As expected, Sony has today announced three new entry-level and mid-range devices at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The devices include Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and L2.
While the design of the phone appears similar to its predecessor, there are many welcome changes. The rear camera module, which used to take the top-left corner space, has now been moved to the centre-top. The fingerprint sensor has also found a place on the back panel.
For the XA2 series, the company has ditched MediaTek processor and has instead opted for Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 630 chipset. While the Xperia XA2 features a 5.2-inch Full HD display, its bigger sibling XA2 Ultra comes with a 6-inch Full HD display.
The Xperia XA2 packs 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, along with a microSD card slot for further expanding the storage capacity. On the other hand, the Xperia XA2 Ultra comes with 4GB RAM and two variants based on the internal storage — 32GB and 64GB. This one too comes with a microSD card slot for storage expansion.
Sony has always focused on the camera performance for the Xperia series and the XA2 and XA2 Ultra are no exception. Both devices feature a 23-megapixel camera sensor with f/2.0 aperture, hybrid autofocus and support for 4K video recording and 120fps slow-motion shooting.
On the front, the Xperia XA2 comes with an 8-megapixel ultra wide fixed-focus camera for taking selfies and video calling. The Xperia XA2 Ultra features a dual-camera setup on the front with an 8-megapixel camera sensor and a 16-megapixel camera sensor with less extreme FOV, 16:9 aspect ratio, autofocus, and optical image stabilisation (OIS).
Both devices are running Android 8.0 Oreo operating system out-of-the-box. While the XA2 is powered by a 3,300mAh battery, the XA2 Ultra is fuelled by a 3,580mAh battery. Both phones support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology.
Along with the XA2-series, the company also announced a new entry-level phone — Sony Xperia L2. It features a 5.5-inch HD display with 1280 x 720 pixels screen resolution. It is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737T processor, coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage with support for expanding storage using microSD card.
There is a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone features a fingerprint sensor on the back, same as XA2-series. It runs Android 7.1 Nougat operating system and is fuelled by a 3,300mAh battery.
The Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra will be available from February 2018 while the Sony Xperia L2 will be available for purchase in late January. However, the company has not yet revealed pricing information.
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