018, but what makes Sony’s Xperia XA2 so special?
You can tick this one off your calendars, CES 2018 is finally here. And with it, the folks at Sony have been busy making all sorts of announcements, most notably a new trio of mid-range smartphones: the Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra and Xperia L2.
But forget about the other two handsets for a second. We’re here to talk about the Xperia XA2, an affordable, 5.2in smartphone with photography at its core. If you would like to read about the Xperia XA2 Ultra, you can find Jon’s first thoughts here. Still here? Let’s get to it.
Sony Xperia XA2: Everything you need to know
Sony Xperia XA2 UK release date: When’s it coming out?
Sony’s Xperia XA2 launches in the UK in February 2018, alongside its Ultra alternative. There’s no specific date quite yet, but stay tuned for more information.
Sony Xperia XA2 UK price: How much will it cost?
Despite its imminent launch date, we don’t know how much Sony’s Xperia XA2 smartphone will cost. If you twisted my arm and I had to take a guess, given its specs, I’d expect the XA2 to launch for roughly £350-£450.
Sony Xperia XA2 design: What does it look like?
Okay, the Xperia XA2 looks like every other Xperia smartphone to have graced store shelves in the last few years. Despite the firm claiming a new, “borderless” design, the XA2 is still very much Xperia: with broad bezels above and below the screen. Sony may have reduced the width, but it doesn’t seem so obvious at first glance.
Likewise, there’s no 18:9 aspect ratio display to treat ourselves to either instead, you’ll have to make do with a bog-standard 16:9 Full HD IPS screen. And, like its Ultra alternative, the XA2’s fingerprint reader has moved to the back, which is a massive shame in my opinion.
Still, Sony’s Xperia XA2 can be picked up in four different colours: silver, black, blue and pink.
Sony Xperia XA2 specs: What’s inside?
As for the innards, the Xperia XA2 is equipped with Qualcomm’s latest mid-range processor, the Snapdragon 635. This chip was last seen powering the rather sluggish HTC U11 Life, which certainly doesn’t bode well. Likewise, expect 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage via microSD.
The rear camera is a 23-megapixel snapper, with ISO 12800 sensitivity meaning that it should cope well with low-light images. The front-facing 8-megapixel camera boasts a 120° super-wide camera, allowing you to fit more people and scenery in shot.
Sony Xperia XA2: Early verdict
Okay, the Xperia XA2 is nothing special. It certainly doesn’t offer the same newsworthy punch as the Galaxy S8 or iPhone 11 launches did, but that’s not to say the XA2 doesn’t have a chance at achieving similar acclaim.
That is, so long as Sony can keep the price down. As an affordable flagship alternative, The Xperia XA2 could be one of 2018’s bests. Read my full Sony Xperia XA2 review in the near future to find out