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Sony Xperia XA review

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Introduction

 

Sometimes an underdog proves to be the crowd favorite. This may be the case with the Sony Xperia XA – the most affordable of the four X-phones we’ve seen so far and yet it probably causes the most excitement when you hold it in hand.

 

Key features

  • Narrowest 5″ phone, metal frame, polycarbonate back
  • 5″ 720 x 1,280px LCD with 294ppi, Mobile Bravia Engine 2; 2.5D scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
  • Android v6.0 Marshmallow with Xperia launcher
  • MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 chipset, octa-core 2GHz Cortex-A53 CPU; Mali-T860MP2 GPU; 2GB RAM
  • 13 MP camera with 1080p@30fps video recording and hybrid autofocus; 8 MP front-facing camera with 1080p@30fps video
  • 16GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot
  • Single and dual-SIM variants
  • LTE Cat.4 (150Mbps); Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n; A-GPS/GLONASS receiver, Bluetooth v4.1, FM radio with RDS
  • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
  • 2,300mAh non-removable battery (Pump Express 2.0 supported)

Main disadvantages

  • Battery capacity is only average, not particularly efficient 28nm chipset
  • No fingerprint reader

The fingerprint reader is gone – Sony says it would have made the bezel thicker and the company firmly believes the right place for the reader is on the side, that’s why it didn’t just move it to the front or back.

In Sony’s new naming scheme “XA” is basically a letter of the alphabet – the Xperia XA and XA Ultra are in a class of their own, sitting some way below the X and X Performance in the pecking order

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