• Paul Fingleton

Sony Xperia XA2: First Impressions

Beautiful, edge-to-edge screen, big battery

Sony has upped their mobile game lately, with excellent flagship phones like the Xperia XZ models bringing all the style you would expect for a top of the line phone. This style is also on display in the mid-range phones, specifically the XA models.

The Xperia XA2 model takes everything that was good about the XA1 device and makes it that bit better. The thin borders on the sides of the screen are non-existent in the 2018 handset, with the screen stretching from side to slightly curved side.

The chin and forehead of the device are reduced in size, meaning that the device can pack in a 5.2-inch full-HD display in a device that is a full millimetre smaller than the XA1 that housed a 5-inch 720p display.

The camera is also impressive, as you would expect from a Sony handset. The 23-megapixel rear camera is capable of much better low-light photography and capable of recording full 4K resolution video.

The front-facing camera, an 8-megapixel camera is capable of taking 120-degree super-wide photographs, fitting more people into the frame without the need to squish-in together. A neat palm recognition trick in the camera makes it easy to trigger a photo on the selfie camera, without the need to balance the phone and push the button while also maintaining a pose.

Speaking of buttons, the Xperia XA2 has a dedicated camera button, and this is always a welcome feature in a smartphone. A simple addition, to be sure, but one that makes it much easier for this device to replace your dedicated point-and-shoot camera.

The bigger and better screen in a smaller device is very welcome, but it's another addition that makes this a phone that we will enjoy testing - the battery. In our initial tests, the phone has lasted for two full days of normal-to-light usage (browsing, photos, streaming video, game playing).

We'll keep taking the Xperia XA2 for a spin and provide a full review shortly.