Sony Xperia XA2 Plus review

In my opinion, this model is aimed at retrogrades and lovers of smartphones from Sony. Judge for yourself: there is a classic display without cutouts, holes and droplets, there is a minijack, Type-C, NFC and almost stock Android. At the same time, potential buyers should be indifferent to photography and the power of the chipset, otherwise the model will have several strong competitors at once. Another important advantage of XA2 Plus is the presence of separate slots for two SIM cards and a microSD card, as well as its original design.

Design, dimensions, controls

In a world of rounded corner design, Sony smartphones feel like a breath of fresh air. I like their strict angular design, although even that gets "softer" with each successive generation. But still, the classic Sony-style of this device is perfectly recognizable.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

The model is sold in four colors: silver, gold, green and black. We had the first option on the test. Green color looks the most interesting, I think.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

The back cover is made of metal-coated plastic, but it is very well stylized as metal, I did not even immediately recognize the catch. But the frame of the smartphone is really metal.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

At the bottom end there is a Type-C port, the main microphone and an external speaker, at the top end there is a mini-jack and a second microphone.

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On the right you can see a round power button, volume rocker and a separate camera button, and on the left you can see a tray for two nanoSIMs and a separate slot for a memory card. When you remove the tray, your smartphone will automatically restart.

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The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back cover, but due to the length of the smartphone, it is inconvenient to reach it with your index finger.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Above the screen there is a mesh earpiece, a light indicator and a 23 megapixel front camera.

Model dimensions - 157 x 75 x 9.6 mm, weight - 205 grams. Dimensions are the weakness of the Xperia XA2 Plus. The smartphone is long, wide, thick and heavy. It objectively loses in these parameters to all its competitors. To the same minuses, I would add large vertical frames above and below the display.

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But to the assembly, on the contrary, there are no complaints. Monolithic bar without backlash, squeaks and gaps.

Screen

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Characteristics Value
Screen size 6 inches
Display resolution 2160 x 1080 dots
PPI value 402
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic coating Yes
Auto brightness control Yes
Multitouch support Present, up to ten simultaneous touches

On the one hand, the XA2 Plus display looks dated. How it is? Everyone has already had time to visit cutouts in the screen, change into droplets and holes in the screens, and here the usual display with a ratio of 18:9 is still used. But I even like this approach, it's great that Sony does not follow stupid trends and mindless copying of Apple.

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The top and bottom frames are quite large, but the side frames are almost absent

The screen itself is quite pleasant, it uses a high-quality IPS-matrix with good viewing angles, natural color reproduction, high resolution and a good brightness range. The display has a natural white color, but black is expected to fade into gray tones. There is a good oleophobic coating and some useful display settings, for example, you can change the white balance yourself and choose one of the color rendering settings. In addition, the device can adapt to use with one hand.

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Battery

Characteristics Value
Battery capacity 3580 mAh
Battery type Non-removable, Li-Ion
Using time in HD video mode at maximum brightness ( airplane mode on) 12 hours
Sleep mode discharge (12 hours, display off, Wi-Fi on) 2 %

To be honest, it's a mystery to me why, with such large dimensions, the XA2 Plus did not put a 4000 mAh battery. However, the smartphone still has good battery life results https://cars45.com.gh/A77fE8enVih7kyWDWPtjefRk. You can safely count on four hours of the included display at a brightness of 70-80% when using the mobile Internet, social networks, instant messengers, mail and web surfing. The smartphone supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging, you can get a 60% charge in half an hour, and a full charge will take 90 minutes.

Once again, I emphasize that Sony smartphones have a lot of power saving features, you can limit the background activity of applications or even switch to maximum power saving mode when only calls are available. All this allows you to extend the time of your smartphone.

Memory, chipset, performance

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Characteristics Value
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
Processor Octa-core, 1.8 GHz
Video accelerator Adreno 508
RAM capacity 4 GB
Internal storage capacity 32 GB
Memory card slot Yes, separate, not hybrid

Here I immediately want to ask why Sony does not use a more productive and modern SD660, but after a couple of weeks of using the smartphone, I did not have the feeling that it lacks performance. Still, Sony's optimization is excellent: standard menus fly, there are no lags in the browser, most toys run at maximum settings. When running benchmarks and playing for a long time, the device heats up, but the case feels warm, not scalding hot.

