New Sony Phones Arrive In The US With Active Fingerprint Sensors

New Sony Phones Arrive In The US With Active Fingerprint Sensors

The company has introduced Sony Xperia XA2, Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra and the Xperia L2 smartphones.

It also features that same 8MP wide angle front-facing camera, but around the back, camera quality has taken a fair hit, dropping to 13MP instead of the 23MP camera we get on both XA2 devices. The XA2 is powered by a 3,300mAh battery which is supported by Sony's Smart Stamina mode to prolong battery life, and QuickCharge technology gives you hours of life from just minutes of charge. As for the last few years Sony Mobile smartphones that have made their way to the U.S. have not come with working fingerprint sensors. The two selfie centric smartphones succeed last year's XA1 and XA1 Ultra and improve upon them in key areas such as battery, cameras and processor.

While they're not launching in Australia the Xperia L2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra are also great phones.

"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 Ciaran Cleary from Sony Mobile Ireland.

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. On the camera front, it will feature a dual-camera setup with a combination of two 12-megapixel sensors.

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A built-in keyboard gives the phone's system ease in typing, as well as navigation, app selection, and searching the web. The physical design of the laptop is similar to the Blade Stealth in that it sports a unibody CNC aluminum chassis.

The smartphone has 120° super wide-angle 8MP front camera and 13-megapixel f/2.0 rear camera. 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). Meanwhile the Xperia XA2 Ultra comes in silver, black, blue and gold.

Of the "super mid-tier" smartphones, the Xperia XA2 Ultra is more high-end of the three, which features a large, 6-inch FHD 1080p screen.

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. One of the biggest design changes is the movement of the fingerprint sensor from the side-mounted power button to the back - right underneath the camera lens. Among them is Sony. The battery is a 3,300mAh unit with fast-charging capabilities for quick power top-ups. In addition to the wide-angle found on the smaller XA2, there is a 16MP lens with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) that Sony touts for "blur-free night-time selfies". At the more budget end there is the Xperia L2 which follows on from last year's Xperia L1.

Three has also confirmed it will be stocking the XA2 but will announce pricing and availability at a later date.

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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