New Sony Phones Arrive In The US With Active Fingerprint Sensors

Sony revamps mid-range w/ Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, adds new fingerprint sensor, metal design

Sony is finally shipping a fingerprint sensor on a phone in the US

Sony Xperia L2 smartphone was launched in January 2018. The handset features a 16MP OIS sensor and an 8MP 120-degree wide-angle sensor accompanied by a front flash to produce good selfies regardless of the lighting around you.

Sony is yet to embrace the bezel-less craze and the XA2 and XA2 still come with traditional 16:9 displays with sizeable top and bottom bezels. The new handsets aren't flagship devices, but rather mid-range phones that Sony has dubbed "super mid-tier smartphones". 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. Both the XA2 and XA2 Ultra will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo. It's a sign that Sony might start taking the U.S. market more seriously - or at the very least, that it'll stand a bit more of a chance against competitors, rather than lacking a major and critical feature.

Unfortunately, the device's 5.2-inch display is only capable of Full HD resolution so users will have to view their 4K videos in its native quality. The other two new smartphones, the Xperia XA2 and Xperia L2, feature similar styling and specs along with more compact form factors. 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). The Xperia XA2 Ultra will be available soon in gold, black, silver and blue colour finishes. XA2 comes with a 5.2-inch FullHD display while the XA2 Ultra comes with a much bigger 6-inch FullHD display.

As expected, the display has increased in both size and resolution over the XA1, to 5.2-inch full HD and Sony has given the XA2 a fingerprint sensor, something the XA1 didn't feature.

Unlocking is made easy with the one-touch rear fingerprint sensor - integrated into the smooth metallic back panel.

Under the hood, it runs on a Snapdragon 630 processor and powering the device is a larger 3,580mAh battery. Measuring 142 x 70 x 9.7 mm, the smartphone comes equipped with a fingerprint sensor and it is backed by a 3300mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge support.

And then there's the Xperia L2 - the unassuming entry-level Xperia, that grew out of the now defunct E-series.

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

Sony apparently loves its "super" mid-range phones, evident in how CES 2018 is seeing a pair of brand new phones coming to market starting in February. No word on fast charging here, though.

The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra boasts a familiar Sony design, which isn't the most exciting out there, but it is at least functional.

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