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I will separately highlight the presence of a separate, rather than a hybrid slot for a memory card.

Communications

Interfaces Availability
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Calling
Bluetooth Yes, 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LDAC, LE
GPS Cold start takes about 3 seconds
Mobile data 2G: 850/900/1800/1900 3G: 850/900/1700/1900/2100 4G: b3/b7/b20/b38 Dual SIM, one VoLTE radio
USB On-The-Go Yes
NFC Yes
Infrared None

Wireless interfaces have always been a strong point of Sony smartphones. The device supports Bluetooth 5.0, aptX HD and LDAC codecs, in addition, the smartphone can work with VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling, while in Russia it all already works (I have MTS, it supports both standards).

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Support for VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling may seem like a small thing, but it actually takes a lot of effort for a company to set it up in a specific country. Read my text about it if you haven't seen it yet.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Camera

Specifications Value
Main camera 23 megapixels, f/2.0 , 24mm, PDAF
Front camera 8 megapixels, f/2.4

I wasn't impressed with the quality of the Xperia XA2 Plus. The smartphone does not cope well with complex lighting conditions, and even during the day you can’t say that the picture is amazing. The device can shoot video in 4k, but the lack of stabilization makes the picture jerky, so you won’t be able to enjoy all the delights of a clear video. The front camera, although it has a high resolution, but strongly soaps the picture. As a result, the only plus of this smartphone in terms of photography is perhaps the physical button for shooting.

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Интерфейс камеры привычен по другим смартфонам Sony. Жест влево открывает режим ручных настроек, вправо — видеосъемку. При нажатии на шестеренку настроек весь их список тут же появляется в полупрозрачном меню.

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Multimedia Features

The smartphone has one external speaker, but it sounds pretty good and has a good volume margin, you can easily hear the call even if the smartphone is in the bag.

The speaker is also good, I heard the interlocutors perfectly, there are no complaints about the microphones either. Once again, I note that the quality of voice transmission is positively affected by the support of VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling.

Headphones sound average to my ears, although wireless headsets that support aptX HD or LDAC will give you better sound than devices that don't. A nice bonus is the presence of a minijack in your smartphone.

Program features

The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 and Xperia UI. The shell from Sony minimally changes the Android interface, the company carefully added a few of its chips, slightly changed the look of the settings and preinstalled several of its proprietary applications. Among them is its own gallery and video player, as well as the SwiftKey keyboard. In general, the shell feels good, it is fast, concise and not overloaded.

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Impressions

In retail, the smartphone is sold for 22,000 rubles. For this money, he will be able to please you with an original design, a good display, a nice shell and a good working time. Separately, I will highlight the small "chips" that our commentators so often pay attention to. This, of course, is about Type-C, NFC, a headphone minijack, support for aptX HD and LDAC. The disadvantages are the dimensions of the smartphone and a mediocre camera.

Who is this smartphone suitable for? In my opinion, those who are looking for something with an interesting design, who care about the support of all popular wireless interfaces, but who rarely take pictures. If you shoot more often and are more picky about the chipset, then the Xperia XA2 Plus immediately has several strong competitors.

Samsung Galaxy A9 2018. This model can now be found for 25 thousand rubles, and for an overpayment of 3,000 rubles you get a significant increase in image quality, better dimensions, more RAM and internal memory, a better display and a more capacious battery, as well as a more efficient chipset. Very strong competitor.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Huawei Mate 20 Lite. Another strong competitor, but from Huawei. Another good photo solution for 20 thousand rubles. But in terms of other characteristics, the device is quite worthy: an interesting design, a large bright display, NFC, a minijack and Type-C.

