Sony might want to make 2018 the year where they innovate for their smartphones, although they probably will stick to their classic formula for their affordable mid-rangers, if the leaks for Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2 are to be believed.
Now on its third generation with the XA2 and XA2 Ultra, the former will get a bump up in screen size. Basically, it goes from 5-inch 720p to a 5.2-incher displaying 1920×1080. Meanwhile, the XA2 Ultra remains at its phablet-level size of 6 inches. In terms of specs, expect new Snapdragon 630 octacore chips to replace their old Mediatek processors. Clocked at 22GHz, they will get major assistance from 3GB RAM and 32GB storage on the XA2. Meanwhile, anticipate 4GB RAM and 64GB storage on the Ultra.
Another major leaked detail involved the replacement of its old power button-fingerprint sensor design. For the XA2 lineup, Sony will opt for a circular rear scanner under the camera lens. Interestingly, this might influence future designs for Sony’s flagships in 2018.
Meanwhile, the L2 will act as Sony’s budget smartphone, sporting a 5.2-inch 720p display, and a rear fingerprint sensor. The only possible drawback here, however, is that it might launch with Nougat instead of Oreo. Venturebeat notes that these devices might launch during CES 2018 or MWC 2018.
The L2 is Sony’s low-range device and will retain the 5.2-inch 720p display, but also feature a rear fingerprint sensor. However, it might launch on Android Nougat instead of Oreo. VentureBeat notes that an early CES launch is possible, though the phones could be delayed until Mobile World Congress in February.