Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra hands-on roundup

by XB on 9th January 2018

in Hands On, Videos, Xperia XA series

Sony Mobile unveiled two of its latest ‘super mid-rangers’ yesterday, the 5.2-inch Xperia XA2 and 6-inch Xperia XA2 Ultra. While Sony hasn’t changed the design significantly, it’s great to see small improvements like the curved edges on both front and back, giving the phone a unique look. The Xperia XA2 in particular piqued our interest, given the sweet spot of specs for a mid-ranger and, the fact that ergonomically it should be great in the hand.

In fact, doing the maths, the Xperia XA2 has the highest screen-to-phone ratio of any non-Ultra Xperia phone, (very) marginally surpassing the classic Xperia ZL. For those that want to get a better idea of both phones, we’ve listed a roundup of hands-on impressions and videos below. What are your thoughts on the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra? Let us know in the comments below.

Sony Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra hands-on impressions

Android Authority: Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra Hands-on

“The XA2 and XA2 Ultra have a much higher quality feel due to it’s metal construction and other design flourishes such as chamferred edges. Sony’s signature loop design makes a return and with a more rounded body these are some of the most comfortable feeling phones that Sony has ever produced.”

Android Central: Sony Xperia XA2 + XA2 Ultra hands-on

At a glance, the XA2 and XA2 Ultra are unmistakably Sony phones. The symmetrical design, large bezels, lightly textured metal and bright colors are hallmarks of its phones, even at sub-$400 price points. Pick either phone up, and it feels fantastic, befitting a much higher price. The backs also now have a subtle curve to them rather than being perfectly flat, which you immediately notice in your hand. With all of those design changes, Sony is continuing to get the basics right as well. Big batteries (3300 and 3580mAh) pair up with 1080p screens and a solid Snapdragon 630, which is a recipe for fantastic battery life.

Engadget: Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra hands-on

GSM Arena: Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra hands-on

Overall, it seems our attraction to the XAs is more than just a fling, it’s lasting for a third generation now. And if the substance turns out to be just as good as the first impression, it would make this yet another mid-range Sony that we like more than the flagships.

GSMONLINE.PL: Sony Xperia XA2 hands on

PhoneArena: Xperia X2 hands-on

The design definitely has some premium qualities to it – like its anodized aluminum sides and diamond cut finish on its top and bottom edges. When everyone is moving towards the trend of offering super large phones with minimal bezels, some will certainly appreciate the shorter stature of the Xperia XA2.

  • Stephen

    Even with just the single speaker, the XA2 is a very tempting proposition now they’ve finally put back a decent battery!

  • Patrick

    Does anyone know if they have double tap to wake option in the settings?

  • Moisés

    Even PA and AC liked the phones?
    They must be far better than XZP …

  • John ford

    “I was talking to someone associated insider of SONY at CES and he told me something very disappointing.

    So called “new design” of 2018 Xperia is basically about movement of fingerprint sensor from side to back. This will apply to ALL 2018 Xperia including flagships. (I’m guessing this is for them to sell FP enabled Xperia in US)

    And as you can see with XA2/XA2 Ultra, slightly curved body is another “change”.

    That’s it.

    No major change to overall design language in 2018”
    very disappointing leak if it’s true…

  • iia3ezu

    Bezels for the sake of bezels… hahaha.

    There should be front facing stereo speakers on the bezels if Sony insists on big bezels.

    Compare the dimensions and weight of XA2 Ultra with its 6-inch cousin the C5 Ultra released in 2015:

    XA2 Ultra: 221g, 163 x 80 x 9.5 mm

    C5 Ultra: 187g, 164.2 x 79.6 x 8.2 mm

  • comme des garcons

    I really really do NOT want to believe that. Sony has to part ways with “loop surface” which makes their phones look dated.

  • comme des garcons

    Actually XA2 Ultra is WAY TOO heavy to hold

  • kurakuradisco

    you can upgrade your Z3+ now, Moises?

  • Phil Gym

    I don’t like loop surface which only Sony believes looks cool smh…I wonder why Sony is against trend so much

  • Francis Troy Fabrigas

    If ‘Mirai’ means future, then there’s no way that there would only be little to no change at all.

    This is still a mid range yet we have seen more differences than usual.
    Flagship is expected to have even more drastic changes.
    Trust me, Sony will redesign their phones this year for flagships at least.

  • Geralt

    yea, like they will say, yes we are secretly developing a bezel free phone but you seems like a nice guy so here are some of the details. Stop shitting all over the place dude.

  • insyt

    Design looks great. Reduced bezels are welcomed. Hoping these bezels make it onto the flagships but the fingerprint scanner is retained in the power button.

  • Ziggy

    I really hope the XZ line phones in 2018 don’t have the finger print sensor in the back. Such a bad design decision to not have it in the power button only because Americans have the utterly failed patent systems.

    The power button finger print sensor is excellent and truly a Sony design marvel. I love with the XZs, so easy to use and also it’s natural to have it with the button instead of as a separate random place in the back cover.