Pocophone F1. Yes, this smartphone does not have NFC, but for 23 thousand rubles you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 device with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, functional MIUI and a dual camera.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Honor Play. A lot of RAM and internal memory, a large display, optimization for toys and a powerful chipset, while it also costs only 20 thousand rubles. And, of course, Type-C and NFC.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus review

In my opinion, this model is aimed at retrogrades and lovers of smartphones from Sony. Judge for yourself: there is a classic display without cutouts, holes and droplets, there is a minijack, Type-C, NFC and almost stock Android. At the same time, potential buyers should be indifferent to photography and the power of the chipset, otherwise the model will have several strong competitors at once. Another important advantage of XA2 Plus is the presence of separate slots for two SIM cards and a microSD card, as well as its original design.

Design, dimensions, controls

In a world of rounded corner design, Sony smartphones feel like a breath of fresh air. I like their strict angular design, although even that gets "softer" with each successive generation. But still, the classic Sony-style of this device is perfectly recognizable.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

The model is sold in four colors: silver, gold, green and black. We had the first option on the test. Green color looks the most interesting, I think.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

The back cover is made of metal-coated plastic, but it is very well stylized as metal, I did not even immediately recognize the catch. But the frame of the smartphone is really metal.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

At the bottom end there is a Type-C port, the main microphone and an external speaker, at the top end there is a mini-jack and a second microphone.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

On the right you can see a round power button, volume rocker and a separate camera button, and on the left you can see a tray for two nanoSIMs and a separate slot for a memory card. When you remove the tray, your smartphone will automatically restart.

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The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back cover, but due to the length of the smartphone, it is inconvenient to reach it with your index finger.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Above the screen there is a mesh earpiece, a light indicator and a 23 megapixel front camera.

Model dimensions - 157 x 75 x 9.6 mm, weight - 205 grams. Dimensions are the weakness of the Xperia XA2 Plus. The smartphone is long, wide, thick and heavy. It objectively loses in these parameters to all its competitors. To the same minuses, I would add large vertical frames above and below the display.

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But to the assembly, on the contrary, there are no complaints. Monolithic bar without backlash, squeaks and gaps.

Screen

< /tr>
Characteristics Value
Screen size 6 inches
Display resolution 2160 x 1080 dots
PPI value 402
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic coating Yes
Auto brightness control Yes
Multitouch support Present, up to ten simultaneous touches

On the one hand, the XA2 Plus display looks dated. How it is? Everyone has already had time to visit cutouts in the screen, change into droplets and holes in the screens, and here the usual display with a ratio of 18:9 is still used. But I even like this approach, it's great that Sony does not follow stupid trends and mindless copying of Apple.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

The top and bottom frames are quite large, but the side frames are almost absent

The screen itself is quite pleasant, it uses a high-quality IPS-matrix with good viewing angles, natural color reproduction, high resolution and a good brightness range. The display has a natural white color, but black is expected to fade into gray tones. There is a good oleophobic coating and some useful display settings, for example, you can change the white balance yourself and choose one of the color rendering settings. In addition, the device can adapt to use with one hand.

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Battery

Characteristics Value
Battery capacity 3580 mAh
Battery type Non-removable, Li-Ion
Using time in HD video mode at maximum brightness ( airplane mode on) 12 hours
Sleep mode discharge (12 hours, display off, Wi-Fi on) 2 %

To be honest, it's a mystery to me why, with such large dimensions, the XA2 Plus did not put a 4000 mAh battery. However, the smartphone still has good battery life results https://cars45.com.gh/A77fE8enVih7kyWDWPtjefRk. You can safely count on four hours of the included display at a brightness of 70-80% when using the mobile Internet, social networks, instant messengers, mail and web surfing. The smartphone supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging, you can get a 60% charge in half an hour, and a full charge will take 90 minutes.

Once again, I emphasize that Sony smartphones have a lot of power saving features, you can limit the background activity of applications or even switch to maximum power saving mode when only calls are available. All this allows you to extend the time of your smartphone.

Memory, chipset, performance

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Characteristics Value
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
Processor Octa-core, 1.8 GHz
Video accelerator Adreno 508
RAM capacity 4 GB
Internal storage capacity 32 GB
Memory card slot Yes, separate, not hybrid

Here I immediately want to ask why Sony does not use a more productive and modern SD660, but after a couple of weeks of using the smartphone, I did not have the feeling that it lacks performance. Still, Sony's optimization is excellent: standard menus fly, there are no lags in the browser, most toys run at maximum settings. When running benchmarks and playing for a long time, the device heats up, but the case feels warm, not scalding hot.

