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Sony’s newest Xperia devices update a long-forgotten line

by Danny Zepeda | January 8, 2018

Sony today took the wraps off three new mid-range Xperia devices at CES in Las Vegas. The handsets slots into the existing XA and L Xperia line. Each offers a unique blend of premium specs at an affordable price.

Two of the announced devices are the Xperia XA2 Ultra and XA2. Sony originally launched the XA Ultra and XA in July 2016. Things seemed shaky as to whether a follow up would ever arrive, but after a year and half, Sony finally updated the line.

Xperia XA2 Ultra

Just like its predecessor, the Xperia XA2 Ultra comes in a sleek aluminum body and precision-edge detailing. This time around, Sony added 2.5D curved glass that fuses together with the metal body for a smooth finish. The glass protects the 6-inch Full HD 1080p display. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 630 processor with an Adreno 510 GPU, 4GB of RAM and a 3,580mAh battery.

The main camera is a 23MP sensor that is capable of recording 4K video and 120fps slo-motion video. The low-light performance should see a boost in performance with ISO 12800 that will take higher quality images in dark situations. But the most enticing feature of the Xperia XA2 Ultra is its dual-camera front-facing camera. One sensor is an 8MP shooter that is capable of taking 120-degree super-wide pictures. The second sensor is a 16MP shooter that has optical image stabilization.

Rounding out the XA2 Ultra’s impressive spec offering is a rear fingerprint scanner.

Xperia XA2

Most of the specs are the same with the Xperia XA2, save for the 5.2-inch display, 3GB of RAM and single front-facing camera (8MP). Here’s how the rest of the XA2’s specs break down.

  • 5.2-inch Full HD 1080p display
  • Snapdragon 630 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 23MP main camera
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 3,300mAh battery

Sony did not announce pricing for the Xperia XA2 Ultra or the XA2.

Xperia L2

The last device Sony unveiled was the Xperia L2. Aimed at the low-end market, the L2 doesn’t have the most impressive specs but it should make up for it with its price point.

Design-wise, the L2 looks like any other Xperia device. The frame is still boxy, the front still has the familiar bezels and it is available in three signature Sony colors: Black, Gold and Pink. It features a 5.5-inch 720p display, quad-core 1.5Ghz processor, 3GB of RAM, 13M main camera, 8MP front-facing camera and a 3,300mAh battery that is 25-percent bigger than its predecessor. The front-facing 8MP camera is the same sensor found in the XA2 Ultra and XA2 that can take 120-degree super-wide shots.

Sony didn’t announce pricing the for Xperia L2, but if it follows the same pricing as the original, it should be around $200, or 12,500 rupees.

Sony announced the Xperia XA2 Ultra, XA2 and L2 will begin to roll out in early February.

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Danny Zepeda

Danny's interest in writing began with tech, which influenced his career path in college. After graduating from Vanguard University, he began to...Danny's interest in writing began with tech, which influenced his career path in college. After graduating from Vanguard University, he began to...