Sony’s mid-range Xperia XA1 Ultra will be getting a successor based on some new images that have leaked on line that sources claim is a Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra. Most of the hardware believed to be included in the new device is on track to maintain the XA2 Ultra as an upper mid-range smartphone, but Sony appears to be sticking with their current design language.
The new XA2 Ultra includes one shift for Sony which has used MediaTek processors for the past couple iterations, but will change over to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chip. Staying the same will be the 6.0-inch display running at a full HD resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio and still sporting what are now considered huge bezels at the top and bottom of the device. Also staying the same will be the 4GB of RAM, but Sony may be dropping the 32GB onboard storage option and standardizing on 64GB.
The rear-facing camera in the new XA2 Ultra will apparently be a 21MP sensor down slightly from the XA1 Ultra’s 23MP unit while the front-facing camera will drop slightly from 16MP to 15MP. New for this year will be OIS and dual-camera support on the front-facing camera.
Sony is planning to deliver the XA2 Ultra with Android 8.0 Oreo according to sources. The last two versions of the smartphone had relatively small 2700 mAh batteries, although Sony says they provide long usage between charges despite the size. Thus far there is no word on what the XA2 Ultra’s battery size might be.
The XA2 Ultra may be launched as soon as CES 2018, but if Sony is not ready by then look for it to launch at MWC 2018.