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I will separately highlight the presence of a separate, rather than a hybrid slot for a memory card.

Communications

Interfaces Availability
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Calling
Bluetooth Yes, 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LDAC, LE
GPS Cold start takes about 3 seconds
Mobile data 2G: 850/900/1800/1900 3G: 850/900/1700/1900/2100 4G: b3/b7/b20/b38 Dual SIM, one VoLTE radio
USB On-The-Go Yes
NFC Yes
Infrared None

Wireless interfaces have always been a strong point of Sony smartphones. The device supports Bluetooth 5.0, aptX HD and LDAC codecs, in addition, the smartphone can work with VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling, while in Russia it all already works (I have MTS, it supports both standards).

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Support for VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling may seem like a small thing, but it actually takes a lot of effort for a company to set it up in a specific country. Read my text about it if you haven't seen it yet.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Camera

Specifications Value
Main camera 23 megapixels, f/2.0 , 24mm, PDAF
Front camera 8 megapixels, f/2.4

I wasn't impressed with the quality of the Xperia XA2 Plus. The smartphone is not good at difficult lighting conditions, and even during the day you can’t say that the picture is amazing. The device can shoot video in 4k, but the lack of stabilization makes the picture jerky, so you won’t be able to enjoy all the delights of a clear video. The front camera, although it has a high resolution, but strongly soaps the picture. As a result, the only plus of this smartphone in terms of photography is perhaps the physical button for shooting.

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The camera interface is familiar from other Sony smartphones. Swipe to the left to open the manual settings mode, to the right - to record video. When you click on the settings gear, their entire list immediately appears in a translucent menu.

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

Multimedia Features

The smartphone has one external speaker, but it sounds pretty good and has a good volume margin, you can easily hear the call even if the smartphone is in the bag.

The speaker is also good, I heard the interlocutors perfectly, there are no complaints about the microphones either. Once again, I note that the quality of voice transmission is positively affected by the support of VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling.

Headphones sound average to my ears, although wireless headsets that support aptX HD or LDAC will give you better sound than devices that don't. A nice bonus is the presence of a minijack in your smartphone.

Program features

The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 and Xperia UI. The shell from Sony minimally changes the Android interface, the company carefully added a few of its chips, slightly changed the look of the settings and preinstalled several of its proprietary applications. Among them are its own gallery and video player, as well as the SwiftKey keyboard. In general, the shell feels good, it is fast, concise and not overloaded.

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Impressions

In retail, the smartphone is sold for 22,000 rubles. For this money, he will be able to please you with an original design, a good display, a nice shell and a good working time. Separately, I will highlight the small "chips" that our commentators so often pay attention to. This, of course, is about Type-C, NFC, a headphone minijack, support for aptX HD and LDAC. The disadvantages are the dimensions of the smartphone and a mediocre camera.

Who is this smartphone suitable for? In my opinion, those who are looking for something with an interesting design, who care about the support of all popular wireless interfaces, but who rarely take pictures. If you shoot more often and are more picky about the chipset, then the Xperia XA2 Plus immediately has several strong competitors.

Samsung Galaxy A9 2018. This model can now be found for 25 thousand rubles, and for an overpayment of 3,000 rubles you get a significant increase in image quality, better dimensions, more RAM and internal memory, a better display and a more capacious battery, as well as a more efficient chipset. Very strong competitor.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Huawei Mate 20 Lite. Another strong competitor, but from Huawei. Another good photo solution for 20 thousand rubles. But in terms of other characteristics, the device is quite worthy: an interesting design, a large bright display, NFC, a minijack and Type-C.