  • Nodar Sixarulidze

    Fake info ;)

  • Nodar Sixarulidze

    Source Sony: 2018 is a revolutionary year (for Xperia)
    We’re targeting 2018 as a breakthrough year, and look forward to showcasing further innovations across the entire Xperia portfolio over the coming months.
    2018 is a revolutionary year (for Xperia) and will develop a more innovative Xperia lineup over the next few months.
    “Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra are no different, with leading front camera technology first seen in our flagship XZ line. We’re targeting 2018 as a breakthrough year, and look forward to showcasing further innovations across the entire Xperia portfolio over the coming months.”

  • hansip

    yeah, even Z Ultra is lighter by 10 grams and that’s a way bigger device.

  • Khillo81

    That’s true. I have not had any non-Sony phone user not admire the power button-fingerprint scanner combo on my XZ1 Compact. It makes them wonder why their phones don’t have that as well. Even the people who keep mocking my choice of phone can’t come up with any snark comment here and have to admit: it. Just. Works!

  • hansip

    The weird thing is, how can Sony put NFC on the back which was made of metal?

  • Okarin Titor

    i hope that’s fake info.

  • Okarin Titor

    yehh z ultra very thin,, but big bezzel, small baterry and poor camera

  • KzX

    They already done it with XZ1.

  • hansip

    but with XZ1, it was positioned on the sensor’s cutout so no metal there.

  • Barricade

    XA2’s placement feels pretty natural as well (It does at least on my Nexus 6P), but I hope they go with the power button fingerprint sensor on the side as well (although I imagine that’s an awkward position for left-handed people).

  • hansip

    Of course, but i’m talking strictly about weight here. the Z Ultra will feel lighter because it is big so weight ratio is distributed. with bulkier dimension, it seems like XA2 Ultra will feel so dense.

  • Moisés

    Some sites says they are metal, some say polycarbonate.

  • Moisés

    XA Ultra 2016 has 202g

  • Moisés

    Unfortunately not. I got mine in april/2016.
    Phones here are very expensive, all brands.

    Premium can be found for something equivalent to $830, but without warranty. Sony no longer bring dual sim flagships. Even XZ 32Gb is still above $700.

    But the flap is not okay, the frame is a bit ugly. Also those bumps on corners. I do not use case.

    At least the glass survived after falling on ground 5 times.

    Phone is working pretty well, just not that good on the outside.

  • joseph carmine nero

    Sadly no

  • Talos the Robot

    These were previews. Wait for the official reviews and you will see what these stupid sites have to say…

  • Fűr Tibor

    We will see!

  • iia3ezu

    Yeah, but it was only 8.4mm thick.

    I still think XA2 Ultra is too heavy at 221g.

    For comparison, iPhone 8 Plus weighs 202g, and even that is too heavy for me. iPhone 7 Plus was 188g.

  • عدنان ایوب

    Xperia XA2 my pick. Its a very tempting Mid ranger of 2018.

  • razorg

    I’ll get a couple of XA2s for my parents, and an L2 for my granddad. Really well created phones :) Meanwhile, I’ll be waiting for the next “Compact” ;)

  • Stephen

    The slight problem being “trend” invariably equals “trash quality”. Couldn’t care less about bezels so long as my phone lasts a good long while and is built well. This doesn’t seem to matter to most, admittedly – perfectly happy to be fobbed off with a phone that lasts about a year so long as “ooooh looks all flashy!”. Not the best direction for things to be heading.

  • Vinny Conforto

    I’m sick of loop surface while Sony is madly in love with it

  • Francis Troy Fabrigas

    Only the frame is metal. The back cover is polycarbonate.

  • Vinny Conforto

    thicker than BRAVIA TV. All the phones announced at CES look so dated

  • Vinny Conforto

    They said the same thing in 2015 “2016 will be do or die year”

  • ymytbb .
  • iia3ezu

    I think the XA2 should have better battery life than the XA2 Ultra:

    XA2: 3300mAh, 5.2 inch display

    Ultra: 3580mAh, 6.0 inch display

    A battery drain comparison test needs to be done.

    Besides the bigger battery and screen, the XA2 Ultra has the 64Gb option, dual front-facing camera, and 1Gb more of RAM (4Gb vs 3Gb). Let’s see if the price difference is worth it.

  • iia3ezu

    Fingerprint sensor on the back is natural, but on a Sony phone it’s rather silly as the front bottom bezel is totally wasted.

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 was criticized only because the fingerprint sensor was placed too close to the camera lens, causing fingerprint smudges.

    But the XA2 Ultra is too big, you probably need very big hands to be able to reach the fingerprint sensor while holding the phone with one hand.

  • Moisés

    Price difference must be 100 dollars/100 euros

  • Moisés

    But XA2 Ultra has bigger cameras, bigger battery, metal frame.
    C5 does not.

    XA2 U is shorter than XA1U, it would get thicker.

  • RockStar2005

    If these are the budget Xperia phones, I can’t WAIT for the actual flagships! lol

  • Michael Adu-Yeboah

    on the z5 i unlock the phone 1.while it lies down..2. when i slip it out the pocket, naturally the thumb is on the side power more natural do you want…..side placement ,soooooo lovely

  • Michael Adu-Yeboah

    left handed people use the pointing finger and it is super natural as well…shame on apple (I suspect is the reason Sony stopped implementation in the US)

  • Michael Adu-Yeboah

    I want sony on the top dxomark marking

  • Nodar Sixarulidze
  • Рустам Абдуллаев

    What about waterproof?

  • PoweredBySony

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