Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra vs. Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra – what's new?

Earlier this week, at CES 2018, Sony unveiled two new mid-range Android Oreo smartphones that succeed the Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra of last year. Called Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra, the new handsets are already available to pre-order in the US, being offered unlocked for $349 and $449, respectively.

While Sony didn’t drastically change the design of its new Xperia XA family, the XA2 and XA2 Ultra look better than their predecessors, thanks in no small part to their reduced top and bottom bezels. Another thing that’s almost instantly noticeable on both handsets is the presence of fingerprint …


Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra and Xperia L2 now up for pre-order in the US

Unveiled last week at CES (Consumers Electronics Show) 2018, Sony’s new lineup of Xperia smartphones is already available for pre-order in the United States. All three smartphones – Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra and Xperia L2 – are now listed at Best Buy as unlocked devices.

The most expensive of the three, Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is available for pre-order in four colors (Blue, Black, Silver, and Gold) for $450. The smartphone is expected to hit shelves in about from now, on February 16.

Next in line, Sony Xperia XA2 costs $350 and comes in Silver, Black, Blue, …

Sony releases official hands-on video to present the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, Xperia L2

A couple of days ago, Sony went official with its brand-new phones — the upper-midrange Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra, and the budget Xperia L2. They are pretty-cool looking handsets, aimed at the traditionalists that like their phone to have that stark, rectangular look that Sony’s been touting for a while now.

The company has just released its own hands-on video for the three handsets. We get nice closeup shots and the specs of the phones reiterated. But it’s a nice, condensed way to get acquainted with the new handsets in case you missed them on entry.

We had our time to check …

Traditions matter: Sony announces the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra

It’s Sony time at CES 2018 and the company has announced the two new phones in the XA line — the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra. Let’s see what they are about!

The good old design
Sony is pretty much a traditionalist when it comes to design. Each new iteration of its smartphones has a minor update in looks — just enough to make it look modern, but still hold a classic spirit. The new XA phones are no exception. There is no 18:9 display here, no wild, futuristic endevours. Just the well-known rectangle.

That said, the XA line has had razor-thin side bezels since inception …

Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra

Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is comes with a 6-inch full HD (1080p) display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage. Also, the phone comes with a 23-megapixel main camera, dual selfie camera setup consisting of a 16-megapixel main unit and an 8-megapixel wide-angle one.

Size comparison: Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra vs other midrangers

So, Sony has just revealed its two new midrangers. And, just as usual, the manufacturer has evolved its design language, but ever so slightly. The XA2 duo looks modern… yet classic. Of course, we are talking about the rectangular look and the meaty top and bottom bezels. But, at the very least, the XA line has always been about super-thin side bezels and that doesn’t change with the XA2 and XA2 Ultra.

So, they are a 5.2-inch phone and a 6-inch phablet, respectively. And those are not 18:9, super-narrow displays, no… They are good ol’, classic 16:9 monsters. So, how do the new Sony midrangers …

Specs comparison: Xperia XA2 Ultra vs ZenFone 4 vs Moto Z2 Play

So, Sony’s new midrangers are out – the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra. With a mix between premium design and mid-tier hardware, they will try to please the selfie-lovers that like to have a nice phone on hand without necessarily breaking the bank.

Let’s take a look at the XA2 Ultra, for example — a wide-angle, 8 MP selfie camera is next to a 16 MP, OIS-assisted selfie camera, and there’s a LED flash up front as well. Obviously aimed at the selfie-loving youngsters, the handset still has a lot to offer under the hood as well — a massive battery, a good amount of RAM, generous storage… …

Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2 press renders leak out, rear fingerprint scanners included

In 2017, Sony released no less than eight Xperia smartphones,
from affordable to expensive models, and it looks like the company has similar
plans for this year. While many fans are probably waiting for Sony’s 2018
high-end phones (which should include an Xperia XZ2), we’re now going to talk
about the mid-range Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra, and the lower-end Xperia L2.

 

We’ve already seen leaked images showing the Xperia XA2, XA2
Ultra, and L2. However, now, thanks to Venture Beat, we can take a look at press renders of the new
handsets – most likely, Sony will use these to promote the three …

CAD-based renders of the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra reveal an arched back, reiterate fingerprint on back

Sony’s Xperia XA line is still fairly young, with two generations of devices behind its back. It usually introduces a pair of devices — a “regular-sized” XA and phablet-grade XA Ultra. They are midrange handsets with super-thin side bezels, but still hefty chin and forehead, and are geared towards selfie-loving camera users, with high-res front and back cameras and LED flashes for both.

With the Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra soon to be a year old, odds are good that Sony will be introducing a new pair soon. And a supposed leak has showed us just what the Xperia XA2 and …

Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra leaks in live images with rather thick bezels

The Xperia XA2 Ultra is one of the many smartphones that Sony plans to reveal in Q1 2018. Previously leaked as Sony H4233, the device was recently spotted at the Malaysian regulatory agency SIRIM with its real name.

Now, we have a couple of live pictures showing the phone’s front and back sides. Despite rumors that Sony will completely redesign its Xperia lineup, the Xperia XA2 Ultra doesn’t show any signs of improvement from this point of view.

It’s true, the phone comes with really thin bezels on the left and right sides, but the chins are as thick as the …