Pocophone F1. Yes, this smartphone does not have NFC, but for 23 thousand rubles you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 device with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, functional MIUI and a dual camera.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Honor Play. A lot of RAM and internal memory, a large display, optimization for toys and a powerful chipset, while it also costs only 20 thousand rubles. And, of course, Type-C and NFC.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus review

In my opinion, this model is aimed at retrogrades and lovers of smartphones from Sony. Judge for yourself: there is a classic display without cutouts, holes and droplets, there is a minijack, Type-C, NFC and almost stock Android. At the same time, potential buyers should be indifferent to photography and the power of the chipset, otherwise the model will have several strong competitors at once. Another important advantage of XA2 Plus is the presence of separate slots for two SIM cards and a microSD card, as well as its original design.

Design, dimensions, controls

In a world of rounded corner design, Sony smartphones feel like a breath of fresh air. I like their strict angular design, although even that gets "softer" with each successive generation. But still, the classic Sony-style of this device is perfectly recognizable.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

The model is sold in four colors: silver, gold, green and black. We had the first option on the test. Green color looks the most interesting, I think.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

The back cover is made of metal-coated plastic, but it is very well stylized as metal, I did not even immediately recognize the catch. But the frame of the smartphone is really metal.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

At the bottom end there is a Type-C port, the main microphone and an external speaker, at the top end there is a mini-jack and a second microphone.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

On the right you can see a round power button, volume rocker and a separate camera button, and on the left you can see a tray for two nanoSIMs and a separate slot for a memory card. When you remove the tray, your smartphone will automatically restart.

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

The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back cover, but due to the length of the smartphone, it is inconvenient to reach it with your index finger.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Above the screen there is a mesh earpiece, a light indicator and a 23 megapixel front camera.

Model dimensions - 157 x 75 x 9.6 mm, weight - 205 grams. Dimensions are the weakness of the Xperia XA2 Plus. The smartphone is long, wide, thick and heavy. It objectively loses in these parameters to all its competitors. To the same minuses, I would add large vertical frames above and below the display.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

But to the assembly, on the contrary, there are no complaints. Monolithic bar without backlash, squeaks and gaps.

Screen

< /tr>
Characteristics Value
Screen size 6 inches
Display resolution 2160 x 1080 dots
PPI value 402
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic coating Yes
Auto brightness control Yes
Multitouch support Present, up to ten simultaneous touches

On the one hand, the XA2 Plus display looks dated. How it is? Everyone has already had time to visit cutouts in the screen, change into droplets and holes in the screens, and here the usual display with a ratio of 18:9 is still used. But I even like this approach, it's great that Sony does not follow stupid trends and mindless copying of Apple.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

The top and bottom frames are quite large, but the side frames are almost absent

The screen itself is quite pleasant, it uses a high-quality IPS-matrix with good viewing angles, natural color reproduction, high resolution and a good brightness range. The display has a natural white color, but black is expected to fade into gray tones. There is a good oleophobic coating and some useful display settings, for example, you can change the white balance yourself and choose one of the color rendering settings. In addition, the device can adapt to use with one hand.

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Battery

Characteristics Value
Battery capacity 3580 mAh
Battery type Non-removable, Li-Ion
Using time in HD video mode at maximum brightness ( airplane mode on) 12 hours
Sleep mode discharge (12 hours, display off, Wi-Fi on) 2 %

To be honest, it's a mystery to me why, with such large dimensions, the XA2 Plus did not put a 4000 mAh battery. However, the smartphone still has good battery life results https://cars45.com.gh/A77fE8enVih7kyWDWPtjefRk. You can safely count on four hours of the included display at a brightness of 70-80% when using the mobile Internet, social networks, instant messengers, mail and web surfing. The smartphone supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging, you can get a 60% charge in half an hour, and a full charge will take 90 minutes.

Once again, I emphasize that Sony smartphones have a lot of power saving features, you can limit the background activity of applications or even switch to maximum power saving mode when only calls are available. All this allows you to extend the time of your smartphone.

Memory, chipset, performance

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Characteristics Value
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
Processor Octa-core, 1.8 GHz
Video accelerator Adreno 508
RAM capacity 4 GB
Internal storage capacity 32 GB
Memory card slot Yes, separate, not hybrid

Here I immediately want to ask why Sony does not use a more productive and modern SD660, but after a couple of weeks of using the smartphone, I did not have the feeling that it lacks performance. Still, Sony's optimization is excellent: standard menus fly, there are no lags in the browser, most toys run at maximum settings. When running benchmarks and playing for a long time, the device heats up, but the case feels warm, not scalding hot.

