Mobile World Congress (MWC) is a grand gathering for mobile industry, not only the latest mobile technologies will be introduced to the public on this event, but the top international smartphone OEMs will release their newest devices for the first time as well, even the year flagship smartphone. Yesterday at MWC 2016 in Barcelona, Sony announced three handsets: Sony Xperia X, Sony Xperia XA and Sony Xperia X Performance, the last one is Sony’s flagship high end smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. But today, we will introduce and review another mid-range smartphone – Sony Xperia XA, which is an ultra slim smartphone with another SoC from MediaTek.
Even Sony positions the Xperia XA as a mid-range phone for users who want to purchase best budget mobile phone, the processor of Xperia XA is MT6755 Helio P10, the newest high performance SoC that was just released last year in 2015 and will be used in more and more smartphones of 2016. The Sony Xperia XA is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and more specifications and features are listed as below.
- MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 2.0GHz Octa-core Processor with Mali-T860 MP2
- 5.0 inches IPS LCD Capacitive Touch screen of 1280 x 720 pixels of 294 PPI, 71.8% screen-to-body ratio, ultra-thin bezel, up to 4 fingers multi-touch, scratch-resistant 2.5D Arc glass
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB of internal storage, max expansion up to 200GB
- 13MP primary camera with LED flash, touch focus, face detection, HDR; 8MP secondary camera with touch foucus and HDR function
- 143.6 x 66.8 x 7.9 mm
- Nano-SIM card slot, supporting 4G, 3G and 2G. 4G network bands include: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800) - F3111 / LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 28(700) - F3113 / LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) - F3115; 3G network bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - F3111, F3115 / HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 - F3113; 2G network bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Non-removable Li-Ion 2300 mAh battery
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, A-GPS, NFC, USB 2.0
Sony Xperia XA Review: Appearance and Build
The Xperia XA is pretty easy to identify as a Sony smartphone, with its symmetrical design and metallic trim. The ultra slim smartphone's front sports a slick glass with 2.5D Arc technology, with a gentle slope towards the ultra-thin bezel edges. The outer frame of this ultra slim smartphone is a familiar sight, with Sony's traditional circular power button on the right edge, along with volume controls and camera shutter keys. But the ultra slim smartphone does not have a fingerprint scanner at this time. The back panel, which flows gently into the trim — and while it looks vaguely metallic, it feels very much like a polycarbonate shell.
Sony Xperia XA Review: Display
Sony Xperia XA has an ultra slim body with a 5-inches touch screen of 720p resolution, which is a relatively low number even in the mid-range smartphone space, but what the Xperia XA lacks in resolution it makes up for with impressive brightness and colors that really pop, along with a 294 PPI pixel density. The touch screen of this ultra slim smartphone supports up to 4 fingers multi-touch with the Capacitive technology.
Sony Xperia XA Review: Hardware
The hardware of Sony Xperia XA is not really good, even the handset combines the 2.0GHz octa-core MT6755 Helio P10 processor with the Mali-T860 MP2 GPU, but the phone is only ranged as an affordable mid-range smartphone for entry-level users, as the internal storage is really a drawback, only 2GB of RAM and 16GB of default memory, too small comparing with other high end smartphones with MT6755 Helio P10 chipset, for example, Elephone P9000, which is a big storage smartphone with a 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The two-day battery life is promised from the phone, which packs a 2,300mAh internal cell.
Sony Xperia XA Review: Camera
As for imaging and video, the Xperia XA includes a 13-megapixel rear camera, giving you a wide array of shooting modes and manual options for ISO, exposure levels and other variables. It's not as fast to focus as its variant Sony Xperia X, but once it's there, it's capable of firing off images in rapid succession. Around the front, there's a more standard 8-megapixel sensor reporting for selfie duty.
Sony Xperia XA Review: Mobile OS
Even Google has release the latest mobile OS for Android smartphones, not many mid-range smartphones or even high end smartphones have been shipped with Android 6.0 Marshmallow yet. It is reassuring to see Sony shipping the Xperia XA with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
As the MWC going on, more and more new smartphones will be released later, if you want to know more about some smartphone, you can leave the comment below.