This is a flash hands on review to give you the chance to see what the phone is all about as soon as possible. Stay tuned as we’ll be expanding and upgrading this hands on review very shortly with more info.

The Sony Xperia XA2 is a new mid-range smartphone offering some flagship features at a lower price point to the top-end Xperia XZ range.

Arriving alongside the bigger Xperia XA2 Ultra and cheaper Xperia L2 at CES 2018, the Sony Xperia XA2 features a 5.2-inch full HD display, Snapdragon 630 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 8MP front camera and a 23MP rear camera.

It replaces 2017’s Xperia XA1 which offered a great photography experience for an affordable price point, and the Xperia XA2 is looking to build on that with a bigger, higher resolution display, more power under the hood and the addition of a fingerprint scanner.

Sony Xperia XA2 price and release date

The Sony Xperia XA2 release date is set for February, but there’s currently no word on price. We expect the XA2 to sport a price tag that will see it go up against the likes of the Honor 7X and Moto G5S Plus.

We’ll update this hands on review as soon as we know more about the cost.

Design

In terms of look the Xperia XA2 doesn’t deviate from Sony’s tried and tested design language, which includes chunky bezels above and below the display and a relatively bland square shape.

It’s not all bad news, as the bezels above and below the screen here have been reduced compared to its predecessor, with the total height of the handset reduced even though it packs a bigger display.

Measuring 142 x 70 x 9.7mm it is wider and thicker than the Xperia XA1, but the new Xperia XA2 has the added bonus of a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a larger battery which will have both added to the increased thickness.

These additions have also increased the weight to 171g, and it means the Xperia XA2 makes its presence known in the hand.

While the perimeter frame of the handset is metal, which feels cool and premium in the hand, the rear of the handset is plastic which slightly detracts from the overall premium style.

The rear does have a very slight curve to it, helping it sit in the hand a little more comfortably, but thanks to the smaller 5.2-inch display this is a phone we were easily able to use with one hand.

There’s a USB-C port on the bottom for charging, while on the top side of the Xperia XA2 you’ll find a headphone jack which will no doubt keep fans of corded buds and cans happy.

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Display

Sony has upgraded the screen on its latest XA handset, with the Xperia XA2 boasting a full HD, 1080p resolution across 5.2 inches.

It means you get a colorful, bright and clear display on a handset which is unlikely to break the £300/$300 mark, making it a highly attractive option.

The screen is great for social networking, messaging, emailing and web browsing, but if you’re going to be doing a lot of gaming or video streaming you may want to check out the bigger-screened Xperia XA2 Ultra.

Performance, OS and battery

The Sony Xperia XA2 features a Snapdragon 630 chipset and 3GB of RAM, which keeps the Android Oreo software (the latest from Google) ticking over nicely.

During our time with the handset, apps loaded quickly and navigation was smooth.

It should be able to keep you going for longer too, as Sony has slapped in a battery that’s considerably bigger than the power pack found in 2017’s XA1. 

The Xperia XA2 comes with a 3,300mAh battery, and Sony tells us that it should give you around 20% more battery life than its predecessor.

This is a flash hands on review to give you the chance to see what the phone is all about as soon as possible. Stay tuned as we’ll be expanding and upgrading this hands on review very shortly with more info.

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