Sony Xperia XA2 hands-on

Sony Xperia XA2 hands-on

We thought that Sony might be plotting some new Xperia devices, and sure enough, it's showing up to CES 2018 with three new handsets in tow.

While Sony used to stick its fingerprint sensors on the edge of its smartphones, both the XA2 and XA2 Ultra feature a scanner on the back instead.

Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra extensively focus on photography. The big upgrade this year is that they're moving from Mediatek Helio processors over to Qualcomm's Snapdragon line - both include the Snapdragon 630.

They will be available in the United States in February.

While there are a lot of similarities, there are a fair few differences too. In fact, one new smartphone model, the Xperia XA2 Ultra, features a 23-megapixel rear camera along with dual front-facing cameras.

While Xperia A2 has an 8-megapixel selfie-camera, Xperia XA2 Ultra features a 16-megapixel optical image stabilisation and another 8-megapixel sensor with 120-degree wide-angle lens.

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

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Both the XA2 and XA2 Ultra will have the Snapdragon 630 processor and have a 23-megapixel rear camera as mentioned. It has a primary 16MP shooter with OIS while the secondary 8MP camera is capable of taking 120-degree super wide-angle shots and it's further assisted with a front flash.

Sony Xperia XA2 took the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 last Monday. Like the XA2, it supports fast charging with the optional Fast Charger. The smartphone packs a 5.5-inch HD display with 720x1280 pixel resolution and the display is made scratch resistant with a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass on top.

There's also a rear mounted fingerprint scanner, NFC and a sizable 3,580mAh battery. Xperia XA2 is composed of anodised aluminium on the sides, with a diamond-cut finish on the top and bottom, accentuating the industrial beauty of metal.

The Xperia L2 will launch first, with availability in select markets beginning at the end of January 2018, with Black, Gold, and Pink color options. While the XA1 and XA1 Ultra came with small sub 3,000mAh batteries, the XA2 and XA2 Ultra are equipped with much bigger power packs - 3,300mAh and 3,580mAh respectively. The Xperia L2 is the basic of the trio, featuring a 13MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture on the back. Meanwhile the Xperia XA2 Ultra comes in silver, black, blue and gold.

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 devices will also release with the Android Nougat software.

Sony Xperia XA2 and Xperia L2 are more alike on the selfie front.

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