Sony to Launch Xperia XA
In one of our articles, we mentioned that Sony is launching the Sony Xperia X, which might take over the previous Xperia Z line. It is launching the Xperia XA too probably around the same time.
Humour aside after struggling to pronounce the words Xperia XA in a cool manner instead of “Zar”, we went with “X-A” which still sounds like “S-A”. The phone looks so darn beautiful its like staring at a hot maiden and having love at first sight.
The features are definitely lower grade than the Xperia X, which is a bummer, but the “infinite viewing” helps you forget about holding a less powerful phone. Infinite viewing is the Xperia XA’s display that is much like that of the Samsung Edge, it spreads to the full width of the phone which is actually kinda cool.
The body and design are the same as that of the Xperia X, same curved glass and rounded edges. Xperia XA devices have almost the same colour assortments as Xperia X to choose from such as white, black, pink and gold.
Other than the promise of 2 days worth of battery life and ability to get 5.5 hours of battery in 10 minutes using Quick Charger UCH12, everything about the phone becomes utterly disappointing from here.
Xperia XA has a 13MP back camera with their Hybrid autofocus technology and an 8MP low light front camera, a single nano sim, 5” HD 720p display Bravia engine 2 and Super vivid mode.
The upside would have been that it packs a 64-bit Octa-core processor running Google’s Android M but it is built by MediaTek Helio P10 probably close to the ones in various other low budget Chinese Android smartphones.
Making and selling a device that is 80% comprised of features that have been around for more than 2 years and tagging it as new is a little close to exploitation but it’s Sony, owning this device will still be like owning a Bentley in the phone world.
Despite the downgrades, I do think that Sony Xperia XA might be a great phone if the price is set to match its features. It might be Sony’s own cheaper model in the luxury lines like iPhone had the iPhone C (which was still expensive).
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Lawk is a mozillian, director at Innovware and consults part time for Every1Mobile.
He loves open source, the open web, writing, reading and developing literacy tools that can teach the youth around the world especially in East Africa.