CES is no longer a fair where smartphones are presented; the majority of phone launches take place at the Mobile World Congress, the MWC in Barcelona in February. However, Sony wanted to get ahead of the rest, and has announced the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra. They are mid-range phones that offer several improvements compared to the XA1 presented last year
- 5.2 1080p (XA2) / 6 1080p (XA2 Ultra) screen
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
- 3 GBS of RAM
- 32 GBs of Storage
- Android Oreo
- 23 Megapixel camera.
- XA2 Ultra only: Dual front camera
This smartphone will come out in February, with a price similar to the XA1. The phone has changed almost nothing on the outside; looks very similar to the original. However, we do have a leap in resolution, and finally a Snapdragon processor, instead of the Helio P20 that we saw on the original XA1.
Going back to design: Sony seems reluctant to change, as the phone continues to show off that square look that has characterized its phones for years. The edges are still quite large as well, making it look somewhat dated against the competition, which now uses longer screens and takes up much more of the front of the screen.
Another good upgrade is the battery. We now have 3,300 mAh on the XA2, compared to 2,300 mAh on the previous model.
Overall, a nice upgrade to internal components versus the original XA1, but perhaps we would have liked to see more exterior changes to the gear