Sony Xperia X, X Performance and XA: Sony at MWC 2016

Sony at MWC 2016

GSMArena team, 20 February, 2016.

Sony Xperia XA hands-on

This is the lower midrange offering of the X family. It's got a 5" 720p screen (not 1080p like the other two) and MediaTek supplying the chipset instead of Qualcom. There's less RAM too, 2GB instead of 3GB.

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Sony Xperia XA

We didn't notice the UI running any slower, though, but we didn't really get a chance to stress-test it.

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Sony Xperia XA

Also, the screen looked pretty good despite the resolution downgrade. Contrast and viewing angles were almost as good as on the more premium X phones too.

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The 5" 720p screen is still very good

The exterior of the Xperia XA isn't as fancy, though, it's all plastic and it felt like one. Felt being the operative word, the XA looks almost identical to the other two (admirable, considering the lower price point and more run of the mill trim).

We went back for a second look and we have to say the Xperia XA is growing on us. The bezels are actually thinner than on the other two. Also, the XA has an almost gapless construction, as opposed to the Xperia X (we guess those can be removed in retail version).

No stereo speakers though (despite appearances).

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Nope, those are not stereo speakers

Reader comments

  • Passersby

Re the issue of phone screen going dark during call, is your phones light sensor at the top of screen blocked? I had the same issue when I used a camera cover on the selfie camera (I don't take selfies), which accidentally covered the light sens...

  • Lapeng

please help me, my Sony Xperia X Performance goes dark on every call and i don`t know how to rectify this and it is frustrating because sometimes the person on the call asks me a to press a digit but then the phone is dark, please assist!

  • Anonymous

My Sony Xperia X F5122 released in 2016. It's version, 6.1which I updated from the Sony website and its version 7.0 naught. It is very latest and best. I am very pleased with this product.