Sony's budget Xperia XA handset is all about compromise, delivering an Xperia handset at a lower price point.
Sony Xperia XA: Specs
As the budget entry in the 2016 Xperia family, it's understandable that the Xperia XA doesn't have the latest and greatest hardware under the hood. It does stand apart from the other members of the Xperia X lineup by not incorporating the side fingerprint scanner, and featuring a lower resolution pair of cameras inside as well as a more plasticky body though, which helps keep the costs down.
|Device||Sony Xperia XA|
|Resolution||1280 x 720|
Sony Xperia XA: Buy outright
Sony's Xperia XA is Sony's budget Xperia handset for 2016, but with an RRP of $499 it's still leaning heavily on the premium side of budget, especially when compared with budget handsets from the likes of Alcatel and Oppo. The Nexus 5X is a solid competitor that can be picked up at a bargain price, yet offers similar performance.
Sony Xperia XA: Review
Given the Xperia XA's price tag, it's to be expected that performance isn't exceptional compared to its more expensive siblings. We had some trouble benchmarking the device thanks to the MediaTek chipset though, so it is hard to objectively compare it to competitor devices. That said, the camera is still the Xperia XA's standout feature.
"It may not have the same 23-megapixel camera sensor as the other Xperia X phones, but the XA does feature a dedicated shutter button on the phone to make taking photos a quick, effortless process. Pressing and holding the button while the phone is in standby wakes it up directly into camera mode, allowing you to start shooting photos (or 1080p video) within seconds."
Like most phone cameras, the XA does struggle a little in high contrast shooting environments, but it still delivers solid results from a phone at this price.