CES 2018: Sony adds to mid-range smartphone line-up

Isaac Cain
January 11, 2018

Sony on Monday announced three new smartphones ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 in Las Vegas.

Both the Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra will be launched with Google's latest Android 8.0 Oreo in February.

Yes, is the simple answer to that question as a Sony representative has confirmed to AndroidHeadlines that when these three devices arrive in the USA, they will arrive with fully-working and usable fingerprint sensors.

While there are a lot of similarities, there are a fair few differences too.

As expected, the display has increased in both size and resolution over the XA1, to 5.2-inch full HD and Sony has given the XA2 a fingerprint sensor, something the XA1 didn't feature. The 23-megapixel Sony Exmor RS rear camera is complemented by dual front-facing cameras, one with an 8-megapixel 120° wide-angle lens and a second with a 16-megapixel sensor and optical image stabilization.

When we jump over to look at the L2, we again see numerous same features, only pared back a bit. It has a quad-core MediaTek MT6737T processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 5.5-inch display at 720p and a generous 3,300mAh battery.

It also features that same 8MP wide angle front-facing camera, but around the back, camera quality has taken a fair hit, dropping to 13MP instead of the 23MP camera we get on both XA2 devices.

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The other two devices revealed, which are the Xperia XA2 and Xperia L2, have similar features but they just come in a more compact body. For videos, it does 4K resolution and it also shoots slow-motion video capture at 120 fps.

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.

Other specs include a Snapdragon 630 processor, 32GB or 64GB of storage, microSDXC support, 4GB of RAM, a large 3,850 mAh battery, and Android 8.0 Oreo. The standard Xperia XA2 has a 5.2-inch screen, so should prove relatively simple to use with one hand. The Xperia XA2 comes in Siler, Black, Blue and Pink, while the Xperia XA 2 Ultra comes in Silver, Black, Blue and Gold. The 3,300 mAh battery means you can do more of what you love for longer, and intuitive Xperia smart charging technologies ensure the battery stays healthy during its lifespan.

And then there's the Xperia L2 - the unassuming entry-level Xperia, that grew out of the now defunct E-series. Like the XA2, it supports fast charging with the optional Fast Charger.

All three models feature a rear fingerprint scanner - a first for Sony Mobile.

Equipped with a Snapdragon 630 chip and 3GB of RAM, the device also comes with 32 GB of internal storage which is expandable to 256 GB with a microSD card providing adequate storage for high-resolution photos and videos.

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