Sony on Monday unveiled three new smartphones as this year’s CES gets underway. The new handsets aren’t flagship devices, but rather mid-range phones that Sony has dubbed “super mid-tier smartphones.”
Although the two phones do share a number of common specs and features, they also do differ quite significantly as well, with the most obvious difference being the size.
The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra come with a Snapdragon 630 chipset in charge of doing the math, The XA2 features a 3,300mAh battery , while the Ultra’s power pack has grown to 3,580mAh. Oh, and with QuickCharge 3.0 you’d be able to fill those cells rapidly when they eventually do run out.
In the case of the XA2, there’s more to it than just extra battery – it’s gotten a larger 5.2-inch FullHD display, the XA2 Ultra is the same 6 inches as last year.
The Xperia XA2 has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which is expandable via microSD ), the XA2 Ultra gets 4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB storage versions, and within that massive body Sony’s found room for a dedicated microSD slot, even on the dual SIM Ultra.
The main camera has been moved from the top left corner to the central axis of the back, in line with the fingerprint sensor – yes, Xperias now come with a rear-mounted always-on fingerprint sensor.
The XA2 and the XA2 Ultra have the 23MP, f/2.0 primary cam from the last generation. It’s the former flagship-grade unit replaced at Sony’s top-tier with the current 19MP shooter. On the front both smartphones have an 8MP ultra wide fixed-focus camera. That’s not enough selfie prowess for the Ultra, though – it also has a 16MP shooter with less extreme FOV, 16:9 aspect, autofocus, and OIS.
The Xperia L2 keeps the 5.5-inch 720p display of the predecessor, the same Mediatek MT6737T, 3GB RAM and 32GB Storage, so the L2 has nothing to be ashamed of in those departments. And if 32GB is not enough – there’s a dedicated microSD slot. The Xperia L2 gets a 13MP shooter, 8Mp front camera. Sony pulled no punches in the battery department and fitted a 3,300mAh power pack in the L2.
The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra will launch on Android 8.0 Oreo, with Sony’s minimal customizations on top. And, unlike these other two, the Xperia L2 will boot Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
Both the XA2 and XA2 Ultra will be available with the choice of either a Black, Blue, or Silver color, the Xperia XA2 will also be available in a fourth color, Pink, while the XA2 Ultra’s fourth color option will be Gold. Though, there is no guarantee all color options will be available in all regions where they are released.
The Sony Xperia L2 is also due to become available to buy in three different color options (dependent on region) consisting of Black, Gold, and Pink
Sony Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra will start shipping from February 2018 with pricing to be confirmed later on. Sony Xperia L2 will hit the shelves in late January.