Sony xa Đánh giá chi tiết xperia xa: ngoài thiết kế thì còn gì hấp dẫn?


Key Specifications

Review Price: £239.00Bezel-less 5-inch screenOcta-core MediaTek CPU13-megapixel camera2GB RAM16GB internal storage2,300 mAh batteryAndroid 6.0.1

What is the Sony Xperia XA?

Sony is becoming irrelevant in the smartphone space. Its high-end phones are increasingly dull và forgettable, highlighted by the recent Sony Xperia X, và it’s now falling behind in the mid-range space thanks lớn the OnePlus 3, xe máy G4 Plus và Vodafone Smart Ultra 7.

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Sony needs something new, something exciting. Enter the Sony Xperia XA. Is this the phone to lớn make people care about the Japanese brand’s điện thoại cảm ứng business?

Probably not, but it’s still a better buy than the Xperia X.

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Sony Xperia XA – Design

The Xperia XA looks nicer than the more expensive Xperia X. While the boring Xperia X pales into middle-of-the-road territory, the Xperia XA has a spark that differentiates it from most budget phones.

It’s the near edge-to-edge display that really catches the eye. It’s nowhere near as pronounced as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but it’s a design choice rarely seen in the lower end of the phone market.


It looks good, but it also makes the phone feel very compact. It nestles easily in one hand and my thumb can move around the 5-inch display without too much stretching. With so few smaller phones on the market, it instantly makes the Xperia XA more of an enticing prospect to lớn those who don’t want something with a 5.5- or 5.7-inch screen. It’s not as pocketable as the dinky iPhone SE, but it’s about as close as you can get to one running Android.

It’s light, too, probably because metal is kept khổng lồ a minimum and only used sparingly on the sides. The back is fairly cheap-feeling plastic, which picks up oily residue easily and becomes slippery quickly, but it hasn’t gained any scratches during my time with it.

Instead of using the flattened trang chủ button that Sony switched khổng lồ with the Xperia Z5 range, the Xperia XA goes back a metallic circular switch. It’s tiny và responsive, but lacks a fingerprint scanner. Some might say it’s harsh to lớn knock a £240 phone for this lapse, but xe máy managed to squeeze one into the £199 xe máy G4, and the vast majority of budget Honor phones have them, too.

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Below the standby switch is a mushy volume rocker that doesn’t give much feedback when pressed, và under that is a physical two-stage camera shutter button. The shutter button is a great addition that gives you quick access khổng lồ the camera and makes the XA feel more natural lớn use when taking photos.

I am a little bit disappointed by the XA’s lack of water resistance. Sony championed water resistance on phones such as the Xperia M5 & Xperia M4 Aqua, & it’s one feature other budget options lack, so it would’ve given the Xperia XA something to set it apart.

Sony Xperia XA – Display

While the design isn’t necessarily budget, the 5-inch 720p LCD screen is. I’d expect a phone costing £240 khổng lồ at least feature a 1080p screen. Being fair khổng lồ Sony, the display is one of the better 720p panels I’ve used, but it’s far from great.


My biggest gripe is colour – there just isn’t that ‘oomph’ you normally get from a Sony panel. Even with the bright purples, pinks, reds and oranges in the preloaded wallpapers feel washed out và dull.

There’s a distinct lack of brightness, too. Normally I’d keep a phone at around 60% brightness – I’m not a fan of auto-brightness – but with the Xperia XA I’m having to lớn constantly keep it at about 80-90% lớn make it readable in the majority of lighting conditions.

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Viewing angles are good, which is something that often trips up cheaper phones, as is outdoor visibility, but for the price I expected more. Motorola managed khổng lồ fit an FHD panel into a £169 phone, as did Huawei on the Honor 5X.


720p spread over a 5-inch display is still fine, but my eye can spot individual pixels & it makes videos and especially pictures look blurry. The display pales in comparison to lớn those on the xe máy G4 and iPhone SE.

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