Hands on: Sony Xperia XA review


Sony Xperia XA design and build quality

Despite how it looks, the body of the new Xperia XA is not made from metal, but plastic, unlike the recent influx of ‘premium midrange’ handsets. The XA may have a somewhat cheap feel, but the near-absence of side frames gives it a sophisticated appearance.

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The Xperia XA is encased in faux metal. / © ANDROIDPIT

The SIM and microSD slots found on the left-hand side of the device, protected by covers, as is typical of Sony devices. The device supports mircoSD cards up to 200 GB. At the top of the device is a mini headphone jack, while the bottom has a single speaker grill.

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MicroSD and SIM card slots. / © ANDROIDPIT

The positioning of the speaker may surprise regular Sony Xperia users, and it’s possible it could cause problems in everyday use, as it could be easily covered by the user’s hand. It was difficult to investigate the quality of the sound it produces at the testing station at MWC, but we will explore it soon in our full Xperia XA review.

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This speaker could be easily covered by a hand when the phone’s in use. / © ANDROIDPIT

On the right-hand side of the device is the classic, circular Sony power button, physical camera button and volume controls, all of which are easily accessible and conveniently placed.

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Sony’s OmniBalance design has been carried through to this new device. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Xperia XA is a small device; it’s just 7.9 mm thick and weighs just 137 g. It will be available in four colors: white, black graphite, lime gold and rose gold.

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