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

I will separately highlight the presence of a separate, rather than a hybrid slot for a memory card.

Communications

Interfaces Availability
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Calling
Bluetooth Yes, 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LDAC, LE
GPS Cold start takes about 3 seconds
Mobile data 2G: 850/900/1800/1900 3G: 850/900/1700/1900/2100 4G: b3/b7/b20/b38 Dual SIM, one VoLTE radio
USB On-The-Go Yes
NFC Yes
Infrared None

Wireless interfaces have always been a strong point of Sony smartphones. The device supports Bluetooth 5.0, aptX HD and LDAC codecs, in addition, the smartphone can work with VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling, while in Russia it all already works (I have MTS, it supports both standards).

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Support for VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling may seem like a small thing, but it actually takes a lot of effort for a company to set it up in a specific country. Read my text about it if you haven't seen it yet.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Camera

Specifications Value
Main camera 23 megapixels, f/2.0 , 24mm, PDAF
Front camera 8 megapixels, f/2.4

I wasn't impressed with the quality of the Xperia XA2 Plus. The smartphone is not good at difficult lighting conditions, and even during the day you can’t say that the picture is amazing. The device can shoot video in 4k, but the lack of stabilization makes the picture jerky, so you won’t be able to enjoy all the delights of a clear video. The front camera, although it has a high resolution, but strongly soaps the picture. As a result, the only plus of this smartphone in terms of photography is perhaps the physical button for shooting.

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The camera interface is familiar from other Sony smartphones. Swipe to the left to open the manual settings mode, to the right - to record video. When you click on the settings gear, their entire list immediately appears in a translucent menu.

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

Multimedia Features

The smartphone has one external speaker, but it sounds pretty good and has a good volume margin, you can easily hear the call even if the smartphone is in the bag.

The speaker is also good, I heard the interlocutors perfectly, there are no complaints about the microphones either. Once again, I note that the quality of voice transmission is positively affected by the support of VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling.

Headphones sound average to my ears, although wireless headsets that support aptX HD or LDAC will give you better sound than devices that don't. A nice bonus is the presence of a minijack in your smartphone.

Program features

The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 and Xperia UI. The shell from Sony minimally changes the Android interface, the company carefully added a few of its chips, slightly changed the look of the settings and preinstalled several of its proprietary applications. Among them is its own gallery and video player, as well as the SwiftKey keyboard. In general, the shell feels good, it is fast, concise and not overloaded.

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

Impressions

In retail, the smartphone is sold for 22,000 rubles. For this money, he will be able to please you with an original design, a good display, a nice shell and a good working time. Separately, I will highlight the small "chips" that our commentators so often pay attention to. This, of course, is about Type-C, NFC, a headphone minijack, support for aptX HD and LDAC. The disadvantages are the dimensions of the smartphone and a mediocre camera.

Who is this smartphone suitable for? In my opinion, those who are looking for something with an interesting design, who care about the support of all popular wireless interfaces, but who rarely take pictures. If you shoot more often and are more picky about the chipset, then the Xperia XA2 Plus immediately has several strong competitors.

Samsung Galaxy A9 2018. This model can now be found for 25 thousand rubles, and for an overpayment of 3,000 rubles you get a significant increase in image quality, better dimensions, more RAM and internal memory, a better display and a more capacious battery, as well as a more efficient chipset. Very strong competitor.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Huawei Mate 20 Lite. Another strong competitor, but from Huawei. Another good photo solution for 20 thousand rubles. But in terms of other characteristics, the device is quite worthy: an interesting design, a large bright display, NFC, a minijack and Type-C.

