This week, Sony announced yet another Android smartphone. Xperia XA2 Plus is an upper mid-range device with many qualities of a flagship and will be sold alongside Sony’s more premium handsets: Xperia XZ2, Xperia XZ2 Premium and Xperia XZ2 Compact.
Xperia XA2 Plus is technically part of a different line of phones, the Xperia XA devices that consist of Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia XA. This is Sony’s mid-range lineup, and the ‘Plus’ variant will fit in nicely as the newer and more advanced of the models. While very similar to the older Xperia XZ Ultra, the Xperia XA Plus is also similar in a lot of ways to the higher-end Xperia XZ2 handsets with familiar design, features and specs. Sony just keeps coming at us with more phones so that there’s one to satisfy every hungry customer’s needs. This doesn’t exactly surprise us, though the models have come out a bit crunched together I feel.
Sony has gone ahead with its next smartphone announcement meanwhile its previously announced phone, Xperia XZ2 Premium, hit some markets for order only last week. Sony seems to be falling in the footsteps of LG who announced LG V30S ThinQ and other variants shortly after LG V30. In this case, Sony has come out with a new mid-range entrant that will look to compete in the crowded market of Chinese offerings and other bang for your buck mid-range devices.
Like the Xperia XZ2 models, Sony is incorporating a somewhat modern design language known as Ambient Flow. The new device looks premium just like the higher-end models and has a 3D glass surface that looks super futuristic. It has minimal bezel, a smaller overall footprint and a high screen to body ratio. Change has been the name of the game for Sony this year, who has learned from past years of disappointment. This model sports a single 23MP rear camera rather than a dual lens, in addition to a single 8MP front-facing camera that sports a wide-angle 120-degree lens. Sony says both have accurate coloring and detailed capturing, and users will have access to features like slow-mo video and 4K video recording on back, as well as portrait mode with bokeh and beauty software functions on front. Other specs include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (expandable via microSD to 400GB). These specs should make the device an entertainment powerhouse for those who like to consume various media.
Sony went with a large 6-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display. Battery life should therefore be impressive, especially with a capacity of 3,580mAh. The display is 18:9, meaning it’s slimmer and taller than 16:9 phones. This has been a trend among smartphones OEMs and props go to Sony for bringing it to a mid-range device and not only its flagship. Sony has also packed in a great audio experience with a loud and crisp bottom-firing speaker. This packs in high-resolution audio and Sony’s Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX). The press release doesn’t specify anything about an IP rating, though we presume the phone is water-resistant, just like just about all other Sony phones. Android 8.0 Oreo will be pre-installed and Android P could be around the corner for this device along with regular updates. There’s fast charging, but Sony makes no mention of a headphone jack for this device.
Sony will sell the phone in four colors: Silver, Black, Green and Gold. Availability may vary by region and/or carrier. Full availability and pricing information have not yet been outed by Sony but we know the device will release in late August. Pricing will make or break this phone, which is a solid offering otherwise as there are a lot of alternatives available worthy of your consideration. But, if you’re looking for the best in the mid-range line and don’t want to break the bank for an Xperia XZ model, this could be a viable option. Let us know what you think down in the comments. Is Sony gearing up for a comeback in 2018? Do they have your attention?