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Sony Xperia XA2 Plus Smartphone Review

Mike Wobker, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Mark Riege), 10/02/2018

Smaller bezels, larger display. After the regular XA2 and its more powerful Ultra version, interested buyers can now select from three XA2 models. The design has been updated slightly, now offering smaller bezels as well as a 6-inch display in the 18:9 format. We clarify in our review, what else the Sony XA2 Plus can do.

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Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

In our tests, the Sony Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra both achieved a score of 85%. Aside from some small negative points, the Sony smartphones primarily stood out with a long battery life and a stable case. However, the design of these devices appeared a bit old-fashioned, and the XA2 Plus is unable to prevent a similar impression. On the other hand, it distinguishes itself from its in-house competitors with its 18:9 format and smaller bezels.

With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 630, the Adreno 508 graphics unit, 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage, the hardware base is identical to that of the XA2 Ultra. To find out whether there are still some differences in the performance, we include this model in our list of comparison devices. But in addition to the in-house Sony competitor, the XA2 Plus also has to be compared with smartphones from other manufacturers.

As possible competitors, we include the Nokia 7 Plus, Xiaomi's Pocophone F1, the Honor 10, and LG's Q7 Plus in this test.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus (Xperia Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6 inch 2:1, 2160 x 1080 pixel 402 PPI, capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 20 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD (FAT, FAT32 and exFAT, up to 400 GB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM (850/900/1800/1900), UMTS (1/2/5/8), LTE (1/2/3/5/7/8/20/38), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.6 x 157 x 75 ( = 0.38 x 6.18 x 2.95 in)
Battery
3580 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 23 MPix f/2.0
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.4
Additional features
Speakers: 1 speaker, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, USB charger, USB Type-C cable, stereo headset, Movie Creator, Xperia Lounge, 24 Months Warranty, SAR value (head): 1.9 W/kg, SAR value (body): 1.44 W/kg, fanless
Weight
204 g ( = 7.2 oz / 0.45 pounds), Power Supply: 55 g ( = 1.94 oz / 0.12 pounds)
Price
399 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - Multiple colors and metal case

Sony manufactures the case of the XA2 Plus from metal and offers it in silver, green, gold, or black color. While the rounded edges ensure a good grip on the smartphone, they slightly enlarge the display bezels visually. The bezels themselves are very thin on the right and left side, but there is relatively plentiful room for the selfie camera above and empty space below the screen.

The workmanship of the Sony smartphone is very good, causing the device to give a robust impression. All the navigation elements are placed on the right side, where the volume rocker, power button, and additional camera key sit in the frame, with all of them having some slight play. On the back, you can find the single main camera and a fingerprint sensor. You do not need a tool to open the SIM/microSD card slot on the left side of the Xperia XA2 Plus.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Size Comparison

Equipment - Sony smartphone with USB Type-C

Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 and an Adreno 508 graphics unit ensure smooth system operation in the Sony Xperia XA2 Plus. With 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of eMMC flash storage, the buyers receive a mid-range smartphone that is well suited for many everyday tasks. While the internal storage is slightly limited with about 20 GB of available storage space, it can be expanded via microSD card by up to 400 GB according to the manufacturer.

Users of the Xperia XA2 Plus have the option to connect external speakers or a headset via the 3.5 mm audio port on top of the smartphone. A USB Type-C port serves to connect a charger or for wired data transfer. However, it is connected internally only with the USB-2.0 standard.

Top: microphone, 3.5 mm audio port
Top: microphone, 3.5 mm audio port
Left side: SIM/microSD card slot
Left side: SIM/microSD card slot
Bottom: speaker, USB Type-C port, microphone
Bottom: speaker, USB Type-C port, microphone
Right side: camera key, power button, volume rocker
Right side: camera key, power button, volume rocker

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Software - Xperia XA2 Plus with Android Oreo

Users of the Xperia XA2 Plus receive an Android-8.0 system with security patches on the level of June 1, 2018. Sony has implemented numerous adjustments that primarily concern the visual appearance. In addition, there are a multitude of apps that are supposed to support the use of the smartphone. For example, the users can get new designs via the "Xperia Lounge," and "Xperia Assist" enables intelligent power saving functions, offers tips to conserve the battery, and helps transfer data from an old to the new smartphone. With "AVG Protection," there is also a preinstalled virus scanner.

The preinstalled apps can only be deactivated in the menu, but they cannot be moved to a microSD card, which can only be used to store your own photos, videos, and other files. If several people want to use the XA2 Plus, you can set up various user accounts in the Settings of the Sony smartphone.

Software Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Software Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Software Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Software Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Software Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Software Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Software Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Software Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Software Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Software Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Communication and GPS - LTE Cat. 12 in the Sony smartphone

The Xperia XA2 Plus is able to create mobile connections to GSM, 3G, and LTE networks. It can connect to the latter with LTE of Category 12, which enables theoretical download speeds of up to 600 Mb/s. During upload, speeds of up to 100 Mb/s can be achieved. The available bands cover the usual spectrum in Europe, and with the dual-SIM support, you can also use the networks of different operators.

