Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Sony unveils new 'super mid-range' smartphones at CES

Sony unveils new 'super mid-range' smartphones at CES

According to a new report, Sony will unveil its 2018 flagships at MWC (Mobile World Congress) that is slated to take place in Barcelona between February 26 to March 1. Pricing details of the Xperia smartphones have not been revealed yet. These mid-range devices add a new circular fingerprint sensor under the camera that are a step away from Sony's usual side-located, power button-integrated solution. For Xperia XA2 Ultra, the dimensions are 163 x 80 x 9.5 mm and the weight is 210 grams. For selfies, It comes with a 8 Megapixel Exmor R sensor front camera with flash.

A rep for Sony made it sound like this will be a turning point for the Xperia line and that fingerprint sensors will stop being disabled in the U.S. from here on out. The device supports all the modern generation connectivity options including LTE, Wifi, Bluetooth and has quite a large 3,300 mAh battery.

The Sony Xperia XZ1s, on the other hand, is likely to be fitted with a smaller 5.2-inch screen with the resolution density of 1080p. Coming to the cameras, there is a 23MP camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Hybrid Auto-Focus, and 84-degree wide-angle lens.

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We don't know much about the entry-level of the Xperia L2, but it seems that it will keep up its ancestor's 5.2-inch display, with 720 pixels. Both new phones also come powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, feature a microSD card slot for expanding the storage (up to 256GB), a USB Type-C port, and come running on Android 8.0 (Oreo) at launch.

As expected, the display has increased in both size and resolution over the XA1, to 5.2-inch full HD and Sony has given the XA2 a fingerprint sensor, something the XA1 didn't feature.

The Xperia L2 will arrive slightly earlier, in late January - but it misses out on Oreo, shipping with the older Android 7.1.1 Nougat instead.

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The Sony Xperia XA2 measures 142x70x9.7mm and weighs 171 grams, while the Xperia XA2 Ultra has 163x80x9.5mm dimensions and comes with 221 grams of weight.

The Sony Xperia XA2 will be available soon in silver, black, blue and pink and in dual-SIM and single-SIM variants. In terms of storage, the Xperia A2 is available only in 3GB RAM + 32GB default storage, while the Xperia A2 Ultra is available in a 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model and a 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model as well.

We spent a little bit of time checking out the Sony Xperia XA2, the successor the Xperia XA1, which shockingly was only released a short time ago back in the fall - soon after its official announcement at IFA 2017.

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