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The XA2 is here, and SONY have pulled a blinder with this model - in addition to a super 23 megapixel camera, Sony integrates a powerful battery too. There are quite a few competitors in this niche, so is the Xperia XA2 worth buying?
Compared to its predecessor, the Xperia XA1, the XA2 has been improved in several ways: It has been enlarged from 5.0 to 5.2 inches, has a higher-resolution display, a larger battery and a new design. Instead of an HD screen with 720p, a Full HD display with 1080p is now used. Thanks to the higher pixel density you can see content in even sharper detail. The slightly-curved screen can be unlocked with the fingerprint sensor, which curiously is on the back. Another new feature is the extremely narrow frame on the sides, which gives the impression of infinite width.
With dimensions of 70 × 142 × 9.7mm, the model is slightly thicker, but fits well in the hand. Although the rather divisive looks haven't pleased everyone, we really like it. The curved angles on the edges give this SONY smartphone a different look to others, which in the age when all smartphones look the same, is no bad thing.
The strengths of the smartphone are plenty, but none more so than its cameras. At the back, a 23 megapixel Exmor RS sensor has been installed to record 4K video. According to oneCOMPARE's own tests, these can sometimes be a little blurred. The front camera has 8 megapixels and captures selfies in large groups thanks to 120-degree wide-angle mode. However, the autofocus and brighter aperture of the predecessor have been removed, for some reason, so the quality of selfies can turn out to be a little disappointing.
The battery capacity has increased markedly — from 2300 to 3300 mAh: that's a boost of 1000 mAh. This allows you t, if you wanted, make a continuous call for more than one day and one night on the 3G network (29 hours). LTE is also supported, but there is no 5G here.
The battery supports the quick charging technology Quick Charge 3.0, however, rather strangely a quick charger is not part of the equipment and must be purchased separately. While these are not expensive, it should be standard equipment as TechAdvisor says.
The battery pack is boosted by a mid-range processor that performs well in interaction with Android 8.0 Oreo. The memory can be extended from 32 to 256GB if you want a little more, and Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type C and WLAN-ac complete the reasonable lineup of equipment.
Available in the UK in Silver, Blue, Pink and Black, the Sony Xperia XA2 features a sharp 1080p display and a more than capable main camera. A very durable battery allows long talk and surf times. Hardware and software are well coordinated and offer a strong performance.
The handset's case with a curved glass display and a narrow frame are two plus points - even if they are quite chunky. All in all, this is a phone that holds its ground well and can be recommended highly. It faces some strong competitors in this price bracket such as the Samsung Galaxy A6 but only in terms of camera quality, and (slightly) better performance.
Buying the Xperia XA2 in the UK on contract / pay monthly is incredibly cheap, too. You can currently expect to pay about £25 a month on average, which given the specs is very good value.
Or you can increase the amount you pay upfront and the pay monthly price will drop markedly if you're on a smaller monthly budget. Use the sliders above to find the perfect Sony Xperia XA2 deal with oneCOMPARE.