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Sony launches Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra

Sony's revamped mid-range XA2 and XA2 Ultra have launched. (Source: Sony)
Sony's revamped mid-range XA2 and XA2 Ultra have launched. (Source: Sony)
Sony has launched the successors to the mid-range Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra. The new XA2 and XA2 Ultra improve their predecessors in almost every department.
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Sony has launched the latest version of its mid-range Xperia XA smartphones dubbed the XA2 and the XA2 Ultra. Although the bezels on the sides are still ultra-thin, they remain relatively chunky at either end. On the plus side, however, not only do the fingerprint sensors now work in the US too, they have now been moved to a more ergonomic position on the rear of each device.

Both the XA2 and the XA2 Ultra are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, which is an octa-core design with its four higher-performance cores clocked at 2.2GHz. The XA2 Ultra picks up 4GB of RAM whereas the smaller XA2 has to make do with a still reasonable 3GB of RAM. Both devices pack 1080p displays with the XA2 boasting a higher pixel density thanks to its 5.2-inch LCD, but the XA2 Ultra still packing a “Retina-class” display at 6-inches. Batteries are 3,300 mAh for the XA2 and 3,580 mAh for the XA2 Ultra with both supporting Qnovo Adaptive charging for prolonging battery health.

In addition to improved audio from the speakers of the XA2 models with a new technology Sony is calling SmartAmp, both devices feature enhanced selfie-taking capabilities. The XA2 opts for a single 120-degree wide-angle 8 MP lens while the XA2 Ultra gains a second front-facing lens that has both a 16 MP resolution, OIS and its own flash.

The Sony Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra will be available in various markets globally starting in early February. The XA2 will come in Silver, Black, Blue and Pink finishes with the XA2 Ultra dropping the Pink option in favor of a gold hue. Pricing is yet to be officially announced, but expect to part with between US$300 and US$400 if their predecessors are any guide.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1258 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-01- 8 (Update: 2018-01- 8)