For close-range wireless connections, the Sony smartphone offers Bluetooth 5.0 and WLAN. With the a, b, g, n, and ac standards, the 2.4 as well as the 5-GHz bands are supported. In our test, the Xperia XA2 Plus achieves good transfer rates that use the possibilities of the WLAN adapter with a simple antenna to the full extent. While the Xiaomi Pocophone achieves twice the speed with its 2x2-MIMO technology, at this point it is an exception in this price range.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
Adreno 630, 845, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
675 (min: 630, max: 704) MBit/s ∼100% +118%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
334 MBit/s ∼49% +8%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
309 MBit/s ∼46%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
247 MBit/s ∼37% -20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=307)
211 MBit/s ∼31% -32%
Honor 10
Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
210 MBit/s ∼31% -32%
LG Q7 Plus
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750S, 64 GB eMMC Flash
42.7 MBit/s ∼6% -86%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
Adreno 630, 845, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
647 (min: 598, max: 665) MBit/s ∼100% +86%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
347 MBit/s ∼54%
Nokia 7 Plus
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
307 MBit/s ∼47% -12%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
305 MBit/s ∼47% -12%
Honor 10
Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
236 MBit/s ∼36% -32%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=307)
207 MBit/s ∼32% -40%
LG Q7 Plus
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750S, 64 GB eMMC Flash
54.5 MBit/s ∼8% -84%
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test indoors

Using the "GPS Test" app, we evaluate how accurately the Xperia XA2 Plus can determine its own location. While we measure an accuracy of up to four meters (~13 feet) outdoors, the smartphone is unable to create a satellite connection indoors, so it cannot determine its location.

In our test, we also compare the GPS of the Xperia XA2 Plus to our Garmin Edge 500 reference device. The recorded route often lies significantly apart from the actual route and appears cut short, particularly in the curves. Therefore, while the Sony smartphone might be suited for simple navigation tasks, you should use an external GPS device for tasks that require more accuracy.

GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
GPS Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
GPS Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
GPS Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
GPS Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
GPS Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Telephone Functions and Voice Quality - Muffled microphone in the XA2 Plus

Sony uses Google's standard app for phone calls in the Xperia XA2 Plus. This allows you to make phone calls in the usual uncomplicated way, search contacts, or input phone numbers into a dial pad. In the conversation, the Sony smartphone offers good sound and solid suppression of surrounding noises. The available volume is quite high in the earpiece as well as when using the speaker phone. However, the microphone muffles your voice during transfer to your conversation partner.

The included headset offers a good alternative here. The sound is also clear, and its microphone transfers voices clearer and more balanced.

Cameras - Sony smartphone with 23 MP

Image taken with front camera
Image taken with front camera

The Sony Xperia XA2 Plus has a single 23-MP main camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an 8-MP selfie camera with an f/2.4 aperture. With the latter, you can take selfies that offer good colors and many details. Objects in the background appear slightly blurry, but can still be recognized.

While the main camera also offers recordings of good quality, pictures with large brightness differences or with backlight turn out too dark. For this reason, you can hardly see anything on our panorama picture consisting of large areas of the sky. On the other hand, the close-up under more balanced light conditions results in a clear image with many details. However, it does look slightly pale, which would not happen with an SLR camera. In darker surroundings, the f/2.0 aperture cannot take any usable images. While you can still make out the outlines of the selected object, large parts of the image disappear in darkness. You can influence the produced result via a manual photo mode, where you can adjust the white balance, brightness, ISO values, and shutter speed.

The video function offers moving recordings of a similar quality, but shines with a very good image stabilizer. You can record videos in 4k and HDR. In addition, you can adjust the color reproduction and brightness, as well as add object tracking.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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ColorChecker Passport
ColorChecker Passport

Using the ColorChecker Passport, we evaluate how well the camera of the Xperia XA2 Plus can reproduce colors. It shows that almost all the colors are recorded too bright and black tones too dark.

Under controlled light conditions, the camera is able to reproduce our test chart well. Particularly in the center of the image, the objects are rich in contrast and detail, but the blurriness increases towards the edges. In addition, the bottom corners of the image appear very pale.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus Test chart
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus Test chart (detail)

Accessories and Warranty

The box of the Sony Xperia XA2 Plus also contains a USB charger with the corresponding USB Type-C cable and a stereo headset. In addition, you can order a fitting cover with an integrated stand in Sony's online shop, as well as choose from among numerous Bluetooth headsets and general accessories.

Sony offers a 24-month warranty to the buyers of the Xperia XA2 Plus.

Input Devices and Operation - The XA2 Plus uses SwiftKey

Sony offers "SwiftKey" as the preinstalled keyboard app to the users of the Xperia XA2 Plus. This allows you to input text simply and easily, with the ability to adjust the keyboard to various needs. You can also change the layout using designs. The touchscreen of the XA2 Plus responds to each input with a slight vibration and transfers any touch to the system without delay. The display surface is very smooth and hardly prone to fingerprints. Long gaming sessions or many drag-and-drop movements therefore do not pose any problems.

