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 XA1 vs Sony Xperia XA2

Compare phone and tablet specifications of up to three devices. Type a model name in the search field of our phone specs comparison tool or pick a popular device from the ones below.

Display

Size

5.0 inches
5.2 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

70.87 %
74.89 %

Peak brightness

 
500 cd/m2 (nit)

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

MediaTek Helio P20 MT6757
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SDM630

Processor

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

GPU

Mali-T880 MP2
Adreno 508

RAM

3GB LPDDR4
3GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

32GB
32GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

2300 mAh
3300 mAh

Charging

MediaTek Pump Express
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Talk time

11.30 hours
the average is 17 h (1009 min)
39.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1009 min)

Stand-by time

23.3 days (560 hours)
the average is 22 days (539 h)
36.0 days (863 hours)
the average is 22 days (539 h)

Talk time (3G)

10.12 hours
the average is 19 h (1166 min)
29.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1166 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

25.1 days (603 hours)
the average is 36 days (863 h)
41.3 days (991 hours)
the average is 36 days (863 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

23.8 days (572 hours)
the average is 25 days (607 h)
49.4 days (1185 hours)
the average is 25 days (607 h)

Music playback

55.32 hours
124.00 hours

Video playback

7.35 hours
22.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

23 MP (Laser and PDAF)
23 MP (PDAF)

Specifications

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

Video recording

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

Features

EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

8 MP
8 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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

Weight

5.04 oz (143.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (176 g)
6.03 oz (171.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (176 g)

Materials

 
Back: Plastic; Frame: Aluminum

Biometrics

 
Fingerprint (touch)

Buyers information

Price

$ 299
 


Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra vs Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra

Compare phone and tablet specifications of up to three devices. Type a model name in the search field of our phone specs comparison tool or pick a popular device from the ones below.

Display

Size

6.0 inches
6.0 inches

Technology

 
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

76.10 %
76.07 %

Peak brightness

 
500 cd/m2 (nit)

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

MediaTek Helio P20 MT6757
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SDM630

Processor

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

GPU

Mali-T880 MP2
Adreno 508

RAM

4GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

32GB
32GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

2700 mAh
3580 mAh

Charging

MediaTek Pump Express
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Talk time

13.27 hours
the average is 17 h (1009 min)
41.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1009 min)

Stand-by time

28.5 days (685 hours)
the average is 22 days (539 h)
33.4 days (801 hours)
the average is 22 days (539 h)

Talk time (3G)

11.88 hours
the average is 19 h (1166 min)
32.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1166 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

29.5 days (708 hours)
the average is 36 days (863 h)
35.0 days (841 hours)
the average is 36 days (863 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

28.0 days (671 hours)
the average is 25 days (607 h)
37.2 days (893 hours)
the average is 25 days (607 h)

Music playback

64.95 hours
118.00 hours

Video playback

8.63 hours
24.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

23 MP (Laser and PDAF)
23 MP (PDAF)

Specifications

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

Video recording

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

Features

HDR, Object tracking, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

16 MP
16 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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

Weight

6.63 oz (188.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (176 g)
7.80 oz (221.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (176 g)

Materials

Frame: Aluminum
Back: Plastic; Frame: Aluminum

Biometrics

 
Fingerprint (touch)

Related phones

Xperia XA2
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
    3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
Xperia XA2 Ultra
  • Display 6.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP (Single camera)
    16 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3580 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
Xperia XA1
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware MediaTek Helio P20
    3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
Xperia XA1 Ultra
  • Display 6.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP (Single camera)
    16 MP front
  • Hardware MediaTek Helio P20
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo

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