Pocophone F1. Yes, this smartphone does not have NFC, but for 23 thousand rubles you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 device with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, functional MIUI and a dual camera.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus

Honor Play. A lot of RAM and internal memory, a large display, optimization for toys and a powerful chipset, while it also costs only 20 thousand rubles. And, of course, Type-C and NFC.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus review

In my opinion, this model is aimed at retrogrades and lovers of smartphones from Sony. Judge for yourself: there is a classic display without cutouts, holes and droplets, there is a minijack, Type-C, NFC and almost stock Android. At the same time, potential buyers should be indifferent to photography and the power of the chipset, otherwise the model will have several strong competitors at once. Another important advantage of XA2 Plus is the presence of separate slots for two SIM cards and a microSD card, as well as its original design.

Design, dimensions, controls

In a world of rounded corner design, Sony smartphones feel like a breath of fresh air. I like their strict angular design, although even that gets "softer" with each successive generation. But still, the classic Sony-style of this device is perfectly recognizable.

The model is sold in four colors: silver, gold, green and black. We had the first option on the test. Green color looks the most interesting, I think.

The back cover is made of metal-coated plastic, but it is very well stylized as metal, I did not even immediately recognize the catch. But the frame of the smartphone is really metal.

At the bottom end there is a Type-C port, the main microphone and an external speaker, at the top end there is a mini-jack and a second microphone.

On the right you can see a round power button, volume rocker and a separate camera button, and on the left you can see a tray for two nanoSIMs and a separate slot for a memory card. When you remove the tray, your smartphone will automatically restart.

The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back cover, but due to the length of the smartphone, it is inconvenient to reach it with your index finger.

Above the screen there is a mesh earpiece, a light indicator and a 23 megapixel front camera.

Model dimensions - 157 x 75 x 9.6 mm, weight - 205 grams. Dimensions are the weakness of the Xperia XA2 Plus. The smartphone is long, wide, thick and heavy. It objectively loses in these parameters to all its competitors. To the same minuses, I would add large vertical frames above and below the display.

But to the assembly, on the contrary, there are no complaints. Monolithic bar without backlash, squeaks and gaps.

Screen

Characteristics Value Screen diagonal 6 inches Display resolution 2160 x 1080 pixels PPI value 402 Matrix type IPS Protective coating Glass Oleophobic coating Yes Automatic brightness control Yes Multi-touch support Present, up to ten simultaneous touches

On the one hand, the XA2 Plus display looks dated. How it is? Everyone has already had time to visit cutouts in the screen, change into droplets and holes in the screens, and here the usual display with a ratio of 18:9 is still used. But I even like this approach, it's great that Sony does not follow stupid trends and mindless copying of Apple.

The top and bottom frames are quite large, but the side frames are almost absent

The screen itself is quite pleasant, it uses a high-quality IPS-matrix with good viewing angles, natural color reproduction, high resolution and a good brightness range. The display has a natural white color, but black is expected to fade into gray tones. There is a good oleophobic coating and some useful display settings, for example, you can change the white balance yourself and choose one of the color rendering settings. In addition, the device can adapt to use with one hand.

Battery

Specifications Value Battery capacity 3580 mAh Battery type Non-removable, Li-Ion Battery life in HD video mode at maximum brightness (Airplane mode on) 12 hours Discharge in sleep mode (12 hours, display off, Wi-Fi on) 2 %

To be honest, it's a mystery to me why, with such large dimensions, the XA2 Plus did not put a 4000 mAh battery. However, the smartphone still has good battery life https://cars45.com.gh/A77fE8enVih7kyWDWPtjefRk. You can safely count on four hours of the included display at a brightness of 70-80% when using the mobile Internet, social networks, instant messengers, mail and web surfing. The smartphone supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging, you can get a 60% charge in half an hour, and a full charge will take 90 minutes.

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Once again, I emphasize that Sony smartphones have a lot of power saving features, you can limit the background activity of applications or even switch to maximum power saving mode when only calls are available. All this allows you to extend the time of your smartphone.

Memory, chipset, performance

Specifications Value Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Processor Octa-core, 1.8 GHz Video accelerator Adreno 508 RAM 4 GB Internal storage capacity 32 GB Memory card slot Yes, separate, not hybrid

Here I immediately want to ask why Sony does not use a more productive and modern SD660, but after a couple of weeks of using the smartphone, I did not have the feeling that it lacks performance. Still, Sony's optimization is excellent: standard menus fly, there are no lags in the browser, most toys run at maximum settings. When running benchmarks and playing for a long time, the device heats up, but the case feels warm, not scalding hot.