The position sensor also responds quickly and reliably, causing movements of the device to result in prompt adjustments of the screen orientation. To protect the device from unauthorized access, the Sony smartphone offers a fingerprint sensor on the back, which responds to touch almost without any delay, reliably recognizing the stored fingerprints.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus input devices
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus input devices

Display - Smartphone with high-contrast display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The display of the Sony Xperia XA2 Plus is a 6-inch IPS panel offering a resolution of 2160x1080 pixels. At an average of 592 cd/m², the display brightness is above that of most comparable devices and is only surpassed by the Xperia XA2 Ultra in our comparison list. Although the brightness distribution is very good at 92%, it is still only in the middle of the field of our selected comparison devices.

577
cd/m²
601
cd/m²
620
cd/m²
587
cd/m²
597
cd/m²
605
cd/m²
576
cd/m²
572
cd/m²
596
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 620 cd/m² Average: 592.3 cd/m² Minimum: 5.17 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 597 cd/m²
Contrast: 1866:1 (Black: 0.32 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.4 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 3.4 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
95.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.2
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
IPS, 2160x1080, 6
Honor 10
IPS, 2280x1080, 5.84
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
IPS, 2246x1080, 6.18
LG Q7 Plus
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.5
Nokia 7 Plus
IPS, 2160x1080, 6
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
IPS, 1920x1080, 6
Screen
-11%
-23%
-67%
-18%
-15%
Brightness middle
597
555
-7%
489
-18%
431
-28%
458
-23%
659
10%
Brightness
592
537
-9%
486
-18%
419
-29%
463
-22%
680
15%
Brightness Distribution
92
94
2%
93
1%
89
-3%
92
0%
88
-4%
Black Level *
0.32
0.39
-22%
0.34
-6%
0.58
-81%
0.22
31%
0.56
-75%
Contrast
1866
1423
-24%
1438
-23%
743
-60%
2082
12%
1177
-37%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.4
2.3
4%
3.8
-58%
6.2
-158%
4
-67%
2.8
-17%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.3
6
-13%
7.1
-34%
10.1
-91%
7.4
-40%
6.5
-23%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.4
3.9
-15%
4.4
-29%
6.2
-82%
4.7
-38%
3
12%
Gamma
2.2 100%
2.19 100%
2.22 99%
2.26 97%
2.19 100%
2.18 101%
CCT
7172 91%
6212 105%
7213 90%
8064 81%
7425 88%
6938 94%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 2358 Hz ≤ 4 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 2358 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 4 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 2358 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8933 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Optimal color settings
Optimal color settings

Our measurements indicate the Sony smartphone has a very good contrast ratio of 1866:1 and a black value of 0.32 cd/m. Both results are on the level of comparable devices and are not outstanding values.

You can adjust the color presentation in the display settings. Without any adjustments, the display appears slightly imbalanced and pale, and the amount of blue color is slightly elevated. If you activate the Standard mode, the colors are a bit more balanced and the contrast appears higher. In the Super Vibrant mode, the colors appear warmer and more vibrant than with deactivated image optimization.


CalMAN - Color Accuracy (sRGB)
CalMAN - Color Accuracy (sRGB)
CalMAN - Color Accuracy (sRGB, optimized)
CalMAN - Color Accuracy (sRGB, optimized)
CalMAN - Color Space (sRGB)
CalMAN - Color Space (sRGB)
CalMAN - Saturation (sRGB)
CalMAN - Saturation (sRGB)
CalMAN - Grayscales (sRGB)
CalMAN - Grayscales (sRGB)
CalMAN - Grayscales (sRGB, optimized)
CalMAN - Grayscales (sRGB, optimized)
CalMAN - Color Accuracy (Standard)
CalMAN - Color Accuracy (Standard)
CalMAN - Color Space (Standard)
CalMAN - Color Space (Standard)
CalMAN - Saturation (Standard)
CalMAN - Saturation (Standard)
CalMAN - Grayscales (Standard)
CalMAN - Grayscales (Standard)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10.8 ms rise
↘ 17.2 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 59 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
56.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 26.8 ms rise
↘ 30 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 93 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The display brightness of the Xperia XA2 Plus is sufficient for using it outdoors. However, you should prefer shady places, since the display contents are hard to see in direct sunlight, and also reflections of the surrounding objects obstruct the view of the display.

Outdoor usage
Outdoor usage

The viewing angles of the IPS panel of the Sony smartphone are very stable, allowing you to see the display contents from almost any direction without any problems. If there are no reflections hindering the view of the screen, the Xperia XA2 Plus can also be used from unusual positions.

Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - Mid-range performance in the XA2 Plus

With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 630 and an Adreno 508 GPU, the Xperia XA2 Plus offers solid mid-range equipment. In combination with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of flash storage, the Sony smartphone is suited for many applications that may also require hardware that is more powerful. 

