Aimed at users with a liking for multimedia, Sony announced the new iteration of its Experia XA2 models in the form of the Experia XA2 Plus today.
The XA2 Plus is a mid-range device from Sony which brings minimal changes coming from its predecessor. It has a Snapdragon 630 processor which has its potential doubled by either 3GB or 6GB of RAM depending on the storage option you choose. Speaking of that the XA2 Plus sports 32 GB and 64 GB storage options. However, by throwing in an external Micro SD, you’ll be able to gain some extra space.
The phone houses an oddly numbered 23-megapixel camera at the back and an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor at the front. And like most Android smartphones these days, the fingerprint sensor is placed at the back right below the camera sensor. The idea that this phone is created for multimedia enthusiasts is backed by the XA2 Plus’ 1080p display with an 18:9 aspect ratio- which is a noticeable upgrade from the XA2’s 16:9 ratio. The bezels are slimmed off a little bit, but the phone still comes with significant bezels at the top and bottom. This is kind of against the trend as most smartphones these days contain minimal bezels, if not eliminate them completely. But owing to the fact that the XA2 Plus is a budget smartphone, it’s acceptable to not have a bezel-less design.
Additionally, to fulfill your multimedia desires, Sony has packed in a 3580 mAh battery- which is just 420 mAh away from what is considered to be a phenomenal battery capacity. And just like some other Android smartphones in the vicinity, the phone has a USB-C port which supports Qualcomm’s fast charging capabilities. Another aspect to be considered when it comes to entertainment on a device is sound quality and Sony has added first in its class Hi-res audio to support the cause. This is possible because of Sony’s Digital Sound Enhancement Engine. The phone also boasts improved Bluetooth streaming with LDAC- which is also a product of Sony.
“Xperia XA2 Plus sports a sleek, understated 18:9 aspect design, with metallic finishing, super-narrow bezels, and thin borders. The beautiful and durable 6” Full HD+ display is bright and sharp, with stunning colors for a natural viewing experience – and it’s built to last with Corning®Gorilla® Glass 5, to help protect against accidental drops. It includes a mini-display mode, letting you switch between a smaller and larger on-screen interface, for easy one-handed operation and typing.”
The XA2 Plus will ship with Android Oreo out of the box and it’ll be available in silver, black, gold, and green colors. Its pricing, however, is not known yet, but it is to be expected around $450 judging by the fact that the XA2 is priced at $450. Lastly, Sony will start shipping units in August this year.
I won’t say that Sony has done a breakthrough job launching a phone as such, but it is definitely a noticeable upgrade from other budget smartphones aimed at enhancing multimedia hospitalities. You’ll be able to enjoy streaming content on this phone at a whole new level owing to its battery life and decent processing power. But that is at the backend. The real degree of entertainment will be enhanced by its upgraded displays, which is a trend you’ll notice with smartphones in this line. For a phone mainly focused on multimedia, you could hit some boulders doing other stuff, which is an issue dealt with by most Android OEM’s. However, it is only after you actually use the device, you come to know how it fares in such areas.