CES 2018: Sony unveils new super mid-range smartphones

Sony revamps mid-range w/ Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, adds new fingerprint sensor, metal design

Around front is a 120-degree wide-angle camera with a resolution of 8 megapixels. The XA2 is powered by a 3,300mAh battery which is supported by Sony's Smart Stamina mode to prolong battery life, and QuickCharge technology gives you hours of life from just minutes of charge. Assuming if Sony can retain the same pricing for the XA2/XA2 Ultra, these two can be serious contenders in the mid-range segment.

There's also a rear mounted fingerprint scanner, NFC and a sizable 3,580mAh battery. While this in itself is not confirmation that the likes of Sony's upcoming flagship Xperia XZ devices (currently rumored for an MWC 2018 announcement) will come with an active fingerprint sensor - they most likely will.

We do know that in the United Kingdom, it will be available from O2 and Three, and we'll update this hands on review as soon as we know more about the cost.

Xperia XA2Engineered specifically for selfies, according to Sony, the Xperia XA2 Ultra features 16MP with Optical Image Stabilisation and 8MP 120° super wide-angle dual front cameras, both with front flash.

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. But this version has more RAM and storage - 3GB and 32GB - as well as a larger battery and what's supposed to be an improved front-facing camera.

Both smartphones are powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor clocked at 2.2GHz coupled with Adreno 308 GPU.

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

The Sony Xperia XA2 is the successor of the a year ago launched Xperia XA and comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display with 1080x1920 pixel resolution and Sony's Image Enhance technology.

The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra have very similar features but there are some big differences between the devices. However, the 6-inch Xperia XA2 Ultra is a much more formidable beast, best suited to two-handed use.

Imaging is handled by the rear 23-megapixel camera and the front 8-megapixel sensor.

The Xperia L2 features a 5.5-inch 720p display, MediaTek processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage plus a microSD card slot, 13-megapixel rear camera, wide-angle 8-megapixel selfie camera, a 3300mAh battery, and notably, will still launch with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. "We're targeting 2018 as a breakthrough year, and look forward to showcasing further innovations across the entire Xperia portfolio over the coming months", Hideyuki Furumi, EVP of Sony's global sales & marketing, said in a statement. No word on fast charging here, though. Silver, black, blue and pink are your choices for the Xperia XA2.

Sony Xperia L2 will hit the shelves in late January.

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