Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra selfie smartphones launched at CES 2018

Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra selfie smartphones launched at CES 2018

The Xperia L2 is the third new phone Sony unveiled on Monday. As of today, Sony Mobile Australia has advised that only the Xperia XA2 will be heading down under. The new handsets aren't flagship devices, but rather mid-range phones that Sony has dubbed "super mid-tier smartphones".

The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is a big screen, triple camera-toting, affordable smartphone that will try and tempt those not able to afford the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

"Our super mid-range product strategy started out as an exciting new idea based on bringing bold technologies to this section of the market in the most accessible way possible", said Hideyuki Furumi, EVP, Global Sales & Marketing, at Sony Mobile Communications.

On the back is a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture while an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with 120-degree wide-angle lens adorns the front.

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Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra seems to be the one to steal the show with its dual camera setup in the front. The device sports a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and an 8MP front shooter for selfies. This doesn't necessarily mean that they'll be underpowered phones, as both offer a Snapdragon 630 processor and similarly sized batteries (3,300 mAh for the XA2 and 3,580 mAh for the XA2 Ultra). Colours for the Xperia XA2 Ultra are Silver, Black, Blue and Gold.

The Sony Xperia XA2 is the successor of the past year launched Xperia XA and comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display with 1080x1920 pixel resolution and Sony's Image Enhance technology. The main camera has been moved from the top left corner to the central axis of the back, in line with the fingerprint sensor - yes, Xperias now come with a rear-mounted always-on fingerprint sensor.

Both of these new Sony devices boast a stunning edge-to-edge display, meaning they're pleasingly thin when grasped. However, the 6-inch Xperia XA2 Ultra is a much more formidable beast, best suited to two-handed use. However, the Ultra version serves up a dual lens front-facing camera, with 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel snappers. As usual, Sony is still bundling its Battery Care and Qnovo Adaptive Charging for a quicker charge while preserving its overall battery lifespan. The Xperia L2 is home to a 5.5-inch HD display (which Sony notably doesn't say is Full HD, suggesting 720p), and a 3,300 mAh battery, just like the one found in the XA2. The Xperia L2 is launching with a MediaTek MT6735P, a less impressive camera module, and 3GBs of RAM. The XA2 and XA2 Ultra come with 3,300mAH and 3,580mAH battery size respectively.

The smartphones are expected to launch soon, with the Xperia L2 coming in late January and the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra coming in February.

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