Sony Xperia XA2 review

8.4/10 AVG.
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8.4/10
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The Sony Xperia XA2 currently has an Informr score of 8.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 17 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

If you don’t mind Sony’s design choices, the XA2 is one of their strongest mid-tier phones yet. While it doesn’t excel at any one thing, it offers decent battery life, solid performance, and a detailed -- albeit slow launching -- camera at a respectable price.

What's good

  • Sturdy, reassuring design
  • Decent rear camera
  • microSD support
  • Android 8.0
  • Solid battery
  • Respectable performance

What's bad

  • No fast charger included
  • Phone prone to smudges and scratches
  • Hit-or-miss low-light camera performance
  • Camera slow to launch
  • Lots of pre-installed apps

Sony has created a niche following with their unique aesthetic and solid build quality. But their previous mid-tier entries weren’t particularly impressive. With the XA2, Sony is releasing a phone that can compete -- at least on paper -- in the competitive mid-tier market.

The phone features the standard chunky Sony design, with a thicker body and crisp lines. However, it’s not the boxy affair of previous models. The metal frame includes rounded edges and the subtle curve of the plastic back pleased most reviewers.

Both the metal and plastic are prone to scratches and fingerprints. So, if you prefer to keep a spotless phone, you’ll want to tack the cost of a case on to the purchasing price.

The phone also includes both a rear fingerprint scanner and a 3.5mm headphone jack but does not sport any water or dust resistance ratings.

Around front, you’ll find a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD panel. In its standard configuration, reviewers found colors dull. However, diving into the settings, most found options for tweaking it to their liking. Many noted blue tones to the white areas of the screen. But the screen is plenty bright for outdoor use and crisp enough for both media consumption and reading books, websites, or emails.

Performance was also a high point for the phone. While the 2.2Ghz Snapdragon 630 processor won’t compete with flagships, apps were quick to load. The phone handled games with little stutter or frame drops. However, some reviewers noted the phone felt a bit warm in the hand when pushing the phone to its limits.

Shipping with Android 8.0 Oreo, Sony kept interface changes to a minimum. Unfortunately, they piled on the pre-installed apps. Reviewers found most apps decent alternatives to the stock Android options. However, the AVG app’s persistent notifications annoyed many.

Fortunately, you’ll find 32GB of internal storage to help offset Sony’s choices. Should you need more space, microSD support for cards up to 256GB makes it simple and affordable to expand.

Sony crammed one of their own 23MP sensors in for the rear camera. While it won’t keep up with most flagships or standalone cameras, reviewers were generally pleased with the photography experience. In good lighting, the phone captures excellent color and detail. Low-light performance is hit-or-miss -- however, that isn’t a surprise at this price point.

There’s also an 8MP front-facing wide-angle lens for selfies and video chat. Some reviewers noted issues with distortion when taking close-up shots. Others mentioned that there are solo and group settings on the front camera designed to help with this. 

The biggest issue most reviewers faced loading times. Once loaded, the camera is snappy and responsive. Yet, the app often took 2 to 3 seconds to load. If you’re trying to capture that perfect moment, a delay of that length could spell trouble.

With a 3300mAh battery tucked in its chubby frame, the phone has no problem lasting through a day of typical use. While the phone uses USB Type-C charging and supports Quick Charge 3.0, the phone does not include a fast charger in the box. So, unless you’re looking to tack on another expense for a separate charger, expect top-offs to take a few hours.

Overall, reviewers found the phone a decent deal and a solid performer. TrustedReviews notes, “This is a perfectly solid, ‘nice’ phone we’ve enjoyed using.” Alphr heaped on the praise, saying, “It’s a nippy, smart-looking phone and, unusually for a mid-range Sony device, entirely reasonably priced.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
5.2"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


Pickr

While it’s a relatively solid effort, there are things Sony could have improved, such as the size and thickness, the price shift from last year, and the total absence of any water resistance, something we’re still surprised by, since it’s practically Sony staple and missing in action. But if you’re...

- Leigh :) Stark, Pickr
GSM Dome

Yes, it’s a heavy and fat phone, but overall it surpasses the Xperia XA1 enough to be worth a look and a buy. It’s less sexy than its two predecessors for sure. The curve is rather odd, but among the midrangers of 2018 this is top 5 material.

- Alexandru Stănescu, GSM Dome
Ausdroid

The Xperia XA2 runs quite well on the internal hardware, and it should last you all day on the battery. It doesn’t have the best camera at night but it does pretty well during the day, and offers pretty decent 4K video. I also quite like the design, the rear mounted fingerprint sensor is fast and wo...

- Daniel Tyson, Ausdroid
PCWorld

If you’re not turned off by Sony’s OmniBalance design language and into the idea of using your next phone for “phone stuff” and not a whole lot else, the Xperia XA2 is priced just well enough to make it worth consideration.

- Fergus Halliday, PCWorld
Notebookcheck

A very solid mid-range smartphone. However, it does not bring a real "killer feature" to distinguish it from the competition.

- Manuel Masiero, Notebookcheck


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Common Questions


Sony released the Xperia XA2 on February 16, 2018.


The Xperia XA2 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Sony Xperia XA2 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sony Xperia XA2 user manual here.


