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Sony Xperia XA in the test: hand flatterer with class

Sony Xperia XA in the smartphone test
Image: teltarif.de - Marleen FrontzeckSony presented its new X series at the Mobile World Congress 2016. In addition to the Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Performance, the manufacturer also showed the Sony Xperia XA. In the meantime, a test device of the Xperia XA has arrived at the teltarif.de editorial office - the rose gold-colored version with a SIM card slot.

Sony Xperia XA in the smartphone test
Image: teltarif.de - Marleen Frontzeck The smartphone is available in white, graphite black, green gold and rose gold for 299 euros (RRP). This is the single SIM version of the Sony Xperia XA available in this country. The model is available in other markets with dual SIM functionality. The two nano SIMs are placed one behind the other on the SIM card tray and inserted into the slot. We put the Xperia XA under the microscope in the test. With this model, the design stands out, but the inner values ​​are also impressive.

Design, workmanship and connections

Sony has visibly made an effort in the design of the Sony Xperia XA; it can convince in the test with more curves and a simple elegance. While the Sony Xperia X and the models of the Z series still look a bit angular, the smartphone flatters itself in the hand due to its slightly curved case back. This also applies to the frame and the 2.5D glass of the display: Both components are slightly curved and fit together as if the entire device were made from one piece. There are no protruding edges or processing errors - we liked that in the test of the Sony Xperia XA. Although Sony uses plastic for the material of the back and the frame, it looks high-quality. Due to its appearance and coating, the surface can still easily be mistaken for metal. The plastic has a matt coating. After a long period of use and without a protective cover, the test quickly showed scratches on the case shell - a protective cover is therefore recommended. Connections and buttons on the Sony Xperia XA in the test
Image: teltarif.de - Marleen Frontzeck The Android smartphone, with dimensions of 143.6 by 66.8 by 7.9 millimeters and a weight of 138.8 grams, feels really good in the hand - noticeably better than the Xperia X. Besides the microSD slot is located next to the nano SIM card slot. Both slots are protected from dust, for example, by a common protective flap. The protective flap fits perfectly with the rest of the frame and can be easily removed. The power button is on the right side of the frame (with a view of the display), followed by the volume rocker and the physical camera button. All buttons have a comfortable pressure point and don't creak when you press them. The Xperia XA lacks a fingerprint scanner - but there is a downside. However, the feature would also increase the price of the device by around 25 to 30 percent. Nano SIM and microSD card slot on the Sony Xperia XA
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Borderless display in the test

The display of the Sony Xperia XA measures 12.7 centimeters diagonally (5 inches) and has a resolution of 720 by 1080 pixels with a pixel density of 294 ppi. The bezel-less display, which extends across the entire width of the smartphone, is particularly worth mentioning in the test. The color representation of the display is good and true to nature. The viewing angle stability is okay, but it is only average, as we found in the test. The Sony Xperia XA's viewing angle stability is okay
Image: teltarif.de - Marleen Frontzeck Using the slider available in the settings, the user can configure the white balance according to his wishes. Not every smartphone offers such a feature - but Sony has been using it for a long time in all of its smartphones. The white balance worked really well in the test of the Xperia XA. We found the glass surface of the display less good in the test, where fingerprints and streaks quickly become visible. Sony did not use an anti-grease coating here. A protective film is therefore advisable if you don't want to constantly wipe away greasy fingerprints. Slightly curved display glass on the Sony Xperia XA in the test
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Processor and performance checked

A MediaTek Helio P10, which consists of eight cores clocked at 2 GHz each, works in the smartphone. This is supported by 2 GB RAM and a Mali-T860 GPU. Videos and games run smoothly on the Sony Xperia XA - there are no dropouts here. Navigating through the smartphone menu or opening the apps was also comparatively quick in the test. This is also underlined by the benchmark values ​​from AnTuTu and 3DMark: In the benchmark test from AnTuTu, the Sony Xperia XA achieved a score of 48 233 points. The smartphone achieved 11,228 points in the 3DMark Unlimited Score. The performance is okay and is roughly comparable to that of the Lenovo Moto G4 (AnTuTu: 44 749 Score, 3DMark: 9601 points), although the Sony device can show a little more points. No anti-grease coating on the Sony Xperia XA
Image: teltarif.de - Marleen Frontzeck The internal memory has a capacity of 16 GB. However, only about 11 GB of this are available to the user; the remainder is occupied by the firmware. A memory card with up to 200 GB can be inserted via the integrated microSD memory card slot. The owner can store his photos, videos and other files on this in order to save storage space.

