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Hands on: Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra review

11 January 2018

"The Xperia L2 is the real entry level phone for the new Sony Xperia range with a 5.5" 720p display, though not quite running edge-to-edge as the XA2 series does. When everyone is moving towards the trend of offering super large phones with minimal bezels, some will certainly appreciate the shorter stature of the Xperia XA2.

Talking about the smartphones, the Sony Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra differ in terms of some of the specifications. 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 Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra will be launched with Google's latest Android 8.0 Oreo in February. It's a sign that Sony might start taking the USA market more seriously - or at the very least, that it'll stand a bit more of a chance against competitors, rather than lacking a major and critical feature.

"Over at the rear, the XA2 Ultra features a 23MP 1/2.3" Exmor RS camera that's capable of ISO 12800 sensitivity for low light photography. There's a 120° super wide-angle 8MP camera up front, so you can fit more of your friends and surroundings into selfies.

While the previous XA1 smartphones were saddled with underperforming MediaTek processors, the XA2 and XA2 Ultra are powered by the much more sensible and powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor. Colours for the Xperia XA2 Ultra are Silver, Black, Blue and Gold. For quick unlocking, the device comes with a one-touch fingerprint sensor that's integrated onto the metallic back panel. In fact, one new smartphone model, the Xperia XA2 Ultra, features a 23-megapixel rear camera along with dual front-facing cameras.

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The Xperia L2 will launch first, with availability in select markets beginning at the end of January 2018, with Black, Gold, and Pink color options. 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.

The Xperia L2, meanwhile, comes with a 5.5 inch screen, a large 3,300mAh battery, and a 13 megapixel rear camera. The 3,300 mAh battery means you can do more of what you love for longer, and intuitive Xperia smart charging technologies ensure the battery stays healthy during its lifespan.

The Sony Xperia XA2 will be available soon in silver, black, blue and pink and in dual-SIM and single-SIM variants. As usual, Sony is still bundling its Battery Care and Qnovo Adaptive Charging for a quicker charge while preserving its overall battery lifespan.

Lastly, the Xperia L2 is the baby of the bunch. Also launching in the USA, it is available in Black, Gold, and Pink.

Sony Xperia XA2 and Xperia L2 are more alike on the selfie front.

Hands on: Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra review