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Sony Xperia X vs XA – what’s the difference for business?

The first two phones in Sony’s Xperia X line are here, the Xperia X and the Xperia XA. But which one’s best for your business?

Both run the latest version of Android, enhanced by Sony’s user experience. Both also pack zippy 4G data speeds and support the wealth of business apps and services O2 Business offers. Both the X and XA also have slender 7.9mm thin bodies and 5-inch IPS displays with premium curved glass over the top.

But there are a few key differences you need to be aware of.

Sony Xperia XA and Sony Xperia X
  1. Design

They both look like premium devices, but the Xperia X has a blasted metal casing while the XA has a premium plastic finish. The Xperia X also sports a fingerprint scanner for an added layer of security as well as front stereo speakers. Out of the two, the Xperia X would therefore make for the better conference call device, but it’s higher overall spec means it costs more.


  1. Display

The displays offer different resolutions with the Xperia X clocking in at 1080p FHD and the XA sporting 720p resolution. The X may be sharper, but one thing the XA has is a virtually bezel-free screen – it reaches almost to the very edge of the device. So in spite of its plastic body and lower screen resolution, the Xperia XA still feels like a flagship design.


  1. Camera

The resolution difference between the phones isn’t just down to the screens. A 23 megapixel rear camera and a 13 megapixel front camera sit pretty on either side of the X. By contrast, the XA has a lower resolution set-up, with a 13 megapixel rear camera and an 8 megapixel selfie cam. Both will deliver decent images, but if you’re a stickler for high quality pics, the X is the way to go.


  1. Processor and battery

The Xperia X has a higher-end Snapdragon 650 with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, while the XA gets by with a MediaTek Helio P10 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. The Xperia X is demonstrably faster and more powerful, so it’s better for multitasking. But if you like to keep it simple then the XA is a perfectly capable device for most day-to-day tasks. The Xperia X also has the larger capacity battery of the two.


So which one’s right for you?

If a fingerprint scanner, Full HD screen, top of the line processor and 23-megapixel camera are pre-requisites, it’s the Xperia X all the way.

But if a more affordable smartphone sporting great specs and a flagship look and feel is in line with your needs and budget, the Xperia XA is one of the best looking mid-range phones around. The choice is, of course, yours.


Xperia X

  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Full HD screen
  • Top of the line processor
  • 23 megapixel camera


Xperia XA

  • More affordable
  • Great looks
  • Quality processor
  • 13 megapixel camera



For more on the Xperia X or XA go to the O2 Business shop.


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