CES 2018 is underway, and new electronic devices – including smartphones – are being released and unveiled. One of the most exciting reveals has been from Sony, which announced three new mobile devices: the Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra and Xperia L2. However, only the XA2 is set to make its way to Australia.
Fortunately, the XA2 is still a good mid-range smartphone for Aussie users. In one aspect it is top-of-the-line: the camera. The rear camera is particularly impressive, featuring a 23MP lens and Sony’s large 1/2.3-inch Exmor RSTM for mobile image sensor, with ISO 12800 sensitivity. This allows much clearer images to be taken in low light.
The camera also allows for recording video in 4K, as well as in 120fps slow-motion. This fits with the 5.2-inch screen, which is fully HD. It's also built with Gorilla Glass, which is notoriously strong and harder to break than many screens.
Sony is marketing the phone as a “selfie smartphone”, and as a result the front camera is fairly unique. The 8MP lens has a wide angle of 120 degrees, which allows for a large number of people to fit into a photograph, or for encompassing a landscape into your selfies.
The 3,300 mAh battery has a high capacity, so the phone can remain in use for a long period of time. This is backed up by Sony's Smart Stamina, Battery Care and Qnovo Adaptive Charging technologies that manage the handset's power use. The XA2 also supports quick charging.
While no specific date has been given for the release of the XA2 in Australia, it is thought to be arriving in February. It will be available in certain markets with options for single and dual SIMs, and in the colours of black, blue, silver and pink. However, yet again, no information has been revealed as to which of these will be an option down under.