I will separately highlight the presence of a separate, rather than a hybrid slot for a memory card.

Communications

Interfaces Availability Wi-Fi Yes, b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Calling Bluetooth Yes, 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LDAC, LE GPS Cold start takes about 3 seconds 2G mobile data: 850/900/1800/1900 3G: 850/900/1700/1900/2100 4G: b3/b7/b20/b38 Dual SIM, one VoLTE radio USB On-The-Go Yes NFC Yes IR No

Wireless interfaces have always been a strong point of Sony smartphones. The device supports Bluetooth 5.0, aptX HD and LDAC codecs, in addition, the smartphone can work with VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling, while in Russia it all already works (I have MTS, it supports both standards).

Support for VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling may seem like a small thing, but it actually takes a lot of effort for a company to set it up in a specific country. Read my text about it if you haven't seen it yet.

Camera

Specifications Value Main camera 23 megapixels, f/2.0, 24mm, PDAF Front camera 8 megapixels, f/2.4

I wasn't impressed with the quality of the Xperia XA2 Plus. The smartphone does not cope well with complex lighting conditions, and even during the day you can’t say that the picture is amazing. The device can shoot video in 4k, but the lack of stabilization makes the picture jerky, so you won’t be able to enjoy all the delights of a clear video. The front camera, although it has a high resolution, but strongly soaps the picture. As a result, the only plus of this smartphone in terms of photography is perhaps the physical button for shooting.

The camera interface is familiar from other Sony smartphones. Swipe to the left to open the manual settings mode, to the right - to record video. When you click on the settings gear, their entire list immediately appears in a translucent menu.

Multimedia Features

The smartphone has one external speaker, but it sounds pretty good and has a good volume margin, you can easily hear the call even if the smartphone is in the bag.

The speaker is also good, I heard the interlocutors perfectly, there are no complaints about the microphones either. Once again, I note that the quality of voice transmission is positively affected by the support of VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling.

Headphones sound average to my ears, although wireless headsets that support aptX HD or LDAC will give you better sound than devices that don't. A nice bonus is the presence of a minijack in your smartphone.

Program features

The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 and Xperia UI. The shell from Sony minimally changes the Android interface, the company carefully added a few of its chips, slightly changed the look of the settings and preinstalled several of its proprietary applications. Among them is its own gallery and video player, as well as the SwiftKey keyboard. In general, the shell feels good, it is fast, concise and not overloaded.

Impressions

In retail, the smartphone is sold for 22,000 rubles. For this money, he will be able to please you with an original design, a good display, a nice shell and a good working time. Separately, I will highlight the small "chips" that our commentators so often pay attention to. This, of course, is about Type-C, NFC, a headphone minijack, support for aptX HD and LDAC. The disadvantages are the dimensions of the smartphone and a mediocre camera.

Who is this smartphone suitable for? In my opinion, those who are looking for something with an interesting design, who care about the support of all popular wireless interfaces, but who rarely take pictures. If you shoot more often and are more picky about the chipset, then the Xperia XA2 Plus immediately has several strong competitors.

Samsung Galaxy A9 2018. This model can now be found for 25 thousand rubles, and for an overpayment of 3,000 rubles you get a significant increase in shooting quality, better dimensions, more RAM and internal memory, a better display and a more capacious battery, and also a more powerful chipset. Very strong competitor.

Huawei Mate 20 Lite. Another strong competitor, but from Huawei. Another good photo solution for 20 thousand rubles. But in terms of other characteristics, the device is quite worthy: an interesting design, a large bright display, NFC, a minijack and Type-C.

Pocophone F1. Yes, this smartphone does not have NFC, but for 23 thousand rubles you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 device with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, functional MIUI and a dual camera.

Honor Play. A lot of RAM and internal memory, a large display, optimization for toys and a powerful chipset, while it also costs only 20 thousand rubles. And, of course, Type-C and NFC.