The Xperia XA is a comparatively conservative device that tries to play it safe by not burning a hole through your wallet (assuming that Sony will price it appropriately). This is the device which most people who dream of owning an affordable Sony will probably look out for.
Sony Xperia XA: The one for many
The Sony Xperia XA will be a trimmed down version of the Xperia X, which represents what the X line up stands for, but it will not feature all the bells and whistles that the higher end variants offer.
The Xperia XA will sport a 5-inch 720p display fitted with Sony’s Triluminos technology. Although it may sound dated by today’s standards, the HD display can still muster around 294 ppi making it a decent display with indistinguishable pixels (until you deliberately try to distinguish them).
The display is beveled and features a curved glass which makes it look almost borderless, this is a feature that we’ll probably see throughout the X line up. The Xperia XA does not feature a metallic build like the Xperia X and the X Performance. We hope it is at least robust enough to handle drops, our main concern is the bevelled screen.
MediaTek strikes back with the Helio P10
The processor under the hood is a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 and no, that is not a typo. The Helio P10 is codenamed MT6755 which indicates that it is an upgrade over the disappointing MT6753 which took the MT6752 and heavily disarmed it.
This time around, the MT6755 brings in some neat improvements over the MT6752 (we do not even consider the MT6753 as an upgrade to the 6752, SK we are going to conveniently ignore it). The MT6755 has eight Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz which is significantly higher than the 1.7 GHz found on the MT6752. The Helio P10 also supports CAT 6 LTE that’s almost twice as capable as the CAT 4LTE found on the MT6752.
The Camera, RAM and our opinions
The Xperia XA has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which can be expanded further using microSD cards. The rear camera is a 13MP unit that features Sony’s proprietary Exmor RS sensor. As much as we wanted it to be the 23MP unit found in the other two Xperia X devices, we can understand why Sony went with the conventional one.
The Helio P10 can only support upto 21MP cameras and couple that with Sony’s desperation to reduce costs and we are left with the aging 13MP sensor. The front camera is a generous 8MP unit that will serve well for selfies and video conferencing. Both the cameras can shoot in 1080p at 30fps.
The battery is relatively small at 2,300 mAh, but Sony promises that it has done optimizations to deliver stellar battery life. The handset will be equipped with Android 6.0 Marshmallow skinned with Sony’s own custom UI.
As with all the other X line-up of handsets, we hope that Song prices the Xperia XA in such a way that it justifies the cost cutting treatment Sony has given to this device.