CES 2018: Sony adds to mid-range smartphone line-up


The Xperia XA2 phones feature a 23MP main camera sensor on the back and. The smaller Xperia XA2 also features just one front-facing camera - the 8-megapixel wide-angle shooter - rather than dual front-facing cameras.

The Xperia XA2 is powered by a generous 3,300mAh battery.

There isn't a great choice of smartphones with screens this size at the sort of price point the Xperia XA2 will be pitched at, which means it may be able to carve out a nice niche for itself for those looking for an affordable Netflix/gaming device. As a comparison, the current XA1 Ultra only comes with a 2,700mAh battery.

Both the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra come with the traditional 16:9 pixel-ratio display and a bezel-less screen. It's a sign that Sony might start taking the United States market more seriously - or at the very least, that it'll stand a bit more of a chance against competitors, rather than lacking a major and critical feature. The larger Xperia XA2 Ultra is Sony's first smartphone that offers dual-selfie cameras with Optical Image Stabilisation and it can even take wide-angle selfies.

The Xperia XA2 features specs that are almost identical to the XA2 Ultra, but squeezed into a more compact housing with a 5.2-inch FHD display. With the other two arriving as the latest additions to the Xperia XA line, the Xperia XA2 and the XA2 Ultra. On the front both smartphones have an 8MP ultra wide fixed-focus camera to get all your friends in the frame. The Xperia XA2 Ultra will be available soon in gold, black, silver and blue colour finishes.

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The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra come with a Snapdragon 630 chipset in charge of doing the math, replacing the Mediatek Helio P20 of last year's models - 14nm vs. 16nm silicon. Xperia A2 has 3GB of RAM whereas XA2 Ultra has 4GB of RAM and is available in 32GB and 64GB storage variants.

This model shares the same Snapdragon 630 chip as its sibling, and also touts a one-touch rear fingerprint sensor. Available in the US, color options include Silver, Black, Blue, and Pink. The Xperia L2 is the basic of the trio, featuring a 13MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture on the back.

The Sony Xperia XA2 is the successor of the previous year launched Xperia XA and comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display with 1080x1920 pixel resolution and Sony's Image Enhance technology. Like the XA2, it supports fast charging with the optional Fast Charger. "The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra have 23MP snapper with a large 1/2.3" Exmor RS sensor, ISO 12800 sensitivity for low light and capability to shoot in 4K and 120fps in slow motion video. It is powered by a 3,300 mAh battery.

Three has also confirmed it will be stocking the XA2 but will announce pricing and availability at a later date. The Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra will launch in February.

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