However, in our tests of the system performance the Sony smartphone is only able to place in the lower middle of the field of comparison devices. The performance is approximately at the level of the XA2 Ultra, with the two Sony smartphones taking turns changing places in the different tests.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
70346 Points ∼31%
Honor 10
174272 Points ∼77% +148%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
227026 Points ∼100% +223%
LG Q7 Plus
44064 Points ∼19% -37%
Nokia 7 Plus
117165 Points ∼52% +67%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
70141 Points ∼31% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (44128 - 73617, n=12)
68642 Points ∼30% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (23275 - 254229, n=390)
76481 Points ∼34% +9%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
89006 Points ∼34%
Honor 10
205297 Points ∼78% +131%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
263165 Points ∼100% +196%
LG Q7 Plus
52855 Points ∼20% -41%
Nokia 7 Plus
141701 Points ∼54% +59%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
89349 Points ∼34% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (87300 - 90674, n=10)
89507 Points ∼34% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (17073 - 348178, n=170)
118332 Points ∼45% +33%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
4953 Points ∼61%
Honor 10
7046 Points ∼87% +42%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
8101 Points ∼100% +64%
LG Q7 Plus
3080 Points ∼38% -38%
Nokia 7 Plus
6077 Points ∼75% +23%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
5051 Points ∼62% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (4636 - 5085, n=11)
4876 Points ∼60% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (3146 - 9868, n=256)
4551 Points ∼56% -8%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
5659 Points ∼59%
Honor 10
8530 Points ∼88% +51%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
9664 Points ∼100% +71%
LG Q7 Plus
3969 Points ∼41% -30%
Nokia 7 Plus
6825 Points ∼71% +21%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
5083 Points ∼53% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (5083 - 6264, n=12)
5689 Points ∼59% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (6412 - 13531, n=423)
4958 Points ∼51% -12%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
936 Points ∼71%
Honor 10
1316 Points ∼100% +41%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
1296 Points ∼98% +38%
LG Q7 Plus
751 Points ∼57% -20%
Nokia 7 Plus
1101 Points ∼84% +18%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
912 Points ∼69% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (666 - 936, n=12)
863 Points ∼66% -8%
Average of class Smartphone (7 - 1731, n=499)
698 Points ∼53% -25%
Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
1480 Points ∼19%
Honor 10
4397 Points ∼55% +197%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
7945 Points ∼100% +437%
LG Q7 Plus
631 Points ∼8% -57%
Nokia 7 Plus
2298 Points ∼29% +55%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
1492 Points ∼19% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (1470 - 1523, n=12)
1501 Points ∼19% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (18 - 15969, n=499)
1737 Points ∼22% +17%
Memory (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
1334 Points ∼35%
Honor 10
3808 Points ∼100% +185%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
3239 Points ∼85% +143%
LG Q7 Plus
800 Points ∼21% -40%
Nokia 7 Plus
2503 Points ∼66% +88%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
1325 Points ∼35% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (838 - 1405, n=12)
1217 Points ∼32% -9%
Average of class Smartphone (21 - 6283, n=499)
1244 Points ∼33% -7%
System (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
3284 Points ∼50%
Honor 10
5882 Points ∼90% +79%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
6506 Points ∼100% +98%
LG Q7 Plus
1407 Points ∼22% -57%
Nokia 7 Plus
4976 Points ∼76% +52%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
3287 Points ∼51% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (1763 - 3319, n=12)
3147 Points ∼48% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (369 - 12202, n=499)
2512 Points ∼39% -24%
Overall (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
1570 Points ∼41%
Honor 10
3374 Points ∼88% +115%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
3838 Points ∼100% +144%
LG Q7 Plus
855 Points ∼22% -46%
Nokia 7 Plus
2369 Points ∼62% +51%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
1560 Points ∼41% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (1152 - 1570, n=12)
1487 Points ∼39% -5%
Average of class Smartphone (150 - 6097, n=503)
1255 Points ∼33% -20%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
3621 Points ∼25%
Honor 10
8634 Points ∼60% +138%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
14369 Points ∼100% +297%
LG Q7 Plus
2084 Points ∼15% -42%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
3738 Points ∼26% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (2910 - 3956, n=11)
3714 Points ∼26% +3%
Average of class Smartphone (836 - 21070, n=197)
4524 Points ∼31% +25%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
4152 Points ∼45%
Honor 10
6610 Points ∼72% +59%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
9182 Points ∼100% +121%
LG Q7 Plus
2135 Points ∼23% -49%
Nokia 7 Plus
5867 Points ∼64% +41%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
4234 Points ∼46% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (883 - 4234, n=12)
3733 Points ∼41% -10%
Average of class Smartphone (883 - 11598, n=247)
4308 Points ∼47% +4%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
858 Points ∼35%
Honor 10
1890 Points ∼77% +120%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
2468 Points ∼100% +188%
LG Q7 Plus
639 Points ∼26% -26%
Nokia 7 Plus
1646 Points ∼67% +92%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
865 Points ∼35% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (710 - 4210, n=12)
1132 Points ∼46% +32%
Average of class Smartphone (394 - 4824, n=248)
1270 Points ∼51% +48%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
1712 Points ∼62%
Honor 10
2582 Points ∼94% +51%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
2528 Points ∼92% +48%
LG Q7 Plus
1031 Points ∼38% -40%
Nokia 7 Plus
2749 Points ∼100% +61%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
1706 Points ∼62% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (1631 - 1822, n=12)
1742 Points ∼63% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (2281 - 4216, n=352)
1642 Points ∼60% -4%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
718 Points ∼15%
Honor 10
2993 Points ∼63% +317%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
4746 Points ∼100% +561%
LG Q7 Plus
80 Points ∼2% -89%
Nokia 7 Plus
1161 Points ∼24% +62%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
727 Points ∼15% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (707 - 729, n=12)
719 Points ∼15% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (815 - 5241, n=352)
1186 Points ∼25% +65%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
824 Points ∼21%
Honor 10
2891 Points ∼73% +251%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
3972 Points ∼100% +382%
LG Q7 Plus
101 Points ∼3% -88%
Nokia 7 Plus
