Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.4
Average of 7 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
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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Indeed, the Sony XA2 Plus is a bit of a tough sell. And that's not because the XA2 Plus isn't a worthy smartphone, on the contrary, it's just that the price at launch is rather uncompetitive, unreasonable if you will.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/14/2018
Rating: Total score: 72%
Source: WinFuture DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/11/2019
Source: Chip.de DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/28/2019
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 79% features: 70% display: 76% mobility: 86%
Source: Curved DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 75% display: 77% mobility: 74%
Source: Tech Stage DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/18/2018
Source: 90 Sekund PL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/06/2018
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 30% features: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 70%
Source: Tabletowo PL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 95% display: 85% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: Android.com.pl PL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/31/2018
Rating: Total score: 69% performance: 50% display: 80% mobility: 70%
Source: Mega Obzor RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Good price; nice display; high autonomy; support NFC. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/13/2019
Model: The Sony Xperia XA2 Plus is seemingly a successor to the XA2 Ultra, bringing about a few subtle but important changes. Sony is marketing the Xperia XA2 Plus as belonging to the “super midrange,” so it’s clear the company has a pretty high opinion of the phone. The Sony Xperia XA2 Plus is available in four colors, which are silver, black, gold and green. It measures 157.00 x 75.00 x 9.60 mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 205.00 grams. The XA2 Plus is the first mid-range Xperia to employ an 18:9 screen. It's a 6-inch one, just like on the Ultra, but with taller aspect ratio and higher resolution. The screen bezels have been trimmed and thus the Plus is both shorter and narrower than the Ultra model it succeeds. The XA2 Plus also brings a Gorilla Glass shield version 5 (up from 4), and the 64 GB model now has 6 gigs of RAM (up from 4 GB). The Sony Xperia XA2 Plus is powered by a 2.2 GHz octa-core processor and it comes with 4 GB of RAM. The phone packs 32 GB of internal storage that can be expanded by up to 400 GB via a microSD card. For graphical performance that can make games run smoothly, this phone has got an Adreno 508 GPU.
As far as the cameras are concerned, the Sony Xperia XA2 Plus packs a 23-megapixel (f/2.0) primary camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The single 23-megapixel lens packs an Exmor RS sensor with a f/2.0 aperture and a maximum ISO of 12,800 to hopefully boosting low-light performance. It’s able to capture video in 4K, as well as the slow motion at 120 fps, and comes with “bokeh” mode for professional-looking DSLR-like background blur. The front-facing camera is no slouch either. It’s a single 8-megapixel lens that’s been tuned for selfies and has a 120-degree super wide-angle mode to capture as much detail as possible. The Sony Xperia XA2 Plus introduces the first 18:9 screen to company's mid-range series - a 6-inch 1080p+ panel, which offers almost the same surface area as the regular 6-inch 1080p screen on the XA2 Ultra. The XA2 Plus screen offers an excellent maximum brightness of 520 nits. The black levels have improved a bit since the XA2 Ultra, and thus the contrast ratio is now great at more than 1500:1. There’s a hefty 3,580 mAh battery powering those decent specs, and a battery that size should mean the phone is more than capable of making it through the day when paired with the Snapdragon 630. Quick Charge 3.0 is also present, which Sony claims can provide hours of power with just minutes of charging. As a conclusion, the Sony Xperia XA2 Plus is a great all-round smartphone with ruggedly handsome design, a large and tall screen, and flagship-like camera experience. But the XA2 Plus is a hard sell because the competition offers more for less cash. Users who are interested to get a mid-range smartphone but still stay out of Chinese brands can consider getting this.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Qualcomm Adreno 508: Integrated graphics card in the Snapdragon 630 SoC based on the Adreno 500 architecture. According to Qualcomm "up to 30% faster graphics rendering than previous designs".
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
SD 630: Mid-range octa-core SoC with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cpu cores at up to 2.2 GHz, an Adreno 508 GPU, a LPDDR4-2666 memory controller and a X12 LTE (Cat 13/12, 300 / 150 MBit) modem. Manufactured in the modern 14nm process. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
It is a very small display format for smartphones. You should by no means be mis-sighted and you will generally see very little on the screen and only have a small resolution available. In return, the device should be very small and handy.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Sony: Sony Corporation is one of the largest Japanese electronics companies. The company was founded in 1946 under a different name and initially produced rice stoves. The company launched the first transistor radio. In 1958, the company was renamed Sony. Sony is a combination of the Latin word sonus (sound) and the English word sonny (little boy). Today, its core business is consumer electronics. The company is engaged in the development, design, manufacture and sale of electronic equipment, instruments, devices, game consoles and software. Sony operates in the following segments: Gaming and Network Services, Music, Images, Home Entertainment and Sound, Imaging Products and Solutions, Mobile Communications, Semiconductors, Financial Services and Others.
73.23%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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