Sony announces its Xperia XA2 Plus, a phone to ‘entertain’

Lots of companies seem to think their phones are the best for content consumption, and that’s a fine way to market a device. A phone that can offer the best viewing, gaming, and scrolling experiences makes for an enticing purchase. Today, Sony is taking literal approach as it introduced its Xperia XA2 Plus, a phone “designed to entertain.”

What does Sony consider specs worthy of entertainment, and how do we feel about them? Primarily, the phone features a 6-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The device has rounded screen corners and still includes bezels, which is disappointing. At this point, I think most people expect their entertainment-oriented phone to be virtually bezel-less, but for a midrange device, this is acceptable. It looks like it also includes a headphone jack, which is by far the most user-friendly feature Sony could offer to people who watch things on the go.

Here are the other specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor
  • Either 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, or 6GB RAM with 64GB storage
  • 23-megapixel rear-facing camera with 4K video recording and 120 fps slow-motion records
  • 8-megapixel, super wide-angle front-facing camera
  • Runs Android 8.0
  • Supports Qualcomm Quick Charge with USB-C
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • Available in silver, black, gold, and green

We don’t have pricing or availability information just yet, although last year’s XA1 Plus cost around $380. Generally, this phone seems fine. It’s nothing extraordinary, but it also features everything someone would likely want in a midrange device that they use for streaming. But overall, it does seem like Sony is trying to make upgrades to this phone line with slight display tweaks (last year’s XA1 Plus included a 5.5-inch display versus 6-inch) and a better processor with the option for more RAM and storage. Last year’s phone was also built for entertainment, but this year’s iteration will likely do a better job of giving people a place to watch all their shows.