Sony Unveils 3 Mid-Tier Xperia Smartphones Ahead Of CES 2018


Sony doesn't mention what kind of processor the L2 uses, but we can probably expect it to be less powerful than the Snapdragon 630 found in the XA2 and XA2 Ultra. The camera remains the same with a 23MP rear sensor and 8MP front-facing camera with 120° super wide-angle lens and f/2.4 aperture. 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. It's not built into the power button as on some Sony smartphones, but instead resides below the camera on the rear panel.

The battery, meanwhile, is slightly larger at 3,580mAh to support the bigger display. Both the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra will launch in February 2018 with Silver, Black, Blue, Gold, and Pink color options, depending on the model.

"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. Around the front of the standard Xperia XA2, you get an 8-megapixel super-wide-angle lens that can capture 120-degree images.

The Xperia XZ1 Plus and Xperia XZ1s will come loaded with 5.5-inch FHD HDR LCD display and 5.2-inch Full HD display respectively. On the camera front, it will feature a dual-camera setup with a combination of two 12-megapixel sensors. Running the show is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

The Xperia XA2 will be available in Single SIM and Dual SIM in select markets, in four fresh colours: Silver, Black, Blue and Pink.

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The rivalry is intense in the mid-range selfie smartphone race, but the Japanese tech giant aims to break into the competition with its Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and Xperia L2 smartphones. For instance, the XA2 ships with a 5.2-inch Full HD display, while the XA2 Ultra bumps up the screen size to 6-inches while keeping resolution at 1080p. The cheaper XA2 comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage while the XA2 Ultra has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

Both of these new Sony devices boast a stunning edge-to-edge display, meaning they're pleasingly thin when grasped.

Sony pulled no punches in the battery department and fitted a 3,300mAh power pack in the L2, up from 2,620mAh on the L1. This array contains a 16-megapixel selfie camera with optical image stabilization, as well as the same 8-megapixel wide-angle camera. At the more budget end there is the Xperia L2 which follows on from last year's Xperia L1. As usual, Sony is still bundling its Battery Care and Qnovo Adaptive Charging for a quicker charge while preserving its overall battery lifespan.

Three has also confirmed it will be stocking the XA2 but will announce pricing and availability at a later date.