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Sony Xperia XA - Destined For Fame

Sony Xperia XA - Destined For Fame
One thing we’ve noticed lately is that all the big players are focusing on flagships, mostly because flagships demonstrate the company’s prowess in developing cutting-edge technology. The obsession with flagships leaves a tiny gap for Sony to create something wonderful for those not interested in spending their vacation money on a smartphone!

Sony Xperia XA


Sony’s latest Xperia XA isn’t a record-breaker in terms of performance, but its beauty is simply mesmerising. Most mid-range phones don’t overly focus on looks because achieving best price/performance ratio seems to be the universal goal nowadays, but we admire companies that take a step back in order to do something different. If all smartphone manufacturers followed the same recipe, there would be absolutely no variety because nearly everyone uses the same hardware. It is a scenario we don’t even want to imagine since we absolutely enjoy every bit of uniqueness each company brings to the table. Xperia XA takes a lot of design cues from more premium phones such as Sony’s Z series and makes them work on a tight budget. There is no glass panel on the back for example, but it looks nearly identical to it. The phone looks and feels very exotic in spite of being constructed out of polycarbonate, which just goes to show what can be done when a decent amount of effort is invested. One of the most striking design features is the razor thin display bezel allowing the screen to truly stretch from one side to the other.
 

Sony Xperia XA


As a company that has a long history of making TV’s, Sony’s display panels never disappoint. Depending on your preference, the colours can seem too vivid at times or over-processed, however Sony has included tools to alter white balance and turn off Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 in case you don’t like it. We don’t see a reason why anyone would chose to do that as the BRAVIA feature only enhances the image quality for a more lush and colourful experience. Resolution comes in below the recently reviewed Xperia X, yet we don’t seem to have an issue with stretching 720 x 1280 pixels over 5-inches. Years of staring at monitors and televisions have left a mark on our eyesight, but we don’t think anyone short of an RAF pilot would see individual pixels.
 

Sony Xperia XA


To make the budget work, Sony’s engineers opted for MediaTek instead of the usual Qualcomm hardware. Those following the tech industry know that MediaTek hardware offers excellent price/performance ratio and enjoys incredible success on the Asian markets. We’ve tested many devices using MediaTek chipsets and we’ve yet to complain. The performance isn’t at the level of Qualcomm’s latest CPUs, but in terms of value for money, their hardware is nearly unbeatable so there isn’t any valid reasons why it shouldn’t power Sony’s latest work of art. Four cores clocked at 2GHz tick alongside Mali-T860MP2 GPU and 2GB of RAM for a comfortable experience. Android 6.0 Marshmallow provides the software platform on top of which Sony placed their custom interface, but nothing major detracting from the overall experience. Everyday tasks are performed with relative ease, and it’s only when you get into very demanding gaming titles that you notice a slight lack of power. Internal memory is on the smaller side at only 16GB so we recommend grabbing a microSD expansion card when purchasing the phone. Apps are getting bigger by the day thus filling up the free space won’t take very long.
 

Sony Xperia XA


Down from Xperia X’s 23-megapixel sensor, Xperia XA handles the transition pretty well with its 13-megapixel back camera and an 8-megapixel front camera. Not all features are gone however as you still get Hybrid Autofocus and HDR. Results depend on the conditions photos are taken in, but we were mostly satisfied. Gloomy conditions can eliminate some of the detail, however that’s only visible once you transfer photos to a PC and start looking for problems. All-in-all both cameras are well balanced and ready to fill any social network.

When most manufacturers are battling it out for flagship glory, Sony takes a step back in order to build their line-up from the ground up. Like numerous other mid-range phones, Xperia XA doesn’t come with earthshattering features, yet it captures our hearts with gorgeous looks and fun personality.

 


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