Today we have a review of “strong middle peasants” by Sony – model XA2 Ultra. The company is pretty decent smartphone with a good screen, powerful hardware, the battery on 3580 mAh and Android 8.0.
The smartphone is made in the brand “Sony style”: angles, quite large frames on top and bottom of the screen, a familiar round button and a dedicated camera key. We came to the black version of the smartphone and, for me, it looks pretty solid.
The front panel is completely covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass, the back is made of matte plastic. I think Xperia XA2 Ultra perfect men: he has pretty solid size and considerable weight (221 grams), which is very noticeable compared to other devices.
It is also worth noting the smallest frame on the sides of the display – it adds glamor, but on the other hand I have often had false clicks. In General, the design of a smartphone I liked, the build is great, in the hands it feels quality device.
Let’s move on to performance. Xperia XA2 Ultra received a 6-inch IPS screen with Full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels). Display normal, good color, the picture angles are not strongly distorted. In the settings you can choose different modes of gamma and contrast.
Responsible for the performance of the chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 630, which can easily cope with everyday tasks: the system works smoothly, nothing.., no freezes. In games smartphone behaves with dignity: PUBG Online at minimum settings it is possible to play comfortably. Memory here comes with 4 GB built-in can be 32 or 64 GB. In addition, there is a slot for microSD.
Sony has decided not to pursue fashion on a double main camera and equipped with the XA2 Ultra one 23 megapixel unit with Exmor RS sensor. The camera has a wide angle lens of 84 degrees with f/2.0 aperture, it can shoot in low light with ISO 12800, 4K writes and supports other branded chips, which is a long story, but in fact we have a typical for a mid-level smartphone camera that shoots quite well in good lighting conditions and a more or less normal, when the light is not good. Especially noticeable blurring when you zoom photos.
But the front camera XA2 Ultra dual, and even with the flash. It consists of usual 16mp module with optical stabilization and wide-angle lens with 120 degree. The pictures are pretty good, the American must evaluate frontally.
Examples of photos can be found below:
Interfaces, modules, OS
Xperia XA2 Ultra supports a variety of data transmission technology and equipped with a full set of wireless interfaces: 4G LTE, wifi, Bluetooth 5, GPS, NFC. For charging and connecting to PC using a USB Type-C. There is 3.5 mm audio Jack. For all time of testing there were no problems, Bluetooth headphones connectilis easy (there is aptX support for HD), audio was good, the only note – every few days could stop working NFC payments via Google Pay – had to disable/enable module in settings and then back it worked fine.
Smartphone out of the box running Android 8.0 Oreo. I note that Sony have a minimally customized stock Android, which I consider a plus for a smartphone. However, some useful pieces for some reason they have cut. For example, I never found where to set the swipe the fingerprint scanner to open the blinds notifications. The whole system is working fine, of course, speed Pixel 2 or the OnePlus 5T should not wait, but do not forget that before us is not the flagship device.
As for the sound component, XA2 Ultra is equipped with one speaker, which is on the bottom. The sound quality is quite normal, the volume capacity is also sufficient.
Pleasantly pleased with the autonomy of the smartphone. The battery capacity of 3580 mAh, and at medium loads (music and Twitter on the way to and from work, phone calls, telegrams and about 2 hours of screen a day) XA2 Ultra quietly lived half a day or two.
In addition, there is a proprietary Stamina mode that can extend the life of smartphone for another couple of hours, but the regime did not like: very much it trims the power of the chipset, which even desktops turning with hard freezes. There is also support for the fast charging Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and technology Qnovo Adaptive Charging, which allows you to extend the life of the battery by controlling the charging process.
Cost and conclusions
Finally we move on to price. Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra to the option of 32 GB of internal memory will cost UAH 12,000 ($450). To look at what stores can I buy can here.
Whether it is your money to decide to the buyer, I can say that Sony is pretty decent smartphone: a productive iron, high-quality display, a good camera, while it looks quite solid. However, there are notable cons: very large bands top and bottom of the display, and the screen is already “outdated” aspect ratio 16:9, in addition there are nuances with a proprietary shell. By itself the phone is not bad, but interesting competitors had for the price very much, and most of them will be more interesting XA2 Ultra in some aspects. Share your impressions in comments and email, what would you take the smartphone for the money.