Specs summary

Screen
5"

The Sony Xperia XA's screen is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
2GHz

There is a MediaTek MT6755 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2300 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 25.1 days standby time, 678 minutes (2G), 607 minutes (3G).



It's by no means a disaster, but the confused Xperia XA is proof that Sony has lost its way.

- Matt Farrington-Smith , The Inquirer 

Apart from the cameras and the battery life, it offers a mediocre serving.

- Eric Herrmann , AndroidPIT 

Reviews summary

5.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 16 reviews

What's good  

  • Beautiful design
  • Good cameras
  • microSD support

What's bad  

  • Tons of bloatware
  • Dim, dull display
  • Small, non-removeable battery
  • Doesn’t perform as well of other phones in its price tier

Looking to add high-end style to the mid-tier market, Sony’s Xperia XA’s invisible bezel design is turning heads. But does it offer an experience that matches it’s looks?

We’ve checked out what reviewers are saying to save you time with this Informr phone summary!

Reviewers loved the design of the XA. From the cleverly hidden screen bezels to the pearlized coloring on the rear cover, reviews agree that Sony has shown that you don’t need high-end materials to design a great looking phone. Android Pit said, “The Sony Xperia XA is beguiling to the touch. It feels pleasantly [matte] and smooth and has an edgeless and gapless design.”

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Flipping around to the front treats you to a 5-inch display that wraps neatly to both sides of the phone. Unfortunately, while reviewers loved how Sony minimized the bezels and optimized space usage on the front of the phone, opinions on the display quality of the 720p IPS panel weren’t as good. Alphr noted, “The display on the Xperia can look a little dull compared with even the best budget smartphones.” It’s not all bad, however, as GSM Arena said, “Sunlight legibility is very good for the class.”

Performance reviews are equally mixed. The phone uses an eight-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor capable of up to 2Ghz. Stuff gave the phone a work out and said, “The XA is fairly snappy most of the time, but sooner rather than later you’ll run into a stutter, or an app that takes its time to load.” This lines up with most reviews. Many said while the phone didn’t feel slow, it never felt fast either.

You’ll find 16GB of internal storage on the Xperia XA. After Sony’s bloat, you’re left with roughly 5GB for your own apps. This means that a microSD card will be required for most people. Even though the phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Android Adoptable Storage is not enabled. So even with a card, you’ll be stuck swapping apps to your card manually.

The phone uses a 2,300mAh non-removeable battery to keep things running. Recombu noted, “With regulated use, I just about made it from breakfast to bed on a single charge. If I was less restrained and spent a couple of hours messing around online during my commutes, then I would have to charge the Xperia XA as soon as I got home from work.” Fortunately, reviews also indicate that the include charger can fully charge the battery in 30 mins. While you might have to find a charger throughout the day, you won’t be stuck connected to it for long.

Where the phone shined in reviews was it’s cameras. The 13MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens were applauded by all. Android Pit said, “The main camera delivers detailed, high-contrast pictures with bright colors. Only when looking closely can small artifacts be seen around the edges of objects. Even in low light it provides decent results. The Selfie camera is also above average.” Reviewers also loved Sony’s camera app and interface.

In the end, reviews weren’t great. While most loved the design and camera, they weren’t happy with performance or pricing. Alphr summed reviews up well, saying, “In the end, you have to look at the opposition to set the Xperia XA in context, and right now it’s just too strong for this handset to stand out in any meaningful way.”


Reviews (5.9/10 Avg. rating)


LaptopMedia

The familiar power and style but in different size

from LaptopMedia

Xperia XA Ultra will definitely appeal to selfie fans with its 16MP front camera accompanied by an LED flash, Exmor RS sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and even OIS. All this is a significant prerequisite for awesome selfies, even at low light. If you are still wondering whether a 6-inch model is too big, we can add that it has almost no side screen bezels, and its profile is relatively thin (8.4 mm). Undoubtedly, all these features contribute to the better grip (if we can call it so). The smartphone does not excell in terms of battery, as the component may have been bigger, but the quick charging f... Full review

Android Community

A pricy, pretty face

from Android Community
The Sony Xperia XA is an ‘OK’ phone that looks great but is simply priced too high for me to recommend it over the alternatives. Listed at $249.99, it’s outperformed by devices checking in at least $50 cheaper that provide double the storage, a more robust design, and a longer list of features... Full review
Cnet

Desirable design, but little else

from Cnet
I like how the Xperia XA looks. I really do. That skinny bezel makes it look like a much more expensive phone and means you can easily use it one hand. But the disappointing display, lack of fingerprint sensor, poor battery life and meagre internal storage -- not to mention Sony's insistence on bundling bloatware -- means this phone still falls short of the mark. For less money you can pick up the Motorola Moto G4 Plus, which has none of the XA's shortcomings and throws in water resistance too... Full review
Notebookcheck

A new designer piece

from Notebookcheck
The Xperia XA will primarily catch the attention with its slim line, but the inner values in the form of a fast SoC, bright screen, and expandable storage are also very convincing. It is ultimately the short battery life that ruins the review sample's otherwise decent outcome... Full review
G Style Magazine

The beautifully flawed budget phone

from G Style Magazine
The Xperia XA is a really good budget phone. If you want to spend less than $300 and get a really good phone then I wouldn’t be mad at you if this phone was your choice. It has a lot going for it. Sturdy design, sleek, curved glass, bezel-less edges, great camera, lightweight. .. Full review
PC Magazine

Too expensive for what you get

from PC Magazine
For $280, the Sony Xperia XA just doesn't bring enough to the table to justify its price. Despite a high-quality build it suffers from sluggish performance, mediocre battery life, and a relatively low-resolution display... Full review
LaptopMedia

The most stylish mid-ranger

from LaptopMedia
Sony Xperia XA is one of the most stylish smartphones on the market, and this is due to its ultra thin side bezels. It also has a 5-inch HD display, and even though you can find such screens in phones that are 50% cheaper, we can’t say that it is a drawback because it offers a good image detail, colors and viewing angles. Nonetheless, if we compare it to Xperia X, you will certainly notice a difference in this respect. What’s more, the battery life on this device is quite poor, but the quick charging and power saving modes seem to compensate for this to a certain extent... Full review
The Inquirer

Desirable design, great price

from The Inquirer
The Sony Xperia XA comes off a lot better than the horribly disappointing Xperia X. Had Sony taken the best parts from each we might be in a different place today, but as it stands (and despite a few high points) the Xperia XA feels a little insignificant... Full review
V3

By no means a disaster

from V3
The XA comes off a lot better than the horribly disappointing Xperia X. Had Sony taken the best parts from each we might be in a different place today, but as it stands (and despite a few high points) the Xperia XA feels a little insignificant... Full review
AndroidPIT

Overcharging on entrance

from AndroidPIT
Sony has boiled the Xperia XA down to two key features of the lower upper class: camera and design. However, looking to the left and right in this price range reveals some better alternatives. These might not take better pictures or look so chic, but they either last longer, work considerably faster or have better software... Full review

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