Sony backs up the Xperia XA2 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Xperia XA2 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5.2"

The Sony Xperia XA2's screen size is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 1275 minutes, 886 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Xperia XA2 Specs

Overview
Release date February 16, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/700/2100/800 /850/900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa core 2.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.07 W/kg
Body: 1.43 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 867 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 886 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1275 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 41 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Silver, Blue, Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.2 x 7 x 0.97 cm (5.6 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 171 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 424 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.0
Dual lens
No
Zoom
5x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Self-timer, White balance, Slow motion recording (120fps), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Super wide-angle
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Movie Creator, AR effect, Xperia Lounge, AVG Protection Pro)
Included Software / Apps
More
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony H3113, H3123, H3133, H4113, H4133

Also available in dual SIM variant.

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Critic Reviews


Pickr

Performs very well and design feels solid

from Pickr

While it’s a relatively solid effort, there are things Sony could have improved, such as the size and thickness, the price shift from last year, and the total absence of any water resistance, something we’re still surprised by, since it’s practically Sony staple and missing in action. But i...More

While it’s a relatively solid effort, there are things Sony could have improved, such as the size and thickness, the price shift from last year, and the total absence of any water resistance, something we’re still surprised by, since it’s practically Sony staple and missing in action. But if you’re not bothered and you need a phone that kind of does it all and keeps the feeling close to what Google says Android is supposed to look like, you’ll find much of it in the Sony Xperia XA2.

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GSM Dome

Gamer and vlogger mobile tool, bit phat and fat

from GSM Dome

Yes, it’s a heavy and fat phone, but overall it surpasses the Xperia XA1 enough to be worth a look and a buy. It’s less sexy than its two predecessors for sure. The curve is rather odd, but among the midrangers of 2018 this is top 5 material.

Read full review

Yes, it’s a heavy and fat phone, but overall it surpasses the Xperia XA1 enough to be worth a look and a buy. It’s less sexy than its two predecessors for sure. The curve is rather odd, but among the midrangers of 2018 this is top 5 material.

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Ausdroid

Well performing mid-range phone

from Ausdroid

The Xperia XA2 runs quite well on the internal hardware, and it should last you all day on the battery. It doesn’t have the best camera at night but it does pretty well during the day, and offers pretty decent 4K video. I also quite like the design, the rear mounted fingerprint sensor is fast a...More

The Xperia XA2 runs quite well on the internal hardware, and it should last you all day on the battery. It doesn’t have the best camera at night but it does pretty well during the day, and offers pretty decent 4K video. I also quite like the design, the rear mounted fingerprint sensor is fast and works well, and it’s USB-C which is good to see in the mid-range.

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PCWorld

A good option but it’s not quite the best out there

from PCWorld

If you’re not turned off by Sony’s OmniBalance design language and into the idea of using your next phone for “phone stuff” and not a whole lot else, the Xperia XA2 is priced just well enough to make it worth consideration.

Read full review

If you’re not turned off by Sony’s OmniBalance design language and into the idea of using your next phone for “phone stuff” and not a whole lot else, the Xperia XA2 is priced just well enough to make it worth consideration.

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Notebookcheck

A good mid-range device

from Notebookcheck

A very solid mid-range smartphone. However, it does not bring a real "killer feature" to distinguish it from the competition.

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A very solid mid-range smartphone. However, it does not bring a real "killer feature" to distinguish it from the competition.

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TrustedReviews

A solid option for those who like Sony’s style

from TrustedReviews

A solid phone with a couple of minor disappointments, but nothing that sinks its reputation. Battery life is good, but not quite as good as we hoped. And, like recent Xperia flagships, it’s just not as dynamic as some of its recent rivals.

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A solid phone with a couple of minor disappointments, but nothing that sinks its reputation. Battery life is good, but not quite as good as we hoped. And, like recent Xperia flagships, it’s just not as dynamic as some of its recent rivals.

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PC & Tech Authority

Sony is now serious about mid-range

from PC & Tech Authority

For around $550, you have a very reasonably-priced handset that barely puts a foot wrong. It looks the part, has a very nice screen and a camera that performs admirably in well-lit conditions.

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For around $550, you have a very reasonably-priced handset that barely puts a foot wrong. It looks the part, has a very nice screen and a camera that performs admirably in well-lit conditions.

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Alphr

Sony is now serious about mid-range

from Alphr

The Xperia XA2 is an excellent smartphone and it’s seriously made me consider Sony when my contract expires in four months’ time. Well done, Sony.

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The Xperia XA2 is an excellent smartphone and it’s seriously made me consider Sony when my contract expires in four months’ time. Well done, Sony.

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Tech Advisor

A decent enough choice at the price

from Tech Advisor

The Xperia XA2 sits in a slightly odd place. It offers solid specs and performance for the price, but the 16:9 screen and chunky body are already out of step with the competition, and the camera just can’t keep up at all.

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The Xperia XA2 sits in a slightly odd place. It offers solid specs and performance for the price, but the 16:9 screen and chunky body are already out of step with the competition, and the camera just can’t keep up at all.

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IT Pro

A magnificent mid-range smartphone

from IT Pro

We feel confident in saying that this is one of the best phones Sony has produced for ages. For the price, it looks great, lasts a long time and takes (mostly) great pictures. We look forward to seeing what Sony unveils next.

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We feel confident in saying that this is one of the best phones Sony has produced for ages. For the price, it looks great, lasts a long time and takes (mostly) great pictures. We look forward to seeing what Sony unveils next.

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