1332 Points ∼34% +62%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
833 Points ∼21% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (811 - 839, n=12)
827 Points ∼21% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (951 - 4734, n=360)
1134 Points ∼29% +38%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
1757 Points ∼63%
Honor 10
2773 Points ∼100% +58%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
2720 Points ∼98% +55%
LG Q7 Plus
1029 Points ∼37% -41%
Nokia 7 Plus
2734 Points ∼99% +56%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
1698 Points ∼61% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (1698 - 1816, n=12)
1751 Points ∼63% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (532 - 4215, n=384)
1540 Points ∼56% -12%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
1248 Points ∼15%
Honor 10
3573 Points ∼43% +186%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
8261 Points ∼100% +562%
LG Q7 Plus
96 Points ∼1% -92%
Nokia 7 Plus
1895 Points ∼23% +52%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
1256 Points ∼15% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (1234 - 1289, n=12)
1259 Points ∼15% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (46 - 8312, n=384)
1632 Points ∼20% +31%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
1334 Points ∼23%
Honor 10
3358 Points ∼59% +152%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
5687 Points ∼100% +326%
LG Q7 Plus
120 Points ∼2% -91%
Nokia 7 Plus
2035 Points ∼36% +53%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
1333 Points ∼23% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (1318 - 1374, n=12)
1343 Points ∼24% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (58 - 6454, n=392)
1387 Points ∼24% +4%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
13217 Points ∼38%
Honor 10
21070 Points ∼60% +59%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
34928 Points ∼100% +164%
LG Q7 Plus
9903 Points ∼28% -25%
Nokia 7 Plus
20085 Points ∼58% +52%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
13054 Points ∼37% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (12667 - 13217, n=12)
13007 Points ∼37% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (3958 - 37475, n=539)
12880 Points ∼37% -3%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
18472 Points ∼22%
Honor 10
32674 Points ∼40% +77%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
82125 Points ∼100% +345%
LG Q7 Plus
9656 Points ∼12% -48%
Nokia 7 Plus
29333 Points ∼36% +59%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
18528 Points ∼23% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (16508 - 18635, n=12)
18313 Points ∼22% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (2465 - 162695, n=539)
17994 Points ∼22% -3%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
16972 Points ∼27%
Honor 10
29111 Points ∼46% +72%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
63159 Points ∼100% +272%
LG Q7 Plus
9710 Points ∼15% -43%
Nokia 7 Plus
26610 Points ∼42% +57%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
16949 Points ∼27% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (15466 - 17032, n=12)
16789 Points ∼27% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (2915 - 77599, n=540)
15114 Points ∼24% -11%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
30 fps ∼20%
Honor 10
124 fps ∼83% +313%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
150 fps ∼100% +400%
LG Q7 Plus
17 fps ∼11% -43%
Nokia 7 Plus
50 fps ∼33% +67%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
29 fps ∼19% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (29 - 30, n=12)
29.8 fps ∼20% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 251, n=564)
31.4 fps ∼21% +5%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
28 fps ∼47%
Honor 10
59 fps ∼98% +111%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
60 fps ∼100% +114%
LG Q7 Plus
16 fps ∼27% -43%
Nokia 7 Plus
48 fps ∼80% +71%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
31 fps ∼52% +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (28 - 31, n=12)
29.5 fps ∼49% +5%
Average of class Smartphone (6.9 - 120, n=567)
25 fps ∼42% -11%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
14 fps ∼20%
Honor 10
59 fps ∼83% +321%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
71 fps ∼100% +407%
LG Q7 Plus
7.1 fps ∼10% -49%
Nokia 7 Plus
23 fps ∼32% +64%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
14 fps ∼20% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (13 - 14, n=12)
13.9 fps ∼20% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 132, n=486)
16.8 fps ∼24% +20%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
13 fps ∼22%
Honor 10
50 fps ∼86% +285%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
58 fps ∼100% +346%
LG Q7 Plus
6.8 fps ∼12% -48%
Nokia 7 Plus
22 fps ∼38% +69%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
15 fps ∼26% +15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (13 - 15, n=12)
14 fps ∼24% +8%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 115, n=489)
16 fps ∼28% +23%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
9.8 fps ∼25%
Honor 10
39 fps ∼100% +298%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
35 fps ∼90% +257%
LG Q7 Plus
4.7 fps ∼12% -52%
Nokia 7 Plus
14 fps ∼36% +43%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
5.2 fps ∼13% -47%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (5.2 - 10, n=12)
9.38 fps ∼24% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 88, n=349)
14.3 fps ∼37% +46%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
9.3 fps ∼17%
Honor 10
34 fps ∼63% +266%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
54 fps ∼100% +481%
LG Q7 Plus
4.5 fps ∼8% -52%
Nokia 7 Plus
15 fps ∼28% +61%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
11 fps ∼20% +18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (5.3 - 11, n=12)
9.49 fps ∼18% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (9.8 - 110, n=352)
13.9 fps ∼26% +49%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
5.6 fps ∼16%
Honor 10
23 fps ∼66% +311%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
35 fps ∼100% +525%
LG Q7 Plus
2.5 fps ∼7% -55%
Nokia 7 Plus
8.3 fps ∼24% +48%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
5.5 fps ∼16% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (5.3 - 5.6, n=12)
5.5 fps ∼16% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (6.3 - 54, n=280)
9.86 fps ∼28% +76%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
5.3 fps ∼16%
Honor 10
20 fps ∼61% +277%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
33 fps ∼100% +523%
LG Q7 Plus
2.4 fps ∼7% -55%
Nokia 7 Plus
9.1 fps ∼28% +72%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
6 fps ∼18% +13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (5.2 - 6, n=12)
5.58 fps ∼17% +5%
Average of class Smartphone (6 - 58, n=283)
8.89 fps ∼27% +68%
Lightmark - 1920x1080 1080p (sort by value)
Nokia 7 Plus
15.07 fps ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
9.81 fps ∼65%
Average of class Smartphone (1.06 - 38.7, n=72)
12.1 fps ∼80%
Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal - offscreen Overall Score (sort by value)
Nokia 7 Plus
349 Points ∼50%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
190 Points ∼27%
Average of class Smartphone (36.3 - 2754, n=76)
693 Points ∼100%

