Xperia XA2

The Sony XA2 family is the latest addition to the range of Jolla Devices: with the power of 8-core Processor and bigger displays up to 6″ Sailfish will literally fly!

The point of the situation

Jolla has finally added support for a new generation of Sony smartphones. This time was chosen as target the XA2 line: in order by launch date, Sony Xperia XA2 , Sony Xperia XA2 ULTRA and Sony Xperia XA2 PLUS .
Supported also all dual SIM variants of these models.

Xperia XA2 family

The version of Sailfish for XA2 is still Sailfish X, the licensed version of Sailfish OS from Jolla Oy. There was some confusion at the level of naming and branding after that, during the year the emphasis was shifted to Sailfish 3 as a disruptive next-generation release. (Edit. In Barcelona there were also a new logo, but they were only sticker).

So, the installation method is practically the same: Unlock Bootloader of Sony through an unlock key, and flash the phone. Buy a license to obtain Predictive Text, Android support, Zendesk, and MS Exchange support.

New Products in 2018

The support announced officially during the Sailfish 3 Day Celebration arrived around 8 November , when the news was published on the blog and updated the page of the shop from which you can download for Sailfish XA2.

The good news

There have been some incremental innovations in version, as the new top menu, light ambiences and feature USB on the go, which should finally allow use sailfish devices as HD.

Creation of the new license FREE TRIAL: Sony that allows new users to try the Finnish operating system, even if in the basic version.

Last but not least: the Android support on new Sony phones will be led – with a great leap forward – the Android version 8 “Oreo”! So for a few years no more obsolescence problems of the Android apps.


The bad news

Unfortunately for a few weeks Sailfish X for XA2 will not be complete: the launch took place for the version Free Trial, but to get the full version of all, we have to wait.

As announced in Jolla Blog:

When available, you can easily purchase and install the Android app support and other commercial components on top of the Sailfish X Free trial version.

The real question is when will be released the next update, though around mid-December or in early 2019 along with perhaps a minor update Sailfish X. Who will buy an Xperia XA2 will have to use Sailfish ‘pure’ (as we like to call it): only native apps and also nor good Predictive Text 😬.

The deadline has been respected, but this lack could stop many of the old Jolla users by changing their jolla-phone, while it is not clear how many users Android users will launch itself in flashing operation over their Sony device…
By the way Sailfish is not most publicised in the mainstream Android audience and “bridge” initiatives such as the launcher Angry Birds Stella are forgotten.


The hardware

The XA2 Xperia family is powered by an octa-core 2.2GHz Cortex-A53 CPU processor (the Snapdragon 630) and this makes it much more capable than its predecessor Xperia X, which was basically a 4 + 2 cores, ed. The GPU is an Adreno 508 GPU, enough to handle the workload.

For memory, there are 3 GB of RAM and 32GB of file starting with the usual microSD slot for expansion. (To check, up to 32GB if it was the old Sailfish limit).

The battery is large, non-removable, from 3,300 mAh, more on XA2 plus and ultra; It is also compatible with QuickCharge 3.0 format for fast charging.

That said, Sony usually does not provide the rapid charger, and then the charge will be at 5V 1A transformer speed. The direct charge via USB-C socket may be faster. (need verification)

The fund cameras is as usual for Sony very good, with a main-room 23MP f / 2.0 apertures, with 2160p / 30fps video recording. The front camera is 8MP, highlighted for its 120 degrees of shooting angle, but with fixed focus. It allows video recording at 1080p / 30fps.



One aspect that struck in all the reviews is the good industrial design: the body of the phone is slightly curved, convex, and this helps the grip especially in XA2 Ultra model.

Watching him well – for those in memory – there is something of the Nokia N9 , especially looking at the blue model: curved glass (only horizontally, however, edit), relatively thick, glossy finish on the sides as extras.
The Xperia blue XA2 is the editor’s choiche. When will Sailfish installed, the rounded corners will accompany swipe gestures!


Differences between models

Since this is a family of products with very similar technical specifications, the appearance and size of the display will guide the choice.
All models are from 2018, with the same processor and GPU. The XA2 and Ultra XA2 model are January, while XA2 Plus is July.

Going by categories we can say that:

XA2 appears sizes

Technical features

For the technical specifications refer to the excellent comparator GSM Arena. Click on the link you will find it configured on the XA2 family! Avoid the row related to Android SW.

Compare specifications on GSM Arena




Sony Xperia XA2


Sony Xperia Ultra XA2


Sony Xperia XA2 Plus


The take away

This is a first recap about the new arrived XA2 Xperia family. We will have soon one of these in our hands, and will do some review on Sailfish running.
Also, as for now the situation is changing, there will be updates and a final version of the page “later this year”.


Jolla-Devices staff