Sony Decides to Retain the Same Outdated Design with the new Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra

by: - Last updated on: January 8th, 2018

While the Consumer Electronics Show isn’t a place where you’ll find a whole lot of new smartphones, Sony today went ahead and introduced three. Two of them are upgrades to the company’s mid-range Xperia XA series. The new Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra, unfortunately, don’t bring any significant changes to the highly outdated design and are still mostly about the cameras which, this time, are the same from last year.

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One of the most critical alterations Sony has made with these new phones is that a 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor has replaced their predecessor’s 16nm MediaTek chipset. The design has been tweaked ever so slightly, although the presence of huge bezels and the absence of an 18:9 aspect ratio will certainly haunt these devices’ success in 2018. The fingerprint sensor has been repositioned to the rear from the power button.

The camera arrangement on both the phones includes a 23-megapixel f/2.0 sensor on the rear. The Xperia XA2 comes with an 8-megapixel wide fixed-focus front-facing camera. The XA2 Ultra, in addition to that, also sports a secondary 16-megapixel shooter on the front with Optical Image Stabilization and auto-focus.

The smaller XA2 flaunts a 5.2-inch 1080p display and runs on 3GB of RAM, a 32GB internal memory which is expandable. The XA2 Ultra, on the other hand, rocks a much larger 6-inch Full HD screen, 4GB of RAM, and offers an option between 32 or 64GB of internal storage. Both phones, out of the box, will be powered by Android Oreo.

In terms of the battery, the Xperia XA2 features a 3300mAh pack, a substantial bump from last year’s 2300mAh unit. The XA2 Ultra’s battery has grown as well, from 2700mAh to 3580mAh. Both of them are compatible with QuickCharge 3.0 as well. Sony Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra will begin shipping sometime in February 2018. Pricing details will be revealed later as well.

Sony Xperia XA2 Specifications

  • Dimensions: 142 x 70 x 9.7 mm; Weight: 171g
  • 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD display, Image Enhance Technology, Corning Gorilla Glass protection
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630  Octa-Core 14nm Mobile Platform clocked at 2.2 GHz, Adreno 508 GPU
  • 3GB RAM, 32GBGB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB via microSD card
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Dual SIM (Optional), 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5 LE, NFC, USB Type-C
  • Rear Camera: 23MP, 1/2.3″ Exmos RS sensor, Hybrid Auto-Focus, 84° wide-angle f/2.0 lens
  • Front Camera: 8MP, 120° super wide-angle f/2.4 lens, 1/4″ Exmor R sensor
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 3300mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Qnovo Adaptive Charging

Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra Specifications

  • Dimensions: 163 x 80 x 9.5mm; Weight: 221g
  • 6-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD display, Image Enhance Technology, Corning Gorilla Glass protection
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 14nm octa-core Mobile Platform clocked at 2.2 GHz, Adreno 508 GPU
  • 4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB via microSD card
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Dual SIM (Optional), 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5 LE, NFC, USB Type-C
  • Rear Camera: 23MP, 1/2.3″ Exmos RS sensor, Hybrid Auto-Focus, 84° wide-angle f/2.0 lens
  • Front Camera: 16MP, flash, 1/2.6″ ExmorRS sensor, OIS, 88-degree wide-angle f/2.0 lens
  • Secondary Front Camera: 8MP, 120° super wide-angle f/2.4 lens, 1/4″ Exmor R sensor
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 3580mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Qnovo Adaptive Charging

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