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.

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