Sony Xperia XA2 hands-on

Xperia XA2 & XA2 Ultra

We spent a little bit of time checking out the Sony Xperia XA2, the successor the Xperia XA1, which shockingly was only released a short time ago back in the fall - soon after its official announcement at IFA 2017. Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and Xperia L2 have their own configurations to show their worth.

Sony apparently loves its "super" mid-range phones, evident in how CES 2018 is seeing a pair of brand new phones coming to market starting in February.

While there are a lot of similarities, there are a fair few differences too. Whereas, the Xperia XA2 will allegedly feature a 5-inch display. With its dual selfie camera setup - comprised of a 16-megapixel, 1/2.6-inch Exmor RS for mobile sensor with optical image stabilisation (OIS) equipped 88-degree, f/2.0 wide-angle lens and an 8-megapixel, Exmor R for mobile sensor with 120-degree, f/2.4 super wide-angle lens - the XA2 Ultra is definitely a smartphone "engineered for selfies".

When we jump over to look at the L2, we again see numerous same features, only pared back a bit.

The Xperia L2 features a 5.5-inch 720p display, MediaTek processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage plus a microSD card slot, 13-megapixel rear camera, wide-angle 8-megapixel selfie camera, a 3300mAh battery, and notably, will still launch with Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Sony's Xperia XA-series also marks the company's first set of phones to come with rear-facing fingerprint scanner.

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The Xperia XA2 will be available in pink, blue, silver and black, while the Xperia XA2 Ultra will be available in gold, blue, black, and silver; the Xperia L2 will come in pink, black, and gold. The rear camera comes with 4K movie recording, and 120fps slow motion video capture.

Sony is kicking off the year with revamps to its low and mid-range Xperia lineups. Unlike the previous model, Sony has stepped things up with the processor in the XA2, offering a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage with microSDXC support (up to 256GB). Quick charging is also supported to give you hours of power with just minutes of charging (requires Quick Charger UCH12W). The two selfie centric smartphones succeed last year's XA1 and XA1 Ultra and improve upon them in key areas such as battery, cameras and processor. The battery is a 3,300mAh unit with fast-charging capabilities for quick power top-ups.

"As stated by Sony, the Xperia L2's expansive 5.5" HD screen is great for enjoying video, browsing and social networks on the go. Meanwhile, the battery is 32 percent larger at 3,580 mAh with Silver, Black, Blue, and Gold color variants.

While it's packaged along with a 23MP rear camera, the same megapixel account as its predecessor, Sony is stressing the phone's performance under low light thanks to its higher ISO sensitivity of 12800.

The Xperia L2 will be released in select markets beginning in late January.

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