Samsung 05 Jan
The Japanese giant Sony just wraps off the cover from their latest mid-range Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra at the CES 2018. Though CES is not known for the unveiling of new smartphones the Sony took the stage to please smartphone fans with their latest mid-range offering. Samsung recently announced mid-range Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus smartphones, its good to see the Sony also announced their mid-rangers pretty quickly. This will certainly help out customers who are looking to grab mid-ranger in coming weeks. There is number of aspects which differentiates mid-rangers from Sony and Samsung.
Like the A8 series, Sony's XA2 and XA2 Ultra one of the key selling aspect is their selfie-camera sensor. Despite the fact now latest mid-rangers have a bezel-less design but the Japanese giant is yet not ready to enter this battlefield. However, the bezels of both the latest XA2 smartphones are considerably less than their predecessors. Apart from thin bezels, the company also shifted the fingerprint scanner to the rear side. A circular fingerprint scanner is used below the rear camera module instead of placing it under the power button. The new placement for fingerprint scanner also indicates the company might use this location for upcoming smartphones as well.
Android 04 Jan
As expected whenever a new smartphone is announced everyone is keen to know how well it competes with its counterpart. Both XA2 and XA2 Ultra are mid-rangers but they have a number of aspects which differentiates them from each other. So if you are planning to grab any one of the aforementioned devices, We will put both the devices in comparison so that you can decide easily which device is better in what aspects. Starting with the design as it is the first thing buyer consider while grabbing a new smartphone.
As both XA2 and XA2 Ultra falls in the same category, both the devices have unibody metal design. Both the devices chassis and rear is made up of aluminum with chamfered edges. You can grab the devices easily with a single hand due to chamfered edges. Up front, both have 2.5D curved glass. The left and right edge have an edge-to-edge display with minimal bezels. We have to admit Sony slightly changed their traditional design language but it isn't drastically different from other Sony devices, however, the differences are prominent.
The rear side is adorned with single-camera module placed in the center, a single LED flashlight is placed on the left side of the sensor. The circular fingerprint scanner on XA2 and XA2 Ultra are below the camera module. It's quite surprising to see Sony opted a new space to fit the scanner instead of regular placement under the power button. The last Sony smartphone with OmniBalance button was featured in the Z5 lineup, its good to see it returning with the latest series.
The XA2 dimensions are 142 x 70 x 9.7mm and it weighs 171g which means it is 28g heavier than its predecessor. On the other hand, the XA2 Ultra measurements are 163 x 80 x 9.5mm and it weighs 221g. It is also 33g heavier than the previous model. Both the devices have 3.5mm headphone jack but lack water and dust resistance capabilities.
Despite the fact when most of the companies are fitting large displays in compact bodies, it seems like Sony isn't in hurry to bring large display smartphones in compact bodies. The XA2 is featuring a 5.2-inches IPS LCD display panel with Full HD screen resolution. The display aspect ratio is 16:9 and the pixels density is above 400. The predecessor XA1 have 5.0-inches HD display so the company not only brought upgraded in display size but also in screen resolution as well.
The larger sibling Sony XA2 Ultra has a 6.0-inches IPS LCD display with Full HD screen resolution. The display aspect ratio remains 16:9. It is exactly the same display what we have seen on the predecessor. It seems like the company thinks there isn't any room for improvement as far XA2 Ultra display is a concern.
Being the mid-ranger both the devices doesn't have top of the line hardware instead they have mid-range specs sheet. The Xperia XA2 is powered up by the Octa-core Snapdragon 630 SoC. The chipset is accompanied with 3GB RAM and 32GB built-in storage. Its native storage is further expandable via MicroSD card. It has hybrid SIM slot which means it can be either used as MicroSD card or for the second SIM card.
The XA2 Ultra running on the Snapdragon 630 SoC with 4GB RAM. The base variant has 32GB storage whereas the top-tier variant has 64GB memory. The built-in storage is also further expandable via MicroSD card. The single-SIM variant has hybrid slot whereas the dual-SIM variant has dedicated slot for MicroSD card. Both the devices are capable enough to be your next daily driver and have enough power under the hood to complete your daily tasks.
|Specs||Xperia XA2||Xperia XA2 Ultra|
|Screen resolution||1080 x 1920||1080 x 1920|
|Chipset||Snapdrago 630||Snapdragon 630|
|Storage||32GB Expandable via MicroSD||32/64GB Expandable via MicroSD|
|OS||Android Oreo||Android Oreo|
The camera department certainly plays an important in the success of the device and Sony focused heavily on the selfie camera of XA2 series. Both the devices have single camera sensor on the rear side but that's not the case on the front. The XA2 and XA2 Ultra primary snapper on the rear is a 23MP module with f/2.0 aperture. The aperture is certainly not the best in class, the company used this sensor a couple of years ago for their flagships which is now replaced with a 19MP sensor. The rear snappers on both the devices support 4K recording as well as slow-motion recording at 120 frames per second.
Up front, the selfie-camera on the XA2 is an 8MP sensor with a wide-angle field of view of 120 degrees. For the larger sibling, Sony opted dual front-facing module for the XA2 Ultra. The primary snapper remains 8MP similar to XA2 but the secondary sensor is 16MP with autofocus and optical image stabilization. The dual sensors bring optically stabilized amazing selfies so you don't have to worry about blurry selfies anymore. The field of view of selfie cameras on both the devices remain 120 degrees which will allow users to snap wide-angle images. Now you can capture a selfie with a number of friends in a single frame.
As OS, its good to see Sony pre-installed both XA2 and XA2 Ultra with the latest Android Oreo straight out of the box. The devices bring all the glory of the latest flavor of Android OS with Sony's custom UI layer over it. For sure having the latest Android OS is a luxury when most of the premiums from last year yet not upgraded to Android Oreo. The custom UI layer isn't thick instead quite slick and doesn't lag at any point.
The battery cell is fairly large on both the devices. The XA2 lights are kept on by a 3,300mAh battery cell. Considering its small size with Full HD resolution, we can expect it will easily last one day on a single charge instead you can get battery life on normal usage. The larger variant XA2 Ultra is backed up by a 3,580mAh battery cell. It is considerably large but not gigantic considering its display size. However, it can also easily survive one day on normal usage.
The XA2 battery cell is 40% bigger whereas the XA2 Ultra has 32% larger battery than the predecessor. Sony did a commendable job as far as battery is a concern.
The XA2 will be available in four striking color options including blue, Silver, black and pink whereas the XA2 Ultra can be grabbed in gold, black, silver and blue. Both the XA2 and XA2 Ultra will be available from February 2018. The XA2 base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage will cost 349 Euros for European buyers whereas the XA2 Ultra 4GB RAM variant with 32GB memory can be grabbed for $449. Last but not the least 4GB RAM variant with 64GB storage pricing is still in dark.
Both the devices are bringing solid unibody metal design with the average display. Most of the mid-rangers have a somewhat similar display with Full-screen resolution. The Qualcomm's powerful mid-range Snapdragon 630 SoC is powering both the devices. In-camera section both the devices are equally good but the XA2 Ultra takes lead in selfie department. Being the larger variant the XA2 Ultra has larger battery cell but the Android OS version is same on both the devices.
At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Sony XA2 vs XA2 Ultra in the comments section below. Feel free to share your views with fellow readers in the comments section below. Stay tuned for our CES 2018 coverage, previews, and comparisons.