Sony Announces the Refreshed Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra

Sony’s mid-range of Android phones are getting a refresh.  At CES 2018, the company announced that the Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra and they are expected to be available in February.  These two phones are fundamentally the same when it comes to their internals with the XA2 Ultra sporting a 6″ display over the XA2’s 5.2″ display.  Both will render at 1920 x 1080 FHD and both are powered by the Snapdragon 630 SoC and 4GB of RAM.  Storage wise, you will have the option of 32GB or 64GB and there is a MicroSD expansion slot.

Camera wise, both have the same 23MP rear camera and both have 8MP, 120° wide angle selfie camera.  The XA2 Ultra adds a second front facing camera that has OIS despite the fact that the rear camera on either phone doesn’t have image stabilization.  Powering the Utra is a 3580mAh battery while the standard XA2 will have a 3300mAh battery.

Perhaps the best news in the announcement of the Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra was the fingerprint scanner.  Sony phones have had fingerprint scanners in them for some time but, for legal reasons, Sony never enabled them here in the United States.  That changes with these phones.  The fingerprint scanner is now mounted in the back of the phone, not on the side power button, and will work out-of-the-box.

Finally, both phones will launch with Android Oreo so you will have the latest Android build out-of-the-box too.

Pricing was not announced by Sony but if the XA1 and XA1 Ultra are any indicator, you can expect the XA2 to be around the $300 mark while the XA2 Ultra will be more towards the $400 price.

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