CES 2018 didn’t entail many smartphone announcements, but Sony did introduce three Xperia phones at the trade show in Las Vegas. They are the Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, and Xperia L2. Each varies on the account of specifications from low-end with the Xperia L2, to upper mid-range with the Xperia XA2 Ultra.
Sony is as predictable as ever when it comes to launching Android smartphones. The company announces similar Xperia lineups ever year, and now flagship models every six months so it seems. With its latest models, each is different in its own way, but collectively, they are very similar. Some boast some powerful specifications and the triplet diverges in terms of screen size to give everybody an option. Because these aren’t flagships, Sony didn’t take a lot of chances nor make a lot of changes, so lots should sound familiar. Most modern trends like bezel-less displays and 18:9 aspect ratios, you won’t find here, but there are some nifty things to look forward to in the upcoming models.
Starting with the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra, which are very alike, we have Snapdragon 630 processor and Full HD 16:9 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass screens. The Xperia XA2 has a smaller 5.2-inch display, and the Xperia XA2 Ultra will bring a 6-inch display. Xperia XA2 will come with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage, and the Xperia XA2 Ultra will have 4GB RAM with either 32GB or 64GB of memory. Both will be expandable via microSD.
In terms of design, the new Xperia models look similar to just about every other smartphone manufactured by Sony. This is in despite of what had heard a few months prior to the event that there would be revolutionary change. Perhaps Sony is saving the innovation for its flagship models, expected out around the time of MWC 2018 in February. The same metal and glass materials we’ve known for so long are here as well as Sony’s precision edge detailing. Both handsets have side-mounted power and volume controls as well as a front-firing speaker grille and camera shutter button.
Both the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra come with a 23MP rear camera. They include autofocus, slow motion video and a handful of other software features. The handsets also have high-quality audio and built-in digital noise cancelling technology. On the front of each phone, there’s an 8MP selfie camera with 120-degree wide-angle. In addition, there’s a second front camera lens of 16MP on the Xperia XA2 Ultra that brings OIS. This makes it one of the very few to have built-in OIS for taking selfies.
The Xperia XA2 has a 3,300mAh battery while the Xperia XA2 Ultra boasts a larger 3,580mAh cell. Both phones feature Quick Charge, have Bluetooth 5.0 and charge via USB Type-C. Sony’s fingerprint scanner is present, but not on the side where it normally is. Instead, it has been moved on both models to a more natural position on the back.
Perhaps the best part of the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra is the fact that Sony is including Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo software pre-installed. Some of the major new features include those backed into the Android OS such as redesigned notifications, performance and battery improvements that further restrict background data, picture-in-picture mode, new adaptive icons, auto-fill, and a redesigned settings menu. See here and here, where we’ve rounded up all the major ones and how to use them.
The Sony Xperia L2 is a new entry-level smartphone. It sports a 5.5-inch display with a 720p resolution paired with a 3,300mAh battery. It uses a quad-core processor backed with 3GB of RAM, and there’s 32GB of internal storage with microSD card expandability. The rear camera is a 13MP sensor and the front is a single 8MP. Instead of Android Oreo, it will come pre-loaded with Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
The Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra will be available in Silver, Blue, and Black color options. The ultra model will also come in Gold and the smaller model in Pink, which may vary by region. The two handsets will release in the US this February but pricing has not yet been confirmed. As for the Xperia L2, it’s also coming in February for an unknown price and in unspecified colors. All should be great devices for the average consumer. You can learn more in the videos down below.
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