Legend

 
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Qualcomm Adreno 508, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 10 HiSilicon Kirin 970, ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm Adreno 630, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
LG Q7 Plus Mediatek MT6750S, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Nokia 7 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Qualcomm Adreno 508, 32 GB eMMC Flash

In the tests of the browser performance, the Xperia XA2 Plus also places only in the lower middle of the field. The performance is again at the level of the XA2 Ultra, so it is able to perform at the expected level. Everyday activities on the Internet can be performed quickly and smoothly. Websites load fast and media contents are presented in a timely manner.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 (Chrome 68)
75.959 Points ∼100% +175%
Honor 10 (Chrome 66)
56.506 Points ∼74% +105%
Nokia 7 Plus (Chrome 60)
53.89 Points ∼71% +95%
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 273, n=422)
36.7 Points ∼48% +33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (27.4 - 30.8, n=12)
28.3 Points ∼37% +2%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra (Chrome 65)
28.107 Points ∼37% +2%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus (Chrome 67)
27.615 Points ∼36%
LG Q7 Plus (Chrome 67)
18.694 Points ∼25% -32%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 (Chrome 68)
14514 Points ∼100% +189%
Honor 10 (Chrome 66)
10965 Points ∼76% +119%
Nokia 7 Plus (Chrome 60)
10945 Points ∼75% +118%
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 43280, n=558)
5562 Points ∼38% +11%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra (Chrome 65)
5052 Points ∼35% +1%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus (Chrome 67)
5017 Points ∼35%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (4398 - 5202, n=12)
4971 Points ∼34% -1%
LG Q7 Plus (Chrome 67)
3422 Points ∼24% -32%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
LG Q7 Plus (Chrome 67)
13670.9 ms * ∼100% -36%
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=578)
11474 ms * ∼84% -14%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus (Chrome 67)
10086 ms * ∼74%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra (Chrome 65)
9823.3 ms * ∼72% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (8396 - 10236, n=12)
9656 ms * ∼71% +4%
Nokia 7 Plus (Chrome 60)
3937.3 ms * ∼29% +61%
Honor 10 (Chrome 66)
3899 ms * ∼29% +61%
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 (Chrome 68)
2713.6 ms * ∼20% +73%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 (Chrome 68)
223 Points ∼100% +110%
Honor 10 (Chrome 66)
182 Points ∼82% +72%
Nokia 7 Plus (Chrome 60)
168 Points ∼75% +58%
Average of class Smartphone (91 - 362, n=284)
111 Points ∼50% +5%
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra (Chrome 65)
110 Points ∼49% +4%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus (Chrome 67)
106 Points ∼48%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (86 - 117, n=10)
106 Points ∼48% 0%
LG Q7 Plus (Chrome 67)
70 Points ∼31% -34%

* ... smaller is better

The Xperia XA2 Plus offers 32 GB of internal eMMC flash storage to the users. Of this, about 20 GB can be used to install your own apps and store data. In the storage benchmark, the read and write rates lie in the middle of the field of comparable devices.

