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Sony Xperia XA2 vs XA2 Ultra: What's the difference?

Sony revamps mid-range w/ Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, adds new fingerprint sensor, metal design Sony is finally shipping a fingerprint sensor on a phone in the US
Pete Mitchell | 11 January, 2018, 09:03

Sony says the L2 will ship with Nougat later this month. Around front is a 120-degree wide-angle camera with a resolution of 8 megapixels.

The third and final device is the Sony Xperia L2, which has a mid-sized 5.5-inch screen - albeit with a lower HD resolution.

Sony has not yet revealed pricing details for the smartphones. The two selfie centric smartphones succeed last year's XA1 and XA1 Ultra and improve upon them in key areas such as battery, cameras and processor.

Both the Xperia XA2 and the Xperia XA2 Ultra will hit the United Kingdom in February 2018.

"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.

The Xperia XA2 is a bit more compact, however, with a 5.2-inch FHD display.

"Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra are no different, with leading front camera technology first seen in our flagship XZ line". On the front both smartphones have an 8MP ultra wide fixed-focus camera to get all your friends in the frame.

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Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. Meanwhile the Xperia XA2 Ultra comes in silver, black, blue and gold.

Xperia XA2 Ultra will be available in Single SIM and Dual SIM in select markets, in four contemporary colours: Silver, Black, Blue and Gold. The Xperia L2 has a 13MP rear camera sensor with f/2.0 aperture, while an 8MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture is on the front. The report highlights that the device will come with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. That's not enough selfie prowess for the Ultra, though - it also has a 16MP shooter with less extreme FOV, 16:9 aspect, autofocus, and OIS.

One of the big talking points on the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is its screen, measuring 6 inches and packing in a full HD, 1080p resolution.

The fingerprint sensor button on the back of the device will work in the US, whereas Sony previously removed this feature from Xperia phones in the region. While the XA1 and XA1 Ultra came with small sub 3,000mAh batteries, the XA2 and XA2 Ultra are equipped with much bigger power packs - 3,300mAh and 3,580mAh respectively. "The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra have 23MP snapper with a large 1/2.3" Exmor RS sensor, ISO 12800 sensitivity for low light and capability to shoot in 4K and 120fps in slow motion video.

And then there's the Xperia L2 - the unassuming entry-level Xperia, that grew out of the now defunct E-series.

The phone also supports quick-charging, with Sony promising customers "hours of power with just minutes of charging". The Sony Xperia L2 is successor of the Xperia L smartphone which the company launched 2013.

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