CES 2018: Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra And L2 Launched


The company has introduced Sony Xperia XA2, Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra and the Xperia L2 smartphones. The front camera, though, sees the addition of a wider 120-degree sensor, which should be able to squeeze in more faces into the composition.

A rep for Sony made it sound like this will be a turning point for the Xperia line and that fingerprint sensors will stop being disabled in the U.S. from here on out.

While it indeed shares the same distinctive design language that has become synonymous with Sony's smartphones, like how it features flat top and bottom edges and those rounded edges along its left and right edges, the phone is very different under the hood. The two phones have 3,300 mAh battery and 3,580 mAh battery respectively. Unlike the Xperia XA2 series, however, the Xperia L2 will ship with Android 7.1.1 Nougat instead of Android 8.0 Oreo.

"Our super mid-range product strategy started out as an exciting new idea based on bringing bold technologies to this section of the market in the most accessible way possible", said Hideyuki Furumi, EVP, Global Sales & Marketing, at Sony Mobile Communications.

The Xperia XA2 features specs that are almost identical to the XA2 Ultra, but squeezed into a more compact housing with a 5.2-inch FHD display.

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The smartphone has 120° super wide-angle 8MP front camera and 13-megapixel f/2.0 rear camera. They both have the same back cameras and the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC powering them. Sony Xperia XA2 comes in silver, black, blue and pink, while the Xperia XA2 Ultra replaces to pink with gold and the Xperia L2 offers black, gold and pink hues. The main camera has been moved from the top left corner to the central axis of the back, in line with the fingerprint sensor - yes, Xperias now come with a rear-mounted always-on fingerprint sensor.

It has a larger battery at 3,850mAh, 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage with microSD expansion as well. Available in the US, color options include Silver, Black, Blue, and Pink. Measuring 142 x 70 x 9.7 mm, the smartphone comes equipped with a fingerprint sensor and it is backed by a 3300mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge support. Up front, the Android phone has an 8 megapixel camera for taking selfies, and a 5.2 inch borderless display. It might be the fact that the display on the Xperia L2 has massive borders. This one has a bigger 3,580 mAh battery along with Quick Charge support.

Xperia L2 will launch in Single SIM and Dual SIM in select markets, in three colours: Black, Gold and Pink - each rendered with reflective surfaces, emphasising the "loop surface" design, and unlocking is made easy with a single touch via the rear fingerprint sensor.

Sony Xperia L2 will hit the shelves in late January.