Using the built-in microSD card reader, the available storage for your own data can be expanded by up to 400 GB. The performance of the card reader is very good using our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference storage card and is able to keep up with the devices on our comparison list without any trouble.

Sony Xperia XA2 PlusHonor 10Xiaomi Pocophone F1LG Q7 PlusNokia 7 PlusSony Xperia XA2 UltraAverage 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
441%
42%
-7%
16%
-3%
-13%
-20%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
67.02 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
65.58 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-2%
62.2 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-7%
62.31
-7%
63.31 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-6%
47.2 (3.4 - 87.1, n=112)
-30%
45.6 (3.4 - 87.1, n=319)
-32%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
86.01 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
85.3 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-1%
81.45 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-5%
82.21
-4%
85.92 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
66.4 (8.2 - 96.5, n=112)
-23%
63.8 (8.2 - 96.5, n=319)
-26%
Random Write 4KB
10.5
163
1452%
17.81
70%
11.91
13%
19.62
87%
10.1
-4%
18.9 (0.75 - 77.3, n=151)
80%
16.1 (0.14 - 164, n=607)
53%
Random Read 4KB
77.43
145.88
88%
101.01
30%
35.8
-54%
54.65
-29%
76
-2%
36.3 (3.59 - 117, n=151)
-53%
38.3 (1.59 - 173, n=607)
-51%
Sequential Write 256KB
146.16
192.12
31%
155.57
6%
186.55
28%
211.6
45%
138.8
-5%
95 (14.8 - 189, n=151)
-35%
79.9 (2.99 - 246, n=607)
-45%
Sequential Read 256KB
281.06
827.69
194%
705.38
151%
235.9
-16%
283.12
1%
273.7
-3%
230 (25.8 - 440, n=151)
-18%
230 (12.1 - 895, n=607)
-18%

Games - Sony smartphone suitable for games

In the Xperia XA2, Qualcomm's Adreno 508 graphics unit handles the display of the image contents. The performance of the GPU is sufficient to display most games smoothly. In some cases you may need to make do with medium to lower graphics settings. The games we tested ran smoothly in all graphics settings, and we were able to control them flawlessly with the touchscreen as well as the position sensor.

Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
Asphalt 9
Asphalt 9
Arena of Valor
 SettingsValue
 min31 fps
 high HD30 fps
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Asphalt 9: Legends
 SettingsValue
 High Quality28 fps
 Standard / low30 fps
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Emissions - Sony smartphone with a good speaker

Temperature

GFXBech - Manhattan
GFXBech - Manhattan

During idle as well as under load, the surface temperatures of the Xperia XA2 Plus remain only barely above the 30 °C mark (86 °F). While the Sony smartphone occasionally feels slightly warm, it never gets hot. The more demanding GFXBench "Manhattan" and "ES 2.0" performance tests show that the performance of the Sony smartphone is not impacted by high temperatures even over long periods.

Max. Load
 33.6 °C
92 F
33.9 °C
93 F
33.5 °C
92 F
 
 33.9 °C
93 F
33.2 °C
92 F
33.5 °C
92 F
 
 33.3 °C
92 F
33.4 °C
92 F
33.1 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 33.9 °C = 93 F
Average: 33.5 °C = 92 F
30.4 °C
87 F
30.5 °C
87 F
31.1 °C
88 F
30.5 °C
87 F
30.7 °C
87 F
32.8 °C
91 F
29.8 °C
86 F
30.9 °C
88 F
32.3 °C
90 F
Maximum: 32.8 °C = 91 F
Average: 31 °C = 88 F
Power Supply (max.)  28.6 °C = 83 F | Room Temperature 20.8 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.5 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 33.9 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 32.8 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 34.2 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
Heat map - top
Heat map - top
Heat map - bottom
Heat map - bottom

Speaker

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics

The speaker in the Xperia XA2 Plus can produce a relatively loud volume and offers a comparatively balanced sound. Even though the lower bass is lost quickly, at least some is present, complementing the mids and highs at least a little bit. Although it is very clear that this is "mono" sound, the Sony smartphone is still suited for the occasional media consumption.

For a slightly better sound, we recommend the included headset or high-quality speakers that can be connected via Bluetooth 5.0 or the 3.5 mm audio port, which accepts the audio plug tightly and does not impact audio quality negatively.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030382536.136.8313233.54029.427.95031.536.36327.924.78022.121.51002223.812521.224.416021.529.720020.340.125018.446.431517.354.340016.760.95001760.663016.162.980015.865.6100015.870.4125015.372.1160015.874.5200014.971.925001573.1315014.775.5400014.774.950001572.5630015.173.180001573.61000015.473.6125001567.11600016.347.7SPL27.684.7N159.3median 15.8median 67.1Delta1.913.135.244.432.941.737.232.531.737.339.641.828.335.827.335.926.934.126.7362439.920.944.820.952.219.550.118.554.117.564.817.561.815.769.215.873.816.675.115.874.115.474.115.574.71675.915.8741672.216.374.316.371.916.268.216.456.416.452.128.685.31.161.3median 16.4median 68.22.111.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSony Xperia XA2 PlusNokia 7 Plus
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (2.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 46% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 44% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 68% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Nokia 7 Plus audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 25% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 65% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 55% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 38% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life

