Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra vs. Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra - what's new?

Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra vs. Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra - what's new?
Earlier this week, at CES 2018, Sony unveiled two new mid-range Android Oreo smartphones that succeed the Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra of last year. Called Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra, the new handsets are already available to pre-order in the US, being offered unlocked for $349 and $449, respectively.

While Sony didn't drastically change the design of its new Xperia XA family, the XA2 and XA2 Ultra look better than their predecessors, thanks in no small part to their reduced top and bottom bezels. Another thing that's almost instantly noticeable on both handsets is the presence of fingerprint scanners on the back - that's a first for Sony smartphones.

The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra use Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processors instead of the MediaTek Helio P20 chipsets found inside last year's models. The Snapdragon 630 is more efficient than the Helio P20, while also representing an upgrade when it comes to gaming, thanks to its more powerful Adreno 508 GPU.


When talking about displays, the XA2 sees an important upgrade, as it sports a 5.2-inch 1080p screen that's obviously superior to the 5-inch 720p screen of the XA1. The XA2 Ultra comes with a 6-inch 1080p screen - similar to the XA1 Ultra. Both new phones pack considerably larger batteries - 3300 mAh (XA2) and 3580 mAh (XA2 Ultra). These should provide increased usage times over the 2300 mAh and 2700 mAh batteries of the XA1 and XA1 Ultra.

The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra also feature enhanced cameras. Their rear cameras are similar, offering 23 MP, 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensors, 4K video recording, and 120 fps slow-motion recording. On the front, the XA2 has a wide-angle 8 MP camera, while the XA2 Ultra has a dual camera (16 MP with optical image stabilization + 8 MP wide-angle) with LED flash. No wonder Sony is presenting these as "selfie smartphones."

For a detailed specs comparison between Sony's Xperia XA2 and XA1 series, check out the tables below. 

Sony Xperia XA2 vs Sony Xperia XA1

Display

Display size

5.2 inches
5.0 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels
720 x 1280 pixels

Aspect Ratio

16:9
16:9

Pixel density

424 ppi
294 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

74.89 %
70.87 %

Peak brightness

500 cd/m2 (nit)
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

23 megapixels
23 megapixels

Hardware Features

Phase detection autofocus
Laser and Phase detection autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 24 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 24 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

 
MPEG4, H.263, H.264

Features

High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

8 megapixels
8 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.76 x 0.38 inches (142 x 70 x 9.7 mm)
5.71 x 2.64 x 0.31 inches (145 x 67 x 8 mm)

Weight

6.03 oz (171 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

Back: Plastic; Frame: Aluminum
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SDM630
MediaTek Helio P20 MT6757

Processor

Octa-core, 2200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Octa-core, 2300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit

GPU

Adreno 508
Mali-T880 MP2

RAM

3 GB LPDDR4
3 GB LPDDR4

OS

Android (9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo)
Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat)

Battery

Capacity

3300 mAh
2300 mAh

Charging

Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
MediaTek Pump Express

Talk time

39.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)
11.30 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)

Stand-by time

36.0 days (863 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)
23.3 days (560 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)

Talk time (3G)

29.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
10.12 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

41.3 days (991 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)
25.1 days (603 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

49.4 days (1185 hours)
the average is 24 days (575 h)
23.8 days (572 hours)
the average is 24 days (575 h)

Music playback

124.00 hours
55.32 hours

Video playback

22.00 hours
7.35 hours

Shopping information

MSRP price

 
$ 299


Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra vs Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

Display

Display size

6.0 inches
6.0 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Aspect Ratio

16:9
16:9

Pixel density

367 ppi
367 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
 

Screen-to-body ratio

76.07 %
76.10 %

Peak brightness

500 cd/m2 (nit)
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

23 megapixels
23 megapixels

Hardware Features

Phase detection autofocus
Laser and Phase detection autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 24 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 24 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
Yes

Features

High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Object tracking, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

16 megapixels
16 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

6.42 x 3.15 x 0.37 inches (163 x 80 x 9.5 mm)
6.50 x 3.11 x 0.32 inches (165 x 79 x 8.1 mm)

Weight

7.80 oz (221 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
6.63 oz (188 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

Back: Plastic; Frame: Aluminum
Frame: Aluminum

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SDM630
MediaTek Helio P20 MT6757

Processor

Octa-core, 2200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Octa-core, 2300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit

GPU

Adreno 508
Mali-T880 MP2

RAM

4 GB LPDDR4
4 GB LPDDR4

OS

Android (9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo)
Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat)

Battery

Capacity

3580 mAh
2700 mAh

Charging

Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
MediaTek Pump Express

Talk time

41.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)
13.27 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)

Stand-by time

33.4 days (801 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)
28.5 days (685 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)

Talk time (3G)

32.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
11.88 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

35.0 days (841 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)
29.5 days (708 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

37.2 days (893 hours)
the average is 24 days (575 h)
28.0 days (671 hours)
the average is 24 days (575 h)

Music playback

118.00 hours
64.95 hours

Video playback

24.00 hours
8.63 hours

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12 Comments

1. iczer

Posts: 157; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

I like the XA2! It's a good improvement over XA1, 75% screen to body ratio, Snapdragon instead of mediatek, 1080 screen, huge battery, Android 8 and I like this new metal design. It could be my next smartphone!!

2. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Sony says body is metal. Some sites say metal while others say plastic. How can nfc be on back with metal body?

4. ermond012

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 13, 2013

Metal frame, plastic back.

6. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Sony website says metal body

8. mootu

Posts: 1503; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

My Honor 6X workphone has a metal back and NFC.

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1760; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

NFC works with aluminum back.

7. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

XZ has nfc near front camera.

10. Rocastle

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It's confusing

3. Whitedot

Posts: 779; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

That is very creative to hide bottom bezel.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The bezel ninjas won. Now the XA2 Ultra has shorter tops and bottoms but is wider, thicker and heavier. I'll give the battery some credit for the weight, but not a full ounce.

11. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think Sony should be commended for making a comeback of sorts. I mean for a midrange device, both of these are spec'd pretty well and come in at a decent cost too. I mean look at the XA2: they improved almost every single piece of hardware and still offers it for the same price. And for a company like Sony, it would be easy to look at their past and think that they would go light on the refresh and offer a slightly better new version at the same old price. If this were the old Sony, the new devices would be priced at least $100 more. I'm going to be cautious in saying this, but we may be seeing a new Sony here.

12. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

there's nothing new

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