Sony Xperia XA Games
So we’ve already seen the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance, Sony’s two new hero phones that broke cover today at Mobile World Congress. The regular Sony Xperia X looks like a great mainstream phone, while the "Performance" version brings the power of a Snapdragon 820 into the mix. But what about the traditional mid-range space? Well, Sony isn’t ignoring the need for more affordable phones, as evidenced by the budget-conscious Xperia XA, also unveiled today in Barcelona.
The Xperia XA is pretty easy to identify as a Sony phone, with its symmetrical design and metallic trim. From a distance, it’s easily confused with its more expensive sibling, the Xperia X. To spot the differences between the two, you’ll need to examine it more closely. Sony’s new mid-ranger takes the Xperia X’s looks and recreates them in a traditional polycarbonate shell. The phone’s front sports the same slick glass front as the X, with a gentle slope towards the edges, while downscaling to a 720p resolution at 5 inches. That’s a relatively low number even in the mid-range space, but what the Xperia XA lacks in resolution it makes up for with impressive brightness and colors that really pop.
As for imaging, the Xperia XA includes a 13-megapixel rear shooter along with the redesigned camera app from the Xperia X, giving you a wide array of shooting modes and manual options for ISO, exposure levels and other variables. It’s not as fast to focus as the X, but once it’s there, it’s capable of firing off images in rapid succession. Around the front, there’s a more standard 8-megapixel sensor reporting for selfie duty. In an age when many mid-ranger still don’t arrive with the latest version of Android, it’s reassuring to see Sony shipping the Xperia XA with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, in addition to the latest Sony UI.