Traditions matter: Sony announces the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra

Traditions matter: Sony announces the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra
It's Sony time at CES 2018 and the company has announced the two new phones in the XA line — the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra. Let's see what they are about!

The good old design


Traditions matter: Sony announces the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra
Sony is pretty much a traditionalist when it comes to design. Each new iteration of its smartphones has a minor update in looks — just enough to make it look modern, but still hold a classic spirit. The new XA phones are no exception. There is no 18:9 display here, no wild, futuristic endevours. Just the well-known rectangle.

That said, the XA line has had razor-thin side bezels since inception and that's still what we get here. Plus, some cool hardware upgrades, and a new placement for the fingerprint scanner. It's no longer embedded in the power button on the side, but gets its own place on the phone's back. So, we've got separate a fingerprint scanner pad and a power key, a-la Google Pixel 2.

Mid-range hardware


The XA phones have always been midrangers. The Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra are both powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 — an octa-core SoC, capable of clock speeds up to 2.2 GHz. The regular XA2 has 3 GB of RAM, while the Ultra bumps it up to 4 GB. The smaller phone only has 32 GB of storage, while its bigger sibling will also comes in a 64 GB variant, but both will support storage enhancement via microSD card.

As you've probably guessed by the name by now, one of the major differences between the XA2 and XA2 Ultra comes with the display.

There are no 18:9 shenanigans with the two handsets — both have the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio. The "regular" Xperia XA2 has a 5.2-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, while the XA2 Ultra is — as you might have guessed — bigger, with a 6-inch, 1080 x 1920 display.

Both handsets have pretty respectable batteries — 3,300 mAh on the Xpera XA2 and 3,580 mAh on the Xperia XA2 Ultra. Sony has a Battery Care suite and Qnovo Adaptive Charging working in the back to ensure fast charge times and the prolonged health of the battery.

See more with a wide-angle selfie camera


Traditions matter: Sony announces the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra

So, both handsets sport a 23 MP main camera on their backs. It's capable of 4K video recording and can capture 120 FPS slow motion clips. They also have extreme light sensitivity — ISO can get dialed up to 12,800 for extremely dark conditions.

On the front, the Xperia XA2 has a single, 120-degree wide-angle, 8 MP camera to help you get more stuff into your selfie shots. The Xperia XA2 Ultra has two selfie snappers — the same wide-angle one as on its smaller sibling and a 16 MP one that is assisted by its own OIS module for extra-stable, extra-detailed selfies. To top it off, the Xperia XA2 Ultra has a selfie flash for those dark club shots.

Improving the sound


The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra also come with SmartAmp — a sound-enhancing feature, which should improve the tunes coming from the phones speakers. However, there are still no stereo speakers on board, despite the phone's design making it look so.

Availability


Both the XA2 and the XA2 Ultra will be launching at the start of February. The "regular" Xperia XA2 will be available in Silver, Black, Blue, and Pink, while the XA2 Ultra will come in Silver, Black, Blue, and Gold. Pricing is still unknown and will be announced on a per-market basis as the launch date nears. In past years, the smaller XA was around the $300 mark, while the XA Ultra would go up to $370 or so.

Related phones

Xperia XA2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(29h 3G talk time)
Xperia XA2 Ultra
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3580 mAh(32h 3G talk time)

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21 Comments

1. mimicryXD

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

the XA2 ultra has front facing camera with OIS??? This is lining to be the Ultimate selfie camera.

5. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

it's been OISed since the first gen Xperia XA Ultra actually

6. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

The 2016 Ultra has..

2. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

The problem with Sony is confusing names. It feels like they are combining every letter in the alphabet and average people do not understand which one is the flagship

12. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Z = Z0 XA = XA0 XZ = XZ0 Then Z1, XA1, XZ1 ...

3. Settings

Posts: 2940; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Finally, they went the Snapdragon way.

7. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

But I wish that the processor should've been 820 or 835 not the 630! And they should have updated the following specs on the ultra such as: 1. Has the 4k display. 2. Two bottom speakers which gives a triple stereo speaker system. 3. 128GB internal storage. 4. Camera technology from XZ premium and improved LED flash brightness.

14. romeo1

Posts: 799; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

You know this is a midrange device right? The things you're asking for ar high end stuff. But 2 would never work. It doesn't exist tripple stereo speker would mean 6 speakers in total. Mono is 1 and stereo is 2. After that it's 2.1 ( the .1 is woofer)

4. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

But looks heavy and not so beautiful.

8. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

What's the problem with having a heavy phone if it gives you extended operating time?

11. Cat97

Posts: 1605; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I have never heard anyone complaining that a phone "looks heavy". This has a 43% larger battery than its predecessor, so it's ok for me.

9. Cat97

Posts: 1605; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Is it just me or Sony reduced the bezel size by 0.000001 mm ?

13. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I guess XA1U is 16,5 while XA2U is 16,2. The XA1 is 14,6 ( 5" screen) and XA2 is 14,1 ( 5.2") .

15. kabiluddin

Posts: 272; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Xperia XA2 Ultra - 76.07 % Xperia XA2 - 74.89 % Galaxy A8+ (2018) - 75.43 % Galaxy A8 ((2018) - 75.60 % Huawei Honor 9 Lite - 75.5% Huawei Honor 7X - 77.0% Xiaomi Redmi 5 - 75.72 % Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus - 77.44 % If you can't see the obvious overall improvement in the xperia bazel department then You definitely need to check your brain and eyes.

19. Cat97

Posts: 1605; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Sony fans are the most aggressive kind. Anyone taking a look will immediately notice that Sony phones have the largest bezels in the business. You can flaunt fake numbers all day long, one glance all is obvious.

21. kabiluddin

Posts: 272; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Samsung fans are the most dumbest kind. Anyone taking a look will immediately notice that Samsung fans have an IQ of a cat. All the techsites on the net say one number but our dumb cats says their eye is all that matters. One glance of their stupid comment is all you need to see their LOW IQ mentality. See ya stupid cat, Now go worship your god(samsung) stupid cat.

10. SIGPRO

Posts: 2806; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Those bezels......YUK! But since it's midrange it is fine.

16. cmdacos

Posts: 3651; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

True but it's still Sony

17. redmd

Posts: 1871; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The design. It's a Sony.

18. redmd

Posts: 1871; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Am I the only one who like the design?

20. antmiu2

Posts: 548; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

Their design and UI are still dudu

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