Power Consumption

Our measurements of the power consumption show that the Xperia XA2 Plus is the most efficient device in our comparison list. At a minimum of 0.35 watts during idle and a maximum of 4.97 watts under load, the power consumption remains significantly below that of comparable devices.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.16 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.35 / 1.81 / 1.83 Watt
Load midlight 3.31 / 4.97 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
3580 mAh
Honor 10
3400 mAh
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
4000 mAh
LG Q7 Plus
3000 mAh
Nokia 7 Plus
3800 mAh
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
3580 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-77%
-43%
-42%
-40%
-44%
-31%
-39%
Idle Minimum *
0.35
1.12
-220%
0.65
-86%
1
-186%
0.65
-86%
0.77
-120%
0.733 (0.35 - 1.4, n=12)
-109%
0.88 (0.2 - 3.4, n=637)
-151%
Idle Average *
1.81
2.26
-25%
1.97
-9%
1.57
13%
1.76
3%
2.12
-17%
1.808 (1 - 2.31, n=12)
-0%
1.719 (0.6 - 6.2, n=636)
5%
Idle Maximum *
1.83
2.3
-26%
2.01
-10%
1.64
10%
1.78
3%
2.17
-19%
2.16 (1.4 - 3.8, n=12)
-18%
1.997 (0.74 - 6.6, n=637)
-9%
Load Average *
3.31
5.14
-55%
4.29
-30%
4.1
-24%
4.47
-35%
4.3
-30%
3.85 (2.82 - 6.2, n=12)
-16%
4.04 (0.8 - 10.8, n=631)
-22%
Load Maximum *
4.97
7.89
-59%
9.05
-82%
6.02
-21%
9.13
-84%
6.73
-35%
5.64 (4.56 - 8, n=12)
-13%
5.75 (1.2 - 14.2, n=631)
-16%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our realistic WLAN test, the Xperia XA2 Plus is able to last for almost 14 hours on the Internet, before it needs to be recharged. This puts the battery life of the Sony smartphone above that of the competing devices in our list and places it in second place behind the XA2 Ultra, with a difference of only 12 minutes.

Using the included charger, the 3580 mAh battery can be recharged completely within 3 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
78h 02min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
13h 57min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
14h 53min
Load (maximum brightness)
8h 49min
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
3580 mAh
Honor 10
3400 mAh
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
4000 mAh
LG Q7 Plus
3000 mAh
Nokia 7 Plus
3800 mAh
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
3580 mAh
Battery Runtime
-45%
-28%
-53%
-44%
-30%
Reader / Idle
4682
1162
-75%
2088
-55%
980
-79%
1703
-64%
1788
-62%
H.264
893
662
-26%
936
5%
455
-49%
706
-21%
876
-2%
WiFi v1.3
837
663
-21%
808
-3%
620
-26%
672
-20%
849
1%
Load
529
216
-59%
220
-58%
230
-57%
158
-70%
238
-55%

Pros

+ good speaker
+ long battery life
+ robust case
+ dual SIM / microSD slot can be opened without a tool
+ high-contrast display

Cons

- internal storage
- voices are transferred muffled during conversations
- mediocre system performance

Verdict - Like the XA2 Ultra, only smaller

Testing the Sony Xperia XA2 Plus. Test unit provided by Sony Germany
Testing the Sony Xperia XA2 Plus. Test unit provided by Sony Germany

In our test, the Xperia XA2 Plus performs well, although its system performance remains below that of devices at a similar price level. While the storage performance also turns out slightly low, it is able to keep up at the level of comparable smartphones. In addition, there is a slow USB-2.0 port, and the performance of the 23 MP main camera is below average primarily in uneven light conditions.

The Xperia XA2 Plus recommends itself for interested buyers of Sony smartphones who prefer the small design of the 18:9 format and who do not care much about a dual camera system.

On the positive side, there is an excellent battery life and a pleasant display rich in contrast. The results in the benchmarks hardly play any role in everyday usage, where the Sony smartphone presents a fluid user interface and smoothly running applications. Demanding games can be played well in medium settings, and Bluetooth 5.0 is present. For many other manufacturers, this is still not the standard yet. The Xperia XA2 Plus is therefore recommended for all those who do not need the dual cameras of the XA2 Ultra and prefer the slimmer 18:9 format.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus - 09/30/2018 v6
Mike Wobker

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
49 / 60 → 81%
Weight
88%
Battery
96%
Display
89%
Games Performance
42 / 63 → 66%
Application Performance
53 / 70 → 75%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
62 / 91 → 68%
Camera
72%
Average
76%
85%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2018-10- 2 (Update: 2018-10- 2)