"The Sony Xperia XA offers an edge-to-edge curved display and hybrid autofocus"
There were multiple rumours surrounding Sony's MWC 2016 launch event, with speculations pointing towards the a new device codenamed the Xperia PP10, and even the Xperia Z6. However, Sony surprised us by launching an entirely different range of products. The company showcased its next-gen connected accessories, which include the Xperia Ear, Xperia Eye, Xperia Projector and Xperia Agent, as well as the RM-X7BT in-car Bluetooth commander. In addition, the brand unveiled the new lineup of Xperia X smartphones, which include the the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA. While the first two are more high-end devices, the Xperia XA is a mid-ranger. We spent some quality time with the handset, and here's what we thought.
The display on offer is a 5-incher with HD resolution, but it gets Sony's Bravia Engine 2 display and a super-vivid mode, which make colours look vibrant and text appear sharp. Above the display you'll find the earpiece, Sony branding, front camera, notification LED and sensors. The bezel below the screen is bare, with the Android navigation keys moving up to the display as onscreen controls. Considering the compact size of the display, and the ample bezel below it, we'd have preferred dedicated navigation keys on the smartphone.
The Sony Xperia XA will roll out internationally starting summer 2016, but we don't have any details on price as yet. We expect the smartphone to be launched in India later this year, and we'll keep you posted on the price and availability details when we have them.
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