TheGoldenMellifluous, 08 Feb 2018I do get your point about XA2 series . But at least XA2 series has 4K video recording and acco... moreBoth of these mid-end smartphones are sure competitive, hence it is based on what the person really needs. Their performance is also on par, except if the person needs 4K recording on the smartphone, XPERIA XA2 ULTRA is the way to go, or maybe other better alternatives, if the person wants IP68 rating, he'll probably go for the GALAXY A8 2018. Was expecting to have both 4K recording and IP68 rating at the same time, but nonetheless in my opinion 4K recording is more important than the waterproof rating, and it is glad to see Sony bringing 4K recording to the mid-end too. Not trying to say that GALAXY A8 2018 is a bad smartphone though, it is as good as the XPERIA XA2 ULTRA, but is just slightly overpriced without 4K recording, but when the prices drop, the GALAXY A8 2018 will be a good deal to consider for mid-end flagships
Cirov12, 08 Feb 2018not as ugly as lg, samsung and chinese iphone copyYou better open your eyes V30, Note8, G6 look far better than this they even have dual camera to ruin their looks
Love android, 08 Feb 2018I am a sony fan..But the truth is XA2 ultra somewhat old school outdated product.. There are ... moreI do get your point about XA2 series . But at least XA2 series has 4K video recording and according to rumours , XA2 and L2 will be the last Sony phone to combined both Loop Surface and Omni-Balance , because with new Sony flagship , Omni-Balance will be axed and Loop Surface could be redesigned again . And for 4K video recording , because even A8 and A8+ (2018) that priced higher than both XA2 siblings and even older Xperia M5 , both A8 siblings doesn't have 4K video recording which quite ashamed though for a phone price at $500 , even tho there's some paid-off features like IP68 and etc.
Hayaan Mo Sila, 08 Feb 2018I really am suspecting that this has something to do with GSMArena's external amplifier used f... moreRecombu video sounds same bad, as if mic is too sensitive and even standard noise cancellation during recording is completely turned off, so distant sounds get too loud and distorted waay too much.
Its bad, no way around it.
They need to fix it.
Reet, 08 Feb 2018Sony should hire more physical designers... i think 50 is enough hahhaha...their phone are all... moreThey really don't need to. They have creative designers, but they need to spend more on R&D for that. I do agree, however, with the point that Sony needs to do some change in design for real sake, and I'm glad it will happen this year, at least for the flagship with 'Mirai' design replacing the old but gold OmniBalance.
Tann Hauser, 08 Feb 2018I concur, no way can it be that off the scale, and such a difference between XA2 and XA2 Ultra... moreI really am suspecting that this has something to do with GSMArena's external amplifier used for testing. I mean, Sony and Xiaomi can't be making phones with same poor audio quality, can they?
I have watched Recombu's video sample test of this and the normal XA2, as well as GSMArena samples, and to me, they sound good. Not spectacular, but nothing to complain.
Sony should hire more physical designers... i think 50 is enough hahhaha...their phone are all the same in appearance bit they have better technology like screen and camera
Mcallim72, 08 Feb 2018i haven't heard anyone say the want a Sony phone since 2008. Overpriced, under spec and full ... moreLol of course no one buy Sony's smartphone in 2008, they are still Sony Ericsson back then! Troll spotted, beware guys!
[deleted post]Well then, all other newly released midrangers like those mentioned as direct competitors in the conclusion must be under under specced.
Btw IMO, looking at those competitors, all looking exactly the same, XA2 Ultra shines with its distinctivness, uniqueness and classy good looks.
Mcallim72, 08 Feb 2018i haven't heard anyone say the want a Sony phone since 2008.
Overpriced, under spec and full ... moreTroll spotted!
2008 was still Sony Ericsson!
BTW never had any intrusive bloatware on a Sony phone. And their specs are one of the most complete that you can have.
Hayaan Mo Sila, 08 Feb 2018Same poor audio quality through external amplifier is not just on Sony phones. Look at the Mi ... moreI concur, no way can it be that off the scale, and such a difference between XA2 and XA2 Ultra, those have same audio tech.
There must be sth wrong with testing, or its a bug that Sony has to rectify with an update.
But on the other side, audio recording is really bad on both, sounds as if its recording through a water filter or sth, just hoping its not a tech defect, but a software one.
The only thing I like about this phone is the separate SD card slot. Don't understand why they often go with the hybrid crap on top of the line phones and only mid and low range phones get dual SIMs with SD slot.
Same poor audio quality through external amplifier is not just on Sony phones. Look at the Mi 5A, which was reviewed recently. It exhibits the same poor quality as this phone, yet no one comments about it.
Really guys, there has to be an issue with the amplifier that GSMArena is using. But seeing how you guys are immediately making up conclusions without any further researching goes to tell that Sony is a phenomenal legendary company. So much so, the haters have to make up some fake news/stories to stop their real comeback. We know if Sony does something right, even the person that seriously and deep-heartedly hates Sony would easily fall in love.
Despite i am sound like hater i am not.
I like reasonable phones for a reasonable price.
Having less for more is not an option unless you are brainwwashed by certain company.
As long as i am not a Sony fan i can honestly say ONE BIG NO because in this case we really get much less for much more price.
And thats definitely not a way why to buy this phone from Sony.
LG superfan, 08 Feb 2018New back design is uglynot as ugly as lg, samsung and chinese iphone copy
Ali Bashir, 08 Feb 2018So this is the best midrange smartphone of the year. No its not and it never will be.