Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra: Is it enough to re-enter the market?

Sony caught everyone off guard at CES 2018. Two new mid range phones and one budget phone was showcased. These are premium looking phones which feel much more expensive than they actually are. Sony has been away from the market for quite sometime and needed a change. The Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and the L2 maybe just about it.

These phones have a similar design as that of Sony’s previous phones except that the bezels are now smaller. However, in this new era of bezeless phones, the efforts aren’t quite enough to suffice the expectations of critics. But, these phones are packed with good hardware.

Specifications:

Xperia XA2:

  • Display: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 5.2 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 424 ppi density
  • Chipset:  2.2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
  • GPU: Adreno 510
  • Storage and Memory: microSD up to 256 GB, 32 GB Internal, 3 GB RAM
  • Camera: Primary – 23 MP (f/2.0, 24mm, 1/2.3″), Secondary – 8 MP (f/2.4, 1/4″), Video – 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
  • Battery: Li-Ion 3300 mAh
  • OS: Android 8.0 (Oreo)

Xperia XA2 Ultra:

  • Display: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 6.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 367 ppi density
  • Chipset: 2.2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
  • GPU: Adreno 510
  • Storage and Memory: microSD up to 256 GB, 32/64 GB Internal, 4 GB RAM
  • Camera: Primary – 23 MP (f/2.0, 24mm, 1/2.3″), Secondary – Dual: 16 MP (f/2.0, 23mm, 1/2.6″, OIS, AF) + 8 MP (f/2.4, 1/4″), Video – 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
  • Battery: Li-Ion 3580 mAh
  • OS: Android 8.0 (Oreo)

As you can see, both these phones aren’t very different from each other. XA2 has almost the same specs as that of it’s big brother whilst having a better display as it is a smaller phone. The XA2 Ultra on the other hand is a much bigger phone because of the big bezels on the top and the bottom of the phone. Although, these phones have minimal side bezels which make the phones look clean.

Both these phones have impressive rear cameras which are probably one of the best in their range. Sony has taken a different approach to the rather conventional secondary camera on the XA2 Ultra. It features a dual secondary cameras, one with 16 MP and the other with 8 MP with front facing flash. We can all expect it took to take good portrait selfies (hopefully).

Sony has decided to put the fingerprint sensor at the back and also replaced the flat power button with the old, clicky, round button.

Overview:

The XA2 is one of the best performing phones in its range. However, the front facing cameras aren’t quite up to the mark. The XA2 Ultra isn’t quite the best in it’s range when it comes to performance. Both these phones have great battery life. Sony finally decided make use of all that space on these phones as they have much bigger batteries than previously launched phones. These are all-metal body phones. So, durability wouldn’t be that much of an issue. The camera performance on both these phones is impeccable. These have the best cameras in their range. This is the perfect choice for users who click a lot of photos. However, the screen resolution on the XA2 Ultra isn’t very good when compared to other phones in the same range.

These phones are expected to be out on stores by the end of February 2018 with an expected price tag of ₹19,999 available in Silver, Black, Blue and Pink on the XA2 and ₹29,990 available in Silver, Black, Blue and Gold on the XA2 Ultra.

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