A current operating system runs on the Sony Xperia XA with Android 6.0 aka Marshmallow. For the user interface, the manufacturer relies on its in-house Xperia UI, which looks simple, plain and tidy. The number of pre-installed apps is manageable, but it could still be a little less bloatware. For example, apps like KoBo eBooks, Amazon, Spotify and AVG Protection are now on it. Pre-installed apps on the Sony smartphone
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Camera under test

The 13 megapixel camera (4160 by 3120 pixels) with hybrid autofocus and an f1 / 3 Exmor sensor is located on the back of the Sony Xperia XA. This is located in the same place where Sony integrated the smartphone camera in its previous models. The camera is also supported by a simple LED flash. Regardless of whether you run the camera app via the icon on the start screen or the physical home button - the start takes a little too long for our taste; This was much faster with the Xperia X or Xperia Z5.

If you want to use the full number of megapixels for your photos, you have to actively select this in the settings of the camera app: 9 megapixels are preset in the 16: 9 format. The 13 megapixels are shot in 4: 3 format. Video recordings are only possible in full HD resolution. As always with the Sony models, the Sony Xperia XA also has an automatic and professional / manual mode available to the user. 13 megapixel camera on the back
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The smartphone camera has to prove its suitability in good and bad lighting conditions in our test scenario. While the main camera delivers good results in good lighting conditions, the picture in dim light is simply too dark. We have made the test photos available for you to download in full resolution below.

An 8-megapixel camera is available on the front of the Xperia XA for taking selfies. This is equipped with an 88-degree wide-angle lens and, according to the manufacturer, should take the best photos in poor light. We checked this in the test and came to the conclusion: Definitely not true! The selfie is basically much too dark and you can hardly see anything in the picture. The front camera only takes acceptable pictures in good lighting conditions.

Telephony and loudspeakers

The telephony quality is impeccable. So the conversation partner is clear and easy to understand. The filtering out of the background noise also worked perfectly in the test on a busy street. In our opinion, the highs could be displayed a little better, but the reproduction of the lows works well.

The hands-free function, which is very quiet despite the highest level, is less good if you use it on the go. This is best used in a quiet environment. The speakers are rather mediocre, but they can be used when watching videos. The speakers sound noticeably better on the Sony Xperia X or Sony Xperia Z5. The 3.5 millimeter jack plug for the headphones included in the scope of delivery is on the short upper side of the frame.

Internet, connectivity and battery

The battery of the Sony Xperia XA has a capacity of 2300 mAh and is not exchangeable. The Sony Xperia battery lasted 3 hours and 37 minutes in the PCMark test. In this test procedure, a scenario consisting of checking e-mails, surfing the Internet and watching videos is simulated and the time it takes for the battery to discharge from 80 to 20 percent is measured. Bad result. For comparison: the Moto G4's battery lasted 7 hours and 30 minutes. Back of the Sony Xperia XA
Image: teltarif.de - Marleen Frontzeck The Sony Xperia XA becomes LTE Cat. 4 with speeds of up to 150 Mbit / s in the downstream or up to 50 Mbit / s in the upstream. The smartphone also offers WLAN ac support and transmits on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands. Other functions include an FM radio and NFC as well as GPS / Glonass and Bluetooth 4.2.

Conclusion: Sony Xperia XA convinces in the test - but not in everything

The design of the Sony Xperia XA makes the smartphone a very special mid-range device, which also sets it apart from the manufacturer's high-end models. The borderless display and the many curves are pleasing. Sony is doing everything right in terms of ergonomics. In addition, a current version of Android 6.0 runs on the model and WLAN-ac support on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands is not a matter of course.

However, despite the many praise, there are a few points of criticism that Sony could have done better with the Xperia XA. The back is easily scratched, the protective glass of the display lacks an anti-grease coating and the quality of the camera photos can also be classified as mediocre. Overall, the owner receives a well-designed and stylish mid-range smartphone with the Sony Xperia XA, with losses in terms of battery.