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Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and L2 officially unveiled at CES 2018

11 January 2018

With this being a US-specific issue, with all three of these new phones including more prominently-positioned fingerprint sensors, and with Sony confirming they will be released in the U.S., there was an obvious question which needed to be asked - would the fingerprint features be enabled on the Xperia XA2, the Xperia XA2 Ultra, and the Xperia L2 in the US?

Just ahead of the official start of annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018), Japanese smartphone maker Sony has unveiled its three selfie centric smartphones at the side event at CES 2018, in Las Vegas. Both the XA2 and XA2 Ultra will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo. The big upgrade this year is that they're moving from Mediatek Helio processors over to Qualcomm's Snapdragon line - both include the Snapdragon 630. Among them is Sony.

While there are a lot of similarities, there are a fair few differences too.

The Xperia L2 adopts the same metallic design and rear fingerprint sensor, with a 5.5-inch HD display.

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When we jump over to look at the L2, we again see numerous same features, only pared back a bit. On the front you'll find a 6-inch full HD display, while under the hood is a Snapdragon 630 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage and a 3,580mAh battery with Smart Stamina mode. It has a primary 16MP shooter with OIS while the secondary 8MP camera is capable of taking 120-degree super wide-angle shots and it's further assisted with a front flash.

The new line-up includes mid-range Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra along with a budget Xperia L2. As usual, Sony is still bundling its Battery Care and Qnovo Adaptive Charging for a quicker charge while preserving its overall battery lifespan. Sony fit a 3,300 mAh battery that is 40 percent larger than before. The XA2 Ultra will come in four different colors such as gold, blue, black, and silver.

Lastly, the company also introduced an entry level Sony Xperia L2 along with the above-mentioned smartphones. The other two new smartphones, the Xperia XA2 and Xperia L2, feature similar styling and specs along with more compact form factors.

The Xperia XA2 and the Ultra model both use a Full HD display, although visuals will appear sharper on the standard version thanks to its reduced screen size. The battery is a 3,300mAh unit with fast-charging capabilities for quick power top-ups.

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The Xperia XA2 features specs that are almost identical to the XA2 Ultra, but squeezed into a more compact housing with a 5.2-inch FHD display.

No local pricing or availability for the Xperia XA2 has been announced as yet, with the announcements for that coming closer to launch. The Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra will launch in February.

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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Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and L2 officially unveiled at CES 2018