CES 2018 is in full swing, and Sony has announced a bunch of new smartphones at the Las Vegas event. Besides the mid-range Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra handsets that offer some interesting camera choices, there is also an entry-level Xperia L2. Readers will be amazed to learn that all three models will launch in the US with working fingerprint readers. Really. Join us after the break for the rundown on all three phones.
Both the XA2 and XA2 Ultra feature mostly similar specifications – both are powered by the Snapdragon 630 processor, a step up from the MediaTek Helio P20 that was present in last years models. Whereas the Xperia XA 2 has 3GB RAM and 32GB of built-in storage, the XA 2 Ultra has 4GB RAM and can be had in 32GB or 64GB with MicroSD support present in all variants. Both phones have edge-to-edge 2.5D curved glass panels with 1080P resolution, with the XA2 toting a 5.2-inch display and the bigger XA2 Ultra carrying a 6-incher. In terms of design, both phones sport an aluminum rear panel and Sony’s precision edge detailing.
Both the XA2 and XA2 Ultra sport 23MP rear camera sensors and an 8MP 120-degree wide-angle front-facing camera. Sony, in its wisdom, has chosen to add a second front-facing camera with 16MP on the XA2 Ultra that also boasts OIS. It’s an interesting decision, especially when you consider that the rear camera doesn’t have OIS.
There isn’t too much difference in battery capacity. The battery on the XA2 boasts a more than decent 3,300mAh while the XA2 Ultra comes in with 3,580mAh with both phones boasting quick charging as well as Bluetooth 5.0. The functional fingerprint reader has been moved from the side of the phone to the rear of the handset, a move that will please some and irritate others. Still, at least the fingerprint reader will actually work on units sold in the US, unlike previous Sony handsets. The Xperia XA2 has dimensions of 142 x 70 x 9.7mm, while the larger XA2 Ultra is 163 x 80 x 9.5mm.
As you might expect in early 2018, both the XA2 and XA2 Ultra will launch running Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Both models will be available in silver, blue, and black, with the additional options of pink for the XA2 and gold for the XA2 Ultra.
The Xperia L2 takes things down a notch with its 5.5-inch display with 1280 x 720 resolution, an unspecified quad-core processor (probably MediaTek), 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage with MicroSD card support. The rear camera has been whittled down to 13MP while there is an 8MP sensor on the front of the phone. There’s a decent-sized 3,300mAh battery that should get the Xperia L2 through the day with plenty to spare. Weighing in at 178 grams, the Xperia L2 has dimensions of 150 78 x 9.8mm. The Xperia L2 will disappointingly launch running Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
While there has been no announcement on pricing, Sony says that the three single-SIM phones will go on sale in the US early February. What do you think of Sony’s trio of new mid-range handsets? Does the addition of a working fingerprint reader appeal to you? Let us know in the comments below.