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Sony Xperia XA Initial Review: Looks Amazing, Hope They Price It Right

Pretty in Pink!
Pretty in Pink!

Sony Xperia XA in the Flesh!

Barcelona, Spain — Sony announced three new smartphones earlier today and we were able to get our hands on all three of them. First up we have the Sony Xperia XA, their new entry-level offering in the series which focuses on camera capabilities, battery life, and aesthetic design.

Here’s a quick refresher on the specs before we jump into our hands-on review.

Sony Xperia XA Preliminary Spec Sheet

  • Mediatek MT6755 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5-inch HD display, 1280 x 720 resolution
  • 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD
  • 13-megapixel EXMOR RS rear camera with AF and flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • 2300mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Okay with that out of the way let’s jump right into it.

It’s Really the Design that Makes it Special

While Sony boasts of camera capabilities and long battery life, we think the real selling point of this device is the hardware design. The gorgeous edge-to-edge slightly curved 5-inch HD display is just stunning to look at from any angle. The body is solid, lightweight, and feels good in the hand as well. You can also get it in different colors.

Here are a few shots of the phone for your appreciation.

Ganda.
Ganda.
Display really looks amazing
Display really looks amazing

The specifications and battery are standard fare so there’s no point in digging deep into it. Perhaps what’s nice to point out is the camera since this does pack a 13-megapixel EXMOR RS primary snapper and an 8.0-megapixel front shooter.

Initial Verdict: It Will Boil Down to Price

The Xperia XA promises to be a great smartphone but only if Sony prices it competitively here in the Philippines. If it’s priced in the same level as the C5 Ultra it stands a chance of making it big. If it’s priced higher than that then you might want to consider other options.

PS — Look who we bumped into at the Sony Booth here in MWC:

Future Perfect host Tony V!
Future Perfect host Tony V!

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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14 Comments

  1. ahm, no. this should be priced LOWER than the C5 ultra, since design-wise this looks like a smaller C5 ultra (nice bezels, no waterproofing). the M5 is in a different league altogether.

    1. Base from previous pricing of Sony’s handset 10K is IMPOSSIBLE.
      I dont even think they will price it at 15K.
      This will surely be around 16-18K.
      And at that pricing I think you should consider something else.

      1. your argument is invalid. the xperia m4 aqua is currently priced at 13k cash. THAT has basically the same specs as this, PLUS waterproofing. i expect a 14k initial price, then settling down to around 11-12k.
        the C5 ultra (which looks likes this gem’s bigger brother) is now currently at 16-17k cash btw.

  2. Specs are not that really exceptional except for the design. Price it around 10-15k then it’s a bang! But higher than that, nah…

  3. They said it will be priced around 14-15K like the M4 Aqua when It was first released then It’ll probably settle down to a lower price over time like somewhere 11-12K

  4. This phone is nothing but an eye candy. you can never get 24 hours of battery life on this phone. It’s hangs, it freezes, the app drawer wont just slide down, the camera sucks, image quality sucks so bad. You can get a better deal from any mid-range device than this, for 13K PHP, it’s not worth it. don’t even ask me about after sales service man, you know how sony fucks there customers up

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