I have to admit something to everyone. I love just about everything Sony does. Hell, I still have a MiniDisc player. I may be a Sony fanboy. I blame my Dad. Fast forward to March 2018: Sony announces their new flagship the XZ2. They removed the headphone jack. Way to stomp all over my heart Sony. Well, today Sony announced their new Mid-Ranger, the XA2 Plus (who the hell names Sony products?) that will come packed with Hi-Res audio. You know what that means? The return of the headphone jack!
Just because Sony is marketing this phone as a mid-range device, that doesn’t mean they skimped out on the details. Here are some of the specs that caught my eye. If you want to take a peek at the full spec list, you can find that here.
- 4/6GB RAM
- 32/64GB Memory
- Snapdragon 630
- 3,580mAh Battery with QC 3.0
- 6″ 1080p Display
- 23MP Rear Camera with f2.0 lens
- 8MP 120 degree wide-angle front-facing camera
- Bluetooth 5.0
Honestly, the only thing about this phone that screams mid-range is the Snapdragon 630. Outside of that just about everything says flagship. I’m not mad.
From the looks of things, Sony decided to forgo the glass sandwich design on the XA2 Plus and go with a metallic (aluminum?) finish on the back. I know I’m in the minority here but thank you Sony! Yes, I know this means no wireless charging, and I’m ok with that. I still haven’t used wireless charging. The face of the XA2 Plus looks to have a decent screen to body ratio with rounded corners. They also put the fingerprint sensor on the back, where it goes. The only concern I have is it will most likely be a fairly slippery device while in the hand.
You knew this had to get its own section right? I mean it’s the main reason I’m salivating over this phone. Inside you’ll get DSEE HX, LDAC, and a Smart Amplifier. That’s great, but what does it all mean?
- DSEE HX – This works to restore the quality of a compressed music file. Think MP3. Everything happens while the music is playing just turn DSEE HX on and enjoy your music.
- LDAC – Allows the transfer of Hi-Res audio through Bluetooth. Your Bluetooth speaker/headphones have to be able to receive and LDAC signal for this to work.
- Smart Amplifier – This will make your sound a lot clearer and does have some bass boost. Sony has a technology called Clear Bass which is supposed to help eliminate distortion
When you put it all together, this may be the phone to beat as far as audio goes.
If I have to complain about something, I didn’t notice dual front-facing speakers. It’s definitely not a deal breaker, at least for me, but it would have been nice to see them. I would absolutely love to get my hands on a review unit to put this phone to the test. If Sony prices this at an actual mid-range, not a Sony mid-range, this could be a great phone.
Would you think about getting this phone if it falls in your price range? This phone really wants to cater to the audiophile, but does the average person care? Let us know what you think in the comments section, we’d love to hear your opinion.