Sony announces XA2, XA2 Ultra & L2
Sony announced it’s latest devices, the XA2, XA2 Ultra & L2 at the CES 2018, although official launch dates and prepaid prices are yet to be confirmed. The XA2 is the lightest of all three models, weighing just 171 grams. The XA2 features a 5.2″ display, 0.8″ smaller than the XA2 Ultra. Both the XA2 and it’s larger counterpart are encased in Gorilla Glass and housed in aluminum bands. Both devices are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 processor, offer 4GB of RAM and feature a 23MP rear camera. The 23MP camera features Sony’s Exmor RS 1/2.3 aperture lens, which boasts ISO sensitivity to 12,800 for low-light photography.
Beyond a larger display, the key differences between the two devices are the internal storage options and the battery size. The XA2 Ultra is ideal for those needing a lot of space with 32 or 64GB available and expandable by 256GB via the microSD slot. The XA2 on the other hand offers only 32GB of internal memory but can be expanded by a further 256GB. The battery size is also larger with the XA2 Ultra sporting a 3,580mAh charge capacity, compared to the 3,300mAh battery featured in the XA2.
Finally, the L2 is Sony’s latest budget smartphone. Featuring a 5.5″ HD display, the L2 offers a nice medium between the XA2 and XA2 Ultra, however is more suited to those interested in a middle-of-the-road model. Packing reasonable specs, the L2 offers 3GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner, 12MP rear camera and 8MP front snapper. Similarly to the XA2 however, the L2 offers 32GB of internal storage and packs a pretty powerful 3,300mAh battery.
The battery power is just one of many improvements since the L1, which featured a 2620mAh battery. Further upgrades include 1GB more of RAM, an increase in internal storage by 16MB and the introduction of a fingerprint sensor for extra security. The only disappointment however is the software, with the L2 being released with Android 7 Nougat, rather than the newer Android Oreo 8, as featured in the XA2 and XA2 Ultra. Value for money for all the new devices however will be determined when Sony reveals their pricing. Check back at the CMM blog for more future updates.