“The Xperia XA2 Ultra is the first smartphone from the Japanese brand that flaunts dual cameras at the front”
Japanese brand Sony hasn’t joined the trend of dual cameras yet, but it did launch a smartphone with a pair of snappers at the front. At CES this year, the company announced the Xperia XA2 Ultra, a phone which sports dual selfie shooters. The device also gets a smaller sibling in the form of the Xperia XA2. We managed to check them out in Mobile World Congress, and decided to bring you a quick look.
The Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra follow Sony’s usual design language. There are noticeable bezels at the top and bottom, but interestingly, even using bezel-less designs, the devices have extremely narrow bezels on te sides. One key difference between these smartphones and previous offerings from the phonemaker is the fact that the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back, instead of being integrated inside the power button on the right.
Other design elements remain the same – you get a volume rocker, power switch and a dedicated camera shutter on the right, whereas the left hides a tray to hold a nano-SIM and a microSD card. The 3.5mm audio socket is on top, while the USB Type-C port can be found at the base. Both the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra are available in various hues such as black, silver, pink, and blue. The matte finish provides a good grip and keeps fingerprints at bay.
While the Sony Xperia XA 2 offers a compact 5.2-inch display, the XA 2 Ultra features a large 6-inch screen. Both devices have IPS panels with full HD resolution, offering sharp visuals and vibrant colours. The displays also get a Corning Gorilla Glass protective layers.
Talking about the USP of the phones, the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra features a dual-camera setup at the front. The module includes a 16-megapixel optically-stabilised primary camera which is accompanied by an 8MP wide-angle sensor, letting you capture groupfies with ease. In contrast, the XA2 features a single 16MP selfie camera, which also comes with numerous options such as a manual mode. The rear cameras on both the devices utilise 23MP sensors that come with hybrid autofocus and are able to record 4k videos.
The devices draw power from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 octa-core processors, combined with 3GB of RAM (4GB RAM in case of the XA2 Ultra). In our brief time with the smartphones, the performance seemed quite snappy, though it remains to be seen how they hold up when stressed. The device ships with 32GB of storage on board (the XA2 Ultra also gets a 64GB variant) which can be expanded further up to 256GB. Both handsets boot the latest iteration of Android, i.e. 8.1 Oreo.
The Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra differ in the battery department too. The former sips power from a 3,300mAh cell, whereas the larger of the two gets a slightly bigger 3,580mAh unit.
Sony hasn’t confirmed whether it plans to launch the Xperia XA2 Ultra and XA2 in India or not. However, since the Xperia L2 (which was launched alongside the XA2 siblings in January) made its way to India soon thereafter, we believe that the duo might be launched in the country soon. The only question whether Sony can price them aggressively, given that there are quite a few loaded options already in the sub-Rs 20k segment.