Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra selfie smartphones launched at CES 2018


As the bigger brother, the Xperia XA2 Ultra features the same rear camera, but adds a dual camera setup to the front of the phone. On the front, the XA2 makes do with a single 8MP fixed-focus camera and the XA2 pairs the 8Mp sensor with a secondary 16MP wide-angle sensor with optical image stabilisation. When everyone is moving towards the trend of offering super large phones with minimal bezels, some will certainly appreciate the shorter stature of the Xperia XA2. It's not built into the power button as on some Sony smartphones, but instead resides below the camera on the rear panel. 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.

"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 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.

This model is very similar to the standard Xperia XA2, boasting the same 23-megapixel rear camera. There is an 8MP front-facer that has a 120-degree wide-angle lens.

The handset is powered by Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 630 chip, and comes with a generous 3,300mAh battery that should get you through a full day of charge. The Xperia XA2 comes in Siler, Black, Blue and Pink, while the Xperia XA 2 Ultra comes in Silver, Black, Blue and Gold. It features an extra gigabyte of RAM, another storage option (64GB), a slightly bigger display at 6 inches, a better selfie camera and a slightly bigger battery.

It has also been revealed that some regions will get a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device. However, the Ultra version serves up a dual lens front-facing camera, with 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel snappers.

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And then there's the Xperia L2 - the unassuming entry-level Xperia, that grew out of the now defunct E-series. Battery on the Xperia XA2 is 3,300 mAh and comes with Quick charging support.

The Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra are the successors of last year's launches Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra, while the Xperia L2 is a budget phone with 3 GB RAM and 5.5-inch display.

Three has also confirmed it will be stocking the XA2 but will announce pricing and availability at a later date. Previously, all Sony devices in the US had them disabled at launch.

The smartphones are expected to launch soon, with the Xperia L2 coming in late January and the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra coming in February.