At CES this year, Sony Mobile introduced the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra mid-range Android smartphones with impressive cameras and decent hardware specifications. Even though Sony Mobile’s market share in the smartphone market continues to slide downwards, it isn’t ready to give up just yet. The company will soon be launching two new mid-range smartphones – Xperia XA3 and Xperia XA3 Ultra. These might very well be the manufacturer’s first mid-range smartphones to feature an 18:9 aspect ratio display.
Ahead of its launch, we brought to you exclusive 5K renders and a 360-degree video showing the design of the Xperia XA2, in association with renowned leakster @OnLeaks. You can see these below. Furthermore, we also got our hands on similar renders of the Xperia XA3 Ultra which are worth checking out.
For now, let’s take a look at all the information we have regarding the Sony Xperia XA3 so far.
Sony Xperia XA3 Release Date
|Expected Price||Rs. 24,990|
|Launch Date||28th November 2018|
|Updated On||10th December 2018|
Sony Xperia XA3 Price in India
Sony Xperia XA3 price in India is expected to be Rs. 24990. Xperia XA3 is due to be launched on 18 Nov 2018. The 64GB variant costs around Rs. 24990. The Xperia XA3 comes in multiple colour options like Silver, Blue, Black which are also priced the same.
Sony Xperia XA3: First Look
Here are the first CAD-based renders of the upcoming Sony Xperia XA3, which is expected to be a direct successor to the Xperia XA2 from earlier this year.
Sony Xperia XA3: 5K Renders
Sony Xperia XA3: 360-Degree Render Video
Sony Xperia XA3: Design
The Xperia XA3 renders make it quite clear that Sony has managed to trim the top and bottom bezels on the smartphone significantly when compared to its predecessor. The smartphone will have a display size measuring roughly 5.9-inches diagonally. We expect the display to offer 1080 x 2160 Full HD+ resolution with an 18:9 aspect ratio. In terms of physical dimensions, the Xperia XA3 will measure 155.7 x 68.3 x 8.4mm. However, the rear camera bump will have a slight bump. At its thickest point, i.e. the camera bump included, Xperia XA3 will be 8.9mm thick.
Moving on to the sides, we see a similar arrangement to the Xperia XA2 with the volume, power and camera shutter buttons on the right side of the smartphone. Unlike the Xperia XA2, however, the Xperia XA3 appears to have a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. The smartphone also features a USB Type-C port at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top. At the rear, we find a dual-camera setup with both the sensors stacked horizontally. The Xperia XA2, in comparison, features a single 23MP resolution camera at the rear.
Sony Xperia XA3: Rumored Specifications
The Sony Xperia XA3 is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE octa-core processor under the hood, a decent upgrade over the Snapdragon 630 chipset powering the Xperia XA2. In terms of memory, the smartphone is expected to include up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Connectivity options will include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, 4G VoLTE, and a USB Type-C port. On the software front, the Xperia XA3 will likely ship with the latest Android 9.0 Pie operating system out of the box. Rest of the smartphone’s key specifications, however, remain a mystery at this point.
Sony Xperia XA3 vs Sony Xperia XA2: What’s The Difference?
Based on the leaked and rumoured information we currently have regarding the Sony Xperia XA3, it looks like the new smartphone will be a significant upgrade over its predecessor. The first thing you’ll notice is with the display being bumped up to 5.9-inches from 5.2-inches on the Xperia XA2. This is while keeping the form factor of the new device about the same as the older model, and shrinking the bezels down to a more appropriate size by 2018 standards.
The back of the new device also seems to get an upgrade to a dual camera set up while its older sibling sported a single shooter. Since the Xperia XA2’s rear camera was capable of 4K video recording at 30fps, the Xperia XA3’s setup should also manage the same.
Our obtained renders also confirmed that the new phone will come with a side mounted fingerprint scanner embedded within the power button. This is in contrast to the Xperia XA2’s fingerprint sensor which was located at a more conventional position underneath the rear camera. Then there is the battery where the newer phone is expected to offer a 3500mAh cell while its older sibling comes with a 3300mAh battery.
When Will The Sony Xperia XA3 Go On Sale?
As for the launch date, the Xperia XA3 could be made official alongside the Xperia XA3 Ultra sometime in the fourth quarter of the year. Alternatively, Sony might announce the duo at CES 2019 in January next year.
Sony Xperia XA3: What Colours Could It Be Offered In?
Our exclusive renders confirm that the Sony Xperia XA3 will be Silver in colour. This phone’s predecessor is also offered in this colour along with Blue, Black and Pink options. Whether or not Sony will release these other colour options for the newer phone is yet to be confirmed.